Tokyo — An anti-nuclear protester takes part in a rally in front of Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s headquarters in Tokyo. The company has yet to determine how much it will have to pay residents and businesses near the Fukushima plant who were forced to evacuate after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami caused deadly radiation leaks.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YURIKO NAKAO / ReutersLink
Sofia, Bulgaria — A priest attends a mass at St. Nedelya church in central Sofia. The mass commemorates the 86th anniversary of one of the deadliest attacks in Bulgarian history. On April 16, 1925, members and affiliates of the Bulgarian Communist Party blew up the roof of the church during a funeral service of a Bulgarian army general, killing 213 people mainly from the country's political and military elite and injuring around 500.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STOYAN NENOV / ReutersLink
Srinagar, India — Kashmiri people hold their cellphones as they record the proceedings of a sit-in protest against the killing of Moulana Showkat Shah in Srinagar. A sit-in protest was organized by Kashmir's moderate separatist parties to protest the killing of Shah, a prominent Muslim cleric who was killed last Friday in a bomb blast outside a mosque, the first such attack near a religious place in recent years, police said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FAYAZ KABLI / ReutersLink
Urayasu Chiba, Japan — The Walt Disney Co. character Mickey Mouse greets a visitor at Tokyo Disneyland in Urayasu city. The theme park opened earlier than its 8 a.m. schedule as about 10,000 people lined up to visit the amusement park, which had been shut by the strongest earthquake on record to hit Japan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kiyoshi OtaLink
Yangon, Myanmar — Ethnic Rakhine girls play with water as they celebrate Thingyan, Myanmar's new year water festival, in central Yangon. Myanmar celebrates the festival during the month of Tagu, which usually falls around mid-April, to usher in the new year on the following day.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Soe Zeya Tun / ReutersLink
Cairo — Protesters wave Egyptian flags in Tahrir Square in Cairo while demanding the prosecution of former leader Hosni Mubarak.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YOUSSEF BOUDLAL / ReutersLink
Sofia, Bulgaria — A woman places an Easter egg, painted using traditional methods, near a candle flame during an open workshop at the Ethnographic Institute and Museum in Sofia.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: OLEG POPOV / ReutersLink
Benghazi, Libya — Mohamed Sabry,12, shout slogans against Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi after Friday prayers near the courthouse in Benghazi. A fresh hail of government rockets crashed into Misrata on Friday after Western allies denounced a "medieval siege" of the city.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AMR ABDALLAH DALSH / ReutersLink
Thimi, Nepal — Nepalese devotees, covered in vermilion powder, beat drums and dance as they carry palanquins with deities during Sindur Jatra festival in Thimi. Sindur Jatra, or Vemilion Powder Festival, is celebrated to welcome the advent of spring and the new year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gemunu Amarasinghe / Associated PressLink
London — Farrier Lance Corporal of Horse Chris McCabe fashions a horse shoe at the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment's Hyde Park barracks in London. The mounted regiment will provide the escort for the major members of the British royal family during the upcoming royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alastair Grant / Associated PressLink
Unna, Germany — Martin Hueschen, a fan of German football club Borussia Dortmund, gets a picture of the club's coach, Juergen Klopp, and the Bundesliga trophy tattooed on his back. Dortmund looks set to win the Bundesliga title this season.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARCUS SIMAITIS / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Hanover, Germany — Lion Binta takes care of her still nameless cub in their enclosure at the zoo in Hanover, as the zoo launched its summer season. Binta gave birth to two lion babies Feb. 24.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Qingdao, China — The EX40 catamaran, named Oman Sail's The Wave, Muscat, shown after it capsized sailing in Fusion Bay Qingdao. This is the second leg of a nine-eg international Extreme Sailing Series. The event runs over five days from April 13-17.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PAUL LAKATOS / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
London — American shrimp farmer Diane Wilson of Texas daubs herself with oil before trying to gain access to the British Petroleum annual general meeting. BP faced anger from protesters from across the world as it held its meeting just days ahead of the first anniversary of the Gulf of Mexico disaster.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Stefan Rousseau / Associated PressLink
Minsk, Belarus — Flowers are left on the platform of the Oktyabrskaya metro station in memory of victims killed by Monday's bomb blast.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VLADIMIR NIKOLSKY / ReutersLink
Kampala, Uganda — A plainclothes security officer charges down a road in Kasangati after military police blocked a peaceful demonstration led by opposition candidate Kizza Besigye and tried to arrest him.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARC HOFER / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Kampala, Uganda — Ugandan police detain a protester. Military police officers shot Uganda's top opposition politician in the arm Thursday and fired tear gas into a hospital as demonstrations against rising fuel and food prices broke out in several locations across the country, officials said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Stephen Wandera / Associated PressLink
