People take pictures as giant panda Xue Xue is released into the Liziping national nature reserve in Yaan, in southwest China's Sichuan province after two years of training since being born in 2012. The giant pandas have a notoriously low reproductive rate and are under pressure from factors such as habitat loss. China has about 1,600 pandas living in the wild and another 300 held in captivity.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP / AFPLink
Pope Francis is framed by traditional flags from a delegation of faithful from Carovigno, southern Italy, as he arrives in St. Peter's Square to attend the weekly general audience.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gregorio Borgia / APLink
Kurds attend a funeral for four slain female Kurdish fighters, killed in clashes against Islamic State in Kobane, Syria. Kurdish fighters have gained ground in their defense of the besieged town of Kobane against Islamic State jihadists, a senior Kurdish official and a monitoring group said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TOLGA BOZOGLU / EPALink
A relative of a victim of Tyhpoon Haiyan visits a mass graveyard in front of the San Joaquin Church in Palo, Leyte, Phillipines. The storm, the strongest ever to hit land, left more than 7,000 dead or missing and ravaged whole cities when it struck on Nov. 8. Aid officials say that the affected areas have made a remarkable recovery but years of hard work still lie ahead before the area is restored to normal.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NOEL CELIS / AFPLink
A protester rests after scuffling with police as they were trying to remove the barricades that protesters have set up to block off main roads in central Hong Kong.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vincent Yu / APLink
Reeva Steenkamp's father Barry Steenkamp cries as he is comforted by his wife June as they listen to proceedings during the third day of sentencing for Oscar Pistorius at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius faces up to 15 years in prison after being convicted of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, for shooting Steenkamp, although he could also receive a suspended jail sentence and a fine.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Antoine de Ras / PoolLink
In this photo posted on Twitter by City of Dallas Public Information Managing Director Sana Syed, members of a Dallas Fire-Rescue hazmat unit tape off the door of a second healthcare worker who has tested positive for Ebola in Dallas.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sana Syed / City of DallasLink
The sun rises behind a ship as it enters the North Sea from the river Tyne, near Tynemouth, England.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Owen Humphreys / PALink
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