US space shuttle Endeavour blasted off from Cape Canaveral,
Fla., in what was probably the shuttle program’s final nighttime launch. Stephane Corvaja/ESA/Reuters
Ice coats a bicycle left too long near Stockholm, Sweden. Leif R. Jansson/AP
Two Afghan girls walk past a taxi in Kabul, Afghanistan. Ahmad Masood/Reuters
A small fishing boat pulls up to a larger one in Matosinhos,
Portugal. Portugal is the first European Union nation to issue a
sustainability certificate for the 60,000 tons of sardines caught here. Nacho Doce/Reuters
A man cleans a wheeled boat in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
A monkey climbs a car in Nadani, along the
Jammu-Srinagar Highway in northern India. The animals approach vehicles to
try to get food and have caused accidents. Devout Hindus feed them,
believing they are manifestations of the god Hanuman. Channi Anand/AP
An entrepreneur in Colombo, Sri Lanka, waits for customers to
ride his horse. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Reuters
Snow fell in Falls Church, Va., where this man struggled to free his car
after it got stuck. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
A student rides a cable-car system in Caracas,
Venezuela, that was inaugurated last month. The system was designed to help
those living in the city’s slums. The sign on the car reads ‘equality.’ Fernando Vergara/AP
Obama phoned Russia's Vladimir Putin Thursday to discuss a US proposal for resolving the Ukraine crisis. Earlier, the US moved to begin a regimen of sanctions against Russia. Will those be enough to prevent Russia's annexation of Crimea?
[Updated 9:30 p.m. ET] President Obama appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin late Thursday, during a personal phone call, to agree to direct talks with Ukraine aimed at resolving, through diplomacy rather than military confrontation, Russia's concerns about the future direction of the Ukrainian government and of the rights of ethnic Russians living in Ukraine.