Voice of America
Febbraio 2012
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Egyptian fans clash with riot police following Al-Ahly club soccer match against Al-Masry club at the soccer stadium in Port Said. (AP)

Cups, containing coffee latte with cinnamon powder representing of presidential candidates Vladimir Putin (C top), Gennady Zyuganov (R top), Vladimir Zhirinovsky (L bottom), Sergei Mironov (R bottom) and Mikhail Prokhorov, at the Kofein cafe in Moscow. The coffee chain offered its visitors to take part in a symbolic presidential election by ordering a cup of coffee displaying their favorite candidates, while showing the results of votes on a screen nearby. (Reuters)

Young men try to overturn a public bus during street clashes with police in Senegal's capital, Dakar. (Reuters)

Visitors look at Lucian Freud's "Portrait of a Man" at Sotheby's auction house in London. The piece is expected to sell for up to 2 million GBP ($3.2 million) when it is auctioned on February 15. (Retuers)

An unidentified woman throws flour on French Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 presidential elections, Francois Hollande, in Paris. (AP)

A caparisoned elephant during an annual temple festival in the southern Indian city of Kochi. The festival features a colorful procession of decorated elephants and drum concerts. (Reuters)

A child runs past a wave protection dam covered in ice as the waters of the Black Sea are frozen near the shore in Constanta, Romania. The death toll from Eastern Europe's severe cold spell has risen to 79. (AP)

A model displays an outfit by Spanish designer Francis Montesinos during the presentation of the Autumn/Winter collections of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid in Madrid. (AFP)

A homeless man has his lunch at a sports hall in Istanbul, Turkey. The sports hall was set up as a shelter for homeless people due to harsh winter conditions by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality which currently hosts some 300 people. (Reuters)

A woman waits for transport in Bogota, Colombia. Many residents of Colombia's capital walked, biked, or took buses and taxis to their destinations honoring the car-free day. (AP)

A Kuwaiti female voter in a wheelchair is approached by campaigners during the 2012 parliamentary elections in front of a polling center in Rumaithiya. (Reuters)

A warm covered pug dog strolls on a street in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Germany faces freezing temperatures coming from Russia down to minus 15 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit). (AP)

People wait at Ramses metro station in Cairo for the arrival of those wounded during clashes in Port Said stadium. Seventy-four people were killed when supporters clashed at an Egyptian soccer match. (Reuters)

A Chilean student is arrested by riot policemen during a protest against the government of President Sebastian Piñera, in Santiago. (AFP)

Vultures battle for a cow carcass as they feed at a vulture restaurant in Nawalparasi, southwest of Kathmandu. The restaurant, established in 2006 to provide a place where vultures can feed healthily, aims to boost the population of wild vultures which are considered an endangered species in Nepal. (Reuters)

Diadora-Pasta Zara's Giorgia Bronzini (L) of Italy crashes during the second stage of the Tour of Qatar women's cycling race in Al Shimal Corniche, north of Doha. (Reuters)

A bull gores a man as others run during the annual Candlemas celebrations in Tlacotalpan, Mexico, February 1, 2012. A pack of bulls is let loose to rampage through the streets for hours as crowds taunt them as part of the week-long religious celebration. (Reuters)


Protesters try to scale an apartment building to put out a fire that began when a tear gas canister was thrown into the building during clashes between police and protesters, near the Interior Ministry in Cairo, Egypt. (Reuters)


Dr. Fauzia Siddiqui, sister of U.S.-trained Pakistani scientist Aafia Siddiqui, who was convicted in September 2010 of trying to kill U.S. agents and military officers in Afghanistan, addresses protesters to condemn her sister's continued detention, Karachi, Pakistan. (AP)


An Indian disaster response worker and others gather around derailed cars of a passenger train following an accident at Sathi Sarapa village near Gauhati. (AP)


A Bahraini anti-government protester carries the national flag as she walks by a wall at the end of a rally and march that drew tens of thousands to Manama. (AP)

US Super Bowl

The Vince Lombardi Trophy is shown between New England Patriots and New York Giants helmets at the head coaches press conference before the Super Bowl XLVI NFL football game in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Reuters)

England ice

Small frozen air bubbles are trapped in the surface of a frozen lake after the temperature dropped to below freezing overnight at Hebburn, northeastern England. (AP)


