Spectators at the social event prior to the Prix de Diane, in Chantilly, West of Paris, Sunday.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (r.) looks through a window of a water tank used for crew training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center outside Moscow on Tuesday.
A young Palestinian woman paints a mural to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Israeli offensive in Gaza on Dec. 29. Israel launched the three-week long offensive on Dec. 27, 2008, to end years of rocket fire from Gaza toward Israeli border towns. About 1,400 Palestinians were killed, including hundreds of civilians, along with 13 Israelis.
United States Marine Cpl. Benjamin Zellmann from Virginia holds a puppy taken in by the 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion during a briefing before a mission in Khan Neshin, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Friday.
In rare easing of Israel’s Gaza blockade, flower farmers will export their entire harvest – some 35 million roses, carnations, and chrysanthemums – for the first time since Hamas took over in 2007.
Gaza doctors add to the growing number of accounts that suggest Israel used white phosphorus munitions against international norms of war.