A demonstrator holds up symbolic shackles in protest of the trial of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, which continued on Feb. 16 in Cairo. The 83-year-old former president is accused of ordering the killing of hundreds of demonstrators during the uprising that overthrew him last February. A verdict is expected on Feb. 22, with prosecutors seeking the death penalty.
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Brazilians perform capoeira on the first day of Carnival celebrations on Feb. 16 in Salvador, Brazil. Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art and dance form that was developed by colonial slaves. Carnival is the largest holiday in Brazil, annually drawing millions in raucous celebrations before the start of the Catholic season of Lent. Recently, police strikes in Salvador and Rio de Janiero threatened Carnival and raised questions about the country's preparedness to host the upcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics.
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Jonah Klemm-Toole kisses his new wife, Elena Pizano; Kenny Dornhoefer kisses his new wife, Jaya Ganaishalm; and Manuel Fuentes kisses his new wife, Monika Juarbe, after all three couples wed in a group Valentine's Day celebration on Feb. 14 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The group wedding ceremony is put on by the Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller's office -- all told, 30 couples tied the knot in unison.
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Simon Bilcock comes in from surfing at Coldingham Bay, an inlet in the North Sea on Feb. 15 in Scotland. Surfing, which is one of the fastest growing sports in Britain, is now a multi-million pound industry and employs hundreds of people in the U.K. alone.
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Protestors chant on behalf of Tibetan rights in front of the White House as Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping visited with U.S. President Barack Obama, on Feb. 14 in Washington, D.C. Dozens of impassioned pro-Tibet activists waved flags and chanted, "China lies, Tibetans die" and "Xi, Tibet will be free!' as the vice president met with Obama. Other protesters included members of the Uighur minority and Taiwanese.
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Women carry baskets of coal back to their village for sale, after having scavenged the coal illegally from an open-cast coal mine in the village of Jina Gora near Jharia, India. Claiming that decades-old underground burning coal seams threatened the homes of villagers, the government has recently relocated over 2,300 families to towns like Belgaria. Villagers claim they were promised schools, hospitals, and free utilities for two years, which they have not received.
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Young men and women compete in the Junior Showmanship Preliminaries at Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Feb. 13 in New York City. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was first held in 1877, and is the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the United States, second only to the Kentucky Derby.
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The Empire State Building towers over the Manhattan skyline on Feb. 13. The owner of the Empire State Building, Malkin Holdings, announced plans this week to raise up to $1 billion in an initial public offering on the 102-story landmark skyscraper.
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Commuters in Tokyo, Japan, wear surgical masks to help protect themselves from an influenza outbreak on Feb. 13. The number of influenza patients is reported to have reached 2 million across the country, and several Japanese passengers were quarantined by New Zealand authorities on an incoming flight at Auckland airport after they displayed flu-like symptoms.
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Police stand guard as forensics officers examine a damaged Israeli embassy vehicle after an explosion on Feb. 13 in New Delhi, India. A minor bomb blast struck an Israeli diplomat's vehicle, injuring two people. Staff at Israel's embassies in India and Georgia were targeted, the foreign ministry reported.
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Demonstrators clash with police during protests against the new austerity measures on Feb. 12 in Athens, Greece. The embattled country's creditors have demanded further austerity measures before approving a new bailout from the European Union, European Central Bank, and International Monetary Fund, amid renewed concerns that Athens may default.
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A violinist plays at a ceremony on Feb. 13 marking the 67th anniversary of the 1945 Allied firebombing of Dresden, Germany. Several hundred people and city officials laid flowers at the site to commemorate the bombing by British and U.S. planes during World War II that killed an estimated 25,000 civilians.
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A boy stands at a petrol station as Palestinians wait to fill fuel containers in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip on Feb. 15. Residents in the Gaza Strip flocked to petrol stations, as the fuel supply dried up due to the closing of the smuggling tunnels between Rafah and Egypt.
A camel jockey hits the turf at the starting line of the annual Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan Camel Festival in Sweihan, United Arab Emirates on Feb. 16. The festival is part of the efforts to revive and safeguard the age-old tradition of camel sports in the UAE.
Somalis carry their belongings on trucks and buses as they flee the town of Elasha Biyaha, in the outskirts of Mogadishu on Feb. 16. Thousands of people have fled the area to escape the expected battle between the African Union troops and al-Shabab insurgents, who recently officially merged with al Qaeda.
A tiny chameleon (Brookesia micra) stands on the tip of a match in Munich in this image released on Feb. 16. The animal is about 16 millimetres long; with its tail up to 29 millimetres. The tiny reptiles are an endangered species.
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Anthony Shadid, 43, a Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times foreign correspondent based in Baghdad and Beirut, died on assignment in Syria on Feb. 16. Known for his exceptional commitment to journalistic standards, personal integrity, and passionate investment in the Middle East, the Lebanese-American was remembered by fellow journalists, editors, and readers across the world.