A Belarussian pensioner cleans ice from a window at her house in the village of Kamenets, north of Minsk. (Reuters)


A polar bear enjoys the fresh snow in the zoo in Berlin, Germany. (AP)


Hundreds of Yemeni air force officers and soldiers chant slogans during a protest in the capital Sanaa demanding the ouster of top bosses over accusations of corruption. (AFP)


A masked Egyptian protester is seen during clashes with riot police near the interior ministry in the capital Cairo. (AFP)

France Fest

Giant figures of Britain's Prince William and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (L) are seen during preparations for the carnival parade in Nice, France. (Reuters)


Gunners from 105 Regiment Royal Artillery fire a twenty-one gun salute in honor of Britain's Queen Elizabeth at Mills Mount Battery at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland. (Reuters)


Riders cycle during the second stage of the Challenge Mallorca cycling tour near the village of Sa Rapita on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca. (Reuters)


A monument is covered with snow in Kiev after heavy snowfalls in Ukraine. (AFP)

Germany Dog

A dog has ice on its face in Berlin, Germany as a deadly cold snap that has gripped Europe for more than a week wrought more havoc across the continent. (AFP)


A crow flies in the sky with a trace from a jet in the background at the sunset above St.Petersburg, Russia. (AP)

Protesters clash with riot police in front of the parliament during a 24-hours general strike in Athens. A general strike gripped Greece in protest against new austerity measures. (AFP)

Residents gather as a whale shark is pulled from the water by cranes after it was found dead at Karachi's fish harbor, Pakistan. (Reuters)

Banknotes shredded and compressed into heating fuel are distributed at the Foundation to Help Autism in Miskolc, eastern Hungary. Hungary is the only country to recycle its worn cash for fuel each year, a total of some $1 billion worth of forints. The bricks are then sent to a few charities, covering up to a third of their annual heating fuel supplies. (Reuters)

Maldives soldiers, left, clash with police officers in Male. President Mohamed Nasheed presented his resignation in a nationally televised address after police joined the protesters and then clashed with soldiers in the streets. (AP)

A participant sits outside his tent at the camping area of the Campus Party event in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Campus Party is an annual week-long, 24-hour technology festival that gathers around 7000 hackers, developers, gamers and computer geeks from around the world. (Reuters)

Supporters wave National League for Democracy flags as Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of major opposition the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, gives a speech in a stadium at Pathein, the capital of rice bowl Ayeyawady Division, about 176 kilometres (110 miles) west of Rangoon, Burma. (Reuters)

Soldiers ride their motorcycles on the road destroyed by an earthquake in La Libertad, Negros Oriental in central Philippines. (Reuters)

US President Barack Obama reacts as Joey Hudy of Phoenix, Arizona, launches a marshmallow from his Extreme Marshmallow Cannon in the State Dining Room of the White House during the second White House Science Fair in Washington. (Reuters)

Ice-covered lampposts in the Adriatic coastal town of Senj, Croatia. Europeans across the continent have been battling more than a week of extreme weather, with thousands still trapped by snow in remote, mountain villages in the Balkans. (AP)

A Hindu devotee gets his cheek pierced with a metal rod during the Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (AP)

An airplane drawing a contrail seems to divide the full moon in two halves in the sky over Frankfurt/M., western Germany, February 6, 2012. (AFP)

Fords Theatre Lincoln Center

A three-story sculpture "tower of books" representing over 15,000 titles that have been written about Abraham Lincoln, are part of an exhibit at the Ford's Theater Center for Education and Leadership in Washington. (AP)

Czech winter ice tractor

A boy sits on an ice sculpture of a tractor and trailer, on a pond in Dobra Voda, near the city of Horice, Czech Republic. (AP)

India winter, railway

A man walks along a snow-covered railway track in Shimla, India's northern state of Himachal Pradesh. (AFP)

Birds, winter, Poland

Birds eating off the hand of a person in Lazienki park in a cold and snow-covered Warsaw, Poland, February. 7, 2012. (AP)

Mexico Bullfight Protest

An animal rights' activist with a barbed dart taped to his back and red spots simulating blood, lies on the ground during a protest against bullfighting in Mexico City, February 5, 2012. (AP)

Supporters of anti-US Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr wave Iraqi flags during a rally in Baghdad. (Reuters)

