Accused South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius looks at his watch as the start of his trial is delayed at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa. He later entered a plea of not guilty.
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Snakes are collected and rolled before putting into an oven in the village of Kertasura, Cirebon, Indonesia. The skins are sold for making bags, shoes, wallets and belts. The price of a bag made from snakeskin is between 150,000 rupiah ($15) and 300,000 rupiah, depending on its size. When snakeskins reach western fashion houses their price can increase dramatically and sell for up to $4000.
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 centre of Kiev, Ukraine
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
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
Dancers of the State Opera Ballet perform at the Opera Ball in Vienna on Thursday
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.
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Relatives of Jimmy Vargas, a student who died during a recent protest, weep beside his coffin during his funeral in San Cristobal, 660km from Caracas. Five intelligence agents have been arrested for suspected ties to killings during protests against President Nicolas Maduro’s government. Venezuela has been swept by student-led protests since February 4, posing the greatest challenge yet to Maduro’s government just under a year since he took office. Read more
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Nominee for Queen of the 2013 Santa Cruz carnival Itziar Marrero performs in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on the Canary island of Tenerife, Spain. The carnival brings thousands of revellers every year. Santa Cruz is the closest European equivalent to the Brazilian Carnival from Rio Janeiro.