Photo of the Day

The best images from around the world

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Taking a Peak

Dimona, Israel
June 15, 2014

A girl from the African Hebrew Israelite community hides behind an adult during a celebration for the holiday of Shavuot. Identifying themselves as African Hebrew Israelites, about 300 African-Americans arrived in 1969 in the sleepy desert town claiming to be descendants of the ancient Israelites and settled in the Jewish state.

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Los Angeles, California
June 14, 2014

A man participates in the World Naked Bike Ride, an event that aims to defend the right of cyclists to ride on the streets in safety, according to its organizers.

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Up in Flames

Lake Whitney, Texas
June 13, 2014

Smoke rises from a house deliberately set on fire, days after part of the ground it was resting on collapsed.

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Tiananmen Anniversary

Beijing, China
June 4, 2014

Chinese Paramilitary police officers salut each other as they stand guard below a portrait of the late leader Mao Zedong in Tiananmen Square. Twenty-five years ago on June 4, 1989 Chinese troops cracked down on pro-democracy protesters and in the clashes that followed scores were killed or injured.

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Urban Mystery

New York, New York
June 3, 2014

A grand piano that has mysteriously landed on the beach underneath the Brooklyn Bridge has become an impromptu tourist attraction. While the Mason & Hamlin piano is badly damaged, dozens of people climb onto the beach daily to test out the keys. 

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Luhansk, Ukraine
June 2, 2014

Pro-Russia militants fire at Ukrainian border guards defending the Federal Border Headquarters. 

Ahmad Masood/Reuters

Should to Shoulder

Kabul, Afghanistan
June 1, 2014   

People travel in an overcrowded bus.

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Kicking Up Dust

Shanshan, China
May 31, 2014

Wang Yirong of Hebei province rides his motorcycle in the desert during the China Taklimakan Rally and CCR Xinjiang Station.

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Aleppo, Syria
May 30, 2014

Syrians run for cover during an airstrike on the Bustan al-Qasr rebel held neighbourhood. Nearly 2,000 civilians, more than a quarter of them children, have been killed this year in a massive Syrian air offensive on rebel-held areas of Aleppo province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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Soccer Training

Dhaka, Bangladesh
May 29, 2014

Children play soccer in front of an abandoned train compartment.

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Listen Up

West Point, New York
May 28, 2014
Underclassmen listen from the back of the stadium as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a commencement ceremony at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Bloody War

Donetsk, Ukraine
May 27, 2014
A bloodstained icon of Jesus is seen among shattered glass atop a wrecked truck near the Donetsk airport. Ukrainian forces fought with separatists for a second day after inflicting heavy losses on the rebels while the government vowed to press on with a military offensive "until not a single terrorist" was left.



Khalilabad, India
May 26, 2014

Security personnel and rescue members stand next to damaged coaches of a passenger train after a collision in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. A passenger train collided with a stationary goods train, killing at least 40 people and injuring more than 150, officials said.

Mheisen Amareen/Reuters

Praying for an End

Bethlehem, West Bank
May 25, 2014

Pope Francis touches the wall that divides Israel from the West Bank. Pope Francis made a surprise stop at the hulking wall Palestinians see as a symbol of Israeli oppression on Sunday, minutes after begging both sides to end a conflict that he said was no longer acceptable.

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Santa Barbara, California
May 24, 2014

Students gathered for a candlelight vigil on the University of California Santa Barbara campus to remember those killed Friday night during a rampage in nearby Isla Vista. Authorities said the 22-year-old lone gunman, Elliot Rodger, killed six people.

Feisal Omar/Reuters


Mogadishu, Somalia
May 23, 2014

Women and children lie on the sand at Lido beach. The beach was a famous attraction before Somalia tumbled into chaos in 1991 with the ousting of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre. In the last few years, the beach was a frontline for the Islamist al Shabaab militants, who later withdrew from most parts of Mogadishu. 

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Up, Up and Away

Augusta, Italy
May 22, 2014

A migrant plays with a child as they arrive on the Italian Navy ship San Giorgio at the harbour. More than 100 children were among the 488 migrants rescued by the Italian navy off the Sicilian coast as the influx of arrivals continues, spurred on by the unrest in Syria and the unstable political situation in Libya.

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Bounty Hunters

Maiduguri, Nigeria
May 21, 2014

Members of a vigilante group of traditional hunters pose for a picture at their camp. About 100 traditional hunters from villages in Borno state have gathered and volunteered to hunt for Boko Haram.

Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Grief Stricken

Slaviansk, Ukraine
May 20, 2014

Yekaterina Len, 61, cries outside her destroyed house following what locals say was overnight shelling by Ukrainian forces in the outskirts of town.

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Flower Power

London, England
May 19, 2014

An exhibitor looks at a stand of Chrysanthemum at the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show.

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Missing Mayor

Toronto, Canada
May 6, 2014

A mock "missing persons" poster with a picture of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. Ford, who said last month he would take time off to get treatment for an alcohol problem, described rehab as "amazing" and said he would return in time for the upcoming city election, a Toronto newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Pool photo by Saul Loeb

Kicking Around

Sal Island, Cape Verde
May 5, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry kicks a soccer ball around during an airplane refuelling stop enroute to Washington, D.C.

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Badakhshan province, Afghanistan
May 4, 2014

An Afghan woman cries after she lost her family in a landslide in the Argo district.  Officials gave up hope of finding any survivors from a landslide in the remote northeast, with the number of killed or missing as many as 2,700.

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Madrid, Spain
May 3, 2014

Andy Murray of Great Britain serves in a practice session during day one of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament.

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Ansan, South Korea
May 2, 2014

A mourner cries next to yellow ribbons dedicated to missing and dead passengers of sunken passenger ship Sewol.

Ivan Alvarado/Reuters


Santiago, Chile
May 1, 2014
Pro-government Communist (left) and anarchist movement (right) demonstrators clash during a May Day rally.

Carlo Allegri/Reuters


Vilonia, Arkansas
April 30, 2014

Michael Stanek hugs his daughter Kennedy Stanek as they take a break from helping friends sift though the rubble of their homes following a tornado.

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New York, New York
April 29, 2014

Tom Kim smokes an electronic cigarette at Henley Vaporium. 

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Minya, Egypt
April 28, 2014

Women faint outside the courtroom after an Egyptian court sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and other alleged Islamists to death. The defendants were accused of involvement in the murder and attempted murder of policemen in Minya province on August 14, the day police killed hundreds of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi's supporters in clashes in Cairo.

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Saint City

Vatican City, Vatican
April 27, 2014

Bishops attend the canonisation mass of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II in St Peter's Square.

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Mariupol, Ukraine
April 26, 2014

Pro-Russian masked men stand watch inside the Mariupol town hall in east Ukraine.

Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters


Baghdad, Iraq
April 25, 2014

An explosion is seen during a car bomb attack at a Shi'ite political rally.  Three bombs exploded in succession as people were leaving the rally, killing 18 people. 

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In Memoriam

Ansan, South Korea
April 23, 2014

Friends and relatives pay tribute to the victims of the sunken passenger ferry at a group memorial altar in Ansan Olympic Memorial Hall. 

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Night Shift

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
April 22, 2014

Brazilian police patrol the Pavao-Pavaozinho favela, just blocks from Copacabana Beach.  Protests and shootings broke out following the discovery of dancer Douglas Rafael da Silva's body, who protesters allege was beaten by the police.

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Standing Room Only

Mathura, India
April 21, 2014

Supporters climb poles of a temporary tent to get a glimpse of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), during an election campaign rally.  

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Pinned Down

Seville, Spain
April 20, 2014

Spanish matador Manuel Escribano is tackled by a bull during a bullfight at The Maestranza bullring.

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Disater on Everest

April 19, 2014
Kathmandu, Nepal

The daughter of one of the Nepali mountaineering guides who was killed in Friday's avalanche on Mount Everest, cries as she is comforted by a relative at Sherpa Monastery. Sherpa climbers aided by helicopters resumed a search on Saturday for four missing guides after the ice avalanche swept the lower slopes of Mount Everest, killing at least 12 in the deadliest accident on the mountain.

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Cross to Bear

Bensheim, Germany
April 18, 2014

Actors practice carrying their crosses before they take part in a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday.

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Awaiting Information

Jindo-gun, South Korea
April 17, 2014

A relative weeps as she waits for missing passengers of a sunken ferry at Jindo port. At least six people are reported dead, with 290 still missing. The ferry identified as the Sewol was carrying about 470 passengers, including students and teachers, traveling to Jeju Island.