A Syrian tank is seen in Idlib. Syrian forces fired mortars and rockets that killed scores of people in the rebellious city of Homs, activists said. (AP)

Lava flows during an eruption of Mt. Etna volcano, near Catania, Sicily, Italy. (AP)

US First Lady Michelle Obama (C) performs the Interlude dance during an event highlighting her "Let's Move" initiative attended by over 10,000 youths at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. (Reuters)

A young gray seal appears in partly frozen water at a breeding station for seals in Friedrichskoog, northern Germany. (AFP)

Participants prepare to inflate hot air balloons to kick off the four-day 17th Philippine International Hot Air Balloon festival at sunrise at Clark Economic Zone, Pampanga province in northern Philippines. (AP)

Cyclists compete in the 5th stage of the Tour of Qatar cycling race between the Camel Race Track to the corniche of Al-Khor, north of Doha, Qatar. (AFP)

Guests of an igloo lodge siton a bench near the Nebelhorn mountain in Oberstdorf, southern Germany. A village of ten igloos hosts up to 30 guests in the winter months and supplies them with warm blankets and sleeping bags, so that they can spend the night there. (AP)

A worker puts the final touches to a giant figure depicting US President Barack Obama during preparations for the 128th Nice carnival parade, in Nice, southeastern France. The 128th Nice Carnival runs from February 17 until March 4 and will celebrate the theme "King of Sport". (AP)

Romanians work to dig out their homes buried under heavy snow, near Calarasi, Romania. (AP)

Kashmiri Muslims watch as an unseen cleric shows a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of the Prophet Mohammad at the Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar, India, on the last Friday of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi - the birthday of Prophet Mohammad. (AFP)

A firefighter, left, points his finger at a police officer during a demonstration in front of the prime minister's office in Brussels, Belgium. Firefighters demonstrated against recent austerity measures proposed by the government. (AP)

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivers his speech in Guangzhou, China. Prime Minister Harper has lauded stronger relations with China after Canadian businesses signed nearly $3 billion worth of deals with Chinese enterprises. (AP)

Employees work at a fish farm, with the air temperature at about minus 22 degrees Celsius (minus 7.6 degrees Fahrenheit), near the Nazarovo electric power plant, some 200 km (124 miles) west of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. The lake, which doesn't freeze in winter because of the a power station nearby, allows employees to breed fish all year long. (Reuters)

Marcel Siem of Germany follows his shot during the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament at the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, UAE. (AFP)

Maldives Politics

Zahir Ziyad, 3, looks back during an Arabic language lesson in a Quran class in Male, Maldives. The Maldives' new president expanded his Cabinet on Sunday to include religious conservatives who have been demanding the introduction of strict Islamic laws on the Indian Ocean nation. (AP)

Romania Winter Weather

A woman walks past a snow-covered car during heavy snowfall in Bucharest, as icy weather continues across Europe. Romania has been hit by heavy blizzards with an estimated 60,000 people being left stranded by the severe winter weather. (Reuters)

Italy Costa Concordia

Flowers thrown by family members of missing victims from the Costa Concordia cruise ship which ran aground off the west coast of Italy, float near the ship at Giglio Island. A mass will take place Monday on the island to mark one month since the accident. (Reuters)

Valentine's Day Buttons

Artist Harwinder Singh Gill displays a creation, made from about 600 buttons into the shape of two hearts, to celebrate Valentine's Day in the northern city of Amritsar, India. (Reuters)

Nepal Communist Rally

Supporters of Unified Communist Party of Nepal carry portraits of former Chinese chairman Mao Zedong during a rally marking the 17th anniversary of the "People's War" in Kathmandu. According to local media, thousands of supporters gathered at the Open Air Theatre. (Reuters)

French Miners Trial

French miners attend a trial against the Swiss firm Eternit's Italian plant in Turin. An Italian court on Monday sentenced a Swiss tycoon and a Belgian baron to 16 years in jail for negligence that led to more than 2,000 asbestos-related deaths in the biggest trial of its kind. (Reuters)

Fashion Jenny Packham Fall 2012

Models on the runway show off the Jenny Packham Fall 2012 collection during Fashion Week in New York. (AP)

Valentine's Kiss Russia

Couples kiss during a flash mob organized by a local television station on the eve of Valentine's Day in the southern Russian city of Stavropol. (Reuters)

