MADRID — A dog looks over the back of a pew as people take part in a Mass at San Anton Church in honor of St. Anthony, the patron saint of animals. The feast is celebrated each year in many parts of Spain, and people bring their pets to churches to be blessed.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daniel Ochoa De Olza / Associated PressLink
COPIAPO, Chile — The shadow of a helicopter is cast over KTM rider Cyril Despres of France in the 12th stage of the Dakar Rally. The race -- which stretches from Lima, Peru, to Santiago, Chile -- is to end Sunday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Victor R. Caivano / Associated PressLink
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — University of Alabama student Marilyn Pensin enjoys the falling snow along University Boulevard.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vasha Hunt / Alabama Media GroupLink
GRAMSBERGEN, Netherlands — The women's pack in action during the third marathon on natural ice at the ice rink of skating club Ons Genoegen.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vincent Jannink / ANPLink
Jakarta, Indonesia — A Rolls Royce is stranded in floodwater in the city's central business district. Thousands of Indonesians were displaced and key areas of the capital were covered in more than three feet of water after days of heavy rain.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ed Wray / Getty Images AsiaPacLink
Sydney — Madeline Groves of Australia competes in the women's 200-meter butterfly final during Day 2 of the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt King / Getty Images AsiaPacLink
San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain — A horseman jumps over a bonfire Wednesday in this central Spanish village to open celebrations for the feast of St. Anthony, patron saint of animals.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFPLink
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy plays a shot during the first round of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club in the Emirati capital.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KARIM SAHIB / AFPLink
French Alps, France — Sam Favret of France glides down the wide face of Cirque de Fond Blanc during the 2013 Red Bull Linecatcher on Wednesday at the Les Arcs ski resort.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PHILIPPE DESMAZES / AFPLink
Kisumu, Kenya — People gather at the scene of a building collapse Wednesdayy in this lakeside town, killing at least three people. The building that was still under construction is suspected to have caved in on itself due to the failure of the site's contractors to adhere to appropriate standards of construction.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TONY KARUMBA / AFPLink
McKean Township, Pa. — Rescue personnel work to free the driver of a Greyhound bus that crashed on Interstate 90 near Erie, Pa.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Greg Wohlford / Erie Times-NewsLink
London — A workman inspects damage to a crane on a St. George's Wharf building after a helicopter crashed into it Wednesday, killing two people.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images EuropeLink
Islamabad, Pakistan — Pakistani Sunni cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri addresses a rally from his bullet-proof pulpit. Qadri is demanding election reform and dissolution of the government.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: B.K. Bangash / Associated PressLink
Silikot, India — Indian army soldiers guard a bunker near the Line of Control, the line that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan. Pakistan accused Indian troops on Wednesday of killing one of its soldiers along the disputed border, the latest in a series of tit-for-tat attacks that threaten to ratchet up tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dar Yasin / Associated PressLink
Oberhausen, Germany — Surrounded by a blanket of snow, swans take a swim.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROLAND WEIHRAUCH / DPALink
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