Kampala, Uganda — A paramedic tends to a man who was shot in the shoulder after the military police blocked a peaceful demonstration led by opposition candidate Kizza Besigye and tried to arrest him.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARC HOFER / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Spanish KTM-rider Marc Coma, three-time winner of the Rallye Paris-Dakar, jumps over American Ronnie Renner, winner of the freestyle motocross at the X-Games, in the desert.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOERG MITTER / EPALink
Athens — Contract workers celebrate in front of Greece's Supreme Court following a ruling in their favor by the high court, which means that they must be rehired by various wider public sector agencies and organizations where they were first employed.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU / EPALink
Holloko, Hungary — A woman runs as men throw water at her as part of traditional Easter celebrations. Locals from the World Heritage village of Holloko celebrate Easter with the traditional "watering of the girls," a Hungarian tribal fertility ritual rooted in the area's pre-Christian past.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LASZLO BALOGH / ReutersLink
Cairo — An Egyptian teen break-dances as his friends look on in Tahrir Square. Ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons were detained for investigation of corruption, abuse of power and killings of protesters, bringing cheers of victory from activists who hoped it marked a turning point in Egypt's turbulent transition to democracy.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mugur Varzariu / Associated PressLink
Riccione, Italy — Italy's Federica Pellegrini during the Spring Swimming Italian Championship.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daniele Badolato / Associated PressLink
Kabul, Afghanistan — An Afghan government employee searches through debris at his office which was destroyed after a suicide attack in the Musayi district of Kabul. Three Afghan policemen were killed when Taliban militants struck at a police training center in one of three suicide attacks to hit Afghanistan on the same day. Insurgents are increasingly targeting Afghan security forces, whose role will increase as U.S.-led NATO troops prepare to hand over responsibility for security in seven areas in July and end front-line fighting in 2014.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MASSOUD HOSSAINI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Ajdabiya, Libya — A Libyan rebel fighter scans the area with his binoculars after what the rebels claimed was a NATO airstrike outside Ajdabiya. NATO allies sought to show a united front in the Libya campaign, insisting they all wanted to see the ouster of Moammar Kadafi even as they remained divided over dropping more bombs.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ODD ANDERSEN / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Bristol, England — The coffin of John Horwood, who was hanged for murder in Bristol 190 years ago, is transported to his funeral. Horwood was sentenced to death in 1821 for the murder of a young girl, but because his body was used for dissection classes at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, he was never buried. His remains were discovered in a cupboard by distant relative Mary Halliwell, who arranged for her great-great-great-grandfather's brother to be buried.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Cardy / Getty ImagesLink
Berlin — A visitor takes a photograph of a Daimler Mercedes F800 sports car at a shareholders' meeting in Berlin. Daimler AG stuck to its forecast for higher earnings this year, saying sales prospects for the updated Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan and revamped SLK roadster outweigh the repercussions of last month's earthquake in Japan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michele Tantussi / BloombergLink
Klosters, Switzerland — Snow-covered daffodils in Klosters. Days of warm spring weather have been followed by another bout of winter in alpine country.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arno Balzarini / Associated PressLink
Berlin — Veit Wunderlich demonstrates a JetLev-Flyer. The water-powered jet pack is strapped on the back of the pilot and fed compressed water through a hose. The JetLev-Flyer can reach heights of about 9 1/2 yards.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Berthold Stadler / Associated PressLink
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — People pray during a Mass held outside the public school where 12 children were killed by a gunman last week. After Brazil's most lethal school shooting, Senate leaders decided Tuesday to rush a bill that would let the voters decide whether to forbid gun sales in South America's biggest country.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Victor R. Caivano / Associated PressLink
Taipei, Taiwan — A young boy watches honor guard trainees at National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Santana / Associated PressLink
Edinburgh, Scotland — Model Izzy Morely displays a creation titled "The Birds," by Sophie Donaldson, during a preview for the press of the Edinburgh College of Art Costume Show in Edinburgh.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAVID MOIR / ReutersLink
Prachinburi, Thailand — Children celebrate the Thai new year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wason Wanichakorn / Associated PressLink
Jerusalem, Israel — Opera singer Alla Vasilevitsky performs on a light-rail bridge. The rehearsal was held outdoors ahead of a bigger opera event in Jerusalem planned for June.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sebastian Scheiner / Associated PressLink
