THE GLOBAL SNAPSHOT

This week in photos: US presidential election, China’s 18th party congress, and more

A protester runs to protect himself from the effect of tear gas, near the parliament during clashes in Athens on Wednesday Nov. 7, 2012. Greece’s fragile coalition government faces its toughest test so far when lawmakers vote later Wednesday on new painful austerity measures demanded to keep the country afloat, on the second day of a nationwide general strike. The euro13.5 billion ($17.3 billion) package is expected to scrape through Parliament, following a hasty one-day debate. But potential defections could severely weaken the conservative-led coalition formed in June with the intention of keeping Greece in the euro. The banner is reversed and reads 'culture ministry workers group'. (AP Photo Nikolas Giakoumidis)
Nov. 7, 2012. A protester runs to protect himself from the effect of tear gas near the parliament during clashes in Athens. (AP Photo / Nikolas Giakoumidis)
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - NOVEMBER 07: Afghan radio journalist Abdul hai Warshan speaks on his phone on as he stands near cardboard cut-outs of US presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama during a US 2012 presidential election watch event at the US embassy on November 7, 2012 in Kabul, Afghanistan. President Barack Obama won re-election against Republican candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)
Nov. 7, 2012. An Afghani journalist speaks on a phone near cut-outs of candidates during the presidential election watch event at the US embassy in Afghanistan. (Getty Images / Daniel Berehulak)
CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 06:  US President Barack Obama stands on stage with first lady Michelle Obama, US Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden after his victory speech on election night at McCormick Place November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama won reelection against Republican candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Nov. 6, 2012. President Barack Obama stands on stage with first lady Michelle Obama, US Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden after his victory speech in Chicago, Illinois. (Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla)
BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 07:  Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, waves to the crowd while standing at the podium before conceding the presidency during Mitt Romney's campaign election night event at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on November 7, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. After voters went to the polls in the heavily contested presidential race, networks projected incumbent U.S. President Barack Obama has won re-election against Republican candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.  (Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)
Nov. 7, 2012. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney waves to the crowd before conceding the presidency in Boston, Massachusetts. (Getty Images / Matthew Cavanaugh)
OCEANSIDE, NY - NOVEMBER 06:  Displaced from his assigned polling location, Larry Zassman of Oceanside marks his ballot via cell phone light at the generator powered First United Methodist Church on November 6, 2012 in Oceanside, New York. The Many voters in New York and New Jersey are voting at alternate locations in the presidential election due to disruption from Superstorm Sandy.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Nov. 6, 2012. A voter marks his ballot via cell phone light at the generator powered polling site at First United Methodist Church in Oceanside, New York. (Getty Images / Bruce Bennett)
FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 05: The giant Euro symbol stands illuminated outside the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) on November 5, 2012 in Frankfurt, Germany. Analysts are predicting that ECB President Mario Draghi will announce in a press conference scheduled for November 8 that he will leave ECB interest rates unchanged despite continued weak economic data coming from many Eurozone economies.(Photo by Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images)
Nov. 5, 2012. The giant Euro symbol stands illuminated outside the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, after the bank voted to leave interest rates unchanged. (Getty Images / Hannelore Foerster)
PAMPORE, KASHMIR, INDIA - NOVEMBER 05: A Kashmiri farmer picks saffron flowers in a farm on November 05, 2012 in Pampore, 20 km (13 miles) south of Srinagar the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India. The production of Saffron, the precious spice owing to vast acreage, is falling rapidly in Indian Administered Kashmir. Farmers have become concerned at the falling yield of the saffron crop year after year with the changing climatic conditions responsible for a 50 to 60 percent decrease in the yield for the last two decades. Approximately 5,000 flowers are required to provide threads enough to make an ounce. Saffron is a precious spice because of the vast acreage involved in addition to the labor-intensive handpicking of the flowers and extracting of the tiny threads. (Photo by Yawar Nazir/Getty Images)
Nov. 5, 2012. A farmer picks saffron flowers in Pampore, India, as changing climatic conditions reduce the yield by 50 to 60 percent. (Getty Images / Yawar Nazir)
ALEPPO, SYRIA - NOVEMBER 6: (AUSTRALIA OUT) A resident of the city of Aleppo cleans the pavement outside his apartment after returning to his home follwoing a lull in fighting near the Salahudeen district on November 6, 2012 in Aleppo, Syria. The Shohada al Haq, or 'Martyrs of Truth' brigade control an area on the edge of the Salahudeen district in Aleppo, Syria's largest city. The brigade is made up of around 70 men, holding a handful of positions hidden in apartment blocks on the front line of Aleppo, facing toward Syrian army positions sometimes less than one hundred meters away. The Shohada al Haq use snipers to target Syrian regime troops as they move on the other side of the front, as well as moving between apartment blocks in the 'no man's land' between the two forces, occupying positions of advantage over the Syrian military. The brigade, or 'Katiba', live in the apartments they occupy, and the unit of rebel fighters is made up of former soldiers who defected from the Syrian military alongside men from Aleppo and other cities across Syria who have chosen to fight in Syria's increasingly violent civil war. (Photo by Ed Giles/Getty Images).
Nov. 6, 2012. A resident of Aleppo, Syria, cleans the pavement outside his apartment after returning to his home following a lull in fighting. (Getty Images / Ed Giles)
SEA BRIGHT, NJ - NOVEMBER 06:  Jersey shore residents carry their belongings after being let in to visit their damaged homes for a day on November 6, 2012 in Sea Bright, New Jersey. Sea Bright was devestated by Superstorm Sandy, and officials allowed residents to come home only for a day to salvage valuables from the debris.   (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Nov. 6, 2012. Residents carry their belongings passed a demolished house on the Sea Bright neighborhood of the Jersey Shore in New Jersey. (Getty Images / John Moore)
Nov. 6, 2012. Students hold a poster of US President Barack Obama as they watch the US election vote counting.
Nov. 6, 2012. Students hold a poster of US President Barack Obama as they watch the US election vote counting. (AP Photo)
Nov. 9, 2012. US President Barack Obama speaks to media regarding the fiscal cliff.
Nov. 9, 2012. US President Barack Obama speaks to media regarding ways of the avoiding the fiscal cliff at the end of the year. (Getty Images / Mark Wilson)
Nov. 8, 2012. A security member checks the pass of a visitor at the Great Hall of the People during the ppening session of the 18th Communist Party Congress in Beijing, China
Nov. 8, 2012. The Great Hall of the People during the opening session of the 18th Communist Party Congress in Beijing,
Nov. 9, 2012. Taxis wait in line for gas on the first day of  new gasoline rationing plan that lets motorists fill up every other day went into effect in New York City.
Nov. 9, 2012. Taxis wait in line for gas on the first day of a new gasoline rationing plan that allows motorists to fill up only every other day in New York City. (AP Photo / Richard Drew)
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