Roses Vienna Austria

Red roses are pictured in a flower shop the day before Valentine's Day in Vienna, Austria. (Reuters)

Westminster Dog Show

Handler Dixie Rae shows Cardigan Welsh Corgi Myste Baledwr Free to Disagree during the 136th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York's Madison Square Garden. (Reuters)

"India Valentine's Day"

Students make a formation in the shape of a heart and a red ribbon during a HIV/AIDS awareness campaign on Valentine's Day in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh. (Reuters)

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso during a joint press conference with EU President Herman Van Rompuy and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (not in picture) after attending the China-EU meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. (AP)

Members of the new Libyan military force under the ruling National Transitional Council parade along a main street in the capital Tripoli to mark the one year anniversary of the start of the uprising. (AFP)

A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, sits near the fire to dry the ashes smeared on his body at his ashram in Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the Shivaratri festival which falls on February 20. (Reuters)

Civilians flee from fighting after Syrian army tanks enter the northwestern city of Idlib. (AP)

A character representing Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad splits the UN headquarters building with an atomic bomb, on a float during final preparations for the Rose Monday carnival parade in Cologne, Germany. (AP)

A security worker patrols through steam as ice engulfs the cooling towers of Kosovo's main power plant "Kosova A" in Obilic. (AP)

A Thai Explosive Ordnance Disposal official examines a backpack that was left on the bomb site by a suspect bomber in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP)

A soldier of the African Union Mission in Somalia takes his position during fighting between Islamists and government forces in southern Mogadishu. (Reuters)

A woman leaves the St. Peter and Paul church in the snow covered central Swiss village of Andermatt. (Reuters)

A staircase looking like a snail in Munich's 'Haus der Bayrischen Wirtschaft' building, Germany. (Reuters)

Kuwaiti MP Mohammad al-Saqer (C) speaks during the opening session of the new parliamentary term in Kuwait City. Kuwait formed a new cabinet with 10 fresh faces but the government, which included no women, immediately came under fire from opposition MPs who hold a majority in parliament. (AFP)

A woman grieves outside a prison where a fire broke out inside in Comayagua, 90 miles (140 kilometers) north of the capital, Tegucigalpa, Honduras. At least 300 inmates were killed and 21 are injured, according to authorities. (AP)

An elderly Indian woman carries her election identification card as she stands in a queue to cast her vote outside a polling station in Varanasi. (AP)

Members of the Sri Lanka's People's Liberation Front brave police water cannons during a protest in Colombo. A wave of protests have swept across the country after the government increased fuel prices. (AP)

North Korean women perform in a mass synchronized swimming show in Pyongyang to celebrate the birthday of the late leader Kim Jong Il, who would have turned 70 on Feb. 16, 2012. (AP)

A South Korean policeman breaks stone plates with his head during a police security demonstration for a successful Nuclear Security Summit against terrorism in Seoul. The summit will be held in Seoul from March 26 to 27. (AP)

A man carries an injured woman during anti-government protests in Senegal's capital Dakar. Senegal riot police used teargas, truncheons, and a water cannon to disperse hundreds of people in the capital protesting at President Abdoulaye Wade's decision to seek a third term in office. (Reuters)

A Filipino fan writes a message on a tribute wall for the late American singer-actress Whitney Houston that is displayed inside a mall in Manila. (Reuters)

French bulldog named Baby, left, attends the feeding of wild boar piglets at the Lehnitz animal sanctuary outside Berlin, Germany. Six little pigs have found a new friend in the maternal French bulldog. (AP)

Dancers of the State Opera Ballet perform during a dress rehearsal for the traditional Opera Ball in Vienna, Austria. (Reuters)

Bizarre ice formations hang on trees at the Unteres Odertal national park near Schwedt, northeastern Germany. After a weeks-long cold spell, temperatures started to rise again. (AFP)

Dancers perform during the 62nd edition of the Sanremo Song Festival, in Sanremo, Italy. (AP)

This image combines data from four space telescopes to create a multi-wavelength view of all that remains of RCW 86, the oldest documented example of a supernova. Chinese astronomers witnessed the event in 185 A.D., documenting a mysterious "guest star" that remained in the sky for eight months. X-ray images from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton Observatory were combined to form the blue and green colors in the image. The X-rays show the interstellar gas that has been heated to millions of degrees by the passage of the shock wave from the supernova. (NASA/CXC/SAO & ESA; Infared: NASA/JPL-Caltech/B. Williams (NCSU)

