A firefighter holds a flare as others chant slogans outside the Greek parliament during a protest in central Athens last month. About 2,000 firefighters demonstrated against planned spending cuts by the center-left government, which is struggling to reform Greece's debt-ridden economy and plug a vast budget deficit. Prime Minister George Papandreou has ruled out pay increases for most civil servants this year, citing the state of the public finances, and says public sector hirings will be limited.
Simon Wang (left), a participant in the Mr. Gay China pageant, reacts after the event was canceled by authorities in Beijing on Jan. 15. Police shut down what would have been China's first gay pageant just an hour before it was to start, organizers said.
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