The national flag flies during a funeral procession for one of the people killed by security forces.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles TimesLink
A boy takes a rest in the tracks of an army tank in Tahrir Square.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SUHAIB SALEM / ReutersLink
Irish band U2 performs at Green Point Stadium as part of its 360º world tour.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RODGER BOSCH / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A woman walks past a water tower ensconced in ice.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VASILY FEDOSENKO / ReutersLink
Unofficial commemorative plates for the April wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton are displayed at a shop.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STEFAN WERMUTH / ReutersLink
A Hindu holy man adds his message of goodwill for the Indian cricket team to a 100-foot-long cricket bat a day before the ICC World Cup begins.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VIVEK PRAKASH / ReutersLink
Kiburi, a gorilla born last week, is kept safe by her mother, Safiri, at the city zoo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: INA FASSBENDER / ReutersLink
Buddhist monks offer prayers celebrating Magha Puja, a religious festival celebrated in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos during the full moon of the third lunar month.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paula Bronstein / Getty ImagesLink
Carnival masks decorate a wall at a mask-making factory in Rio de Janeiro state. Rio's world-renowned celebration begins March 4.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Felipe Dana / Associated PressLink
Pakistani cameramen record the scene as a police officer in plain clothes fires tear gas to disperse a protest by teachers, who were demonstrating against layoffs.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Shakil Adil / Associated PressLink
An Israeli security force officer uses pepper spray on a Palestinian protester in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah. Friday marked the sixth year of weekly protests in Bilin.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DARREN WHITESIDE / ReutersLink
An injured Bahraini demonstrator is carried to a vehicle.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press / Associated PressLink
A pro-government demonstrator uses a baton to hit rocks toward anti-government protesters.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Khaled Abdullah / ReutersLink
Egyptians gather in Tahrir Square as part of a nationwide "victory march" to celebrate the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak a week ago.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY / X02738Link
Nepalese Hindu devotees take a holy bath in the Hanumante River on the final day of the monthlong Madhav Narayan festival.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NARENDRA SHRESTHA / EPALink
A long-exposure image shows Thai Buddhists circling Wat Benchamabophit (the Marble Temple) in celebration of Makha Bucha Day, a religious holiday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NARONG SANGNAK / EPALink
Trainees in space suits, assisted by scuba divers, practice working in a weightless environment in a pool at the Russian Cosmonauts Training Center at Star City outside Moscow.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sergey Ponomarev / Associated PressLink
Skaters compete during a preliminary race of the men's 500-meter event at the ISU World Cup short-track speed-skating event.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROBERT MICHAEL / AFPLink
Cyclists from the Ouch Pro Cycling team compete in the women's team pursuit qualification event at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classic.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bryn Lennon / Getty ImagesLink
Jin Juhua kisses her husband Zhong Weiqiao in a gathering of 60 couples who have been married for over five decades in the Kaihua village of Zhuji. Jin and Zhong have been married for more than 60 years.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: GUO BIN / EPALink
Newlyweds Stephanie Hull, right, and Air Force Capt. John Wu, both from Louisville, Ky., on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building in New York. The couple were one of 14 couples from around the country exchanging vows atop the Empire State Building during the 17th Annual Empire State Building and TheKnot.com Valentine's Weddings Event. Hull and Wu were the event's grand prize winners.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tina Fineberg / Associated PressLink
Aquarists Kathryn O'Connor, right, and James Oliver show off their rings after an underwater blessing on Valentine's Day in the Ocean Reef Display in the London Aquarium. Celebrant Daniel Winchester conducted the ceremony from the other side of the glass using placards to communicate with the couple. The couple, neither of whom believe in a formal wedding, dressed in wedding finery and breathing apparatus and received their blessing surrounded by giant green sea turtles, cownose rays and shoals of colorful fish.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Chinese couples take part in a kissing match to mark Valentine's Day outside a shopping mall. Many Chinese young couples enjoy Valentine's Day as they are happy to accept the western festivals and lifestyles in many large and medium-size cities of China in recent years.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: WU HONG / EPALink