Malachy, a Pekingese, competes for best in show at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York, February 14, 2012. Malachy went on to win the title. (AP)

A woman points at "Corriente" by Juan Genoves during the ARCO art fair in Madrid, Spain. The contemporary art fair runs from February 15-19 and will feature works from 150 galleries from 30 different countries. (Reuters)

Displaced Somalis flee the Afgoye corridor after African Union peace keeping forces advanced on suspected Al-Shebab bases, south of Mogadishu, Somalia. (AFP)

Children fill containers with drinking water in the Old City of Sana'a, Yemen. (Reuters)

News photographers hoisted up by cranes view the home of former Hong Kong Chief Secretary Henry Tang, a potential candidate for the upcoming Chief Executive election, in Hong Kong. Inspectors from the Buildings Department are to examine unauthorized building work in the basement of the Kowloon Tong property owned by Tang's wife. (Reuters)

A riot policeman fires tear gas toward anti-government demonstrators in Musalla, Bahrain, on the edge of the capital of Manama. Security remained tight in Manama and Shi'ite villages, with clashes between anti-government protesters and riot police in several areas. (AP)

African refugees share breakfast at a shelter in Tel Aviv, Israel. Some 50,000 Africans have entered Israel in recent years, fleeing conflict and poverty in search of safety and opportunity in the relatively prosperous Jewish state. (AP)

Judges wait in their boxes at the men's Large Hill individual ski jumping World Cup in Klingenthal, Germany. Due to heavy winds Thursday's competition was canceled. (AP)

A paddler negotiates white water during the first day of the Dusi Canoe Marathon in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. More than 1700 competitors take part in the annual 120 km (75 miles) race which begins in Pietermaritzburg and ends in Durban. (Reuters)

Horses graze in a wintry steppe near the Chinese border in southeastern Kazakhstan. (Reuters)

A model presents a creation from the Milly by Michelle Smith Fall/Winter 2012 collection during New York Fashion Week. (Reuters)

Pigeons fly above cars and people on a street in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Reuters)

A worker puts the final touch at a castle made from lemons and oranges during the lemon festival in Menton, southern France. (Reuters)

People dressed for carnival at the start of the Luzern-Carnival in Lucerne, Switzerland, in the early morning hours. The history of Lucerne's carnival can be traced back over more than 600 years and is best known for its individually hand-crafted masks and costumes paraded in the town's streets and squares by thousands of revellers during the three-day carnival festival. (Reuters)

Contestant Guacimara Alfonso performs on stage during the annual carnival queen election gala at Santa Cruz de Tenerife, on the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife. (Reuters)

Libyans look at the newly installed memorial statue of the sign for victory in the Friday Market neighborhood in Tripoli on the first anniversary of the revolt that toppled slain leader Moammar Gadhafi. (AFP)

An elderly man exits through a window in a tunnel under his snow covered house in Scutelnici village, 90 km northeast of Bucharest, as icy weather continues across Romania. (Reuters)

A child of a farmer stands in a nursery plot for cabbages in New Delhi. India's inflation slowed to its lowest level in more than two years in January as food prices fell, which will increase the pressure on the central bank to cut rates to battle the country's economic slowdown. (Reuters)

Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov (C) is inaugurated for a second term in the capital Ashgabat. (AFP)

A girl waits for the arrival of Burma's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Pyar Pon, Irrawaddy delta region in the Irrawaddy division. (AFP)

Riders cycle during the fourth stage of the third Tour of Oman cycling race, a distance of 142.5 km from Nafa region in Wilayat Bidbid to Al-Wadi Al-Kabir in Wilayat Matrah. (AFP)

A protester sits in a tree with an American flag during a demonstration outside the Nob Hill Masonic Center where US President Barack Obama was holding a fundraiser in San Francisco, California, February 16, 2012. (AFP)

Brazil Carnival

Performers from the Beija Flor samba school parade during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP)

Germany Carnival Parade

A carnival float depicts German Chancellor Angela Merkel wearing an umbrella skirt symbolizing the European bailout fund at the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf. (AP)


A photograph of teacher Peter Rippington and his wife Sharon hangs on a flag pole at Alvechurch Middle School in Alvechurch, central England. Rippington died and more than 20 others were injured after their coach crashed near Chalons-en-Champagne in France Sunday on the way back from a ski trip. (Reuters)


