A worker selects roses for export before Valentine's Day at Elite Flowers in Facatativa, Colombia. A troubled global economy has some growers in Colombia worried about this year's crop. John Vizcaino/Reuters
A student activist puts black scarves on the eyes of Shoparjito Shadhinota, a sculpture that represented all people in Bangladesh's 1971 liberation war. A second war crimes tribunal sentenced Quader Mollah, 64, to life in prison for murder, rape, torture and arson during Bangladesh's war to break away from Pakistan in 1971. Andrew Biraj/Reuters
A Malian man sits on a window sill to watch the Nigeria versus Mali Africa Cup of Nations semifinal soccer match taking place in South Africa, in Gao, northern Mali. Jerome Delay/AP
Passengers sit inside a bus stuck in a traffic jam following heavy rain at the main business district in Jakarta, Indonesia. About an hour of torrential rain triggered knee-high floods on the main streets of the capital, causing heavy traffic jams. Dita Alangkara/AP
Gao Yinyu, 77, does his morning exercise before swimming in Songhua river in Jilin, Jilin province, China. Gao said he exercises everyday irrespective of the weather to keep himself fit since he retired as a teacher a few years ago. China Daily/Reuters
Newly recruited female marines take their lunch with fellow soldiers after undergoing drills inside the marine headquarters in the town of Ternate, Cavite City, south of Manila February 5, 2013. There are an estimated 350 women combatants in the 10,000-member Philippine marines who go through the same rigid physical and mental training as their male counterparts. Romeo Ranoco/Reuters
This artist's conception shows a hypothetical planet with two moons orbiting in the habitable zone of a red dwarf star. Earth-like worlds may be closer and more plentiful than anyone imagined. Astronomers reported that the closest Earth-like planet may be just 13 light years away. David A. Aguilar/Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics/AP
Gale Force winds from the north batter the seafront at the harbor in Seaham, northeast England. Many parts of Britain are braced for a predicted return of snow and gale force winds over the coming days. Owen Humphreys/PA/AP
Reilly patrols the grounds of the Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, NC. He will do his best to help keep the Canada geese on the move. Ken Blevins/The Star-News/AP
A model sticks out her tongue while posing with a creation from the Degen Autumn/Winter 2013 collection during New York Fashion Week. Eric Thayer/Reuters
A woman walks through the snow covered park near Bled Lake, Slovenia. Dusan Stojanovic/AP
A family feeds pigeons in a park in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters
A man walks past a memorial to those who worked in the Magdalene Laundries, at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin. Cathal McNaughton/Reuters
Youths wave handkerchiefs as Pope Benedict XVI leads his Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. Tony Gentile/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.