Calcutta, India — An Indian family travels on a train in the eastern Indian city of Calcutta. India is now home to 17% of the world's people as its population climbed to 1.21 billion this year, though growth actually slowed for the first time in 90 years, census officials said. With 623.7 million males and 586.5 million females, India's population was bigger than the combined populations of the United States, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PIYAL ADHIKARY / EPALink
Miyako, Japan — Setsuko Hanayama, 73, sits in the shade as rescue workers search her neighborhood for victims of the earthquake and tsunami.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAMIR SAGOLJ / ReutersLink
London — A woman passes graffiti by British street artist Rich Simmons depicting Britain's Queen Elizabeth. Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry at Westminster Abbey on April 29.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TOBY MELVILLE / ReutersLink
Baikonur, Kazakhstan — Preparations for launching the Russian Soyuz TMA-21 spaceship, which will carry a new crew to the International Space Station, are underway in an assembly shop at the Russian-leased Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Launch is scheduled for Tuesday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dmitry Lovetsky / Associated PressLink
Kesennuma, Japan — A search helicopter from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force hovers over floating objects in waters off the devastated town of Kesennuma, three weeks after a powerful earthquake and resulting tsunami struck Japan's northeastern coast.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Yasufumi Nagao / Yomiuri ShimbunLink
Medan, Indonesia — A woman pushes her bicycle on a flooded road in Indonesia's North Sumatra province. Heavy rains in the hills and in the city flooded thousands of houses, a local government spokesman said Friday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Y.T. Haryono / ReutersLink
Hanover, Germany — A young antelope named Howard limps across his enclosure at the Hanover Zoo. The 8-week-old Nyala (Tragelaphus angasii), a Southern Africa antelope, broke its leg while romping around at the zoo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE / EPALink
Ajdabiyah, Libya — Two men are guarded in the back of a pickup by rebel fighters at a checkpoint after they were captured in Ajdabiyah.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREW WINNING / ReutersLink
Tarok Kolache, Afghanistan — An Afghan child plays with the gun of a U.S. soldier from 1st Regiment 320 Field Artillary 101st Airbourne during the opening ceremony for a newly completed mosque in the village of Tarok Kolache, where the U.S. military is funding its rebuilding. In October 2010, Tarok Kolache was destroyed by U.S. forces after the Taliban had ousted the villagers and mined the village and surrounding areas.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETER PARKS / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Amman, Jordan — Jordanian demonstrators hold up a giant flag during a demonstration in the capital calling for reforms. Clashes between demonstrators and government supporters in the capital last week killed a man and injured 160.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARCO LONGARI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Moscow, Russia — A stylist prepares a model for a runway show during Fashion Week in Moscow.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA / AFP / Gety ImagesLink
Freeport, Maine — The taillights of a car traveling down a road during a spring snowstorm leave a red light trail in this 30-second time exposure.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert F. Bukaty / Associated PressLink
Hamilton, New Zealand — Hot-air balloons leave from Innes Common at dawn on the second day of the Balloons Over Waikato Hot Air Balloon Festival. Held annually, the five-day event attracts balloonists from New Zealand and around the world.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Phil Walter / Getty ImagesLink
Srinagar, India — Chinese tourists get their picture snapped during a visit to the Siraj garden, which has more than 1.2 million tulip bulbs of around 70 varieties and will be officially open to the public on Friday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dar Yasin / Associated PressLink
Kabul, Afghanistan — Afghan National Army non-commissioned officer recruits march through colored smoke during a parade to mark a graduation ceremony at the Turkish-run Camp Ghazi.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AHMAD MASOOD / ReutersLink
Cape Canaveral, Fla. — Severe weather moves in over the vehicle-assembly building at the Kennedy Space Center.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SCOTT AUDETTE / ReutersLink
Singapore — A staff member leads members of the media up an escalator at the new "pre-flight" area at the Singapore Flyer. The Singapore Flyer, the tallest Ferris wheel in the world at 541 feet (165 meters) high, will reopen Friday after 11 days of maintenance work.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TIM CHONG / ReutersLink
Port Brega, Libya — A Libyan rebel rocket launcher misfires while shelling pro-Kadafi forces along the front line outside Brega.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nasser Nasser / Associated PressLink
Ishinomaki, Japan — A Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldier, left, removes mud from a high school gymnasium during a joint operation with the U.S. military. Since the earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan on March 11, Japan's army has sent 100,000 troops, roughly half of the total force, to the worst-hit areas to lead the immense recovery effort.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Santana / Associated PressLink
Long Beach, Calif. — A police officer looks at the skateboard belonging to a man whose legs were severed after being hit by a freight train along the Union Pacific tracks east of Cherry Avenue north of Artesia Boulevard.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles TimesLink
Tbilisi, Georgia — A member of the Georgian police bomb-disposal unit inspects a bag suspected of containing explosives.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAVID MDZINARISHVILI / ReutersLink
Sanaa, Yemen — A female anti-government protester, center, pours water on other demonstrators to cool them while attending noon prayers during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated PressLink
