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South Korea's short-track speed skating team practices during a training session at the Iceberg venue on the eve of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games opening ceremony in Sochi, Russia.


A man on a pedal-powered sled tows children across a frozen lake in Beijing on the last day of the week-long Spring Festival holiday celebrating the Lunar New Year.


Pope Francis stands before a chocolate statue of himself that he received as a gift during his general audience on Wednesday at the Vatican.


An anti-government protester takes a picture of a squirrel dressed in the colors of the protesters in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand's main opposition party petitioned a court Tuesday to annul last weekend's disrupted national election, launching a legal challenge that could prolong the deeply divided country's political paralysis.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wason Wanichakorn / Associated Press

A woman takes a picture of a sculpture titled "Sleepwalker" on the campus of Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass. The sculpture, part of an exhibit by artist Tony Matelli at the college's Davis Museum, has prompted an online student petition to have it removed due to its edgy nature.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Darren McCollester / Getty Images North America

Crews work to off-load diesel fuel from a tanker truck hauling milk that overturned near the 2 Freeway in Eagle Rock. The quantity of milk spilled was not immediately known.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

A police officer salutes as family members arrive before the interment ceremony for Utah County sheriff's Sgt. Cory Wride in Spanish Fork, Utah. Wride was shot and killed in the line of duty on Jan. 30 during a traffic stop in Eagle Mountain, Utah.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Spenser Heaps / The Daily Herald

Spectators watch from the beach as a section of the Spanish cargo ship Luno is showered by waves after it broke in two in the choppy Atlantic Ocean off Anglet, southwestern France. The ship had been heading to a nearby port to load up with cargo when its engine failed and the rough waves carried it into a jetty, where it broke apart.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Edme / Associated Press

Brilliant firelight illuminates the scene as 2,000 torches are lit from the sacred fire carried by special torch bearers at the Otou Fire Festival on Mt. Kamikura in Shingu, Japan. Once the torches are lit, the sacred temple gates are opened and participants run down 538 stone steps to the bottom of the mountain. Participants traditionally take the flaming torches home to light kitchen fires. The ancient New Year's festival, symbolizing the return of the sun and warmer spring weather, dates from 1,400 years ago and was originally based on the lunar calendar.


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In Thursday’s Pictures in the News, South Korea’s short track ice skating team practices during a training session for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games opening ceremony.

Vatican: Pope Francis views a life-size chocolate statue of himself that was presented to the pontiff during this week’s general audience.

Wellesley, Mass: A sculpture entitled “Sleepwalker” on the campus of Wellesley College has prompted an online student petition to have it removed due to its edgy nature.

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