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Ferry Capsized

Jindo, South Korea
April 16, 2014

Maritime police search for missing passengers in front of the South Korean ferry "Sewol" which sank at the sea off the coast of Jindo. Almost 300 people were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea on Wednesday, despite frantic rescue efforts involving coastguard vessels, fishing boats and helicopters, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years.

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Boda, Central African Republic
April 15, 2014

An internally displaced Muslim woman who lost her six days old baby yesterday, lies in a house in the town.

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Holy Week

Seville, Spain
April 14, 2014

Penitents from 'El Museo' brotherhood walk to the church to start a procession. Easter week is traditionally celebrated with processions in most Spanish towns.

Pool photo by Greg Wood

Search Continues

Southern Indian Ocean
April 13, 2014

The Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) vessel Hai Xin 01 is seen from a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P-3K2 Orion aircraft in the southern Indian Ocean, as the search continues for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. Australian officials leading the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines plane in the southern Indian Ocean are weighing when to deploy an underwater robot to aid in the hunt, now in its sixth fruitless week.

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Under Siege

Slaviansk, Ukraine
April 12, 2014

Armed men stand in front of police headquarters. Pro-Russian militants have seized a second building in the eastern city of Slaviansk, which houses the local headquarters of the state security service, police said on Saturday. At least 20 armed militants took over the city's police headquarters earlier.

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Mumbai, India
April 11, 2014

Residents look on as Gaurav Sharma (L), an independent candidate also known as the Indian Spider-Man, hands out a pamphlet at a residential building during an election campaign. Around 815 million people have registered to vote in the world's biggest election - a number exceeding the population of Europe and a world record - and results of the mammoth exercise, which concludes on May 12, are due on May 16.

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Going Out for a Spin

Blenheim, Australia
April 10, 2014

Britain's Prince William laughs as his wife, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, stands next to a Sopwith Pup vintage plane he is sitting in at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Center near Blenheim.

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Public Arrest

Cairo, Egypt
April 9, 2014

An Egyptian plainclothes policeman detains a student, who is a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted President Mohamed Mursi, during a protest against the military and interior ministry in front of the faculty of Oral & Dental Medicine in Cairo University at Kasr El Aini street.

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Dress Rehearsal

Sydney, Australia
April 8, 2014

A model practices walking the runway ahead of the Cameo show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

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Remembering Rwanda

Kigali, Rwanda
April 7, 2014

Ushers carry a screaming and emotionally distraught woman out of Amahoro Stadium during the 20th anniversary commemoration of the 1994 genocide. Thousands of Rwandans and global leaders, past and present, joined together at the stadium to remember the country's 1994 genocide, when more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutus were slaughtered over a 100-day period.

Mikhail Maslovsky/Reuters


Donetsk, Ukraine
April 6, 2014
A pro-Russian protester breaks a window as they storm the regional government building. 

Goran Tomasevic/Reuters


Yaloke, Central African Republic
April 5, 2014

A sick Muslim boy at  sits outside a house.

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Rough and Tumble

Aintree, England
April 4, 2014
Fago, ridden by Barry Fehilly, falls at the open ditch during the Grand National horse racing meeting.

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In Memoriam

Killeen, Texas
April 3, 2014

Bob Gordon, left, and Bob Butler paint crosses they placed in front of 16 American flags as they build a memorial for the victims of the shooting at Fort Hood.

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Voter Registration

Herat, Afghanistan
April 2, 2014

Afghan residents gather outside a closed voter registration centre to try to receive their voter cards a day after registration ended for the forthcoming presidential election. Afghanistan will vote on April 5 to choose a successor to President Hamid Karzai and to decide the make-up of 34 provincial councils in elections seen as a benchmark of progress since the Taliban were ousted from power in 2001.

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Brace Yourself

Uniondale, New York
April 1, 2014

Travis Hamonic #3 of the New York Islanders is hit into the glass by Nick Bjugstad #27 of the Florida Panthers during the first period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

War Games

Pohang, South Korea
March 31, 2014

Amphibious assault vehicles of the South Korean Marine Corps throw smoke bombs as they move to land on shore during a U.S.-South Korea joint landing operation drill. The drill is part of the two countries' annual military training called Foal Eagle, which began on February 24 and runs until April 18.

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Day of Protest

March 30, 2014
Jerusalem's Old City

A Palestinian woman touches her face after an Israeli border police officer sprayed her with tear gas during confrontations at a Land Day protest outside. March 30 marks Land Day, the annual commemorations of the killing by police of six Arab citizens in 1976 during protests against land confiscations in northern Israel's Galilee region.

