Beijing — Hostesses pose as they take souvenir photos at Tiananmen Square, near the Great Hall of the People where the annual National People's Congress is held.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andy Wong / Associated PressLink
Faskusfjordur, Iceland — The Northern Lights are seen on the east coast of Iceland. A solar storm shook the Earth's magnetic field early Friday, but scientists said they had no reports of any problems with electrical systems.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jonina Oskardottir / Associated PressLink
Allahabad, India — Young Indian boys with their faces smeared with colored powder and glitter participate in Holi celebrations. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajesh Kumar Singh / Associated PressLink
Amsterdam — A mother with her baby attends a movie at the cinema The Movies. From now on, the cinema offers a special program for parents who want to watch the movies with their babies.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROBIN UTRECHT / EPALink
Bet Dajan, West Bank — A Palestinian protester argues with an Israeli soldier during clashes between locals and Israel security forces at a protest against the closure and for the removal of a gate at the entrance of Bet Dajan village.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALAA BADARNEH / EPALink
Sana, Yemen — Yemeni protesters cover their eyes with black cloth and wear handcuffs during a rally demanding the release of fellow demonstrators detained over anti-government protests. According to media reports, Yemeni protesters staged a rally demanding the immediate release of the detained revolutionary youth, who were forcibly snatched from the streets during the crackdown by former president Ali Abdullah Saleh's security forces.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YAHYA ARHAB / EPALink
Srinagar, India — Kashmiri Muslim devotees pray as a priest (not pictured) displays a relic at the shrine of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Geelani in the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. Indian Muslims celebrate the Urs festival of the saint who lived in Baghdad some 1,000 years ago and is buried there, Kashmiri Muslims hold the saint in high esteem and have set up scores of shrines and mosques in his memory.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FAROOQ KHAN / EPALink
Konstanz, Germany — A woman is silhouetted against the sun as she enjoys a break sitting on a bench on the promenade along Lake Constance.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PATRICKâ SEEGER / EPALink
Athens — Evangelos Venizelos, Greece's finance minister, is seen speaking on a video camera screen during a news conference. Greece's private sector debt swap won't be repeated in other countries and is unique to Greece, Venizelos said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kostas Tsironis / BloombergLink
Istanbul, Turkey — Turkey's Sevim Sinmez lands on the sand during the women's triple jump qualifications at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships at the Atakoy Athletics Arena.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MUSTAFA OZER / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Gerri de la Sal, Spain — A helicopter drops water on one of the four wildfires that have so far ravaged 3,000 acres in the northeastern region of Catalonia, Spain, near this village. Emergency services workers evacuated about 200 people from their homes on Thursday because of the risk from the flames but the majority have already been allowed to return to their homes. Spain is struggling through its driest winter since the 1940s, according to the national weather office.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOSEP LAGO / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Ishinomaki, Japan — Sea stars are being dried for plant food on the ground in Tashirojima island, known as "Cats island," two days before the anniversary of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The tsunami-hit isolated island, well known for more than 80 stray cats that local residents said survived the disaster, is on the way to recovery, using the cats as tourism resources.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Itsuo Inouye / Associated PressLink
Katmandu, Nepal — A Nepalese balances herself and looks in from the gate of a temple at Godawari.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Niranjan Shrestha / Associated PressLink
Jerusalem — An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy wears a white traditional costume during celebrations for the holiday of Purim at the Belz Hasidic dynasty synagogue. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ABIR SULTAN / EPALink
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