Predazzo Trient, Italy, — Jan Matura of Czech Republic soars through the air during a trial jump of the Men's large hill individual ski jumping event at the Nordic Skiing World Championships.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DANIEL KARMANN / EPALink
Tesero, Italy — Bernhard Gruber of Austria celebrates after taking second place in the Nordic Combined Gundersen competition at the FIS Nordic Skiing World Championships.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BARBARA GINDL / EPALink
Castel Gandolfo, Italy — Pope Benedict XVI waves to faithful from a balcony upon arrival in Castel Gandolfo. Once he steps down later Thursday, Pope Benedict XVI will begin his retirement in the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, a sumptuous villa outside Rome with ornamental gardens, breathtaking views and its own farm.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VINCENZO PINTO / AFPLink
London — Finishing touches are made to the monumental rice paper boat by renowned Chinese artist Zhu Jinshi at Olympia Exhibition Centre. The work is presented by Pearl Lam Galleries for the opening of the inaugural Art 13 London, an art fair.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bethany Clarke / Getty ImagesLink
Bucharest, Romania — Inmates, photographed through a tinted window, stand outside at the Jilava Prison outside Bucharest. The Council of Europe organized a media visit to the prison, a day after a conference on drug abuse and rising HIV in prisons in Eastern Europe. Some 200 inmates in Jilava prison and two other Romanian jails have benefited from anti-drugs programs funded by the Norwegian government.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vadim Ghirda / Associated PressLink
Cheonan, Korea — South Koreans, wearing traditional Korean costumes, carry torches as they march on a street during a ceremony to celebrate the March 1st Independence Movement Day, the anniversary of the 1919 uprising against Japanese colonial rule.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lee Jin-man / Associated PressLink
Ofer, West Bank — A masked Palestinian stone thrower kicks a burning tire during a protest to support Palestinian prisoners outside Ofer, an Israeli military prison near Ramallah.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Majdi Mohammed / Associated PressLink
Jabal al-Zaweya, Syria — Sami, 32, steps into an underground Roman tomb used for shelter from Syrian government forces shelling and airstrikes. Across northern Syria, rebels, soldiers, and civilians are making use of the country's wealth of ancient and medieval antiquities to protect themselves from Syria's 2-year-old war. They are built of thick stone that has already withstood centuries, and are often located in strategic locations overlooking towns and roads.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hussein Malla / Associated PressLink
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