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 TimesLink
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 PressLink
Against the backdrop of a clear, blue sky, Big Ben, a landmark of the British capital, is seen through a gate in central London.
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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 / BloombergLink
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.
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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 AgencyLink
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.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NASA / REUTERSLink
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.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROBERTO SALOMONE / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
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.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM HOLLANDER / EPALink
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 PressLink
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.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREW WINNING / REUTERSLink
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 ImagesLink
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 ImagesLink
A colorful carnival reveler gives a cat-like grin during the traditional Rose Monday parade in the north German city of Duesseldorf.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROLAND WEIHRAUCH / EPALink
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.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROLAND WEIHRAUCH / EPALink
A member of the samba school Samba Mangueira performs in a parade at the sambodromo during the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FERNANDO BIZERRA JR / EPALink
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.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ABIR ABDULLAH / EPALink
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.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RADOVAN STOKLASA / ReutersLink
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 / ReutersLink
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.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHARLES PLATIAU / ReutersLink
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 PressLink
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 PressLink
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.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STRINGER/ITALY / ReutersLink
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 PressLink
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