Minsk, Belarus — A flower is placed on a wall near portraits of victims of Monday's blast, at an entrance to the Oktyabrskaya subway station in Minsk. The city of Minsk has declared Wednesday as the day of mourning for those killed in a subway blast on Monday. Belarus says it has detained a possible suspect in the subway bombing that killed 12 people and wounded more than 200 others.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sergei Grits / Associated PressLink
Bhubaneswar, India — Indian men roll around a temple as they offer traditional Dandajayatra prayers to the god Shiva during a ritual as part of a festival which coincides with the Oriya New Year in Mendhasala Village, on the outskirts of the eastern city Bhubaneswar.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Pantelleria, Italy — Large waves batter a migrant boat as it nears the Sicilian island of Pantelleria. Two women died when the boat, which was carrying 192 refugees from conflict-hit Libya five days ago, appeared to have run aground in shallow waters after getting lost. An Italian coast guard vessel was trying to escort it to port. Passengers were forced to abandon the boat and swim ashore in choppy waters.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FRANCO LANNINO / EPALink
Manila, Philippines — A boy plays while taking a bath in a wash basin at a slum in Manila. According to a national survey conducted in March, some 20.5 percent of the country (about 4.1 million families) have claimed to have gone hungry at least once in the past three months.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ERIK DE CASTRO / ReutersLink
Magdeburg, Germany — Ferris wheel of the spring fair in Magdeburg is illuminated next to the silhouette of the 'Saint Katharina and Saint Mauritius' cathedral in Magdeburg.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JENS WOLF / EPALink
Bangkok, Thailand — Tourists douse each other with water to celebrate Songkran, also known as water festival. The three-day festival is celebrated on the traditional Thai New Year's day with the spraying of water and putting powder on each others' faces as a symbolic sign of cleansing and washing away the sins from the old year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RUNGROJ YONGRIT / EPALink
Milan, Italy — Two girls pose on a chair during the International Furniture Fair.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALESSANDRO GAROFALO / ReutersLink
Sana, Yemen — A girl looks at women praying during an anti-government rally to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh outside Sana University.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AMMAR AWAD / ReutersLink
Berlin — A gust of wind turns the umbrella protecting Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands inside out as she walks through a squally shower during welcoming ceremonies at Bellevue Castle. The Dutch Royal family was welcomed by German state President Christian Wulff at the start of a four day state visit.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: WOLFGANG KUMM / DPALink
Ajdabiya, Libya — A wounded Libyan rebel falls after he was shot in the head during a firefight.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARWAN NAAMANI / AFPLink
Ajdabiyah, Libya — A rebel fighter with an amputated leg, lost before the conflict, walks along the front line at the western entrance of Ajdabiyah.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YANNIS BEHRAKIS / ReutersLink
Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan — U.S. Army pilot from "Dustoff" team, C Company, 1-214 Aviation Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade runs for cover in a sandstorm in Helmand province.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DENIS SINYAKOV / ReutersLink
Musa Qala, Afghanistan — Captain Elizabeth Jackson of the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regimental Combat Team 8 watches an Afghan boy on a swing near Musa Qala.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETER PARKS / AFPLink
Charleston, S.C. — Confederate reenactors on the ramparts of Ft. Moultrie are silhouetted at dawn on the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War in 1861. The first shot that began the Civil War was fired at Ft. Sumter in Charleston harbor.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Richard Ellis / Getty Images North AmericaLink
Minamisanriku, Japan — Buddhist nun Jikou Yoshida prays at the devastated tsunami site in Miyagi prefecture. Japan Prime Minister Naoto Kan said that the tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant is gradually stabilizing and that the amount of radiation being released is falling.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFPLink
Minsk, Belarus — Debris is scattered on a platform at the Oktyabrskaya underground station after an explosion ripped through a train during the evening rush hour, killing at least 11 people and injuring more than 126, many seriously. The president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, whose office is adjacent to the station, believes the blast was an act of terrorism aimed at destabilizing the country.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREI STASEVICH / BELTA/POOL/EPALink
Kfar Chabad, Israel — An ultra-Orthodox Jew prepares matzah, a traditional handmade Passover unleavened bread, at a bakery near Tel Aviv. The weeklong commemoration marks the exodus of the ancient Hebrews from Egypt. It begins Monday at sunset.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ariel Schalit / Associated PressLink
Zurich, Switzerland — The Boeoegg, a snowman made of wadding and filled with firecrackers, a symbol of winter, explodes atop a bonfire in Sechselaeuten Square. As the bells of St. Peter's church toll 6 o'clock, the bonfire is lighted, and mounted guildsmen gallop around the pyre to the tune of the Sechselaeuten March. The faster the head of the Boeoegg catches fire and explodes, it is said, the warmer and more beautiful the summer will be.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARND WIEGMANN / REUTERSLink
