Friday’s Pictures in the News begins in Russia, where a meteor streaked across the sky of Russia’s Ural Mountains, causing sharp explosions and reportedly injuring hundreds, many of whom were hurt by shattered glass.
In Africa, French soldiers check passengers of a transport truck arriving in Gao. Malian forces have stepped up security around the port and the main market in an effort to stop the infiltration of rebel fighters.
A 42-year-old homeless man from the southern Serbian city of Nis has been dwelling at a local cemetery for more than 15 years, turning one of the underground tombs there into a place of his own.
Elsewhere, Libyan security forces stand guard at a checkpoint on the highway leading to downtown Benghazi, where Libyans are preparing to mark the second anniversary of the uprising that ousted Moammar Kadafi; a gorilla named Bagira holds her 1-week-old baby at Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich; and in Beijing a traditional dance is performed on the last day of the Spring Festival holiday, marking the Lunar New Year.