Enthusiastic couples compete in a Valentine's Day kissing contest at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lee / EPALink
Clarence Coleman buys a bouquet of red roses from Wanda Smith at Flowers Texas Style, which estimated that it will have assembled more than 700 arrangements before the end of Valentine's Day.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jason Fochtman / Conroe CourierLink
Investigators walk amid the wreckage of an An-24 turboprop plane that made an emergency crash landing in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk. At least four people died among dozens of soccer fans on board on their way to a match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Borussia Dortmund.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALEXANDER KHUDOTEPLY / AFPLink
A newspaper becomes a makeshift umbrella for a man stuck in a midday storm in downtown Singapore.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STEPHEN MORRISON / EPALink
An Israeli settler sits praying in the rubble of his house after it was demolished by Israeli police because it was built without authorization outside the larger, state-sanctioned West Bank settlement of Maale Rehavam,
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JANOS CHIALA / AFPLink
Hindu women dry their saris after a holy dip at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers, during the Maha Kumbh festival. Maha Kumbh, one of the world's largest religious gatherings, falls every 12 years and lasts for 55 days.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajesh Kumar Singh / Associated PressLink
South African Paralympic and Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius hides his face as he's escorted by authorities at a Pretoria police station after being arrested in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius, a double-amputee who inspired the globe by running on prosthetic limbs in the London Olympics last year, has been charged with murder.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHRIS COLLINGRIDGE / EPALink
Russia's Daria Astapenko falls after the second run of the women's giant slalom at the Alpine skiing world championships.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matthias Schrader / Associated PressLink
France's Tessa Worley speeds down the course on her way to winning the women's giant slalom at the Alpine skiing world championships.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alessandro Trovati / Associated PressLink
Santiago Silva, right, of Argentina's Boca Juniors grabs the shorts of Diego Novaretti of Mexico's Toluca during a Copa Libertadores soccer match. Toluca defeated Boca Juniors on its own pitch, 2-1.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eduardo Di Baia / Associated PressLink
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