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Ugandan soldiers serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia stand after a dawn final briefing ahead of an advance on the central Somali town of Buur Hakaba.
FEBRUARY 28: US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pressure is mounting on Congress and the White House to find a way to avoid a package of US$85 billion in across-the board spending cuts, known as the "sequester" due to take effect on March 1.
FEBRUARY 27: A stone-throwing Palestinian protester throws a tyre into a fire during clashes with Israeli soldiers outside Israel's Ofer military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah. The death of Palestinian Arafat Jaradat on Saturday in an Israeli jail and a hunger strike by four other Palestinian inmates have raised tension in the occupied territory after repeated clashes between stone-throwers and Israeli soldiers in recent days.
FEBRUARY 26: Actors Daniel Day-Lewis, winner of the Best Actor award for Lincoln; Jennifer Lawrence, winner of the Best Actress award for Silver Linings Playbook; Anne Hathaway, winner of the Best Supporting Actress award for Les Miserables; and Christoph Waltz, winner of the Best Supporting Actor award for Django Unchained, pose in the Academy Awards press room.
FEBRUARY 25: A man walks across a pedestrian bridge at the departure level above a nearly empty arrival area inside Terminal 4 in Madrid's Barajas airport, on the fifth day of a five-day Iberia strike.
FEBRUARY 22: A Palestinian uses a sling to throw a stone towards Israeli troops during clashes outside Israel's Ofer military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah. The hunger strike of Samer al-Issawi and three other detainees held in Israeli jails has fuelled anti-Israel protests in the occupied West Bank over the past several weeks.
FEBRUARY 21: Arsenal's goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, left, and Laurent Koscielny, centre, challenge Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez during their Champions League soccer match at the Emirates Stadium in London.
FEBRUARY 20: A worker poses with pop artist Roy Lichtenstein's Whaam!, 1963, during a media viewing of the Lichtenstein: A Retrospective exhibition at Tate Modern in London. The exhibition which opens on February 21 runs until May 27.
FEBRUARY 19: Tanja Schaerer of Switzerland competes in the women's freestyle aerials final test event at the Extreme-park in Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, near Sochi, Russia. The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics starts on February 7, 2014.
FEBRUARY 18: Villagers look from atop a hut as a wild elephant is spotted outside Kyar Chaung village, Myanmar. People in Kyar Chaung and surrounding villages live in constant fear of wild elephants after animals started attacking humans some 15 years ago. Every year, an average of seven people die from such attacks in the area, according to the government's forest department. Elephants come close to the villages because of lack of food in the forests where they usually live due to deforestation, villagers say.
FEBRUARY 15: The trail of a falling object is seen above the Urals city of Chelyabinsk. About 400 people were injured when a meteorite shot across the sky in central Russia, sending fireballs crashing to Earth, smashing windows and setting off car alarms.
FEBRUARY 14: A model presents a creation from the Badgley Mischka Autumn/Winter 2013 collection during New York Fashion Week.
FEBRUARY 13: People take part in an attempt to break the Guinness world record for most number of people simultaneously hula-hooping at Thammasat University stadium on the outskirts of Bangkok. Thailand broke the previous record held by Taiwan, with a new record of 4483 people hula-hooping for seven minutes. The event was organized by the public health ministry to promote exercise and good health.
FEBRUARY 12: The skyline of New York's Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center is seen from the side of Weehawken in New Jersey. A blizzard packing hurricane-force winds pummelled the northeastern United States on Saturday, killing at least one person, leaving about 600,000 customers without power and disrupting thousands of flights.
FEBRUARY 11: Hundreds of Chadian soldiers form a line with their vehicles in the northeastern town of Kidal, Mali. Around 1,000 troops from Chad led by the president's son advanced towards the mountains of northeast Mali on Thursday to join French search-and-destroy operations hunting Islamist jihadists.
FEBRUARY 8: A young girl runs down a set of stairs designed to accommodate wheelchairs in downtown Vancouver.
FEBRUARY 7: A Kashmiri man rows his boat in the waters of the Dal Lake on a cold winter evening in Srinagar, Kashmir.
FEBRUARY 6: A riot police officer faces off with protesters during a demonstration in Tunis, Tunisia.
FEBRUARY 5: Singer Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show.
