Web journalist Gary Salem with WeAreMovieGeeks.com takes a photo of the Oscar statue at the 86th Oscars Governors Ball Press Preview held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center. The Governors Ball -- the academy's official post-Oscar celebration, which immediately follows the 86th Oscars ceremony -- will host 1,500 invited guests including Oscar winners and nominees.
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People stand in front of an illuminated fountain in the center of Sochi during the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.
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Sweden goaltender Henrik Lundqvist blocks a shot by Finland during the third period of a men's semifinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
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Michelle Picard of the United States (23) skates back to the bench after Canada scored in overtime to win the women's gold medal ice hockey game 3-2 at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
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A scarecrow-like mock anti-government protester sits atop a barricade between protesters and government forces in Kiev.
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Two young protesters with flowers on their helmets in Independence Square in Kiev. Leading representatives of the anti-government protests in Ukraine have agreed to a settlement with President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leaders, the German Foreign Ministry says.
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Riot police officers detain a protester outside a district court in Moscow during a protest against the trial of eight people accused of instigating mass riots after an opposition rally on Moscow's Bolotnaya Square turned violent on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration as president in 2012.
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Workers gather at government headquarters in Wenling, east China's Zhejiang province, to protest after an extensive crackdown on workplace safety standards forced the closure of more than 4,500 shoe factories.
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Thai policemen relax as their colleagues keep a watch over anti-government protesters staging a demonstration in front of Royal Thai Police Sports Club in Bangkok.
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An Indonesian worker dries shark fins in Indramayu, West Java province, Indonesia. According to media reports, the Indonesian government is tightening the regulations for the fishing of sharks and manta rays, which are now included in the list of Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
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A police officer from Tanzania, left, interacts with women who receive English classes in Abu Shouk camp for Internally Displaced Persons in North Darfur. Nearly 100 women, mostly adults and mothers, attend these classes three times a week in a school in the camp with materials such as exercise books, notebooks, blackboards and chalk provided by the police.
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A fire in which elephant tusks are incinerated occurs during a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Zakouma National Park, Chad's oldest natural park, in Goz Djarat.
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Pope Francis has a minor windblown wardrobe malfunction as he greets visitors at his general weekly audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday.
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German team members Eric Frenzel, from left, Bjoern Kircheisen, Johannes Rydzek and Fabian Riessle celebrate winning the silver medal as Norway's gold medal winners Magnus Hovdal Moan, Haavard Klemetsen, Magnus Krog and Joergen Graabak applaud during the flower ceremony of the Nordic combined Gundersen large hill team competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics at Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
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A shopkeeper waiting for customers in Beijing peeks out from his store.
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Protesters are set on fire from burning barricades during clashes with police in Kiev, where dozens have been killed in an uprising against President Victor Yanukovich.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BULENT KILIC / AFPLink
A mural on a building on Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles looks down on a pedestrian on a sunny afternoon Wednesday, More sun and warmer temperatures are forecast for coming days.
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Thai rice farmers on their tractors take over a highway in Ang Thong province on the way to Bangkok to protest the delay of payment by the government. About a million farmers are owed more than 100 billion Thai baht (about $3 billion) under the government's rice-pledging scheme, a policy that helped the ruling Pheu Thai party win the 2011 general election, but has now run out of funds.
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A child walks past paper pandas made by French papier-mache artist Paulo Grangeon in the Da'an Forest Park in Taipei, Taiwan, during the preview of the "Pandas on Tour" show, staged by Grangeon and the World Wildlife Fund to raise awareness about the endangered giant panda and its vanishing habitat.
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Tens of thousands of Jewish pilgrims gather at the Western Wall of the temple in Jerusalem for the Birkat Kohanim, meaning priestly blessing.
