Buddhists pray during a ceremony welcoming the holy month of Vesak, marking the birth, enlightenment and demise of Buddha.
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A man balances a bottle on his head during a celebration of St. George's Day, the biggest holiday of the year for members of the country's Roma minority.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DADO RUVIC / ReutersLink
Models prepare backstage ahead of a David Bowie show during Australian Fashion Week at the Overseas Passenger Terminal.
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A World War II veteran walks behind naval cadets at a war memorial. Many Russian veterans wear their awards as the country prepares to celebrate Victory Day on May 9.
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Muslims led by Iman Jamil Yahya, center, pray in the street during a protest march to denounce the manner in which Osama bin Laden's body was buried at sea after he was killed by U.S. forces.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FRANCIS R. MALASIG / EPALink
A man walks past the outside wall of the "Art In The Streets" exhibit at the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LUCY NICHOLSON / ReutersLink
Australia's Paul Gallen, center, is tackled by New Zealand's Benji Marshall, left, during a rugby league test match.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JASON O'BRIEN / ReutersLink
Supporters of embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh climb flagpoles during a rally.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AHMED JADALLAH / ReutersLink
Palestinian youths throw bricks and stones at an Israeli car that mistakenly drove into the mostly Arab neighborhood of Silwan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BAZ RATNER / ReutersLink
Supporters of anti-government protesters in Syria kick out a supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad during Friday prayers at a mosque.
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Nationalist Nikita Tikhonov, background right, and his girlfriend, Yevgenia Khasis, left, listen from behind glass to their sentences for the killings of a prominent human rights lawyer and an independent journalist. The Moscow City Court sentenced Tikhonov to life in prison and Khasis to 18 years.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ivan Sekretarev / Associated PressLink
A baby spider monkey named Estela plays at the Melbourne Zoo. She was abandoned by her mother and has been cared for by keepers since her birth on Jan. 17.
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Isabella Hester, the 20-month-old niece of fallen LAPD Officer Steven G. Gajda, looks for a spot to place her red rose on the memorial wall at the LAPD Administration Building.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles TimesLink
Anti-government protesters shout slogans during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
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A soldier from an honor guard yawns before the official welcoming ceremony for Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann at the Great Hall of the People.
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South Korean citizens stage an acrobatic show about 100 feet above a public park to herald the start of a spring festival. The show, called "Rainbow Drops," involves 48 volunteers and a giant crane.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KIM JAE-HWAN / AFPLink
Steam rises off a horse as it gets a bath after a morning workout at Churchill Downs.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charlie Riedel / Associated PressLink
A 3-month-old bear cub looks at ostriches at a zoo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DANIL SEMYONOV / AFPLink
An Afghan child flies a kite on top of the ruins of a building wrecked by war.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFPLink
Anti-government protesters throw a fellow protester in the air during a rally to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AHMED JADALLAH / ReutersLink
Pregnant women show off their painted bellies as part of a campaign to raise awareness about high mortality rates for pregnant women in the developing world. In Belgium, campaign organizers say, a woman runs a 1 in 7,800 chance of dying from pregnancy-related issues, but the chances are 1 in 7 in the developing world.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ERIC LALMAND / BELGALink
A Chinese couple pose for wedding photographs at an art district in Beijing.
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An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800 aircraft on approach for landing at Vancouver International Airport passes embers and smoke billowing into the sky from a three-alarm fire at a six-story condominium complex under construction in Richmond, British Columbia.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DARRYL DYCK / The Canadian PressLink
Hooligans are seen after the Polish Soccer Cup final between Legia Warszawa and Lech Poznan in Bydgoszcz. The incident which caused 40,000 zlotys (US$13,000) in damages prompted officials to call for tighter regulations to assure security during Euro 2012 that Poland is to co-host with Ukraine.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Katarzyna Plewczynska / Associated PressLink
Filipino protesters perform during a rally outside Shell oil company in Makati's financial district Manila. The protesters slammed the continuing oil price hike in the country. The latest price increase is due to the continuing rise in the cost of crude oil in the world market.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RENEE P. ESPENILLA / EPALink
Palestinian women are seen through the Palestinian flag as they take part in a rally celebrating the signing of a reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas, in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tara Todras-Whitehill / Associated PressLink
An armed police officer stands guard outside the U.S. embassy in London. Security personnel in London remain vigilant following the death of al-Qaida's Osama bin Laden.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Dunham / Associated PressLink
A rebel fighter takes up position at the western entrance of Ajdabiya.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMMED SALEM / ReutersLink
A Russian World War Two veteran displays his medals during a celebration to mark the 66th anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany at the Siberian Legal Institute in Krasnoyarsk. Russia will celebrate victory in Europe with parades and commemorative events on May 9, one of the main national holidays of the year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ILYA NAYMUSHIN / ReutersLink
Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after losing a point to Kevin Anderson of South Africa during their Madrid Open tennis match in Madrid.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SUSANA VERA / ReutersLink