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Search Continues

March 29, 2014
Oso, Washington

Senior Airman Charolette Gibson, Staff Sgt. Buzzard, and Tech Sgt. Henry Cohrs, all from Spokane and members of the 141 Air Refueling Wing, along with workers from Snohomish County, search the wreckage after debris is moved by heavy machinery. The mudslide on March 22 in nearby Oso, Washington killed at least 25 people and left many missing. Over 80 Wash. National Guard personal are here to help the community of Oso in the wake of the mudslide.

Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

In the Line of Duty

March 28, 2014
Ramallah, West Bank

An injured Israeli border policeman is helped by his fellow police officers during clashes with Palestinian protestors rallying against the Jewish settlement of Ofra, in the West Bank village of Silwad.

Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters

Street Style

Seville, Spain
March 27, 2014

Abdul, 32, a worker of a hotel poses for a portrait on the way to begin his workday in the Andalusian capital of Seville.

Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty

Protest in Streets

Cairo, Egypt
March 26, 2014

Egyptian students who support the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi run from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes following a demonstration outside Cairo University.

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The Aftermath

Oso, Washington
March 25, 2014

A search and rescue worker looks for survivors in the aftermath of a mudslide.

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In Recovery

Gardez, Afghanistan
March 24, 2014

A patient sits in a recovery ward at the Paktia Regional Military Hospital at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Thunder. The hospital, operated by the Afghan Army, treats wounded and sick soldiers and police from the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). Soldiers with the U.S. Army's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division stationed at nearby FOB Lightning advise and assist the staff at the hospital.

Pool photo by Lindsey Wasson

Devastating Mudslide

Oso, Washington
March 23, 2014

A landslide and structural debris blocks Highway 530 near Oso, Washington March 23, 2014. Eighteen people remain unaccounted for in a landslide that killed three and injured at least eight more in northwestern Washington state, officials said Sunday.

Mario Tama/Getty

Flying High

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
March 22, 2014

A child plays on a swing in the Prazeres pacified favela community. The favela was previously controlled by drug traffickers but is now occupied by the city's Police Pacification Unit (UPP). A number of UPPs were attacked by drug gang members on March 20, prompting some pacified favelas to soon receive federal forces as reinforcements. The UPP is patrolling some of Rio's favelas amid the city's efforts to improve security ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Anupam Nath/AP

Drinking Water

Gauhati, India
March 21, 2014

An Indian woman carries a bucket filled with drinking water as she walks on dry mud against blowing sand, along the Brahmaputra river on the eve of World Water Day. World Water Day is observed annually on March 22 as a means to recognize the global need to save, conserve and manage water resources for future generations.

Gregory Bull/AP

March Madness

San Diego, California
March 20, 2014

Gonzaga forward Angel Nunez dunks during practice at the NCAA college basketball tournament. Gonzaga faces Oklahoma State in a second-round game on Friday. 

Edgar Su/Reuters

Screams of Sorrow

Kuala Lumpor, Malaysia
March 19, 2014

A Chinese family member of a passenger onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 screams as she is being brought into a room outside the media conference area at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Investigators probing the disappearance of Flight MH370 with 239 people on board believe it most likely flew into the southern Indian Ocean, a source close to the investigation said on Wednesday. 

David Mdzinarishvili/Reuter

Sanctions and Seizures

Simferopol, Crimea
March 18, 2014

People hold a Crimean flag in front of a Lenin's statue. Russian President Vladimir Putin, defying Ukrainian protests and Western sanctions, on Tuesday signed a treaty making Crimea part Russia but said he did not plan to seize any other regions of Ukraine. 

Damir Sagolj/Reuters

Tranquil Travel

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
March 17, 2014

A girl looks at planes through the window of the departure hall at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

Colorful Celebration

Kathmandu, Nepal
March 16, 2014

People celebrate during Holi, the Festival of Colours. Holi marks the beginning of spring and is celebrated with great enthusiasm all over Nepal. 

Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

Tattoo Trance

Wat Bang Phra, Thailand
March 15, 2014

A devotee in a state of trance is calmed by volunteers during the annual Magic Tattoo Festival. Believers from across Thailand travel to the monastery to have their bodies adorned with tattoos and to pay their respects to the temple's master tattooist. They believe the tattoos have mystical powers, ward off bad luck and protect them from harm.

