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Julia Volkova and Lena Katina of tATu perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Richard Heathcote / Getty Images

Bode Miller of Team USA in action during the second training session of the Men's Downhill race at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.


Bobby Brown of Team USA trains during a Ski Slopestyle official training session ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in Sochi, Russia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Cameron Spencer / Getty Images

Jay Leno, right, chats with comic Billy Crystal during a commercial break in Leno's final appearance as host of "The Tonight Show." Once Crystal hit the stage, he effectively drove the program.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Wayne Elzy, 37, keeps dry while advertising a nearby Liberty tax office in South L.A. Weekend storms are expected to miss the region.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

A pile of snow is seen spray painted along a residential street in Bowling Green, Ohio. Parts of Ohio have seen record amounts of snow this winter.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: J.D. Pooley / Sentinel-Tribune

Fans have fun during the New Zealand rugby Sevens in Wellington.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Marty Melville / AFP/Getty Images

A TV cameraman is hit by an unknown explosive device during protests against the rise in the price of transportation in Rio de Janeiro. The cameraman was hospitalized in serious condition.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Agencia Globo / EPA

Chadian nationals and others from other Muslim countries shelter under a derelict aircraft at the Bangui air force base awaiting their evacuation to Chad. Fighting in the capital of strife-torn Central African Republic has killed at least 30 people over the past three days, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Issouf Sanogo / AFP/Getty Images

People stand near a shop in a flooded street in downtown Morlaix, western France.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Fred Tanneau / AFP/Getty Images

An employee walks through fresh tuna during an auction at Kiikatuura fresh tuna market in Nachikatsuura, Japan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Buddhika Weerasinghe / Getty Images

Tuberculosis patient Ramzan, 18, shows his X-ray at his house in Kotawa village, Varanasi, India. India has the highest incidence of TB in the world, according to the World Health Organization's Global Tuberculosis Report 2013, with as many as 2.4 million cases.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajesh Kumar Singh / Associated Press

Female Sumatra orangutan Matra holds her newborn at the Hellabrunn zoo in Munich. The baby was born on Jan. 31 and is yet unnamed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sven Hoppe / Associated Press

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.


Muralist EyeMax dons a sombrero to shield him from the sun while creating a spray-paint artwork in the garment district of Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Two LAPD officers ride their mounts around Griffith Park Observatory during a search for suspect Oscar Bridges, who is wanted in connection with a Jan. 23 stabbing death.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Wildlife caretaker Justine Coplin releases a gray-headed flying fox in Sydney's Centennial Park in Australia. Each year thousands of native wildlife are rescued by volunteers when anti-bird netting thrown loosely over fruit trees entangles birds, bats and reptiles. The flying fox is classified as vulnerable to extinction.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rob Griffith / Associated Press

An ice-covered tree limb that took out a utility line blocks the path of a firetruck after a winter storm in Philadelphia. Icy conditions have knocked out power to more than 200,000 electricity customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and prompted school and legislative delays as well as speed reductions on major roadways.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Rourke / Associated Press

A massive wave generated by strong winds has an explosive effect around the lighthouse on Mouro island close to the port city of Santander in northern Spain.


A time-exposure photo shows a wind turbine with colorful lights near Sehnde-Muellingen in northern Germany. An artist attached 30 colored lights, and the energy for them is generated by the wind turbine itself.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Julian Stratenschulte / AFP / Getty Images

A biathlete trains ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center in Sochi, Russia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lars Baron / Getty Images

A member of Ukrainian art group Mistetska performs on a barricade during continuing protests in Kiev, Ukraine. Opposition groups have for weeks been staging violent protests in the capital of Kiev and other parts of the country, demanding the president's resignation and early elections.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Maxim Shipenkov / EPA

A man leaves the Anatolian courthouse behind police shields, after people gathered at a rally in support of 19-year-old Mehmet Ayvalitas, who died during the Gezi Park protests last summer in Istanbul. A heavy-handed police crackdown on a peaceful sit-in against the destruction of the city's main green space in June left at least six people dead and thousands injured in three weeks of clashes between protesters and police.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ozan Kose / AFP / Getty Images

An employee walks on the flat bottom of a round tunnel during the construction of the North/South subway line in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Concrete is poured in three different phases, into which the metro rail can be installed. The line is scheduled for completion in 2017.