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Formula One driver Nico Hulkenberg of Force India speeds along the track during preseason testing at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain,
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hasan Jamali / Associated PressLink
Atlanta Braves hitting coach Gary Ingram walks toward the batting cages as a light fog clings to the ground Thursday morning at the team's spring training facility in Kissimmee, Fla.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Curtis Compton / Atlanta Journal & ConstitutionLink
Anti-government protesters burn documents after taking over a police headquarters building in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv as clashes raged in Kiev.
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A view of Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, during clashes between protesters and government forces that left 25 people dead and 351 injured. The protests began in November after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich backed away from a trade agreement with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGEY DOLZHENKO / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
A wounded anti-government protester is evacuated during clashes with riot police in Kiev's Independence square.
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Andorra's Joan Verdu Sanchez crashes during the men's alpine skiing giant slalom at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
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Russian hockey player Evgeni Malkin, left, looks down the ice toward celebrating Finnish players after Finland's 3-1 victory over Russia in a Winter Olympics quarterfinal at the Bolshoy Ice Dome.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chuck Myers / MCTLink
Fans watch the men's ice hockey game between Russia and Finland on a large screen in Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia.
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People dressed up as plague physicians ride an escalator in Berlin's main railway station during a promotional event for an exhibition about the "Black Death" at Berlin Dungeon, a tourist attraction.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JENS KALAENE / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
Demonstrators protest outside the Egyptian Embassy in London to demand the release of detained journalists in Egypt.
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Showing varying levels of interest, babies take part in a race in Amsterdam during the annual Nine Months Fair catering to new and prospective parents.
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A rebel fighter looks through a hole in a wall in Aleppo, Syria. Government forces have begun using a powerful type of cluster munition rocket, according to Human Rights Watch.
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Children peek from behind a curtain next to bride Rivka Hannah Hofman during a dance ritual after her wedding in an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Jerusalem.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Two men walk toward salt-covered rocks that were once deep under the water of Iran's Lake Urmia, one of the world's biggest saltwater lakes, which has shrunk more than 80% in the last decade. Experts blame climate change, expanded irrigation for surrounding farms and the damming of rivers that feed the body of water. Saving the lake is a priority of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ebrahim Noroozi / Associated PressLink
Indonesian villagers standing on the remains of a bridge look at a river's rushing water mixed with volcanic material from the eruption of Mount Kelud in Kediri, Indonesia.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FULLY HANDOKO / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
Rey Valencia, right, and Sean Paul Guess, both 10 years old, wear caps and gowns at a news conference at Ramona's Day Care in Long Beach, part of three-day bus tour by government officials and others. The seven-stop "Gapbusters" is intended to highlight the roles played by early-childhood education and day care in preparing California's children for school.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The TimesLink
DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers grabs the net before a game with the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles TimesLink
Gold medalist Pierre Vaultier of France, left, leads, from second left to right, silver medalist Nikolai Olyunin of Russia, Paul Henri de le Rue of France, and bronze medalist Alex Deibold of the United States in the men's snowboard cross final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sergei Grits / Associated PressLink
Norway's gold-medal winner Joergen Graabak and silver Magnus Hovdal Moan; and Germany's Bjoern Kircheisen, from front to back, rest after the cross-country portion of the Nordic combined individual Gundersen large-hill competition in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dmitry Lovetsky / Associated PressLink
A doctor lies on the ground holding a sign staging a mock suicide as he and other physicians protest "doctor burnout" near the Health Ministry in Paris.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A cyclist is silhouetted against the rising sun and reflected in a puddle in Hanover, Germany.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Julian Stratenschulte / Associated PressLink
Protesters clash with riot police in downtown Kiev, Ukraine. Violence erupted after anti-government protesters broke through a police cordon in front of parliament. They marched toward parliament to demand constitutional reforms that would curb the powers of President Viktor Yanukovich.