An Indian woman chooses roses on Valentine's Day at the oldest flower market in Calcutta.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PIYAL ADHIKARY / EPALink
A Palestinian woman shops in a store selling gifts for Valentine's Day.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ABED AL HASHLAMOUN / EPALink
A florist prepares roses for Valentine's Day at a flower shop.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARBEN CELI / ReutersLink
Women pose for photographs with a picture board displaying a wedding portrait of lesbian brides during a promotion campaign at a business district in central Beijing. Chinese homosexual groups seek public support of same-sex marriage by organizing promotion campaigns.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETAR KUJUNDZIC / ReutersLink
A woman gestures at a gift shop.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Grace Kassab / Associated PressLink
A Pakistani boy selling balloons on Valentine's Day walks along a road looking for customers.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated PressLink
A Pakistani policeman receives flowers and cards from students for detained self-confessed killer Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri outside the Adiyala prison. The young Islamist confessed to fatally shooting Punjab governor Salman Taseer, one of the country's most liberal politcians, whom Qadri was assigned to protect, on Jan. 4 because he objected to the politician's wish to amend blasphemy laws, which carry the death penalty.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FAROOQ NAEEM / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Students from the Sto. Nino Elementary School hold heart-shaped paper to welcome sailors from the USS Blue Ridge and the Philippine navy who will paint and repair classrooms at their school as the world celebrates Valentine's Day. The USS Blue Ridge, the mobile command center of the 7th Fleet, is in Manila for a four-day routine port call and goodwill visit.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JAY DIRECTO / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Bangladeshi fans celebrate outside the opening ceremony of the ICC Cricket World Cup.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Frayer / Associated PressLink
The skies are aglow as lanterns are released to mark the annual Lantern Festival, which takes place after the Chinese New Year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Pan / Associated PressLink
Lance Cpl. James Edward Orr, 20, of the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Alpha Company, lifts weights made from barbed wire at a makeshift gym at an outpost in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Finbarr O'Reilly / X90055Link
Shoulder to shoulder, marines take an oath at the training area for non-commissioned officers. The young men and women are the last who will take an oath at the end of their conscription. The German government agreed last December to scrap military conscription and drastically reduce the size of the army, setting in motion the biggest changes to the Bundeswehr, or military, in 53 years.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CARSTEN REHDER / DPALink
Workers wearing protective suits prepare to dispose of culled chickens after a case of bird flu was confirmed.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KyodoLink
Afghan National Policemen stand in line as they attend a shooting course at Camp Leatherneck on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah in Helmand Province. U.S. Marines have trained about 2,000 Afghans from the Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army since the program began in October 2009.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ADEK BERRY / AFPLink
Workers climb on scaffolding over a billboard on the side of a building in Hong Kong. A global survey has found that luxury residential rents in Hong Kong surpassed Tokyo, with a three-bedroom apartment in the Chinese city's glitzy Peak neighborhood costing an average $16,700 a month, 30% higher than comparable apartments in Tokyo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ED JONES / AFPLink
Arson investigators William Thost, left, and David Liske look over the scene of a house fire in the Hollywood Hills where a ceiling collapsed and a veteran firefighter was gravely injured.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles TimesLink
A NASA image shows a pair of active regions on the sun. The pictures were captured in extreme ultraviolet light from the Solar Dynamic Observatory spacecraft over a three-day period from Feb. 7 to 10.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NASALink
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
A mosque in Peshwar glows brightly at dusk during celebrations marking Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of the Prophet Mohammad. Muslims across Pakistan will celebrate the anniversary of his birth Wednesday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: A. MAJEED / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A lone visitor watches the sound and light show at the Giza pyramids. With tourism accounting for 6% of Egypt's gross domestic product, the country's economy has taken a huge hit after foreign tourists fled the country during the recent uprising.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Moore / Getty ImagesLink