Paris — Demonstrators wear white masks during a protest against legal expulsions of squatters and homeless people from properties, after a winter "grace period" during which expulsions could not take place.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: IAN LANGSDON / EPALink
Beijing — Contestants have makeup applied in a dressing room before the 6th China Super Model Final on the last day of China Fashion Week.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JASON LEE / ReutersLink
Sanaa, Yeman — Anti-government protesters take part in a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis are pressing their demand for the country's longtime ruler to step down. Wednesday's crowds in the capital and elsewhere are also denouncing a deadly munitions-factory blast that killed at least 100 people in the country's south.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated PressLink
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan — More than 1,500 people rallied outside a Kyrgyz government building to protest the closure of a major market in the capital of the economically devastated Central Asian republic.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Brega, Libya — Libyan rebels prepare for battle at a checkpoint. Outgunned rebels had fled the key oil town of Ras Lanuf, which was overrun by loyalist forces while world powers debated arming the ragtag band of fighters seeking to oust Moammer Kadhafi.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARIS MESSINIS / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Madrid, Spain — A member of Spain's honor guard is assisted after passing out during a parade before the arrival of Britain's Prince Charles at the Pardo Palace outside Madrid. Spain's Princess Letizia is at left.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ReutersLink
Karachi, Pakistan — A prisoner, wearing the colors of Pakistan, celebrates an out against India from a jail in Karachi during the ICC Cricket World Cup semifinal match.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ATHAR HUSSAIN / ReutersLink
Spitsbergen, Norway — Britain's Prince Harry tries out an immersion suit as he joins the Walking With the Wounded team for training on the island of Spitsbergen, situated between the Norwegian mainland and the North Pole. The team was on its last days of packing before setting off to walk to the North Pole. The expedition was to last four weeks, during which participants will cover up to 200 miles of the frozen Arctic Ocean on foot, pulling their own equipment in temperatures as low as minus 76 degrees Fahrenheit.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAVID CHESKIN / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Washington, D.C. — The Jefferson Monument is seen through cherry-tree blossoms. The trees were donated from Japan nearly 100 years ago. Japan's National Tourism Board pulled out of this year's cherry blossom festivities in Washington due to the ongoing catastrophes in Japan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SHAWN THEW / EPALink
Pomalaa, Indonesia — An employee works in a ferronickel smelter owned by state miner Aneka Tambang Tbk. The country accounts for roughly 7% of the world's total nickel-mine output.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YUSUF AHMAD / ReutersLink
Timmendorfer Strand, Germany — A girl gets a close look at a great spider crab living at the Sea Life aquarium.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ULRICH PERREY / EPALink
Lampedusa, Italy — Would-be immigrants are welcomed by compatriots as they approach Lampedusa harbor off the southern Italian island. Tension is rising on the Italian Mediterranean island of Lampedusa over the thousands of immigrants arriving from Libya, with patience running out as the numbers grow.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALBERTO PIZZOLI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Bangkok, Thailand — Residents wade through a flooded road in Surat Thani province. Severe flooding and mudslides in southern Thailand have killed 21 people, stranded thousands of tourists and threatened to delay shipments of rubber in the world's largest rubber-producing country, according to authorities.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SUKREE SUKPLANG / ReutersLink
Seoul — A worker at the Chogye Temple hangs lanterns to prepare for the celebration of the birthday of Buddha on May 10.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahn Young-joon / Associated PressLink
Washington — On a cold morning at the Tidal Basin, photographers set up to get pictures of the cherry blossom trees that have reached full bloom.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM LO SCALZO / EPALink
Madrid — A 6-month-old panda, one of the twins born at the Madrid Zoo, bites the shoe of Queen Sofia during her visit.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREA COMAS / ReutersLink
Sana, Yemen — A boy stands among women praying during a rally demanding the ouster of President Ali Abdullah Saleh outside Sana University.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AMMAR AWAD / ReutersLink
Brussels — A worker in the nonprofit sector, which includes nurses and social workers, throws his shoes onto a pile on the steps of the stock exchange building during a demonstration protesting the lack of a new labor agreement.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: THIERRY ROGE / ReutersLink
Bin Jawaad, Libya — A Libyan rebel urges people to leave as shells fired by Moammar Kadafi's forces hit nearby.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anja Niedringhaus / Associated PressLink
Colombo, Sri Lanka — Sri Lankan bowler Lasith Malinga celebrates after he dismisses New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill during a Cricket World Cup semifinal match.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI / AFPLink
Cape Town, South Africa — The stadium that was used during the 2010 Soccer World Cup is covered with mist.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Schalk van Zuydam / Associated PressLink
Tulbaugh, South Africa — Mountain-bike riders make a steep ascent during the second stage of the Absa Cape Epic team stage race.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KIM LUDBROOK / EPALink
Sendai, Japan — A U.S. Air Force sergeant guides a cargo plane on a motorbike due to a lack of guidance lights and airport workers at Sendai Airport in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFPLink
Sendai, Japan — New Suzuki vehicles, destroyed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, are piled on one of the auto company's lots,
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Santana / Associated PressLink
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