A shoe shiner tries to keep warm in Athens, Greece. (AP)


Thousands of paper origami cranes made by members of the public and relatives of TEPCO workers in support of Japan's earthquake and tsunami victims are displayed at the emergency operation center at TEPCO's crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Fukushima prefecture. (Reuters)


A man sits behind a poster with a picture of Yemen's Vice President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi during an election rally in Sanaa. (Reuters)

India Hindus

An Indian Hindu devotee rings bells as he exits a Lord Shiva temple during Shivratri festival celebrations in New Delhi. (AP)


European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet of France gets ready before diving in a space suit during a training exercise at the Star City cosmonaut training center outside Moscow, Russia. (Reuters)

Britain Fashion

A model wearing a jeweled head-piece by Lara Jensen walks on the catwalk during the Inbar Spector presentation at London Fashion Week in central London. (AFP)

Britain Swimming

Japan's Yu Okamoto and Sho Sakai perform a jump in the men's synchronized 3m springboard during the Diving World Cup event at the London 2012 Olympic Aquatics Center, England. (AP)


Dog Ben wears a "King Frog" costume as he attends the traditional Rose Monday street carnival parade in Mainz, Germany. (Reuters)

Alexis Pinturault of France (L) clears a gate as he skis against Romed Baumann of Austria to win the men's parallel slalom City Event of the Alpine Skiing World Cup in Moscow, Russia. (Reuters)

Revelers of the Academicos do Grande Rio samba school perform during the second night of Carnival at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AFP)

'Gilles of Binche' dance during a carnival parade in the city center of Binche, Belgium. The Carnival of Binche dates back to around the 14th Century, with the clown-like Gilles performing their traditional dances to the sound of drums to ward off evil spirits with their sticks. (AP)

Chandra Bahadur Dangi, a 72-year-old Nepali who claims to be the world's shortest man at 56 centimeters (22 inches) in height, walks near his home in Reemkholi village in Dang district, some 540 kilometers southwest of Kathmandu. Dangi will travel to the capital city as Guinness World Records experts are due to arrive in Nepal to measure a 72-year-old claiming to be the world's shortest man. (AFP)

The car of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former International Monetary Fund (IMF) head, enters the Gendarmerie surrounded by the media as he arrives for questioning by a judge investigating the so-called "Hotel Carlton" affair in Lille. (Reuters)

An Afghan demonstrator holds a copy of a half-burnt Quran, allegedly set on fire by US soldiers, at the gate of Bagram airbase during a protest against Koran desecration at Bagram, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) north of Kabul. (AFP)

A Somali herder tends to his camels by the side of the road near the town of Dhobley, currently under control by Kenyan military and Somali government forces, in Somalia. Kenya's military has been fighting inside Somalia in an ongoing offensive against militant group al-Shabab since October. (AP)

Ethnic Tibetan women pray around the Labrang Monastery in Xiahe county, Gansu Province, ahead of the Tibetan New Year which begins on February 22, 2012. (Reuters)

Clothing, lying in heaps at the site of a neighborhood destroyed by the March 11, 2011 tsunami, is piled up by clearing crews in Rikuzentakata, Japan. (AP)

Gabriella Douglass, the look-alike of Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (R) and Hannah Williams, the look-alike of Catherine's younger sister Pippa Middleton, wear dresses by "The Rodnik Band" label during London Fashion Week. (Reuters)

A lone spectator watches an Olympic qualifier field hockey match between Poland and Italy in New Delhi, India. (AP)

US Republican presidential hopeful and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is seen through a window as he speaks during a campaign rally at the Tri-City Christian Academy in Chandler, Arizona. (AFP)

Firemen rescue wounded passengers from a commuter train after a collision in Buenos Aires. A packed train slammed into the end of the line in Buenos Aires' busy Once station, injuring over 300 morning commuters, Argentina's transportation secretary said. (AP)

A protester with Yemen's flag painted on his body shouts slogans during a rally in Sana'a demanding the prosecution of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. (AP)

A monk participates in a debate as part of Tibetan New Year celebrations at a temple in Langmusixiang, Sichuan Province. (Reuters)

Protesters run as smoke raises from a burning truck during an anti-US demonstration at a NATO military base in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP)

