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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.

Add stops in Italy. Germany, Hong Kong and Myanmar to round out the report.