A new Virgin America Airbus A320 named My Other Ride Is a Spaceship flies over San Francisco with the twin-fuselage craft WhiteKnightTwo, which was carrying SpaceshipTwo. They later became the first aircraft to land at San Francisco International Airport's new $388-million, 640,000-square-foot Terminal 2. Guests aboard the A320 included Virgin Group founder Richard Branson and astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Greenberg / Virgin AmericaLink
A portrait of Aime Cesaire is displayed on the floor of the Pantheon during a national homage to the poet, pioneer of the black pride movement and former mayor of the capital of the French Caribbean island of Martinique. Cesaire, a cult figure on his native island and elsewhere in the French-speaking world, died at the age of 94 in 2008. The Pantheon is a former church in which the remains of many famous French citizens, including Voltaire, Rousseau and Victor Hugo, are interred.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ERIC FEFERBERG / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A Black Hawk helicopter with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Army Gen. Lloyd Austin on board taxis on the tarmac after arriving in the Iraqi capital.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chip Somodevilla / Pool PhotoLink
A statue of George Washington is silhouetted against the dome of the U.S. Capitol. Lawmakers and the White House are racing against the clock to make a midnight Friday deadline to agree on legislation to fund the federal government through Oct. 1, failing which key federal agencies will shut down.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JEWEL SAMAD / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A member of Christie's staff views "Gimcrack on Newmarket Heath, With a Trainer, a Stable-Lad and a Jockey," by George Stubbs, at the auction house. The work of art is expected to fetch $32 million, making it one of the most expensive Old Master paintings ever sold at auction when it goes on the block in July.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dan Kitwood / Getty ImagesLink
"Madonna and Child," an artwork by Swedish-born artist Maria von Kohler. It depicts the incident when singer Michael Jackson dangled his younger son, Prince Michael II, from a Berlin hotel window in 2002. It has enraged fans of the late pop icon.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BEN STANSALL / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A rare white tiger prowls around his enclosure at a zoo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LUIS ROBAYO / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Spring flowers adorn an old truck.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Bowmer / Associated PressLink
One-year-old Elizabeth Joliffe of London plays among spring daffodils. Wednesday was the warmest day of the year in Britain so far, with temperatures reaching well into the 70s.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: EDDIE KEOGH / REUTERSLink
A couple take a stroll on a warm spring evening.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARND WIEGMANN / REUTERSLink
Volunteer Caroline Vile sports a Birdwing butterfly at the Natural History Museum, as 600 live butterflies arrive for a "Sensational Butterflies" exhibition. The exhibition aims to urge gardeners to plant butterfly-friendly flowers to help turn around the fortunes of dozens of species in decline.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gareth Fuller / PALink
Tiger Woods, right, of the U.S. walks with Mark O'Meara, center, to the 15th green during a practice round for the 2011 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BRIAN SNYDER / ReutersLink
Visitors sit on deckchairs as gymnasts practice in Hyde Park in central London. It was predicted to be the warmest day of the year so far in Britain, local media reported.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TOBY MELVILLE / ReutersLink
Litex Lovech's Doka reacts while surrounded by smoke caused by flares thrown by fans during his team's Bulgarian Cup quarterfinal soccer match against Levski Sofia.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: OLEG POPOV / ReutersLink
Pope Benedict XVI waves upon his arrival for his weekly general audience at St Peter's Square at the Vatican.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFPLink
Men captured by forces loyal to Alassane Ouattara and detained for unknown reasons arrive at a checkpoint serving as an operating base near Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Heavy arms fire rang out Wednesday near the home of Laurent Gbagbo, the country's strongman who remained holed up in a subterranean bunker, as forces backing his rival assaulted the residence to try to force him out, diplomats and witnesses said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rebecca Blackwell / APLink
Libyan rebel fighters wake up under a tent attached to a destroyed tank at a makeshift camp outside the Libyan town of Ajdabiya as fighting continues against Moammar Kadafi's forces.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ODD ANDERSEN / AFPLink
A Lebanese protester with a relative who is a Roumieh inmate clashes with riot policemen who guard the main entrance of the compound of the central Roumieh prison, in Roumieh east of Beirut. Lebanese security officials say police have stormed the country's largest prison to halt a daylong riot by the inmates, and that two prisoners died during the operation. The rioting started Saturday by prisoners demanding improved conditions. They later set a fire inside one of the prison buildings.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bilal Hussein / APLink
Pakistani women hold Japanese flags to show support for Japan during a rally in Islamabad. The protest was organized by Monbukagakusho Alumni Assn. of Pakistan (MAAP), an organization of Pakistani students who received scholarships for higher studies in Japan, to express solidarity with Japan after a massive earthquake and tsunami in March and to honor victims of the disaster, according to organizers.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FAISAL MAHMOOD / ReutersLink
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