A member of the Indigenous Environmental Network demonstrates against the Shell oil company outside the South African Petroleum Refinery (SAPREF) in Durban on Wednesday. The city is hosting the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties meeting (COP17).
A member of the Indigenous Environmental Network demonstrates against the Shell oil company outside the South African Petroleum Refinery (SAPREF) in Durban on Wednesday. The city is hosting the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties meeting (COP17).
A plume of smoke comes out of the Tungurahua volcano after it erupted as seen from Cotalo, Ecuador, early Wednesday. Ecuador's Geophysical Institute said the volcano's increased activity that began Sunday, is billowing columns of ash, sending superheated clouds of gas down the slopes and cascading hot rocks from the summit.
A plume of smoke comes out of the Tungurahua volcano after it erupted as seen from Cotalo, Ecuador, early Wednesday. Ecuador's Geophysical Institute said the volcano's increased activity that began Sunday, is billowing columns of ash, sending superheated clouds of gas down the slopes and cascading hot rocks from the summit.
In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, Tibetan Buddhist monks share their dinner with a kitten at a Kirti Monastery called the Kirti Jepa Datsang Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Dharmsala, India. The recent self-immolations protesting Chinese rule over the region originated in the Kirti Monastery in Aba, Sichuan in Tibet. At least nine Tibetans in their late teens and 20s have set themselves on fire since March, with five or more of them dying from their injuries. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, Tibetan Buddhist monks share their dinner with a kitten at a Kirti Monastery called the Kirti Jepa Datsang Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Dharmsala, India. The recent self-immolations protesting Chinese rule over the region originated in the Kirti Monastery in Aba, Sichuan in Tibet. At least nine Tibetans in their late teens and 20s have set themselves on fire since March, with five or more of them dying from their injuries. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
An environmental activist paints a banner during a demonstration outside the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties meeting (COP17) in Durban on Wednesday.
An environmental activist paints a banner during a demonstration outside the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties meeting (COP17) in Durban on Wednesday.
A rose hangs on a tree next to the renovated tomb of Oscar Wilde at the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris on Wednesday. The tomb of Irish writer Wilde (1854-1900), who died in Paris at the age of 46, was covered with lipstick kisses, hearts and red graffiti containing expressions of love for years. The renovation, a radical cleaning and "de-greasing" of the tomb, has added a glass barrier which will surround it to prevent the kissers from causing further damage.
A rose hangs on a tree next to the renovated tomb of Oscar Wilde at the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris on Wednesday. The tomb of Irish writer Wilde (1854-1900), who died in Paris at the age of 46, was covered with lipstick kisses, hearts and red graffiti containing expressions of love for years. The renovation, a radical cleaning and "de-greasing" of the tomb, has added a glass barrier which will surround it to prevent the kissers from causing further damage.
Toyota Boshoku Co's concept vehicle T-Brain is displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday.
Toyota Boshoku Co's concept vehicle T-Brain is displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday.
Police arrest a protester as they dismantle the Occupy LA encampment outside City Hall in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The nearly two-month-old encampment was among the oldest and largest on the West Coast aligned with the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations protesting economic inequality in the country and the excesses of the US financial system.
Police arrest a protester as they dismantle the Occupy LA encampment outside City Hall in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The nearly two-month-old encampment was among the oldest and largest on the West Coast aligned with the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations protesting economic inequality in the country and the excesses of the US financial system.
Demonstrators prepare to join a march on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Wednesday. Teachers, nurses and border guards walked out on Wednesday as up to two million state workers staged Britain's first mass strike for more than 30 years in a growing confrontation with a deficit-cutting coalition government.
Demonstrators prepare to join a march on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Wednesday. Teachers, nurses and border guards walked out on Wednesday as up to two million state workers staged Britain's first mass strike for more than 30 years in a growing confrontation with a deficit-cutting coalition government.
Police in hazmat suits look through the Occupy LA encampment after it was dismantled outside City Hall in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The nearly two-month-old encampment was among the oldest and largest on the West Coast aligned with the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations protesting economic inequality in the country and the excesses of the US financial system.
Police in hazmat suits look through the Occupy LA encampment after it was dismantled outside City Hall in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The nearly two-month-old encampment was among the oldest and largest on the West Coast aligned with the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations protesting economic inequality in the country and the excesses of the US financial system.
A woman wearing a gas mask glances as police force people on the street to move during a police raid of the Occupy Los Angeles encampment at City Hall Park in Los Angeles, California earlyWednesday. Occupy LA protesters have been camping on the lawns of City Hall since October 1, outlasting major encampments broken up by police in big cities across the nation.