African asylum-seekers, who entered Israel illegally via Egypt, use blankets to protect themselves from the cold during an ongoing protest in Tel Aviv's Levinski Park. The migrants, primarily from Eritrea and Sudan, are protesting as a call for help in the face of Israel's refusal to grant them refugee status.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jack Guez / AFP / Getty Images

A woman poses beside a large snow sculpture entitled "Winter O-Mo-Te-Na-Shi," or winter hospitality, which came from Japan's Tokyo Olympic bid committee ambassador Christel Takigawa's final presentation during the 65th annual Sapporo Snow Festival. The week-long festival started with a total of 198 snow statues on display.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tishifumi Kitamura / AFP / Getty Images

Austrian skiers, from left, Georg Streitberger, Klaus Kroell, Max Franz, Joachim Puchner and Romed Baumann pose for photographers during a media day at the Mountain Olympic Village in Krasnaja Poljana, Russia.


German skaters train at the Adler arena in Sochi before the start of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.


A woman shouts slogans while watching a parliament session on a video wall at Kiev's Independence square. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych could call early elections if he cannot strike a deal with the opposition, a top lawmaker said Tuesday ahead of a parliament session where protest leaders will press for concessions.


Performers take part in a traditional lion dance to celebrate the new lunar Year of the Horse in Hong Kong. The lunar calendar is based on the cycles of the moon and through Chinese folklore ascribes 12 animals, one for each year in the rotating cycle. The horse is in the seventh position.


Worshipers burn incense in prayer at a temple on the fifth day of the lunar new year of the horse, or Spring Festival, which is believed to be the day to welcome the god of wealth into homes, in Beijing.


A child suffering from cancer leaves a hospital on World Cancer Day in Mumbai, India. The World Health Organization's cancer agency warns there will be 22 million new cases of cancer every year within the next two decades.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rafiq Maqbool / Associated Press

Members of the media sit with their mouths bound by tape and cloth in the colors of the Egyptian flag, signifying the silencing of the media, at a demonstration by foreign media calling for the release of detained Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste and his colleagues, outside the Egyptian Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. Nairobi-based correspondent Greste was taken into custody in Egypt on Dec. 29 and is among 20 journalists working for Al-Jazeera, including four foreigners, who will face trial there on charges of joining or aiding a terrorist group and endangering national security -- an escalation that raised fears of a crackdown on freedom of the press.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ben Curtis / Associated Press

Kahkashan, left, and Oranous Koofi take a taxi with their mother, Shahgol Shah. The young women have opportunities like education and employment that their mother, married at 11, couldn't have dreamed of.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Anti-government protesters in Bangkok, Thailand, retreated from two key intersections they have occupied since Jan. 13 as part of their pressure campaign to try to paralyze the government.


The Tungurahua volcano spews ashes as seen from Cotalo, south of Quito, Ecuador. A series of explosions rocked Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano, sending columns of ash into the air that reached as far as Quito.


Hindu devotees offer prayers in Allahabad, India.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajesh Kumar Singh / Associated Press

The last rays of afternoon sunlight cast a golden glow on the Los Angeles skyline as rush hour traffic streams through downtown streets.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Visitors to the Oceanside pier jog and stroll under sunny skies as huge clouds billow over eastern San Diego County, where snowfall was reported at higher elevations.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Seattle Seahawks fans celebrate in Seattle after watching their team win the Super Bowl. The Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Ryder / Getty Images

Members of the American Outlaws, a Team USA fan group, cheer for the team. Team USA played the team from South Korea on Saturday afternoon at the StubHub Center and won the game by a score to 2-0.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

A cyclist makes his way up the Hudson River Greenway as heavy snow falls in New York.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jason DeCrow / Associated Press

Athletes take part in a training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center, Mountain Cluster in Sochi, Russia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Harry How / Getty Images