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Blast Rocks Quetta

March 14, 2014
Quetta, Pakistan

A Pakistani paramilitary soldier moves a blast victim from a mangled bus at the site of a bomb explosio. The blast killed 10 people and wounded 31 others in Pakistan's restive southwestern city of Quetta, officials said.

Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

Venezuela Protest

Caracas, Venezuela
March 13, 2014

National police transport an anti-government protester detainee during a protest against Nicolas Maduro's government. Venezuela's state prosecutor said on Thursday the death toll from a month of violent protests had risen to 28, after the nation's top court ordered opposition mayors to dismantle barricades set up by street protesters. State prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz, speaking on the sidelines of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, also said 1,293 detainees had been released and 104 remained in custody accused of serious crimes during the anti-government demonstrations.

Eric Thayer/Reuters

Harlem Explosion

March 12, 2014
New York City, New York

Firefighters examine the rubble at an apparent building explosion fire and collapse in Harlem. Two buildings collapsed in an explosion in Upper Manhattan on Wednesday, killing at least one person, injuring at least 17 and setting off a search for anyone trapped in the debris, witnesses and officials said.


Three Years Ago

March 11, 2014
Rikuzentakata, Japan
A woman prays in the snow on the third year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands and set off a nuclear crisis.

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Waitng For News

March 10, 2014
Beijing, China

Relatives of passengers from the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 plane sit on a bus at the Lido Hotel in Beijing. Malaysian authourities have said the missing airliner carrying 239 people may have inexplicably turned back as a terror probe into the plane's sudden disappearance wa launched.

Alexander Demianchuk/Reuter

Game Time

March 9, 2014
Rosa Khutor, Russia

Russian soldier looks at a Russian flag during a medal ceremony at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games.

Leo Ramirez/AFP/Getty

Clashes in Caracas

March 8, 2014
Caracas, Venezuela

Riot policemen shoot tear gas during a protest against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Armed with cooking pots in a potent symbol of Venezuela's chronic food shortage, thousands took to the streets Saturday in the latest public rally against the government. At least 20 people have now died since protests first erupted, giving Maduro his biggest test since succeeding late leader Hugo Chavez almost a year ago.


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Dog Days

March 7, 2014
Birmingham, England

Dogs and their owners arrive to attend the second day of the Crufts dog show at the NEC. Said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part. Crufts, which was first held in 1891 and sees thousands of dogs vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'.

Edgar Su/Reuters

Partly Cloudy

March 6, 2014
Spectators take pictures of Wayne Garrett and Caitlind Brown's light installation "CLOUD" during a preview of the i Light Marina Bay festival. Twenty-eight groups of local and international artists took part in the biennial sustainable light art festival which will run through March 30.

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Independence Square

March 5, 2014
Kiev, Ukraine

People wait in line for food distribution. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned Russia on Wednesday that its actions in Ukraine have put its role in the elite Group of Eight club of leading nations at risk.

Scott Olson/Getty

Joint Patrol

March 4, 2014
Kandahar, Afghanistan

CPT Jason Armstrong (L) with the U.S. Army's 4th squadron 2d Cavalry Regiment and SSG James O'Grady walk from a village following a joint patrol with soldiers from the Afghan National Army (ANA).

Marco Bello/Reuters


March 2, 2014
Caracas, Venezuela

Anti-government protesters throws a tear gas canister after it was thrown by the national guard during a protest against Nicolas Maduro's government. While many Venezuelans went to the beach to enjoy the Carnival holiday, thousands of anti-government demonstrators marched in the capital on Sunday, trying to keep up the momentum from weeks of protests demanding President Nicolas Maduro resign.

Thaer Al Khalidiya/Reuters

Besieged Homs

March 1, 2014
Homs, Syria

A Free SyrianArmy fighter walks as he holds his weapon in the besieged area of Homs.

John Moore/Getty

Anti-government Protest

February 27, 2014
Caracas, Venezuela

Protesters run from tear gas fired by the Venezuelan national guard during an anti-government demonstration. Almost three weeks after protests against the federal government began, demonstrators continued to block thoroughfares and clash with security forces.

Jason Lee/Reuters

Smoggy Commute

February 26, 2014
Beijing, China

Cars drive on the Three Ring Road amid the heavy haze. China's north is suffering a pollution crisis, with the capital Beijing itself shrouded in acrid smog. Authorities have introduced anti-pollutionpolicies and often pledged to clean up the environment but the problem has not eased.

