A mosaic image of Vincent van Gogh's self-portrait, made from 2,070 polo shirts in 24 colors, is displayed in a lobby in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday. Itsuo Inouye/AP
Australian freestyle motocross rider Robbie Maddison jumps during a training session in the Sahara desert near the Giza pyramids at sunset near Cairo, Egypt, on Tuesday. The second stage of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour takes place in front of the Sphinx sculpture on May 14. Joerg Mitter/Reuters
On Wednesday, Shereen Hickman (l.) and Danny Rutigliano who are among the cast of 'Banana Shpeel,' Cirque du Soleil's newest theatrical production, visit the Magnolia Bakery in New York City as they serve 'Banana Shpeel Pudding' to celebrate the new show. Amanda Schwab/AP
Solicitor General and Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan rides the Senate Subway during her day of meetings on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday. Harry Hamburg/AP
Chinese families and relatives wait for their children to finish school, at the entrance of Yong An Li Elementary School in Beijing on Wednesday. An attacker stabbed several children and two adults at a kindergarten in northwest China on Wednesday, the latest in a string of savage assaults on the country's schools. Almost a dozen other children were wounded. Muhammed Muheisen/AP
Pakistani security officials stand guard near a burning oil tanker in Chaman near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border on Wednesday in Pakistan. A bomb ripped through the oil tanker carrying supplies for NATO forces based in Afghanistan, killing a passer-by, Pakistani border guard Fazal Bari said. Shah Khalid/AP
Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield throws against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of their American League MLB baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Mass., on Wednesday. Adam Hunger/Reuters
President Obama (r.) and Afghan President Hamid Karzai are seen during their joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Wednesday. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP
Rescue teams search the site of the Afriqiyah Airways plane crash in Tripoli, Libya, on Wednesday. Abdel Meguid al-Fergany/AP
Nursing students practice their skills with a dummy during training inside a government medical collage on the outskirts of the eastern Indian city of Siliguri on Wednesday, International Nurses Day. Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters
Oil is seen in the water from the bridge of the boat Joe Griffin, at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana on Tuesday. Geraldn Herbert/AP
Iraq's special forces joined a major assault that started earlier this week to drive the Islamic State from Iraq's second-largest city.
ByQassim Abdul-Zahra, Sinan Salaheddin and Susannah George, Associated Press
Closely supported by the U.S.-led international coalition, Iraqi forces secured a series of cautious advances on Thursday, pushing into a sprawling military base outside of Mosul and onto the grounds of the city's airport, where they took control of the runway.