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Protestors scatter as smoke rises from a burning truck during the second day of anti-U.S. demonstrations at a NATO military base over what the U.S. has said was the inadvertent burning of Muslim holy books. At least seven people have been killed in the violence.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rahmat Gul / Associated Press

Afghans burn an effigy of President Obama during an anti-U.S. protest over the burning of Muslim holy books.


Exiled Tibetan students let slogans painted on their bodies speak for them as they take part in a daylong hunger strike at a Buddhist temple on the first day of the Tibetan New Year. The protesters' exiled government in India called on Tibetans this year to shun celebrations for their traditional new year, which started Wednesday. They were urged to instead pray for those living under Chinese rule.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Frayer / Associated Press

An opponent of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak holds chains and shouts slogans in front of the police academy where Mubarak was tried on murder and corruption charges. A date for the verdict to be announced was expected to be set on Wednesday.


In an image provided by the Local Coordination Committees in Syria, a doctor treats an infant injured by government forces shelling the Baba Amr neighborhood of Homs. Several people have reportedly been killed in heavy shelling after the army sent in reinforcements ahead of a possible ground assault.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Poor Palestinians searching for food and other items they may be able to sell sift through garbage dumped by an Israeli truck at a landfill on the outskirts of Hebron.


Costumed Duesseldorfers symbolically mourn the burning figure of Hoppeditz, the mythical rogue whose "awakening" each Nov. 11 is the signal for the city's citizens to engage in fun and frivolity -- at least until Hoppeditz is carried to his grave and burned on Ash Wednesday to start Lent.


A pedestrian crosses a nearly empty street.


Archbishop Timothy Dolan joins volunteers distributing food to the poor at St. Francis Assisi Church on Ash Wednesday. Dolan just returned from Rome where he and 21 other Roman Catholic churchmen were elevated to cardinal Saturday by Pope Benedict XVI.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Spencer Platt / Getty Images

Indian Christians pray during an Ash Wednesday Mass at a Roman Catholic church.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mahesh Kumar A / Associated Press

A stylist puts the final touches on a model's hairdo backstage before the Simonetta Ravizza fall-winter collection is presented during Milan Fashion Week.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luca Bruno / Associated Press

A girl walks in silhouette toward the Shwedagon Pagoda during its 2,600th anniversary observance, a Buddhist festival that was banned for more than two decades under the nation's former military regime.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Altaf Qadri / Associated Press

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Pictures in the News | February 22, 2012

Wednesday’s Pictures in the News begins in Afghanistan, where anti-U.S. demonstrations at a NATO military base in Jalalabad continued for a second day over what the U.S. has said was the inadvertent burning of Muslim holy books. See gallery

In other protests around the globe, exiled Tibetan students take part in a daylong hunger strike on the first day of the Tibetan New Year at a Buddhist temple in New Delhi and an anti-regime protester holds chains beside Egyptian security forces during the trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo.

Today is Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent, a time when Christians prepare for Easter through acts of penitence and prayer. In New York, Archbishop Timothy Dolan joins volunteers distributing food at St. Francis of Assisi Church. Dolan, just back from Rome, was among 22 Catholic churchmen who were elevated to cardinal Saturday by Pope Benedict XVI.

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