FEBRUARY 4: A Free Syrian Army fighter throws a hand grenade inside a Syrian Army base during heavy fighting in the Arabeen neighbourhood of Damascus.
FEBRUARY 1: A child walks on a frozen canal in Beijing.
JANUARY 31: A Free Syrian Army fighter gestures in front of a burning barricade during heavy fighting in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus.
JANUARY 30: A labourer smokes as he works at a steel market in Wuxi, China. Evidence of a rebound in steel demand in the world's biggest consumer has helped drive up iron ore with the price of the steel-making raw material climbing by nearly a third since December 2012, although there have been recent wobbles.
JANUARY 29: Valentina Marchei of Italy performs during the European Figure Skating Championships in Zagreb, Croatia.
JANUARY 28: A protester against Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi shows expended shotgun cartridges that he said was fired by riot police during clashes along Qasr Al Nil bridge, which leads to Tahrir Square in Cairo.
JANUARY 25: India's Border Security Force soldiers ride their camels in front of India's presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhavan during a rehearsal for the Beating the Retreat ceremony in New Delhi. The ceremony symbolises retreat after a day on the battlefield, and marks the official end of the Indian Republic Day celebrations.
JANUARY 24: A Free Syrian Army fighter member of Sadik unit of Tahrir al Sham brigade fires his Draganov sniper rifle from inside a house during heavy fighting in Mleha suburb of Damascus.
JANUARY 23: The financial district of Pudong is seen on a hazy day in Shanghai. Beijing is to unveil unprecedented new rules governing how China's capital reacts to hazardous air pollution, the official Xinhua news agency said, as deteriorating air quality threatens to become a rallying point for wider political dissatisfaction.
JANUARY 22: The US Capitol is pictured at sunrise before the inauguration of US President Barack Obama in Washington.
JANUARY 21: A parent and child enjoy the snow in front of the Pyramid of the Louvre Museum in Paris.
JANUARY 18: Two train drivers shake hands from their train windows after stopping at Gara de Nord railway station during a two-hour protest by railway workers over delayed salary payments in Bucharest, Romania.
JANUARY 17: US President Barack Obama's signature is seen on a set of executive orders that he signed prior to unveiling a series of proposals to counter gun violence, at the White House in Washington.
JANUARY 16: Models are reflected in a mirror in the backstage area before the Africa Fashion Day show, part of Berlin Fashion Week.
JANUARY 15: Naga Sadhus or Hindu Holymen attend the first Shahi Snan (grand bath) at the ongoing Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, in the northern Indian city of Allahabad. Upwards of a million elated Hindu holy men and pilgrims took a bracing plunge in India's sacred Ganges river to wash away lifetimes of sins on Monday, in a raucous start to an ever-growing religious gathering that is already the world's largest.
JANUARY 14: Commuters get off trains as they arrive at a station to attend the final prayer of Biswa Ijtema in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
JANUARY 11: Three killer whales surface through a breathing hole in the ice of Hudson Bay near the community of Inukjuak, Quebec. The three whales are part of a pod of several that are trapped in the sea ice of the Hudson Bay. The whales are taking turns breathing through a hole in the ice about the size of a pickup truck. Inukjuak's mayor has called upon the Canadian government to send an icebreaker to save them.
JANUARY 10: A man holds a bucket as he tries to extinguish a late night fire at the Okobaba sawmill near the Lagos Lagoon, Nigeria. Fire ripped through a poor suburb in Nigeria's biggest city Lagos on Tuesday, burning down ramshackle homes and workshops as firefighters fought to stop the blaze, a Reuters witness said. Dozens of buildings were burned to the ground in Ebute Metta, a community along the Lagos lagoon where sawmills process timber brought from across Nigeria.
JANUARY 9: Boys watch television on a street in Old Sanaa city, Yemen.
JANUARY 8: A flamingo is pictured in its enclosure at the zoo in Wupperta, Germany.
JANUARY 7: Andreas Wellinger of Germany soars through the air during his first jump of the fourth event of the 61st four-hills ski jumping tournament in Bischofshofen, Austria. Schlierenzauer won the tournament ahead of Anders Jacobsen of Norway and Tom Hilde of Norway.
JANUARY 4: Smoke from a bushfire billows over hills near Forcett, about 25 kilometres east of Hobart, Australia. Bushfires destroyed over 80 homes as temperatures in Australia's island state Tasmania peaked at record highs.
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