An ethnic Tuareg Malian soldier under the command of Col. El Hadj Ag Gamou fixes his headscarf at a checkpoint in Gao, Mali. Joe Penney/Reuters
A hostess arranges the delegates' chairs before the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of People in Beijing. Andy Wong/AP
Emma Green Tregaro of Sweden competes in the High Jump Women Final at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden. Phil Noble/Reuters
A police officer patrols in an alley using a flashlight at the Parque Alegria slum during a conjoint operation to install a Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Felipe Dana/AP
A two-month old gorilla baby sits in the hands of its mother Kijivu at the Prague zoo. The male lowland gorilla was given name Nuru on Sunday. Vit SImanek/CTK/AP
Kurdish female members of the Popular Protection Units stand guard at a check point near the northeastern city of Qamishli, Syria. Manu Brabo/AP
Plisko Julius, a 54-year-old from Slovakia, performs on a street as the late Pope John Paul II at Piazza Navona in Rome. Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters
Israeli soldiers stand at an observatory overlooking the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city. The Old City of Jerusalem is a 1 square kilometer (0.6 square miles) city surrounded by walls in the modern city of Jerusalem. Sebastian Scheiner/AP
Models wear creations by fashion designer Clare Waight Keller for Chloe's Fall/Winter 2013-2014 ready to wear collection, in Paris. Christophe Ena/AP
Daniel, 22, ties furniture to the roof of his car as he prepares to leave his house in the Mathare slum of Nairobi, Kenya, and head to his family's home in the countryside. Five years after more than 1,000 people were killed in election-related violence, Kenyans go to the polls on Monday to begin casting votes in a nationwide election seen as the country's most important - and complicated - in its 50-year history. Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/AP
Boston Red Sox pitcher Andrew Miller throws in the fifth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the New York Yankees in Fort Myers, Fla. David Goldman/AP
The team of Canada competes during the women's team pursuit competition at the Speed Skating World Cup in Erfurt, Germany. Jens Meyer/AP
In a statement marking the fifth anniversary of Gross's detention earlier this month, Obama hinted that his release could lead to a thaw in relations with Cuba. Many are watching to see if this could lead to an end of the decades-long US economic embargo.
American Alan Gross has been released from a Cuban prison after five years, as part of an agreement that also includes the release of three Cubans jailed in the United States, senior U.S. officials said Wednesday.