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Photos Of The Day -- November 15, 2012

Published 15 November 2012

Some of the most compelling photographs from RFE/RL's broadcast region and beyond.


The coffin of 16th-century Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe lies on a red carpet after archaeologists lifted it from his grave at the Church of Our Lady in Prague. Brahe died suddenly in 1601 at the age of 54 of what was believed to be a bladder infection. But some speculated that he may have been poisoned with mercury, possibly at the hands of a king or a rival astronomer. Danish scientists took samples from Brahe's body. They said on November 15 that "mercury concentrations were not sufficiently high" to cause the death. Brahe is credited with celestial observations which helped lay the groundwork for modern astronomy. (AFP/Michal Cizek)


Volunteers pose as they make 140 tons of kimchi, a traditional dish of spicy fermented cabbage and radishes, in a park in Seoul, South Korea. City officials will hand out kimchi to about 14,000 poor households in an event marking the start of the winter season. (AFP/Jung Yeon-Je)


Some 2,000 South Korean volunteers make 140 tons of kimchi, a traditional Korean dish of spicy fermented cabbage and radish, in a park in Seoul. City officials will hand out kimchi to about 14,000 poor households in an event marking the start of the winter season. (AFP/Jung Yeon-Je)


Lasha Pataraya pulls an eight-ton truck with his ear in Rustavi, outside Tbilisi, Georgia. The 32-year-old sportsman will attempt to break a record registered by the Guinness Book of World Records by the end of the month, according to organizers. (Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili)


Visitors toast the 2012 Beaujolais Nouveau wine while enjoying the wine spa at the Hakone Yunessun spa resort facilities, some 100 kilometers west of Tokyo. As the new vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau is officially uncorked, Hakone Yunessun started its annual 16-day Beaujolais Nouveau spa to attract visitors. (AFP/Toshifumi Kitamura)


The Israeli military launches a missile from the Iron Dome missile system in the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva into the Gaza Strip. The UN Security Council held a late-night emergency meeting on the escalating tensions after Israel carried out more than 20 air strikes and sea artillery attacks on Gaza, killing the military commander for Hamas. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)


A Palestinian man sits inside a damaged house after Israeli air strikes in Gaza City. Israel exchanged the fiercest fire with Hamas in years after assassinating its military mastermind and threatening a wider offensive in the Gaza Strip to stem Palestinian rocket salvoes. (Reuters/Suhaib Salem)


A novice Buddhist monk studies at the Kyat Khat Wine monastery in Bago, Burma (also known as Myanmar). Burma's government has said it "warmly welcomes" the historic visit of U.S. President Barack Obama later this month, expressing hope his trip will bolster the nation's political reform drive. (AFP/Nicolas Asfouri)