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Web journalist Gary Salem with 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.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

People stand in front of an illuminated fountain in the center of Sochi during the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.


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.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Julio Cortez / Associated Press

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.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Slocum / Associated Press

A scarecrow-like mock anti-government protester sits atop a barricade between protesters and government forces in Kiev.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bulent Kilic / AFP/Getty Images

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.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Laszlo Beliczay / EPA

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.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vasily Maximov / AFP/Getty Images

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.


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.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Manjunath Kiran / AFP/Getty Images

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).


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.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Unamid / Albert Gonzalez Farran / EPA

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.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Marco Longari / AFP/Getty Images

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.


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.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matthias Schrader / AP

A shopkeeper waiting for customers in Beijing peeks out from his store.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alexander F. Yuan / Associated Press

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.


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.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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.


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.


Tens of thousands of Jewish pilgrims gather at the Western Wall of the temple in Jerusalem for the Birkat Kohanim, meaning priestly blessing.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jerusalem US LP/National Geograp / MCT

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 Press

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 & Constitution

Anti-government protesters burn documents after taking over a police headquarters building in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv as clashes raged in Kiev.


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 Agency

A wounded anti-government protester is evacuated during clashes with riot police in Kiev's Independence square.


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.


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.


Fans watch the men's ice hockey game between Russia and Finland on a large screen in Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Morry Gash / Associated Press

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 Agency

Demonstrators protest outside the Egyptian Embassy in London to demand the release of detained journalists in Egypt.


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.


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.


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.


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 Press

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 Agency

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 Times

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 Times

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 Press

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 Press

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.


A cyclist is silhouetted against the rising sun and reflected in a puddle in Hanover, Germany.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Julian Stratenschulte / Associated Press

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.


Protesters take over the main office of the ruling Ukrainian Party of Regions in Kiev, Ukraine.


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.


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.


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.


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.


People spread cashew nuts in order to dry them in Abdijan, Ivory Coast.


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 Press

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 Press

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.


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 Tribune

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 / AFP

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 / Yonhap

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 / AFP

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 / AFP

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 / AFP

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 Europe

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."


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 / AFP

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 America

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In Ukraine, a peace deal was signed Friday between embattled  President Viktor Yanukovich and opposition leaders calling for early presidential elections later in the year, the formation of a coalition government and the ceding of some presidential powers to parliament. The arrangement is aimed at defusing the worst political crisis in the history of post-Soviet Ukraine and stopping spreading violence, which in the last few days has claimed more than 100 lives and left hundreds injured in bloody clashes in Kiev and elsewhere across the country. More photos

In nearby Russia, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are winding down with host country Russia, the USA and Canada leading the medal count. More photos

Berlin: People dressed as plague physicians ride an escalator at Berlin Central Station as part of a promotion for an exhibition about the “Black Death.”

Paris: A doctor, wearing a white mask and coat, lies on the ground holding a sign with other physicians staging mock suicides to denounce “doctor burnout” near the Health Ministry.

Vatican: Pope Francis is unfazed as the wind lifts his collar into the air during a general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

Aleppo, Syria: Government forces have begun using a powerful type of cluster munition rocket not previously seen in the country’s conflict, according to Human Rights Watch. More photos

Benghazi, Libya: Youths release lanterns into the sky as they celebrate the third anniversary of the popular revolt that overthrew dictator Moammar Kadafi.

Johannesburg, South Africa: Fellow miners recover the body of an illegal miner who died underground some 5 kilometers from the illegal shaft that has been the center of rescue attempts over the last three days to rescue miners trapped underground.

Urmia, Iran: Lake Urmia, one of the biggest saltwater lakes on Earth, has shrunk more than 80% to nearly 400 square miles in the last decade, mainly because of climate change, expanded irrigation for surrounding farms and the damming of rivers that feed the body of water, experts say.

Wenling, China: 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.

Stops in England, Germany, Chad, Sudan, Indonesia and the Netherlands round out the report.

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