A pair of injured inmates are guarded by a police officer after fire broke out at a prison in central Honduras. As many as 300 were feared dead, with many inmates asphyxiated or burned alive, officials said. Dozens of others, some with severe burns, were taken to hospitals in Comayagua and the capital, Tegucigalpa.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gustavo Amador / EPALink
Anxious relatives of inmates wait for news after fire broke out.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: GUSTAVO AMADOR / EPALink
A Honduran woman weeps after learning of the death of her son in the prison fire.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ORLANDO SIERRA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A Hindu holy man smears his body with ash and vermillion powder at the courtyard of the Pashupatinath Temple as celebrants begin arriving for the Shivaratri festival, dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva, on Feb. 20.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Niranjan Shrestha / Associated PressLink
Bizarre ice formations hang like crystal skirts around tree trunks at the Unteres Odertal national park.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PATRICK PLEUL / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Simon Bilcock leaves the water after a bit of surfing at Coldingham Bay, an inlet in the North Sea. Improved wetsuit materials and technology have turned the sport into a year-round activity even in frigid locales, allowing dedicated surfers to take advantage of the better waves and less crowded breaks the winter offers.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeff J Mitchell / Getty ImagesLink
The aurora borealis, or northern lights, cast an ethereal glow in the sky above Kvaloya island. The phenomenon is caused when charged particles from the sun strike gas molecules in the upper atmosphere. The charged particles are drawn by the Earth's magnetic field to the poles.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARTIAL TREZZINI / EPALink
An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish bride enters the men's section of the hall during her traditional wedding to Chananya Yom Tov Lipa, great-grandson of the rabbi of the Wiznitz Hasidic followers.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Oded Balilty / Associated PressLink
A Palestinian youth masked with the colors of his flag hides behind a makeshift barricade during clashes with Israeli soldiers at the entrance of the Israeli Ofer Prison, following a demonstration in support for Khader Adnan, a jailed senior member of Islamic Jihad who has been on hunger strike for nearly 60 days.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ABBAS MOMANI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A man runs for cover as riot police unleash water cannon on a group of demonstrators protesting rising living costs after the government raised the prices of fuel by 35%, food by almost 4% and bus fares by 20% over the weekend.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ISHARA S.KODIKARA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
An Indian worker cleans red chilies by hand. Workers earn around 10 rupees (or 20 U.S. cents) for removing the petioles from 20 kilograms of chilies.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ajit Solanki / Associated PressLink
Supporters of Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa chant slogans against the El Universo newspaper outside the National Court of Justice in Quito, where the newspaper is appealing a $40-million fine and prison sentences for its top executives for libeling Correa.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RODRIGO BUENDIA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Afghan children play on the remains of a Soviet-era armored personnel carrier. Soviet troops withdrew from Afghanistan in 1989 after 10 years of fighting against Mujahiddin millitamen.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AREF KARIMI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Hundreds of Somalis march in a rare open protest against Islamist Shebab insurgents and their Al Qaeda allies. "Down with Al Qaeda! Down with Al Shebab!" the crowds chanted, as they marched through the streets near the presidential palace, passing areas recently struck by suicide and car bomb attacks set off by the hard line Shehab.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
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