A woman wearing a gas mask glances as police force people on the street to move during a police raid of the Occupy Los Angeles encampment at City Hall Park in Los Angeles, California earlyWednesday. Occupy LA protesters have been camping on the lawns of City Hall since October 1, outlasting major encampments broken up by police in big cities across the nation.
A little girl runs past a COP17 inspired sand sculpture on Durban's north beach.Greenpeace is calling on SA's government to listen to the people, not the polluters.  Picture: Shayne Robinson, Greenpeace
A little girl runs past a COP17 inspired sand sculpture on Durban's north beach.Greenpeace is calling on SA's government to listen to the people, not the polluters. Picture: Shayne Robinson, Greenpeace
An Afghan girl looks at US Army soldiers of the Georgia Agribusiness Development Team patrolling during a cooler storage utilisation assessment mission in Muhammad Aghah district of Logar province, eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday.
An Afghan girl looks at US Army soldiers of the Georgia Agribusiness Development Team patrolling during a cooler storage utilisation assessment mission in Muhammad Aghah district of Logar province, eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday.
Freeride skiers carve their way down a steep slope of crushed rocks, in the western Austrian village of Haiming, some 45km west of Innsbruck, on Wednesday.
Freeride skiers carve their way down a steep slope of crushed rocks, in the western Austrian village of Haiming, some 45km west of Innsbruck, on Wednesday.
A municipal worker sweeps fallen leaves in Islamabad, Pakistan on Wednesday.
A municipal worker sweeps fallen leaves in Islamabad, Pakistan on Wednesday.
An Egyptian protester holds spent ammunition and pictures of former politicians under President Hosni Mubarak's regime and the ruling military council as well as Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday. Egypt's military rulers are taking credit for the strong turnout in the country's first parliamentary elections since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, the head of the election commission proclaims that the turnout so far is 'massive and unexpected.'
An Egyptian protester holds spent ammunition and pictures of former politicians under President Hosni Mubarak's regime and the ruling military council as well as Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday. Egypt's military rulers are taking credit for the strong turnout in the country's first parliamentary elections since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, the head of the election commission proclaims that the turnout so far is 'massive and unexpected.'
A model sits on Suzuki Motor Corp''s concept car "Q-Concept" during the press preview of Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo on Wednesday. The Tokyo Motor Show opens to the public this weekend.
A model sits on Suzuki Motor Corp''s concept car "Q-Concept" during the press preview of Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo on Wednesday. The Tokyo Motor Show opens to the public this weekend.
An environmental activist writes a message on a banner at the Durban beachfront on Tuesday. The city is hosting the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties meeting (COP17), which runs until December 9.
An environmental activist writes a message on a banner at the Durban beachfront on Tuesday. The city is hosting the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties meeting (COP17), which runs until December 9.
Police officers are deployed outside the Iranian Embassy in central London on Wednesday. Britain said on Wednesday it had ordered the immediate closure of Iran's embassy in London and had closed its own embassy in Tehran after it was stormed by protesters.
Police officers are deployed outside the Iranian Embassy in central London on Wednesday. Britain said on Wednesday it had ordered the immediate closure of Iran's embassy in London and had closed its own embassy in Tehran after it was stormed by protesters.
A protester attends a march in Derby, England, on Wednesday.  Public sector workers in Britain staged what is being billed as the biggest strike in decades to protest the cash-strapped government's plans to recast their pensions in an effort to reduce the cost to taxpayers.
A protester attends a march in Derby, England, on Wednesday. Public sector workers in Britain staged what is being billed as the biggest strike in decades to protest the cash-strapped government's plans to recast their pensions in an effort to reduce the cost to taxpayers.
A general view of the South African Petroleum Refinery (SAPREF) is seen during the COP17 (Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Climate Change) climate talks in Durban on Tuesday. The world is getting hotter, with 2011 one of the warmest years on record, and humans are to blame, a report by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said on Tuesday. It warned increasing global average temperatures were expected to amplify floods, droughts and other extreme weather patterns. The COP17 runs until December 9.
A general view of the South African Petroleum Refinery (SAPREF) is seen during the COP17 (Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Climate Change) climate talks in Durban on Tuesday. The world is getting hotter, with 2011 one of the warmest years on record, and humans are to blame, a report by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said on Tuesday. It warned increasing global average temperatures were expected to amplify floods, droughts and other extreme weather patterns. The COP17 runs until December 9.
Visitors take photos in front of the newly renovated tombstone of Irish writer Oscar Wilde, at the Pere Lachaise cemetery, in Paris, on Wednesday.
Visitors take photos in front of the newly renovated tombstone of Irish writer Oscar Wilde, at the Pere Lachaise cemetery, in Paris, on Wednesday.

Pics of the Day

A selection of pictures, locally as well as from around the world, that caught our attention.