Gondolas sit on the muddy sea bed of the Venetian lagoon in the Riva del Vin area, in Venice, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. An uncommon low tide hampered boat circulation in many areas of the city that is built on an archipelago where canals serve the function of roads.
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During this 200-year-old traditional festival participants known as Els Enfarinats (those covered in flour) dress in military clothes and stage a mock coup d’etat as they battle using flour, eggs and firecrackers outside the city town hall as part of the celebrations of the Day of the Innocents.
Participants of the 78th edition of the annual Christmas swimming “Coupe de Noel” celebrate before jumping into the Lake Geneva, in Geneva, Switzerland, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. More than 1,800 men and women swam the 120 meters at the traditional Christmas swimming in Geneva, where the water temperature was at 44 degrees Fahrenheit.
As the mating season starts after female Grey Seals give birth, males usually compete by shows of strength against other males. Hundreds of Grey Seals use the island to give birth to their pups, usually between the months of November and January. The pups, after 3 weeks of nursing, are then left to fend for themselves. This year has seen a record number of new pups, with 320 births recorded up to December 14.
The prison in Garowe, Puntland state, in northeastern Somalia, facilitates the rehabilitation of convicted Somali pirates and suspected Al-Shabaab jihadists.
The 117th Army-Navy football game will be played Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. in Baltimore. Two years ago, heading into the 115th edition of the rivalry, which was hosted at M&T Bank Stadium, we looked back at previous Army-Navy games played in Baltimore. Look through photos and Sun coverage of those games, which were played in 1924, 1944, 2000, 2007 and 2014.
Photos from the “Senor de los Milagros” festival at the Acho bullring in Lima on December 4, 2016.