Protesters look out from a university branch gate at other protesters who have gathered near a main square to mark the second anniversary of the January 25th revolution in Alexandria, Egypt. Asmaa Waguih/Reuters
Nepalese children walk home from school in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Bhaktapur, also known as the city of devotees, is an ancient city and part of the Katmandu Valley, which holds the status of a World Heritage Site. Niranjan Shrestha/AP
A pair of derelict ships are seen partially submerged and listing on the Hylebos Waterway in Tacoma, Wash. The 167-foot Helena Star, front, sank while the 130-foot Golden West, tied to the other ship, was listing. Officials say fuel was removed from the boats nearly a year ago and both were intended to be dismantled. US Coast Guard/AP
Kashmiri Muslims balance themselves on branches of a tree and offer prayers as the head priest, unseen, displays a relic of Islam's Prophet Muhammad at the Hazratbal shrine, on the Prophet's birth anniversary in Srinagar, India. Thousands of Kashmiri Muslims thronged the Hazratbal shrine, which houses a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Muhammad. Dar Yasin/AP
Water drips from icicles along the Oude Gracht canal in Utrecht in the Netherlands. Michael Kooren/Reuters
Lukas Mueller of Austria competes during the men's Flying Hill Individual Training round at the Ski Jumping World Cup in Vikersundbakken, Vikersund. Terje Bendiksby/Reuters
A squirrel crosses the natural ice track during the second run of the two-women competition at the FIBT Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Championships 2013 in the Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz. Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters
A cyclist rides on the Marginal Pinheiros during the World Bike Tour in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The event involves 8,000 people that will ride their bicycles for a better quality of life, according to the organizers. Nacho Doce/Reuters
A female Indian Border Security Force (BSF) officer leads a squad of her male and female colleagues during their passing out ceremony in Bangalore, India. BSF, with a total strength of about 250,000 personnel including women, is one of the world's largest border patrol forces established in 1965. Aijaz Rahi/AP
A protester throws stones at police during clashes in Alexandria, Egypt. Youths fought Egyptian police in Cairo and Alexandria on the anniversary of the revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak and brought the election of an Islamist president who protesters accuse of riding roughshod over the new democracy. Asmaa Waguih/Reuters
Fishermen remove fish from their net after arriving along the shores of Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Pilar Olivares/Reuters
Boys throw their friend into the air during a procession marking Eid-e-Milad-ul-Nabi, birthday celebrations of the Prophet Mohammad, in Karachi, Pakistan. Athar Hussain/Reuters
Members of the National Police take photographs as they guard the incineration of illegal drugs in Panama City. According to Panama's anti-narcotics police, more than 1,116,013 lbs of different types of drugs were destroyed, seized as part of various police operations around the country from November 26 to December 30, 2012. Carlos Jasso/Reuters
The US announced steps toward a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas Wednesday, but the leader of Hamas insisted the Islamic militants would not relent until their main demand of lifting an Egyptian-Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip is met.
ByIbrahim Barzak and Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press
The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to more than 700 Palestinians and 34 Israelis.