The market alliance of the three right-leaning nations spanning most of South America's Pacific coast gives investors better exposure to assets linked to the region’s natural resources and its rising middle class.
Four lion cubs sit in a basket as they are christened at Hagenbecks zoo in Hamburg, Germany. The cubs, named Bandele, Batou, Naledi and Sakina, were born on January 31.
Analysts predict a tight June 5 runoff after this weekend's presidential vote. Left-wing candidate Ollanta Humala is expected to face Congresswoman Keiko Fujimori, daughter of the imprisoned former president Alberto Fujimori.
Novice Thai nuns walk along a pond at the Sathira-Dhammasathan Buddhist meditation center in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday. Over 50 girls, between 5 and 12 years old, were ordained as nuns for 10 days after going through three months of training. The center, founded in 1987, is a learning community for peace and harmony that has programs open to people regardless of age and gender.
Eleven percent of the electorate was still undecided ahead of today's Peru election, a fact that could swing the vote away from leading candidate Ollanta Humala.
Presidential candidate Ollanta Humala speaks to supporters for the first time since exit polls and a partial vote count gave him a victory in the first round of elections in Lima, Peru, on April 10. The left-wing nationalist won the first round, but not by a margin wide enough to avoid a runoff, which he will dispute with either Keiko Fujimori or Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.
People pull a Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 weighing 210 tons during an attempt to break the world record at Hong Kong's Airport. The Civil Aviation Department and the aviation industry will jointly organize an aircraft pull event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of aviation development in Hong Kong.
Gober, an elderly female Sumatran orangutan who is blind in both eyes due to cataracts, lies down with her twin babies at a rehabilitation center in Sibolangit, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The twins were born on Jan. 21, from two blind parents.
Austria's Michael Walchhofer reaches the finish area as he wins an alpine ski World Cup men's downhill race, in Bormio, Italy.
Traffic police officers dressed in Christmas outfits ride their motorcycles to a Christmas celebration organized by the police institution for underprivileged children in Lima, Peru, on Thursday.