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A Syrian female rebel monitors the movement of Syrian government forces in the Sheikh Maqsud district of the northern city of Aleppo. G8 foreign ministers meeting in London said they were "appalled" by the rising death toll in the Syrian conflict and urged all countries to boost aid to a U.N. appeal for the country.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dimitar Dilkoff / AFP/Getty Images

A protester aims a rock at a huddle of shielded riot police after students held a massive student march demanding free education in Santiago, Chile. The marches began during the 2006-10 administration of Michelle Bachelet and have troubled current President Sebastian Pinera even more. Pinera's government is focusing a chunk of the 2013 budget on financing school loans at lower rates. But students say the system still fails them, with poor public schools, expensive private universities, unprepared teachers and unaffordable loans.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Hidalgo / Associated Press

A campaign poster featuring the ruling party's presidential candidate, acting President Nicolas Maduro, hangs from a security door at a home in Tacarigua, Venezuela. Outside the capital of Caracas, power outages, food shortages and unfinished projects abound; important factors heading into Sunday's election to replace Hugo Chavez, who died last month after a long battle with cancer. An estimated 2 million of Venezuela's nearly 30 million people lack permanent homes, and one of Chavez's anti-poverty "missions" builds them. But it's been slow going. The government says it has built 370,500 homes and apartments over the last two years, and more than 3 million people applied for them.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ramon Espinosa / Associated Press

Activists demand the closing of the U.S. military's detention facility in Guantanamo during a protest in New York's Times Square, part of the Nationwide Guantanamo Day of Action. The Guantanamo jail, in a U.S. Navy base in Cuba, was opened in 2002 to hold prisoners captured in the "War on Terror" waged by then-President George W. Bush after the 9/11 attacks.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Stan Honda / AFP/Getty Images

A woman waits in a changing room to try out a new burqa in a shop in the old city of Kabul, Afghanistan. Before the Taliban took control, the burqa was infrequently worn in cities. While they were in power, the Taliban required that it be worn in public. Officially, it is not required under the current Afghan regime, but local warlords still enforce it in southern Afghanistan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anja Niedringhaus / Associated Press

Trent Rezner performs with his new project, "How to Destroy Angels," at the Fox Theater in Pomona.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

A woman walks past the BP gas station at the iconic SoHo location of Houston and Lafayette streets in New York City. The city's Landmark Preservation Commission has approved the demolition of the gas station and two other buildings at the location, which will be replaced by an office building. The station is one of the few remaining relics of SoHo's more gritty past.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mario Tama / Getty Imagess

Volunteers place more than 3,300 crosses, stars of David and other religious symbols at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to honor those affected by gun violence. Clergy from Newtown, Conn., and others will begin a 24-hour vigil to urge Congress to pass tougher gun laws.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

A competitor runs on a dune during the 28th "Marathon des Sables," some 300 kilometers south of Ouarzazate, Morocco. More than 1,000 participants from 45 nations, ages 20 to 76, have to walk seven days in the Moroccan Sahara while carrying all their food and equipment on their backs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pierre Verdy / AFP/Getty Images

A deer climbs near the newly built retaining wall on the walking path around Lake Hollywood Reservoir. The path was destroyed in 2005 by landslides caused by a record 35 inches of rain. The L.A. Department of Water and Power collaborated with the public, the Natural Resource Conservation Service and the staffs of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and City Councilman Tom LaBonge to analyze the geology of the area and develop plans for repairing and restoring the path, a popular destination for tourists, walkers, cyclists and joggers from around Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Honorary starter Arnold Palmer reacts after hitting his ball on the first tee before the first round of the Masters golf tournament.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Slocum / Associated Press

Ian Poulter of England during the first round of the 77th Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.


An Afghan woman waits in a changing room to try out a new burqa in a shop in the old city.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anja Niedringhaus / Associated Press

Rockefeller imposter Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, 52, as a guilty verdict is read in Los Angeles County Superior Court the 28-year-old murder of John Sohus, whose remains were found in a San Marino backyard.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Amid pleasant temperatures and sunny skies, crew members take a sunset cruise through Newport Harbor.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

The Clippers' Chris Paul tangles with the Timberwolves' Luke Ridnour in the second half of a game at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

In the taxidermy lab at the Museum of Natural History, taxidermist Brian Aeillo prepares a bear called Cannelle, the star of a large exhibition on bears which will open at the museum in October.


A member of the liberal religious group Women of the Wall wears phylacteries as she prays at the Western Wall, marking the first day of the Jewish month of Iyar. Five members of the Women of the Wall were detained by police in the midst of the group's monthly prayer after covering themselves with a prayer shawl in contradiction to the holy site's custom.


Sri Lankan soldiers participate in a traditional game to knock an opponent off a balance beam during Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrations.


Ksenia Monko and Kirill Khaliavin of Russia perform during the Ice Dance Short Dance of the ISU World Team Trophy in Figure Skating.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Koji Sasahara / Associated Press

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, left, and brother Eli Manning, quarterback for the New York Giants, talk during football workouts at Duke University.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gerry Broome / Associated Press

Amish girls play softball after class during an end of the school year celebration. The celebration was also part of a farewell picnic for four women and one man from this tightknit group in rural eastern Ohio who will enter prison on Friday, joining nine already behind bars on hate crimes convictions for hair- and beard-cutting attacks against fellow Amish.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Scott R. Galvin / Associated Press

South Korean protesters from the Korea Freedom Federation shout slogans during a rally denouncing North Korea's decision to pull workers from the Kaesong industrial park, as well as its threat of nuclear war and its alleged plan to launch a missile. The letters read "Stop immediately war threat."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lee Jin-man / Associated Press

A man takes pictures of a wall painted with cans of Perrier sparkling water before the general meeting of the world's biggest food and beverage company, Nestle Group.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Laurent Gillieron / Keystone

Newly hatched Olive Ridley turtles make their way to the ocean.


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