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Protesters take over the main office of the ruling Ukrainian Party of Regions in Kiev, Ukraine.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: OLEG PETRASYUK / EPALink
Youths release lanterns into the sky as they celebrate the third anniversary of the popular revolt that overthrew dictator Moammar Kadafi in the eastern city of Benghazi, Libya.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ABDULLAH DOMA / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Miners recover the body of a fellow worker who died in an illegal shaft where rescue efforts have been underway for three days to rescue miners trapped underground in Johannesburg, South Africa.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KIM LUDBROOK / EPALink
French troops of Operation Sangaris man a position at a checkpoint in Bangui, Central African Republic. Eight people, including six civilians, have been killed in a firefight between African peacekeepers and fighters from a mainly Christian militia, police said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FRED DUFOUR / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
African asylum-seekers gather during the second day of protests outside the Holot detention center in the Negev desert, Israel. Several hundred asylum-seekers came from Tel Aviv to protest Israel's refusal to grant them refugee status.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: OLIVER WEIKEN / EPALink
People spread cashew nuts in order to dry them in Abdijan, Ivory Coast.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SIA KAMBOU / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
People celebrate after the Indian parliament's lower house passed a bill for the creation of a new state, called Telangana, in Hyderabad, India. The 29th state will be carved out of existing Andhra Pradesh state.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mahesh Kumar A. / Associated PressLink
A supporter raises a picture of former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf as he, with others, chants slogans outside a court in Islamabad, Pakistan. Musharraf has appeared for the first time in front of a court hearing a high treason case against him.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anjum Naveed / Associated PressLink
Arrested Filipino teens, suspected of engaging in a cybersex racket inside a private school, are seen at the National Bureau of Investigation office in Manila. The unit arrested nine youths following a raid at a school in Muntinlupa City believed to be used in cybersex operations.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FRANCIS R. MALASIG / EPALink
Thomas Lambert of Switzerland skis during qualification for men's aerials at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian Cassella / Chicago TribuneLink
Switzerland's Mischa Gasser takes a warmup jump before the Men's Freestyle Skiing Aerials qualifications at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the Sochi Olympics.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Javier Soriano / AFPLink
Rescue workers search for survivors from a collapsed resort building in Gyeongju, South Korea. Four university students died and about 10 were feared trapped after the roof of a building collapsed in a southeastern city during a welcoming ceremony for freshmen, South Korean officials said Tuesday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lee Jae-hyuck / YonhapLink
Maidan self-defense activists pile up tires to reinforce barricades in Kiev. Ukraine granted amnesty to opposition protesters after they agreed to end an occupation of Kiev's city hall and other public buildings, while opposition leaders were set to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel to ask for EU assistance.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sergei Supinsky / AFPLink
Police evacuate passengers from an Ethiopian Airlines flight en route to Rome, which was hijacked and forced to land in Geneva, where a hijacking suspect has been arrested, police said. There were no immediate reports of injuries and in a statement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Airlines said "the passengers are safe and sound."
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Richard Juilliart / AFPLink
Thai soldiers stand guard during a protest at the government's temporary office in Bangkok against the government's repeatedly delayed payments for rice. Thai opposition demonstrators besieged government offices.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pornchai Kittiwongsakul / AFPLink
Asylum seekers being held take part in a day of protest at the of Holot detention center in Israel, where hundreds of migrants are being held. More than 50,000 illegal African migrants are seeking asylum after escaping war and government repression in their native lands.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ilia Yefimovich / Getty Images EuropeLink
Iranian women and a girl holding up portraits of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a meeting in Tehran. Khamenei said he is not against a resumption of nuclear negotiations with the world's major powers, but the talks will "lead nowhere."
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Rebel fighters fire a heavy machine gun at the government forces Al-Samman checkpoint on a road leading to Idlib near the Syrian city of Hama. More than 140,000 people have been killed in three years of fighting, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Abu Hadi Al-Hamwi / AFPLink
Members of the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Regiment (the Old Guard) fire their weapons during a military exercise exhibition for visitors at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate in Virginia. Monday is Presidents Day in the United States, where the nation celebrated the presidential birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Drew Angerer / Getty Images North AmericaLink
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