Monthly Archives: February 2014

Muslim Palestinians take part in Friday noon prayers blocked by Israeli police in East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud, on February 28, 2014. Clashes broke out following Friday noon prayer three days after police clashed with stone-throwing Palestinians at the al-Aqsa mosque compound, hours ahead of a debate in the Israeli parliament on Jews' right to pray at the compound, which is currently denied. The flashpoint compound sits above the Western Wall plaza and houses the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque, and is Islam's third-holiest site.  AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLIAHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images

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Muslim Palestinians take part in Friday noon prayers blocked by Israeli police in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ras al-Amud. Clashes broke out after police confronted stone-throwing Palestinians at the al-Aqsa mosque compound

Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko shakes hands with a woman as she arrives to visit the tent camp of her supporters in the center of Kiev .

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Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko shakes hands with a woman as she arrives to visit the tent camp of her supporters in the centre of Kiev, Ukraine

Monks dressed as Tibetan Buddhist characters attend a religious ceremony, known as "Da Gui" or beating ghost, to celebrate the upcoming Tibetan New Year which starts on March 1 at Yonghegong Lama Temple. The ceremony is held annually at the end of the first lunar month with mask dancing to expel ghosts.

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Monks dressed as Tibetan Buddhist characters attend a religious ceremony, known as Da Gui, or beating ghost, to celebrate the Tibetan New Year which starts on March 1 at Yonghegong Lama Temple. The ceremony is held annually at the end of the first lunar month with mask dancing to expel ghosts

Papier mache pandas, created by French artist Grangeon, are seen displayed outside Taipei City Hall as part of an exhibition called "Pandas on Tour"...Papier mache pandas, created by French artist Paulo Grangeon, are seen displayed outside Taipei City Hall as part of an exhibition called "Pandas on Tour", February 28, 2014. According to local media, the event was launched by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) first in Paris in 2008. Approximately 1,600 panda sculptures were displayed in the exhibition to remind people of the similar number of giant pandas still living in the wild and call on people's protection of endangered species. REUTERS/Patrick Lin (TAIWAN - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)

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Papier mâché pandas created by French artist Grangeon are displayed outside Taipei City Hall as part of an exhibition called “Pandas on Tour”

olicemen setup barbwire to block pro-Ta...Policemen setup barbwire to block pro-Taiwan independent activists during the anniversary of the 1947 massacre during which thousands were killed by nationalist Kuomintang troops from China, outside the Taipei Peace Park on February 28, 2014. The massacre remained taboo for decades under the late nationalist KMT leader Chiang Kai-shek's rule. It was not until 1995 that then president Lee Teng-hui made the first official apology. Parliament later agreed to compensate the victims and made February 28 an official holiday.  AFP PHOTO / Sam YehSAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images

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Policemen set up barbed wire to block pro-Taiwan independence activists outside the Taipei Peace Park. It is the anniversary of the 1947 massacre, known as the 228 Massacre, during which thousands were killed by nationalist Kuomintang troops from China

Russia's Ivan Kovalev, third from left, competes to win the gold in the men's scratch race at the Track Cycling World Championships in Cali, Colombia, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

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Russia’s Ivan Kovalev, third from left, on his way to winning the gold medal in the men’s scratch race at the Track Cycling World Championships in Cali, Colombia.

Dancers of the state opera ballet perform at the Opera Ball in Vienna

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Dancers of the State Opera Ballet perform at the Opera Ball in Vienna on Thursday

Schettino, the captain of the Costa Concordia, speaks to reporters after going back on board the cruise liner at Giglio harbour

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Francesco Schettino, centre, the captain of the Costa Concordia, speaks to reporters after going back on board the cruise liner at Giglio harbour on Thursday. Mr Schettino went back on board the cruise liner on Thursday for the first time since it sank with the loss of 32 lives just over two years ago, accompanying experts investigating the capsize.

A South Sudanese woman rests on a bed together her son in a IDP camp for the Nuer ethnic group inside the UNMISS compound in Bor, South Sudan, on February 27, 2014. War crimes have been committed by all sides in conflict-wracked South Sudan, Human Rights Watch said Thursday, reporting widespread atrocities in weeks of carnage in the world's youngest nation. Thousands have been killed and almost 900,000 forced from their homes by over two months of battles between rebel and government forces, backed by troops from neighbouring Uganda.

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A South Sudanese woman rests on a bed together her son in a IDP camp for the Nuer ethnic group inside the UNMISS compound in Bor, South Sudan, on Thursday.

A soldier from the U.S. Army's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, grabs his rucksack following a homecoming ceremony in the Natcher Physical Fitness Center, Fort Knox, Kentucky. About 100 soldiers returned to Fort Knox after a nine-month combat deployment conducting village stability operations and working alongside Afghan military and police forces.

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A soldier from the US army’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, grabs his rucksack following a homecoming ceremony in the Natcher Physical Fitness Center in Fort Knox, Kentucky. About 100 soldiers returned to Fort Knox from Afghanistan after a nine-month combat deployment