Media freedom mourned in Hungary as Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas.
Arrested Pakistani bodyguard Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri (left) shouts "We are ready to sacrifice our life for the prestige of the Prophet Muhammad" after appearing in court in Islamabad on January 5, a day after the assassination of the governor of Punjab Province, Salman Taseer. Qadri, who was part of Taseer's security detail, was charged with murder and terrorism.
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A boy looks through an ice-covered car window in the town of Lipljane near Pristina, Kosovo, on January 2.
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"The freedom of the press in Hungary comes to an end," reads the headline on the front page of the largest-circulation Hungarian daily, "Nepszabadsag," on January 3 in Budapest. Two major Hungarian newspapers mourned what they saw as the end of press freedom following the enactment of a controversial new media law, just as Budapest assumed the EU Presidency.
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Demonstrators are sprayed by riot-police water cannons during a rally gathering 500 students against the Islamic-rooted government in Ankara on January 5. Students clashed with riot police on their way to the headquarters of the ruling Justice and Development Party.
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Birds fly past an Orthodox church during a partial solar eclipse in the town of Volozhin, Belarus, about 70 kilometers west of Minsk, on January 4. The partial eclipse was visible from much of Europe, North Africa, and Central Asia.
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Tsiuri Kakabadze (right), 80, performs during the "Super Grandmother and Super Grandfather" contest in Tbilisi on January 5. Twenty-four participants aged over 70 from all over Georgia attended the contest.
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A bell ringer is silhouetted as he stands at the tower of a cathedral on Orthodox Christmas Eve in Bishkek on January 6. Some Orthodox Christians follow the old Julian calendar and celebrate Christmas on January 7.
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At the Temple of St. Sava, Serbian Patriarch Irenaeus gave the Christmas liturgy at midnight on January 6-7.
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Men jump into the icy waters of a lake in an attempt to grab a wooden cross on Epiphany Day in Sofia on January 6.
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An Afghan farmer carries a pile of shavings through his pomegranate orchard in the village of Khosrow Olia in Arghandab Valley of Afghanistan's Kandahar Province on January 6.