Statues of Buddhist monks near a temple in Payathonzu, near the Burmese border with Thailand (Reuters)

About 3,000 Baekseok University students create the shape of a drop of blood at a ski resort in Pyeong Chang, South Korea. (AP)

A barber uses a razor to clean the eyelid of his customer as a part of his hair shaving service, at a residential area in Suining, Sichuan province. According to traditional Chinese belief, getting a haircut on the second day of the second Chinese lunar month, which falls on February 23 this year, is likely to bring good luck. (Reuters)

Kashmiri villagers search for their belongings after their huts were buried under snow due to avalanche in Ramwari, some 70 km from the summer capital Srinagar. At least nine Indian soldiers on duty in the mountains of Kashmir were killed in avalanches overnight with several others missing, officials said. (AFP)

A fire engulfs huts in the Um-Piam refugee camp in Thailand's Tak Province, 426 kilometers (265 miles) west of Bangkok. Um-Piam is the second largest refugee camp along the Thai-Myanmar border, which houses more than 15,000 Burmese refugees. More than 200 homes have been destroyed. (Reuters)

People hold a giant Russian national flag during a rally to support presidential candidate and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at the Luzhniki stadium on the Defender of the Fatherland Day in Moscow. (Reuters)

Stylists apply make up for a model backstage before the Francesco Scognamiglio's 2012 Autumn/Winter collection during Milan Fashion Week, Italy. (Reuters)

A woman visits the French painter Robert Combas' retrospective exhibition 'Greatest Hits' at the Lyon's contemporary art museum, central France. (AP)

Madeleine Eastoe from the Australian Ballet and dance company 'Chunky Move' rehearses the world premier of 'Infinity', the first triple bill in the Australian Ballet's history to premiere three brand new Australian commissions by choreographers Graeme Murphy, Gideon Obarzanek and Stephen Page in Melbourne. (AFP)

Dancers performs on opening night of the 53rd annual Vina del Mar International Song Festival, in Vina del Mar, Chile, February 22, 2012. (AP)

NASA's Hubble Telescope captured an image of Eta Carinae. This image consists of ultraviolet and visible light images from the High Resolution Channel of Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys. The larger of the two stars in the Eta Carinae system is a huge and unstable star that is nearing the end of its life, and the event that the 19th century astronomers observed was a stellar near-death experience. (ESA/NASA)

A farmer loads cut sugarcane onto a truck during harvest season in Thanh Hoa province, 200 km (124 miles) south of Hanoi. (Reuters)

Afghan policemen form a line during an anti-US demonstration in Kabul. (AP)

A video journalist films an Israeli soldier firing tear gas towards Palestinian protesters demanding the reopening of a key street in the West Bank city of Hebron. (AFP)

Albanian soldiers carry the coffin of Albanian Captain Feti Vogli, 31, at the Palace of Congress in Tirana. Afghan gunmen clad in police uniforms opened fire on NATO troops on February 20, 2012, in southern Afghanistan, killing Vogli and injuring two other foreign soldiers, according to Albania's Defense Ministry. (Reuters)

A man writes a love message on a board as he takes part in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest love letter in Bucharest during Dragobete, the traditional Romanian lovers' day. (Reuters)

Two spectators walk past the scoreboard during the second round of the HSBC Women's Champions golf tournament at Tanah Merah Country Club in Singapore. (Reuters)

Iceland's Steinthor Freyr Thorsteinsson takes a flip throw during a throw-in at the friendly football match against Japan at Nagai Stadium in Osaka. (AFP)

This multiple exposure image shows a model displaying a creation of Moschino Fall-winter 2012-2013 collection during the Women's fashion week in Milan. (AFP)

Groomed Shih Tzu dogs wait for the start of a competition during the Asia-Pacific Dog Show in Manila, Philippines. (Reuters)


Pakistani protesters burn representations of U.S. flags to condemn the reported burning of Qurans in Afghanistan by U.S. troops, in Lahore. (AP)

Russia Greyhound

A 3-year old Italian Greyhound named Rem, wearing a presidential campaign badge for Vladimir Putin, rests on its owner's lap during a walk in Divnogorsk, south of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. (Reuters)

Israel Fest

Israeli workers attach a figure onto a float at a sculpture and display factory manufacturing floats for a parade celebrating the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim, near Tel Aviv. (Reuters)


