Visitors wait for the chimney smoke in St. Peter's Square during the second day of the conclave to elect a new pope, at the Vatican.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Oded Balilty / Associated PressLink
A woman holds rosary beads while she prays and waits for smoke to emanate from the chimney on the roof of the Sistine Chapel, which will indicate whether cardinals have elected a new pope.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dan Kitwood / Getty ImagesLink
Comet Pan-STARRS is seen over the tower on the left as a waxing crescent moon is seen setting in the Western sky. The dark side of the moon is lit by reflected light from the Earth.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Scott M. Lieberman MD / Associated PressLink
Alicia Keys performs at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles TimesLink
A Syrian rebel crosses a street while trying to dodge sniper fire in the old city of Aleppo. Syria warned it is ready to fight "for years" against rebels, as world powers worked on a new initiative to find regime officials suitable for peace talks with the opposition.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JM LOPEZ / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A young girl cries during her father's funeral procession in Srinagar, India. Paramilitary soldiers shot and killed her father, who they said was part of a group of protesters throwing stones at vehicles taking those injured in a militant attack to a hospital.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dar Yasin / Associated PressLink
An Indonesian youth jumps into the water as he and others play in a dirty river at a slum in Jakarta.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tatan Syuflana / Associated PressLink
Filipino activists light candles as they hold signs calling for peace in Sabah, Borneo, during a rally at the University of the Philippines. Malaysian authorities will not let armed members of a Filipino royal clan who are being hunted in Borneo meet with Philippine officials or family members who might seek to negotiate their safety, the foreign minister said Wednesday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Aaron Favila / Associated PressLink
Villagers protest after a report is issued by the Lappadaung copper mine investigation commission. The report found Myanmar riot police used white phosphorus smoke grenades to disperse protesters near the copper mine last year, severely injuring more than 100 people.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NYEIN CHAN NAING / EPALink
A polar bear swims toward children at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KIMIMASA MAYAMA / EPALink
Airport service crews remove a Boeing B737 plane of Czech airline SmartWings from the blocked runway following a troubled landing in the evening hours at the Katowice Airport in Pyrzowice.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDRZEJ GRYGIEL / EPALink
A snowboarder rides in front of the Sacre-Coeur Basilica in the Montmartre district in Paris.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FRED DUFOUR / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Mitch Seavey is the first musher to leave White Mountain, Alaska, toward the finish line in Nome during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Seavey, 53, had won the race previously in 2004.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bill Roth / Anchorage Daily NewsLink
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