Judges look out of their boxes while Denis Kornilov of Russia jumps during the single competition at the FIS Team Tour World Cup ski jumping in Klingenthal, eastern Germany. Jens Meyer/AP
A black swan flies at sunset in Centennial Park in Sydney, Australia. Daniel Munoz/Reuters
Prasit Rangsitwong (l.) and Varutton Rangsitwong run away from a giant flower ball as a part of an adventure-themed wedding ceremony in Prachinburi province, Thailand on the eve of Valentine's Day. Wason Wanichakorn/AP
The Rev. Ethan Jewett, with Saint Clement's Episcopal Church, places ash on Tracey Dougherty's forehead in front of a Starbucks Coffee at the corner of Chestnut and 19th Streets in Philadelphia. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a time when Christians prepare for Easter through acts of penitence and prayer. Matt Rourke/AP
Priests looks on at the end of the Ash Wednesday mass led by Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Rome, Italy. Cardinals around the world began informal contacts to discuss who should next lead the Church through a period of major crisis. Max Rossi/Reuters
Houston Astros pitchers and catchers leave the field after a spring training baseball workout in Kissimmee, Fla. David J. Phillip/AP
A prison officer carries a rifle as he attempts to quell a prison riot at the Lira Central Prison in Northern Uganda. The prisoners rioted against the long periods in remand and congestion in wards, according to local media. The prison was built in the 1930s to hold less than 100 prisoners but there are currently 680 incarcerated. Hudson Apunyo/Reuters
An Air Force member watches as Air Force One, with President Barack Obama aboard, departs at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., as he travels to Asheville, N.C. after delivering his State of the Union address Tuesday. Jose Luis Magana/AP
Pakistani groom Javaid Sher is escorted by his sister along an alley of a Christian neighborhood to meet his bride, unseen, during his wedding ceremony in Islamabad, Pakistan. Muhammed Muheisen/AP
A skier makes his way down from top of the mountain at the plateau of Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics near Sochi. Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
Ethnic Kachin children eat a meal at a camp for internally displaced people in Myitkyina, northern Kachin state, Myanmar. Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi offered to help negotiate an end to conflicts between the government and ethnic minority groups, a challenge the country's president called essential to building democracy. Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP
Exiled Tibetan children, in traditional attire, react during a special morning prayer session on the third and one of the most important days of the Tibetan New Year in Dharmsala, India. Ashwini Bhatia/AP
Japanese college students shout and raise their fists at a job-hunting rally in Tokyo. About 1,500 students from vocational schools attended the rally to boost their morale ahead of their job hunt. Yuya Shino/Reuters
Banana Joe, an Affenpinscher, stands after winning the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York, February 12, 2013. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters
As Venezuelan politicians prepare for long-delayed gubernatorial elections, some opposition members have argued that their participation would validate the increasingly undemocratic government. But memories of a backfiring boycott in 2005 have hung over the decision.
Since April, Venezuela’s opposition coalition seemed to be gaining the kind of support and momentum it was long criticized for lacking. Its calls for peaceful protests and boycotts were met by a broad, consistent turnout, and an unofficial referendum it organized in July led more than 7 million Venezuelans at home and abroad to condemn the increasingly authoritarian moves of President Nicolás Maduro’s government.