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Sand dunes created by gusting high winds form on Indian Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, and together with the silhouettes of power-generating wind turbines, make for an otherworldly desert landscape.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

A crescent moon rises in the night sky behind the cross of an Orthodox church in the western Belarus town of Novogrudok.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sergei Grits / Associated Press

Against the backdrop of a clear, blue sky, Big Ben, a landmark of the British capital, is seen through a gate in central London.


On a sunny day in Paris, the top of the Eiffel Tower is seen alongside apartments in the 8th Arrondissement. Property prices in the French capital have risen more than in other parts of the country, mirroring how London real estate has diverged from property in the rest of Britain.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Fabrice Dimier / Bloomberg

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard speaks at an event at the Lincoln Memorial, announcing that Australia will contribute $3 million toward the planned Education Center at the Wall, a visitor center to be built adjacent to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the nation's capital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

A cardboard replica of Spanish Formula One driver Fernando Alonso's Ferrari is hoisted into position in preparation for the traditional Las Fallas festival in Valencia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KAI FOERSTERLING / European Pressphoto Agency

Before returning to Earth at the end of its final mission, space shuttle orbiter Discovery performs a fly-around of the International Space Station with the Sahara Desert visible below.


A boat carrying would-be immigrants navigates to the Italian island of Lampedusa at dusk. Escaping the unrest and violence in North Africa, 155 immigrants landed on the island early Monday with customs air patrols above the Strait of Sicily sighting eight more boats on the way.


A luxury hotel in the Tunisian resort of Djerba remains void of tourists as a result of the uprising in the country and the escalating protests and violence in neighboring Libya.


An Indian woman sorts red chilis in a field near Ahmadabad. Giving women better access to land, technology and other agricultural resources could reduce the number of hungry people by up to 150 million, a U.N food agency reported in Rome on the eve of International Women's Day.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ajit Solanki / Associated Press

The boat crews of Cambridge, left, and Oxford, pose for a photograph outside City Hall in London. The 152nd Boat Race between the two famed British universities takes place later this month.


Items of railway memorabilia owned by Stafford Railwayana Auctions are stored near the English town of Tewkesbury. An online and telephone auction is planned for April to coincide with the royal wedding.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Cardy / Getty Images

A Libyan rebel checks his weapon while guarding petroleum facilities in Ras Lanuf. Opposition forces remained in control of the strategic town after a day of fighting with army troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: John Moore / Getty Images

A colorful carnival reveler gives a cat-like grin during the traditional Rose Monday parade in the north German city of Duesseldorf.


A float of Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad running away from flames that depict the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya during the traditional Rose Monday parade in Duesseldorf.


A member of the samba school Samba Mangueira performs in a parade at the sambodromo during the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.


Bangladeshi female sand workers carry sand along with male workers on the eve of the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day at Gabtoli, Dhaka. Sand workers earn 2.5 euros (about $3.50) per day working from dawn to dusk while women's wages everywhere are on average lower than those of men.


An African spurred tortoise (Geochelone sulcata) with two heads and five legs is displayed in Zilina. The two-headed tortoise, which has been given the two names Magda (left head) and Lenka, is 7 weeks old and was born in Slovakia.


Some of the thousands of padlocks attached by lovers to the railings of the Pont des Arts bridge over the River Seine in Paris are seen on a spring morning. The Pont Neuf bridge and the Ile de la Cite island in the river Seine can be seen at rear.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MAL Langsdon / Reuters

French lawyer Jean-Yves Leborgne is surrounded by journalists as he arrives before a trial in which wrongful use of public funds is alleged. Leborgne submitted a last-minute appeal that could see the trial, in which former French President Jacques Chirac and nine other people stand accused of paying salaries to 28 people not actually employed by the administration, put off.


Afghan men shout anti-American slogans during a protest in Jalalabad. The protest, with hundreds of Afghan men shouting anti-American slogans, came as U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited Afghanistan to meet with U.S. troops, allied commanders and Afghan leaders to gauge war progress as the Obama administration moves toward crucial decisions on reducing troop levels.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rahmat Gul / Associated Press

Anti-government protesters throw a boy into the air during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa. Government supporters wielding knives and handguns attack protesters in the country's south, leaving one dead in the latest of weeks of demonstrations demanding the president step down.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated Press

Migrants from North Africa arrive in the southern Italian island of Lampedusa. Hundreds of Tunisian migrants continued arriving in Lampedusa on boats of various sizes throughout the early hours on Monday.


A man examines bronze sculptures of mammoths near Biathlon stadium during the IBU World Championships Biathlon. The temperature in Khanty-Mansiysk is 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mikhail Metzel / Associated Press

Crowds attend a pro-regime rally after reports of gains in Misurata and Zawiya. One reveler, asked why he was celebrating, said, "I don't know." It became clear that many there were members of Moammar Kadafi's security forces and their families.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

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High winds in Southern California create sandstorms and sand dunes on the streets of Palm Springs; the iconic landmarks of London’s Big Ben and Paris’ Eiffel Tower are bathed in spring sunshine; while in Washington, Australian prime minister Julia Gillard pledges $3 million towards The Education Center at The Wall, planned for construction adjacent to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the nation’s capital.

STS-133, the final voyage of space shuttle Discovery, is marked by a fly-around of the International Space Station by the aging space vehicle after undocking and beginning the journey home; the Oxford and Cambridge boat teams are in London prior to the traditional race between the two storied British universities, and railway memorabilia to be auctioned in April, coinciding with the Royal Wedding, are dusted off in an English town.

Trouble continues in North Africa and finds a Libyan rebel guarding petroleum facilities in Ras Lanuf. Opposition forces remain in control of the strategic town after a day of clashes with troops loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi, while boatloads of would-be immigrants escaping the violence take to the seas and head for Italy.

In Brazil, a member of the Samba Mangueira dance school takes part in a parade in Rio de Janeiro; French lovers attach thousands of padlocks to the railings of the Pont des Arts bridge over the River Seine in Paris, while in Spain, a cardboard replica of Spanish Formula One driver Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari is hoisted into position for Valencia’s traditional Las Fallas festival.

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