Milan, Italy — Torafu Architects creations are displayed at the Temporary Museum for New Design and Innovation during Milan Design Week 2011.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Stefania D'Alessandro / Getty ImagesLink
Milan, Italy — A balloon reading "Silvio, resist!" floats in front of justice court before the arrival of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to attend a hearing involving charges of fraud and breach of trust.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Fargo, North Dakota — Billboards are barely above water along Highway 29, closed because of flooding of the Red River.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CRAIG LASSIG / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
Monaco — Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan serves against Richard Gasquet of France in their match on day two of the ATP Masters Series Tennis at the Monte Carlo Country Club.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Julian Finney / Getty ImagesLink
Mexico City — "Trilogy," an exhibition by Mexican photographer Flor Guarduno at the San Idelfonso School in the nation's capital, celebrates three decades of black-and-white images from around the world.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARIO GUZMAN / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
Phoenix, Arizona — The St. Louis Cardinals' Kyle McClellan pitches to Diamondbacks batter Stephen Drew in the first inning.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark J. Rebilas / US PRESSWIRELink
Payerne, Switzerland — The Solar Impulse HB-SIA is positioned on the tarmac before a test flight at Payerne Airport. The aircraft has 12,000 solar cells built into its wings spanning 208 feet. It is the prototype for an aircraft intended to be the first to utilize solar power alone to circumnavigate the world, beginning next year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DENIS BALIBOUSE / REUTERSLink
Ottawa, Canada — A Royal Canadian Mint silver $20 coin, minted to commemorate the upcoming marriage of Britain's Prince William to Kate Middleton at London's Westminster Abbey on April 29, includes a sapphire-colored crystal inlay symbolizing the royal engagement ring.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Royal Canadian Mint / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Darwen, England — Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton have a photo op at Witton Country Park. Their wedding is April 29.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tim Hales / Associated PressLink
Frankfurt, Germany — Cycling beneath the cherry blossoms.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Probst / Associated PressLink
Peshawar, Pakistan — A man repairs a wooden wheel at his workshop.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FAYAZ AZIZ / ReutersLink
Ajdabiya, Libya — Rebel fighters are seen through a flag at a staging area at the western gate of Ajdabiya. According to the rebels, 35 pro-Kadafi fighters were killed in Sunday's NATO airstrike on the restive town.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ODD ANDERSEN / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Abidjan, Ivory Coast — A soldier loyal to Alassane Ouattara holds a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo was captured Monday after fresh airstrikes by the French.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Bilbao, Spain — The artwork "Tomato Head," by Paul McCarthy, is displayed as part of the exhibition "The Luminous Interval: The D. Daskalopoulos Collection" at the Guggenheim Museum. Greek financier Dimitris Daskalopoulos' private collection of contemporary art by more than 30 international artists can be seen at the Guggenheim until Sept. 11.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LUIS TEJIDO / EPALink
Paris — Nayet, wearing a burqa, speaks with the media near Notre Dame Cathedral. France's ban on full-face veils, a first in Europe, went into effect today, exposing anyone who wears the Muslim niqab or burqa in public to fines of $216 and lessons in French citizenship.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: GONZALO FUENTES / RuetersLink
Manatutu, East Timor — An East Timorese girl collects paddy seedlings for planting in the Manatutu district on the outskirts of Dili.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LIRIO DA FONSECA / RuetersLink
Tarragona, Spain — Greenpeace activists project an anti-nuclear message, "No More Fukushima," on the Asco nuclear power plant.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PEDRO ARMESTRE / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Quezon, Philippines — Greenpeace activists and other environmentalists light candles amid hundreds of paper cranes at the Heroes Monument as a symbol of solidarity with Japan's disaster victims. The protesters are calling for an end to nuclear power around the world.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bullit Marquez / Associated PressLink
Jammu, India — A Hindu devotee walks into the polluted Tawi River to immerse barley shoots on the eighth day of the Navratri, or nine nights festival. The festival, widely celebrated in north India, involves feasting and fasting.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Channi Anand / Associated PressLink
Newark, N.J. — New Jersey Devils left wing Ilya Kovalchuk, of Russia, carries hockey sticks out of the team locker room. A day earlier, the Devils ended the regular season, failling to make the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Julio Cortez / Associated PressLink
Los Angeles — A Cirque du Soleil acrobat, from the new production "Iris," opening in Hollywood this summer, performs at the 22nd annual GLAAD Media Awards, by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FRED PROUSER / ReutersLink
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