Pool photo by Paul Grover

Reviewing the Troops

February 24, 2014
Aldershot, England

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Colonel of the Grenadier Guards, and Life Member of the Grenadier Guards Association, visits the 1st Battalion of the Grenadier Guards. The 1st Battalion of the Grenadier Guards consists of three Rifle companies, Support Company which consists of an anti-tank platoon, a mortar platoon, a reconnaissance platoon and a sniper platoon.

Laurent Dubrule/Reuters

New Arrival

February 23, 2014
Brussels, Belgium

Giant panda Hao Hao arrives at Brussels airport February 23, 2014. A pair of giant pandas arrived in Belgium on Sunday on lease from a breeding centre in southwest China's Sichuan Province. Male panda Xing Hui, and female Hao Hao, both four years old, are bound for Belgium's Pairi Daiza Zoo.

Alex Livesey/Getty

Taking The Fast Tracking

February 22, 2014
Sochi, Russia

Pilot Edson Bindilatti, Odirlei Pessoni, Edson Ricardo Martins and Fabio Goncalves Silva of Brazil team 1 make a run during the Men's Four Man Bobsleigh heats on Day 15 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Sliding Center Sanki.

Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

Anti-Government Admiration

February 21, 2014
Bangkok, Thailand 

An anti-government protester kisses a police officer during a rally inside a compound of the Thai Royal Police Club.

Marko Drobnjakovic/AP

Deaths in Kiev

February 20, 2014
Kiev, Ukraine 

Bodies of anti-government protesters killed in clashes with police lay at the Independence Square. Fearing that a call for a truce was a ruse, protesters tossed firebombs and advanced upon police lines Thursday in Ukraine's embattled capital. Government snipers shot back and the almost medieval melee that ensued left scores of people dead. 

Massoud Hossaini/AP

Kabul's Internally Displaced

February 19, 2014
Kabul, Afghanistan 

An Afghan internally displaced girl looks through a window made of a broken car windshield at their home in a poor neighborhood.

Pool photo by Andrew Kravchenko

Combustive Clashes

February 18, 2014
Kiev, Ukraine

Interior Ministry members are on fire, caused by molotov cocktails hurled by anti-government protesters, as they stand guard during clashes. Several thousand anti-government protesters clashed with police near Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday, torching vehicles and hurling stones in the worst violence to rock the capital Kiev in more than three weeks. 

Andres Kudacki/AP

Madrid's Looks

February 17, 2014
Madrid, Spain

A model displays an Autumn/Winter design by Carlos Diez during Madrid Fashion Week.

Pool photo by Evan Vucci

Secretary Selfie

February 16, 2014
Jakarta, Indonesia

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (center) takes a selfie with a group of students before delivering a speech on climate change.

Athar Hussain/Reuters

Playful Pastime

February 15, 2014
Karachi, Pakistan 

Boys are silhouetted against the setting sun while playing cricket.

Hosam Katan/Reuters

From the Rubble

February 14, 2014
Aleppo, Syria

A boy holds his baby sister who survived what activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Masaken Hanano neighborhood.

Brendan McDermid/Reuters

In Tow

February 13, 2014
Brooklyn, New York
A woman pulls her child in a sled through the snow during the morning commute in the Park Slope neighborhood.

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February 12, 2014
Tidhar, Israel

A flock of migrating starlings flies over southern Israel.

Mohammad Sajjad/AP

Movie Theater Bombing

February 11, 2014
Peshawar, Pakistan
Pakistani rescue workers investigate the site of a grenade attack on a crowded movie theater that killed and wounded dozens.  About 80 people were watching a movie called “Yarana,” which means friendship in Pashto, said an official. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

Larry Downing/Reuters

Roll Out the Red Carpet

February 10, 2014
Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland

The red carpet blows in the wind President Barack Obama arrives aboard Marine One. 

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Black Eagles

February 9, 2014

South Korea Air Force's Black Eagles perform a maneuver during an aerial display ahead of the Singapore Air show.

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Rebel Gathering

February 8, 2014
South Sudan

Rebel fighters gather in a village in Upper Nile State.

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Let The Games Begin!

