A British Airways passenger jet flies past the London Eye against the backdrop of an almost-full moon.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TOBY MELVILLE / REUTERSLink
North Korean party, army and state officials attend a national meeting to celebrate the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in the capital, Pyongyang. Kim was born in 1941, so he turned 70; but officially, it was his 69th birthday, because he was given the official birth year of 1942 when his father, Kim Il Sung, established him as heir to create a neat 30-year age difference between father and son.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Korean Central News Agency / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
U.S. Marines walk toward CH-53 helicopters at Camp Dwyer in Afghanistan's Helmand province. There are about 140,000 foreign troops in Afghanistan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ADEK BERRY / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi during a news conference at Chigi Palace in Rome. A defiant Berlusconi said he was not concerned about an order to stand trial on charges of paying for sex with an underage girl and abuse of power, and he vowed to serve out his term in office, which runs through 2013.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TONY GENTILE / REUTERSLink
With Libya bracing for a "Day of Rage" following uprisings that toppled leaders in neighboring Egypt and Tunisia, a pro-government supporter holds a portrait of leader Moammar Kadafi during a gathering in Tripoli, the capital, for the veteran leader, who seized power in a 1969 coup.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MAHMUD TURKIA / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Workers form silhouettes against a backdrop of office towers in the Canary Wharf financial district of the British capital.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LUKE MACGREGOR / REUTERSLink
Drax power station in northern England fills the sky with glowing steam after dark. Opened in 1974 and extended in the mid-1980s, the facility generates 3,960 megawatts, the highest of any power station in Western Europe and about 7% of Britain's electricity.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NIGEL RODDIS / REUTERSLink
Marines from the 1st Battalion 8th Marines, Alpha Company, prepare to head out on patrol from their outpost at Kunjak, in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FINBARR O'REILLY / REUTERSLink
AS Roma and Shakhtar Donetsk await the start of their Champions League soccer match at the Olympic Stadium in Rome.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TONY GENTILE / REUTERSLink
Actors Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rene Russo, Anjelica Huston, Bette Midler and Debra Messing attend the Michael Kors Fall/Winter 2011 collection show during New York Fashion Week.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LUCAS JACKSON / REUTERSLink
A young acrobat performs during the Shehuo celebration at the lantern festival, marking the last day of Chinese Lunar New Year festivities.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STRINGER SHANGHAI / REUTERSLink
A young refugee climbs the staircase at the Foreign Ministry in the Venezuelan capital. President Hugo Chavez's government has opened its doors to homeless victims of last year's floods, and scores of them have taken up residence in the Casa Amarilla, an architectural treasure and former presidential home.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JORGE SILVA / REUTERSLink
Dark skies and light rain don't deter the determined souls who venture out for their morning walk along the sands of Huntington Beach.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles TimesLink
People walk under lanterns at a shopping mall in Shanghai. The lantern festival marks the last day of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations and falls on Feb. 17 this year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALY SONG / ReutersLink
A supporter of Uganda's incumbent President Yoweri Museveni who has painted himself in Museveni's NRM party colors gives thumbs up during a rally at Kololo Airstrip in Kampala, two days before the general elections.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARC HOFER / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Kashmiri Muslims raise their hands for prayers while a priest displays what is believed to be a relic (unseen) from the Prophet Muhammad to mark his birthday, at the Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar, India.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mukhtar Khan / Associated PressLink
A mourner holds a picture of "The martyr: Fadhel Salman al-Matrook" during his funeral procession in Manama. Protesters demanding sweeping political reforms from Bahrain's rulers held their ground Wednesday in an Egypt-style occupation of the capital's landmark square, staging a third day of demonstrations that have brought unprecedented pressures in one of Washington's most strategic allies in the Gulf.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hasan Jamali / Associated PressLink
Participants whirl cans filled with burning wood chips during a celebration before Jeongwol Daeboreum (Great Full Moon) at a park in Seoul. The traditional Korean holiday celebrates the first full moon of the lunar calendar.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JO YONG-HAK / ReutersLink
A young resident from a shanty town settlement watches the demolition of an illegal building from inside a car on the outskirts of Madrid. The local government demolished about 50 illegal buildings housing about the same number of families.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREA COMAS / ReutersLink
Partners Mauro, right, and Juan Carlos of Spain kiss their twin babies at a private hospital after an Indian surrogate mother delivered the girls for them in New Delhi. Surrogate motherhood is among the latest in a long list of roles being outsourced to India, where rent-a-womb services are far cheaper than in the West. Fertility clinics usually charge $2,000-$3,000 for the procedure while a surrogate is paid anywhere between $3,000 and $6,000, a fortune in a country with an annual per-capita income of about $500.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ReutersLink
Army Special Forces members walk by a museum worker as she cleans a statue during a tour for the news media in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Egypt's director for the Supreme Council of Antiquities said that three of 18 museum items that had gone missing during last week's protests have been found.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tara Todras-Whitehill / Associated PressLink
Supporters of the Yemeni government climb the gate of Sanaa University during clashes with anti-government protestors in Sanaa.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hani Mohammed / Associated PressLink
Sunset provides a beautiful backdrop for a church in the Belarus town of Slonim, about 125 miles from Minsk.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALEXEY GROMOV / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
In Yala, Thailand, worshipers take part in a procession featuring Chinese deities. The event is celebrated annually by the Thai-Chinese community in the region.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SURAPAN BOONTHANOM / ReutersLink
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