A model displays a Fall/Winter 2010 design by Carlos Diaz during the Pasarela Cibeles fashion week in Madrid, Spain, on Tuesday. Victor R. Caivano/AP
A man walks on a partially-dried reservoir in Shilin County, China on Feb. 22. Over 8 million acres of crops in China have been affected by severe drought, according to the Office of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters. Reuters
A man jumps into the waters of Leme Beach in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday. Ricardo Moraes/Reuters
Chilean Jorge Mandru slams through a gate during the first run of the men's alpine skiing Giant Slalom event at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics on Tuesday. Leonhard Foeger/Reuters
McCallum High School junior Blayr Brophy makes a snow angel at The Hancock Golf course while her friend looks on in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday. Laura Skelding/The Austin American-Statesman/AP
Georgian girls practice during their ballet class in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Tuesday. Over 100 girls between the ages of four and 13 learn ballet at the only school in Tbilisi, established 10 years ago. David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters
Canadian's Tess Virtue (l.) and Scott Moir hold up their gold medals during the awards ceremony for the Ice Dance Figure Skating event on Monday at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Jerry Lampen/Reuters
Speed skater American Ryan Bedford, with an American flag in his hair, reacts after competing in the Men's 10,000 meter race at the Richmond Olympic Oval during the Vancouver 2010 Olympics on Tuesday. Chris Carlson/AP
Akito Watabe of Japan soars through the air during the Large Hill Ski Jumping portion of the Nordic Combined Team event at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
Royal Canadian Mounted Police stand in front of the Olympic cauldron in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Tuesday. Denis Paquin/AP
Villagers hold red cloth to form the Chinese character 'love,' at an event to welcome the upcoming Lantern Festival on the outskirts of Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China, on Tuesday. The lantern festival marks the last day of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations. Reuters
In Rawalpindi, Pakistan, a Pakistani vendor prepares food for his customers in a street decorated with festive lights in preparation for the prophet Mohammed's birthday on Feb. 27. Muhammed Muheisen/AP
This photo from Iranian state TV shows Sunni Muslim rebel leader Abdolmalek Rigi under armed guard following his arrest. On Tuesday, Iran seized a Sunni Muslim rebel leader behind a bombing which killed dozens of people last year, and who Tehran says has links to al Qaeda and support from Pakistan, Britain and the United States. Reuters TV
Iran has achieved milestones of leverage and influence that rival any regional power in the past half-century. While there are limits to how far it can extend its authority, Tehran’s rapid rise poses new challenges to the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia as it undermines their previous dominance. How far can Tehran extend its reach?
Scott Peterson/Getty Images/The Christian Science Monitor
With opulent furnishings and the finest cut-crystal water glasses in Baghdad, the new offices of the Iranian-backed Shiite militia exude money and power – exactly as they are meant to. At one end of the meeting room is a set built for TV interviews, with gilded chairs and an official-looking backdrop of Iraqi and militia flags, lit by an ornate glass chandelier.