February 7, 2014
Sochi, Russia

Participants perform during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

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Tough Break

February 6, 2014
Anglet, France

Waves are seen breaking against the Spanish cargo ship "Luno" the day after it broke in two on a seawall off the beach in Anglet on the Atlantic Coast of France.

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Blured Blessings

February 5, 2014
Vatican City

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican.

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Game Face

February 4, 2014
Sochi, Russia

Canada's goaltender Shannon Szabados looks on during their women's ice hockey team practice ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

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Put Your Back Into It

February 3, 2014
Lahore, Pakistan

Men throw wood from a pile of logs into a supply truck at a timber warehouse.

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Do Not Pass Go

February 2, 2014
Istanbul, Turkey

Riot police stand guard in front of the Russian Consulate as Circassians living in Turkey gather to protest against Sochi Winter Olympics.

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One Man’s Trash

February 1, 2014
Bangui, Central African Republic

A man is seen salvaging materials from a damaged house in the district of Combattant, from which Muslims have fled due to the continuing sectarian violence.

Omar Abu Bakr/Reuters

Fighting Continues

January 31, 2014

Smoke rises after what activists say are barrel bombs dropped by government forces.

Omar Sobhani/Reuters

Tea Break

January 30, 2014
Kabul, Afghanistan

A man reads a newspaper at a tea shop along a street in Kabul.

Jason Lee/Reuters

January 29, 2014
Beijing, CHina

North Korean Ambassador to China Ji Jae Ryong wears a badge showing the pictures of former leaders Kim Il-sung (L) and Kim Jong-il as he speaks at a news conference.

Siegfried Modola/Reuters

January 28, 2014
Bangui, Central African Republic

Wangouma Nestor, who had his neck cut, lies on a stretcher in Camp de Roux, a main base recently abandoned by former Seleka fighters near the center of the capital/

Pring Samrang/Reuters

Push Back

January 27, 2014
Phnom Pen, Cambodia

Protesters clash with riot policemen. Security forces used smoke grandees and force to break up the protest near the Information Ministry by hundreds of protesters demanding an independent TV station.

Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Under Attack

January 26, 2014
Vatican City

A dove released during an Angelus prayer conducted by Pope Francis, is attacked by a seagull in Saint Peter's square.

Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Out of Hand

January 25, 2014
Southampton, England

Southampton's goalkeeper Kelvin Davis makes a save during their English FA Cup fourth round soccer match against Yeovil Town at St Mary's stadium in Southampton, southern England January 25, 2014.

Scott Barbour/Getty

Great Leap

January 24, 2014
Melbourne, Australia

Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a backhand in his semifinal match against Rafael Nadal of Spain during day 12 of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.

Adnan Abidi / Reuters

Day of Celebration

January 23, 2014
New Delhi, India

Indian Army soldiers march during the full dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade.

Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Israeli Airstrike

January 22, 2014
Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip
A Palestinian man looks out a window beside bloodstains on the wall of a house at the scene of an Israeli air strike. Israel killed two Gaza gunmen in an air strike on Wednesday, blaming one of them for firing rockets across the border during former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's funeral last week.

Andreea Campeanu/Reuters

Seeking Shelter

January 21, 2014
Malakai, South Sudan
A baby sleeps next to a woman in a Catholic church. According to the people at the church, there are some 6,000 internally displaced people taking refuge at the church. 

Erik de Castro/Reuters

Ditching the Deluge

January 20, 2014
Butuan, Mindanao, Philippines
Flood victims are pulled on inflatable tire tubes as they are evacuated from heavy flooding brought by tropical depression "Agaton." Floods and landslides caused by tropical depression "Agaton" have killed 40 people and more than 500,000 people are displaced in Mindanao, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported on Sunday.

Esteban Felix/AP

Cane Cutter's Complaint

January 19, 2014
Chichigalpa, Nicaragua
A former worker of the Ingenio San Antonio, ISA, fires a homemade mortar during protests. A former sugarcane cutter died after being shot, Saturday during confrontations with police. The cutters were demanding compensation for damages to their health resulting from alleged exposure to agrochemicals and pesticides when the protest turned violent.

Felipe Dana/AP

Brazilian Beach Hound

January 18, 2014
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
A dog named Caique wears a hat and shirt on Arpoador beach. Caique's owners said they like to dress Caique up for dog parades and that they enjoy pedestrians taking his picture during his daily walks. 

