German Chancellor Angela Merkel grimaces as she holds a giant golden boxing glove during the representatives meeting of the Christian Democratic Party, CDU, in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in Grimmen, northern Germany. Stefan Sauer/dpa/AP
A woman shows her ink stained index finger after casting her vote during a referendum in Harare, Zimbabwe.The country is holding the referendum on a new constitution which will pave way for the adoption of the draft constitution as the country prepares to hold elections later in the year. Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP
Afghan police officers block the way to the Afghan parliament in Kabul, as several hundred demonstrators march to protest the continued presence of US commandos in Afghanistan's troubled Wardak province. Anja Niedringhaus/AP
A group of hostesses prepare tea for delegates before a plenary session of the National People's Congress in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, China. Alexander F. Yuan/AP
Germany's skip Andrea Schopp (c.) watches the stone during their World Women's Curling Championship qualification round match against Russia in Riga, Latvia. Ints Kalnins/Reuters
A visitor with fancy glasses looks into the camera at the cosplay Manga competition during the International Leipzig Book Fair in Leipzig, central Germany. Jens Meyer/AP
Bev Kehayes (l.) of Greensboro, N.C., gets her homemade hat pinned on her head by her friend Mary Parrish (c.) and Sara Farnsworth (r.), before Savannah’s 189-year-old St. Patrick’s Day parade. Stephen Morton/AP
Pope Francis walks past a Swiss guard as he arrives for a meeting with the media at the Pope VI hall, at the Vatican. Michael Sohn/AP
An ice covered bench is photographed by a man on the shore of Lake Balaton in Balatonfenyves, 155 kms southwest of Budapest, Hungary. Gyorgy Varga/MTI/AP
Fans of Canadian singer Justin Bieber sing outside of Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain. Justin Bieber will perform this night in Barcelona during his "Believe Tour". Manu Fernandez/AP
Children in traditional costumes attend the opening of the 16th Sorbian Easter egg market in Schleife, eastern Germany. Matthias Hiekel/AP
The Royal Guard march outside the Royal Palace in Stockholm, ahead of the funeral service for Sweden's British-born Princess Lilian. The British-born Swedish princess whose secret 33-year romance with her royal husband became Sweden's best-known love story, died on Sunday at the age of 97. Erik Martensson/Scanpix/Reuters
North Carolina A&T's DaMetrius Upchurch, celebrates after defeating Morgan State in an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament, in Nofolk, Va. Steve Earley/The Virginian-Pilot/AP
Brooklee Han of Australia performs during the ladies free skating at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ontario, Canada. Mark Blinch/Reuters
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.