First Ward Elementary students catch snowflakes as they wait for the bus in Charlotte, NC, on March 2. Robert Lahser/The Charlotte Observer/AP
A motorcyclist rides through a flooded street in Jakarta, Indonesia, on March 1 after heavy rain caused flooding in parts of the capital. Beawiharta/Reuters
An aerial view shows flooded mobile homes in L'aiguillon sur Mer, France, on March 1, following a major storm named Xynthia. Regis Duvignau/Reuters
Bek Anderson from Ankeny, Iowa, watches baseball spring training practice at Fitch Park in Mesa, Ariz., on March 1. Tom Tingle/The Arizona Republic/AP
Ice fisherman Tim Rasmussen (l.) and Seamus, a miniature Schnauzer, fish near Ashland, Ill., in freezing temperatures. Cold winter weather stayed locked in the Midwest with a forecast for more snow and freezing rain this week. Seth Perlman/AP
During Holi, the festival of colors celebrated to welcome spring all over India, a girl has water dumped on her with pink powder in Hyderabad, India, on March 1. Krishnendu Halder/Reuters
On a snowy Sunday, reindeer run down 4th Avenue in Anchorage, Alaska, during the third annual Running of the Reindeer during the Fur Rondy Festival. Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/AP
A girl stands against the wind in Quebec City, Quebec. According to Environment Canada, an intense low pressure system over New York is causing high northeast wind in the St. Lawrence Valley near Quebec city. Mathieu Belanger/Reuters
Snow covers daffodil blossoms in Salzburg, Austria, on Friday. After spring-like temperatures earlier this week, winter has returned to the alpine country. Kerstin Joensson/AP
A farmer harvest a crop damaged by a dry spell at Isabela province in Manila, Philippines, on March 2. Water levels at dams across the Philippines have been dropping to near record lows due to the dry spell caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon, putting at risk irrigation for farms. The damaged crop, which farmers cannot sell, will be used as animal feed. Cheryl Ravelo/Reuters
A cat and two dogs play in the snow in Salzburg, Austria, on March 5. Kerstin Joensson/AP
Dean West pushes a shopping cart through the snow after getting groceries at a store in Pollock Pines, Calif., on March 3. A storm through Northern California brought more than a foot of snow to the area. Rich Pedroncelli/AP
Iraq elected a new president in the latest step toward forming a new government, as a series of attacks killed dozens of people and Islamic militants destroyed a Muslim shrine on Thursday.
BySameer N. Yacoub and Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press
Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government. But a series of attacks killed dozens of people and Islamic militants destroyed a Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah, underscoring the overwhelming challenges facing the divided nation.