A man drinks tea outside a makeshift tea stand near a construction site in Mumbai.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DANISH SIDDIQUI / REUTERSLink
The Runner, by artist Faith Bebbington, is part of the Liverpool Discovers Art Celebration in the English city.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christopher Furlong / Getty ImagesLink
Haitian Prime Minister Jean Max Bellerive, right, listens as former U.S. President Bill Clinton speaks to the media after a meeting of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission with Haitian presidential candidates.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allison Shelley / Getty ImagesLink
Models present creations from the Bibhu Mahapotra fall/winter 2011 collection during New York Fashion Week.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ERIC THAYER / REUTERSLink
A quintet of sliders are pictured backstage before the Herve Leger by Max Azria fall/winter 2011 collection show during New York Fashion Week.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ERIC THAYER / REUTERSLink
Finland's four-time world rally champion Juha Kankkunen races a Bentley Continental Supersports convertible on the hazardous frozen waters of the Baltic Sea off the Finnish coast, reaching a top speed of 205.48 mph and setting a new world speed record on ice.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BENTLEY MOTORS / EPALink
Members of PETA pet a dog during a protest on Parliament Hill in Ottawa opposing the Canadian seal hunt.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHRIS WATTIE / REUTERSLink
Larry, a 4-year-old street-smart tabby with a license to kill, has been brought to 10 Downing Street, the British prime minister's London residence, to deal with a gang of brazen rodents that openly parades before the media.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: POOL PHOTO / REUTERSLink
Freshly-caught shrimp huddle together at the Port Clyde Fresh Catch processing facility in Maine. The shrimp season may close early for the second year in a row due to the harvest quickly approaching the 8.8-million-pound limit set by scientists last fall.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pat Wellenbach / Associated PressLink
Against a backdrop of the setting sun, steam from a thermal power plant is silhouetted during evening rush hour.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALEXANDER DEMIANCHUK / REUTERSLink
Greenpeace activists chain themselves to railway tracks at the former nuclear-fuel reprocessing plant WAK. About 35 anti-nuclear activists were protesting the scheduled transport of 56 tons of nuclear waste from the plant, which was shut down two decades ago.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ULI DECK / EPALink
A woman places flowers near the monument dedicated to soldiers who died during the Soviet campaign in Afghanistan as Ukrainians mark the 22nd anniversary of the end of Afghan war.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGEY DOLZHENKO / EPALink
Hundreds of anti-government demonstrators and government loyalists fought with rocks and batons in the Yemeni capital on Tuesday in political unrest fueled by the Egyptian uprising.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Khaled Abdullah / ReutersLink
A devotee offers water to a man portraying the Hindu god Madhav Narayan during the Madhav Narayan Mela. The month-long festival dedicated to Madhav Narayan and goddess Swasthani involves the recitation of folk tales about miraculous feats performed by them in Hindu households.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NAVESH CHITRAKAR / ReutersLink
A relative of one of the 39 Kenyan crew members who were among those held captive by Somali pirates for five months reacts as the released crew return to Mombasa.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: - / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Workers wearing protective suits disinfect a poultry farm in western Japan where the bird flu virus has been found.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ReutersLink
Members of a Lebanese Sufi Muslim group perform during a ritual to commemorate the birth of Prophet Mohammed.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALI HASHISHO / ReutersLink
Visitors pose for a photo in front of a snow sculpture during an ice festival in Pyeongchang. Pyeongchang is making its third straight bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahn Young-joon / Associated PressLink
Jack Black and young students take part in a naming ceremony for a 3-month-old giant panda cub born at the Atlanta Zoo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Goldman / Associated PressLink
A komondor takes a lap around the ring during the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The show, one of the most prestigious dog shows in the world, was in the second of its two days at Madison Square Garden in New York.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
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