Palestinian women hold up posters of Hana Al-Shalabi, a Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike jailed in Israel, as they protest against Israel's policy of administrative detention, in the West Bank city of Jenin. (AP)


A survivor stands outside his house that was burnt and damaged in the Godhra riots during the commemoration of its 10th anniversary, in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad. (Reuters)

Greece -Clean Monday

Revelers celebrate Clean Monday by participating in a colorful "flour war", a traditional festivity marking the end of the carnival season and the start of the 40-day Lent period until the Orthodox Easter, in the port town of Galaxidi, northwest of Athens, Greece. (Reuters)


North Carolina defensive lineman Quinton Coples runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, in the U.S. state of Indiana. (AP)


Model Rick Genest, also known as "Zombie Boy", poses before the start of Roberto Cavalli's 2012 Autumn/Winter collection during Milan Fashion Week in Italy. (Reuters)

Du Jianguo, a protester claiming to be an independent economist and demonstrating against the World Bank's "China 2030 Report", is removed by a security guard during a news conference by World Bank's President Robert Zoellick at its Beijing office. (Reuters)

A man pushes his bicycle through a garden containing more than 1,200 Buddhist statues in a monastery in the city of Myitkyina, in Burma's northern Kachin state. (Reuters)

Backdropped by Tower Bridge, giant Olympic Rings float on the River Thames in London during its launch to mark 150 days before the start of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. (AP)

Firefighters work on the roof of the Palace of the Beloselsky-Belozersky Princes, which is on fire, in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Palace of the Beloselsky-Belozersky Princes, which is one of the remarkable places of interest of the city, was built in 1846-1848 in the baroque style. (Reuters)

A couple during a heavy snowfall on the mountain of Penteli in northern Athens, Greece. Ferry services have been canceled at three main ports, as high winds and a bout of winter weather dumped snow around the country. (AP)

An electrician fixes a bulb as an Indian woman voter casts her vote in a polling station in Muradnagar, in Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. (AP)

Tony Stewart (14), Ricky Stenhouse Jr (6), and David Gilliland (38) wreck as Joey Logano (20) and Mark Martin (55) drive past during the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA. (AP)

A model wears a creation of designer Fatima Lopes as part of the Fall-Winter, ready-to-wear 2013 fashion collection, during Paris Fashion week, France. (AP)

Schoolchildren check their XO laptops at the Municipal Stadium in Ometepe Island, Nicaragua. Around 5,000 of the island's underprivileged children will benefit from the delivery of laptops which have been donated by the Zamora-Teran Foundation. (Reuters)

South Koreans wearing traditional Korean costumes in Cheonan, south of Seoul, carry torches in their hands during a ceremony to celebrate the March First Independence Movement Day, the anniversary of the 1919 uprising against Japanese colonial rule. (AP)

Kuwaiti Islamist-Shi'ite MP Hussein Al Qallaf, left, and liberal-Shi'ite MP Abdulhameed Dashti during a heated debate over the situation in Syria at the National Assembly's session. (AP)

People pray by the coffin of a member of the Free Syrian Army, who was killed by armed civilians loyal to Syria's President Bashar Al Assad, during a funeral near the northern city of Idlib. (Reuters)

A woman walks past a building decorated with a pair of eyes in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, Ukraine. (Reuters)

Windows are blown out of a Hilton hotel in downtown Branson, Missouri, USA. A powerful storm system lashed the Midwest, roughing up the country music resort city of Branson and laying waste to a small town in Kansas. (AP)

A foot of Sujon, 9, is seen as he works in a vehicle spare parts store in Dholaikhal, Dhaka, Bangladesh. According to locals, about 10,000 people, one third of them children, work in the city's Dholaikhal area. (Reuters)

Demonstrators are seen in the middle of a road blocked by garbage containers burning during clashes in Barcelona, Spain. Spanish students clashed with police during nationwide protests against education spending cuts. (AP)

A green sea turtle dives in a basin at the SeaLife aquarium in Oberhausen, western Germany. (AFP)

A model wears a creation of designer Guy Laroche as part of the Fall-Winter, ready-to-wear 2013 fashion collection, during Paris Fashion week, France. (AP)

Feliciano Lopez of Spain reacts after he lost a point against Roger Federer of Switzerland during the Emirates Dubai ATP Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP)