A Free Syrian Army fighter holds the head of a mannequin up to a hole in a wall of a Syrian Army base to attract and locate a sniper during heavy fighting in the Arabeen neighbourhood of Damascus. Goran Tomasevic/Reuters
A Cuban schoolgirl raises her hand confirming a voter is properly casting his ballot at a polling station during parliament elections in Havana, Cuba, More than 8 million islanders are eligible to vote and will approve 612 members of the National Assembly and over 1,600 provincial delegates. Ramon Espinosa/AP
Riders and horses compete during the Grand Prix "Guardaval Immobilien" on the first weekend of the White Turf races in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Samuel Truempy/Keystone/AP
A Cambodian man transports his family members on a motorcycle in Phnom Penh. Heng Sinith/AP
Two masked revelers pose in Saint Mark's Square during the Venetian Carnival. Manuel Silvestri/Reuters
Michael Staufer of Austria falls on the sand during the "Enduropale" motorcycle endurance race on the beach of Le Touquet, northern France. Pascal Rossignol/Reuters
Zoo owner Emmanuel Tangco reads a book to his snakes in his bedroom in Malabon, Manila. The Lunar New Year begins on February 10 this year and marks the start of the Year of the Snake. Erik De Castro/Reuters
A US Army soldier with Charlie Company, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division blows a bubble with his chewing gum during a mission near Command Outpost Pa'in Kalay in Maiwand District, Kandahar Province. Andrew Burton/Reuters
Hindu monk Surendra Muni, of the Hindu sect Sri Panchayati Bada Udasin Akhara at Sangam, stands at the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna during the Mahakumbh festival in Allahabad, India. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
Burqa-clad Indian Muslim brides wait before a mass community marriage in Bahirkhand, India. A total of 108 couples from the economically weaker sections of the society belonging to various religions, faith, and caste, tied the knot in front of their family members at the mass marriage organized by a social organization. Bikas Das/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.