A women breaks off a small piece from the giant icicles on a rock in central Tbilisi, Georgia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vano Shlamov / AFP/Getty Images

Iranian youths play with snow in the Tochal mountain, just north of Tehran. The heaviest snowstorm in five decades has blanketed provinces in northern Iran, cutting power supplies and trapping villagers, Iranian media reported.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Atta Kenare / AFP/Getty Images

Children exit a building after an alleged air strike by Syrian government forces on the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Al-Qaeda has disavowed the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), whose members have been locked in deadly clashes with Syrian rebels, according to a statement posted on jihadist websites.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mohammed Al-Khatieb / AFP/Getty Images

French forces grab a man looting a mosque before chasing him away in the Miskin district of Bangui, Central African Republic. Fighting between Muslim Seleka militias and Christian anti-Balaka factions continues as French and African Union forces struggle to contain the bloodshed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jerome Delay / Associated Press

A pedestrian passes a pile of garbage strewn around trash cans outside a store in Naples, Italy.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alessia Pierdomenico / Bloomberg

A young girl yogi performs a yoga squat with her hands at her heart center during a yoga class led by Kenneth Qamata (not pictured) outside his studio as part of the Township Yogi Project in Inanda Township, Durban, South Africa.


People visit a war memorial for Turkish soldiers at Cape Helles near Canakkale, Turkey. The landing at Cape Helles was part of the Gallipoli campaign, a World War I campaign that took place in the Ottoman Empire, and whose purpose was to overtake the Ottoman forts that controlled the passage of the Dardanelles straits.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bulent Kilic / AFP/Getty Images

Taiwan people release sky lanterns during the annual Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival in Pingxi, northern Taiwan. Taiwan and foreign tourists released about 10,000 sky lanterns into the sky to pray for peace and happiness.


Newly graduated Thai students from Rangsit University pose for a photographer next to a group of riot policemen guarding a road near the office of the permanent secretary for defense during a rally by anti-government protesters in Bangkok, Thailand. Thai protesters vowed Monday to stage larger rallies in central Bangkok and push ahead their efforts to nullify the results of elections.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wason Wanichakorn / Associated Press

A visitor conducts an electronic orchestra in the virtual concert hall Effektorium at Museum Mendelssohn-Haus in Leipzig, Germany. The museum will reopen after renovations and rebuilding on the 250th birthday of composer Felix Mendelssohn.


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The Week in Pictures | Feb. 3-9, 2014

Each week we bring you the very best in visual journalism. Russia was in the spotlight as it kicked off the 2014 Sochi Olympics with a theatrical opening ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium. More photos

Burbank: Jay Leno chats with comic Billy Crystal during a commercial break in Leno’s final appearance as host of “The Tonight Show.”

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

Seattle: Fans celebrate after the Seahawks win their first Super Bowl in franchise history, prompting fans to jump on cars, take over intersections and torch couches.

Philadelphia: Icy conditions have knocked out power to more than 200,000 electric customers in southeastern Pennsylvania and prompted school and legislative delays as well as speed reductions on major roadways.

Aleppo, Syria: Children exit a building after an alleged air strike by Syrian government forces. More photos

Istanbul, Turkey: A man leaves the court behind the police shields at the gate of Istanbul’s Anatolian side courthouse, where people gathered to support 19-year-old Mehmet Ayvalitas, who died during the Gezi Park protests last summer in Istanbul.

Rio de Janeiro: A TV cameraman is hit by an unknown explosive device during protests against the rising cost of transportation.

Bangui, Central African Republic: Chadian nationals and others from other Muslim countries shelter under a derelict aircraft  at the Bangui air force base awaiting their evacuation to Chad.

Pingxi, Taiwan:  Taiwan people release sky lanterns during the annual Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival. Taiwan and foreign tourists released about 10,000 sky lanterns into the sky to pray for peace and happiness.

Add stops in France, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Thailand, New Zealand and the Netherlands to round out the report.

1 Comment

  1. February 10, 2014, 2:00 am

    Love the paintings costume..awesome idea!

    By: JTig

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