Kennedy Center Honorees (from L-R) Mel Brooks , Dave Brubeck, Grace Bumbry, Robert DeNiro and Bruce Springsteen are applauded by U.S. President Barack Obama at a reception at the White House in Washington, December 6, 2009.
Cuba’s government’s supporters shout slogans in favor of Cuban leader Fidel Castro during a march organized by dissidents to commemorate the Human Rights Day in Havana, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009.
Pope Benedict XVI waves from his Popemobile on his way to the Spanish Steps in Rome for the traditional prayer on the day celebrating the Immaculate Conception.
Police officers stand guard outside the medical center where Fazal Haq Qureshi, a leader of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, is being treated. Gunmen shot the separatist leader, who has supported peace talks in the Indian portion of Kashmir, as he came out of a mosque.