Obama practices his soccer dribbling as he plays with local children during his tour of the Cidade de Deus Favela in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men dance while celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim at a synagogue in Bnei Brak early morning Saturday, March 20. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther.
Symbolizing his desire to connect with everyday Brazilians and support this nation's efforts to tackle crime and drug trafficking, President Obama spent an afternoon in Brazil's notorious City of God shantytown.
A woman attends a rally in support of Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi in Tripoli. Gaddafi's government said it was declaring a unilateral ceasefire in its offensive to crush Libya's revolt, as Western warplanes prepared to attack his forces.
Demi Heranne (l.) and Melanie Aparitio kiss a wax figure of singer Justin Bieber after the unveiling at Madame Tussauds museum in New York.
A man in a panda costume walks alongside a businessman in Tokyo.
Partying has begun today in major cities to mark Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, a last gastronomical hurrah before the Christian fasts that start on Ash Wednesday and continue during the season of Lent. The festivities that precede Fat Tuesday are known as Carnival in Catholic European nations, Latin America, and Canada. They are known as Shrovetide in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and Mardi Gras in the US and Australia. The Mardi Gras season starts on twelfth night (January 5) and ends on Fat Tuesday, but the festivities and parade season usually last for only the few days nearest Fat Tuesday. Fat Tuesday 2011 falls on March 8, but the day falls on a different date every year depending on when Easter falls. This year Fat Tuesday is being celebrated later than any other Fat Tuesday in over 150 years. The festivities include rich, fatty foods, masks and elaborate costumes, balls, and large scale parades at which participants throw small gifts. In the early days of the Mardi Gras parades, participants would throw candy or nuts. The "throws" have since evolved to include whistles, trinkets, cups, fake money (called doubloons), beaded necklaces, oranges, and even coconuts.
A reveler of the Beija-flor samba school participates in the second night of the annual carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome on March 7.
Hotel guides jump for a photo as they wait for delegates during the annual session of China's parliament, the National People's Congress, in Beijing's Tiananmen Square. Hotel guides are provided to cater to about 3,000 delegates at the congress.
Brazil's deadliest mudslides on record provided impetus for the government to start enforcing stricter housing regulations and for low-income favela residents to accept relocation.