South Korean elementary school students covering their mouths gather on the ground after escaping from their classrooms during an earthquake drill in Seoul. Students throughout the nation practiced drills ranging from fire to terror attacks and earthquake as part of the annual drills called a Safe Korea Exercise.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lee Jin-man / Associated PressLink
Indian children cool themselves at a water fountain on a hot afternoon in New Delhi. Most parts of northern India are experiencing temperatures above 104 Fahrenheit.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tsering Topgyal / Associated PressLink
Children look visitors from their house in Daethayae, in the Ayeyarwaddy delta, about 50 miles south of Yangon. Three years ago Cyclone Nargis devastated Myanmar's southern delta region.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Khin Maung Win / Associated PressLink
A cockchafer sits on a flower in a garden in Fuerstenwalde. Due to the extensive use of pesticides, the population of chockchafers in Europe was almost exterminated in the middle of the 20th century, but is increasing again after a regulation of pest control.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PATRICK PLEUL / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Andrej Tavzelj, right, of Slovenia vies for the puck with Robert Dietrich of Germany during a Ice Hockey World Championship match. Germany won 3-2 after penalty shootout.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETER HUDEC / EPALink
A car-theft suspect is held by LAPD officers after a lengthy pursuit through several communities.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles TimesLink
Riot police confront members of the Basij militia protesting at an AFC Champions League soccer match between Iran's Persepolis and Saudi Arabia's Al-Ittihad. The protest was against Saudi policies on Bahrain.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BEHROUZ MEHRI / AFPLink
Libyans enjoy a day on a beach.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Darko Bandic / Associated PressLink
A rebel fighter armed with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher controls an intersection.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YANNIS BEHRAKIS / ReutersLink
A man walks in a park during a snowfall.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ReutersLink
People gather at the former main square of their village on Radunitsa, or the Day of Rejoicing, a holiday in the Eastern Orthodox Church dedicated to remembering the dead. Every year, those who left the village after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster gather to visit relatives' graves and to meet former friends and neighboors.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VASILY FEDOSENKO / ReutersLink
Utility workers erect new power poles in Pratt City, Ala., replacing those destroyed by recent tornadoes.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Butch Dill / Associated PressLink
An explosion lights up the night sky as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blows an 11,000-foot hole in the Birds Point Levee. Officials hope breaching the levee will allow water to fill the floodway, lowering flood levels upstream at Cairo, Ill., and other communities.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAVID CARSON / St. Louis Post-DispatchLink
At the construction site of the former World Trade Center towers in New York, Bob Mika, left,and Liam Kolb react to the news of Osama bin Laden's death.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ERIC THAYER / ReutersLink
Dan Parker of Shamokin, Pa., holds a U.S. flag outside the White House. Parker came here after learning of Bin Laden's death.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KEVIN LAMARQUE / ReutersLink
Dionne Layne, facing camera, hugs Mary Power as they react to the news of Bin Laden's death. At left in the background is the rising tower, 1 World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Lennihan / Associated PressLink
In Abbottabad, Pakistan: the hideout of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is seen after his death.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FAROOQ NAEEM / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A vendor walks past a sand sculpture of Bin Laden created by sand artist Sudarshan Patnaik on a beach in Puri, India.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ReutersLink
Riot police prevent university students from marching during a demonstration in which they demand political change in Algiers, Algeria.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ZOHRA BENSEMRA / ReutersLink
Riot police stand guard in front of a university entrance where students are chanting and posturing in Algiers, Algeria.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ZOHRA BENSEMRA / ReutersLink
Jews from all over the world place small placards containing messages for loved ones who died in the Holocaust, in front of the main railway building at the former Nazi death camp of Birkenau in southern Poland. Thousands of people participated in the 17th annual March of the Living, a Holocaust commemoration.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETER ANDREWS / ReutersLink
Suspects Jesus Cardenas Perez, alias "El Manos," left, and Cesar Arturo Galindo Perez, El Guason are presented to the media by the federal police in Mexico City. According to the police, Cardenas Perez is accused of killing seven people, including Juan Francisco Sicilia, the son of Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, who was found dead along with six others inside a car on March 28, 2011, in Morelos.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JORGE DAN LOPEZ / ReutersLink
Chinese artist and filmmaker Zhang Bingjian holds a frame for disgraced official Wan Ruizhong, party secretary of Nandan County, whose portrait photography cannot been found from the Internet, in front of other portraits for his "Hall of Fame" project in a studio in Beijing. The stark, monochromatic portraits rendered in the reddish-pink hue of China's 100 yuan banknotes, painted by a team of artists in Shenzhen's Dafen village -- known for its mass-produced knock-offs of iconic Western paintings -- are the brainchild of outspoken Zhang.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JASON LEE / ReutersLink
A depositor of the suspended Busan Savings Bank lies on the street as policemen block depositors' march to parliament during a protest in Seoul. Depositors of the suspended Busan Savings Bank protested against the government as they demanded it to offer full guarantees for their money on Monday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lee Jung-hoon / ReutersLink
A 200-ton boat still sits on top of a building after the March 11 tsunami in Otsuchi. Work to scrap the boat is expected to begin in early May.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KAZUHIRO NOGI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
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