Darren Staples/Reuters

Maternal Memorial

January 17, 2014
RAF Lakenheath, England 
Andy Ponce kneels in front of the weapon, equipment and uniform of his wife, Staff Sgt Afton Ponce, who died in a helicopter accident, after a memorial service. Andy Ponce is holding their son. A U.S. military helicopter crashed on the coast of eastern England, killing all four crew on board on January 7, 2014. 

Aaron Favila/AP

Hear Me Roar

January 16, 2014
Melbourne, Australia
Maria Sharapova makes a forehand return during her second round match against Karin Knapp at the Australian Open tennis championship.

Girish Tewani/AP

Through the Mist

January 15, 2014
New York, New York
The World Trade Center tower rises from a blanket of fog covering lower Manhattan on Wednesday morning. 

Franck Fife/Reuters

Kicking Up Dust

January 14, 2014
Iquique, Chile

Spain's Jordi Viladoms rides his KTM motorcycle during the ninth stage of the Dakar Rally 2014.

Yuya Shino/Reuters

Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

Tokyo, Japan
January 13, 2014

Japanese women in kimonos ride a train after a ceremony celebrating Coming of Age Day at an amusement park in Tokyo.



Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters


January 12, 2014
Reggio Emilia, Italy

AC Milan's Robinho (L) is tackled by Sassuolo's Luca Antei during their Italian Serie A soccer match at the Mapei stadium.

Rogan Ward/Reuters

Police Escort

January 11, 2014
Nkandla, South Africa

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema is escorted by police after his car was blocked by supporters of the African National Congress near the homestead of South African President Jacob Zuma.  Malema was in Nkandla to handover a house built by EFF party members for an elderly woman. African National Congress supporters gathered to march in protest on the road near Zuma's home, escorted by police, according to local media.

Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

Throwing Stones

January 10, 2014
Silwad, West Bank

A Palestinian protester uses a sling to hurl a stone during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest against the Jewish settlement of Ofra. Israel on Friday announced plans to build 1,400 new homes in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, days after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the region to push peace talks in which settlements represent a major hurdle.

Massoud Hossaini/AP

Baby, It's Cold Outside

January 9, 2014
Kabul, Afghanistan

Young Afghan women drag containers of water on the outskirts of the capital. Afghanistan experiences cold winters, and the slow pace of development and soaring cost of living in the country has made life difficult for the locals.

Binsar Bakkara/AP

A Passing Blast

January 8, 2014
North Sumatra, Indonesia

A man watches as Mount Sinabung spews volcanic materials. The volcano has sporadically erupted since September, forcing thousands of people who live around it slopes to flee their homes.

Charles Dharapak/AP

New Arrival

Washington, DC
January  7, 2014

Bao Bao, the four and a half month old giant panda cub, is approached by her mother Mei Xiang in their indoor habitat at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Bao Bao, who now weighs 7.9 pounds, was born to the zoo's female giant panda Mei Xiang and male giant panda Tian Tian.

Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters

Flying High

January 6, 2014
Bischofshofen, Austria

Austria's Thomas Diethart soars through the air during the first jump for the fourth jumping of the four-hills tournament in Bischofshofen.

Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters

Bone-Chilling Bath

Delhi, India
January 5, 2014

Migrant labourers bathe beneath hanging clothes on a street on a cold winter morning in the old quarters of Delhi.

Thaer Al Khalidiya/Reuters

Fighting Continues

Homs, Syria
January 4, 2014

Residents walk through a damaged street in the besieged area of Homs.

© Andreea Campeanu / Reuters

Youngest Victims

Bangui, Central African Republic
January 3, 2014

A boy rests on a wheelchair from wounds sustained in a grenade attack, at the Complex Paediatric Hospital. Violence in CAR has uprooted nearly a million people, a fifth of the population, and is hampering aid efforts, particularly in the capital Bangui, the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.

Hussein Malla/AP

Blast Rocks Beirut

Beirut, Lebanon
January 2, 2014

Lebanese women who left their destroyed home cry out after a car bomb explosion hit a stronghold of the Shiite Hezbollah group at the southern suburb of Beirut. A large explosion took place during rush hour in the Haret Hreik neighborhood.

Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Changing of the Guard

New York City
January 1, 2014

Senator Chuck Schumer, Diana Taylor, former mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sandra Lee and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo watch during Bill de Blasio's public inauguration for the mayor of New York at City Hall. Bill de Blasio was formally inaugurated as New York City's 109th mayor.