U.S. President Barack Obama (on L) sits with South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (L), Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (3rd L), Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (4th R), Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (3rd R) and other world leaders during a multi-lateral meeting at the Bella Center in Copenhagen December 18, 2009. Obama is in Denmark to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15).
In this Dec. 3, 2009, photo released by the White House, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, left, pose with Oprah Winfrey, right, in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington during a taping of a special, "Christmas at the White House," airing Sunday, Dec. 13, at 10:00 p.m. EST on ABC.
The last Tornado GR4s and VC10 tanker aircraft returned to the UK from the Middle East on 3 June 2009, marking the end of 18 years of combat operations for the RAF in the Gulf. RAF squadrons, in various forms, were based in the region from August 1990, when a week after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait the UK sent 50 Tornados and 12 Jaguar aircraft to the area. After the first Gulf War, they patrolled no-fly zones over Iraq and monitored activity on the ground. During the second Iraq conflict, the squadrons supported troops on the ground and bombed enemy installations.
Environmental activists wearing polar bear hats march through the streets of Tokyo December 12, 2009, as they voice their support to the efforts at the Copenhagen climate summit, also known as COP15. Hundreds of people took part in the rally which synchronized worldwide demonstrations at the time of the United Nations' talks on climate change.