A newly-married couple takes a nap before their mass wedding ceremony at the CheongShim Peace World Center in Gapyeong, South Korea. Lee Jin-man/AP
A Malian soldier handles ammunitions aboard a vehicle as they enter Bourem, northern Mali. Pascal Guyot/AP
Dancers perform during a celebration marking the fifth anniversary of Kosovo's declared independence from Serbia in Pristina. Hazir Reka/Reuters
Riders and horses compete during the "Grand Prix Credit Suisse" skijoering race at the White Turf races on the frozen lake in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Alexandra Wey/Keystone/AP
Security officers run as President Rafael Correa waves to supporters from the car while leaving a polling station after voting in Quito, Ecuador. Martin Jaramillo/AP
Revelers play with tomatoes during a "Tomatina" (tomato fight) in Quillon town near Concepcion city, south of Santiago. Jose Luis Saavedra/Reuters
Healthcare workers and supporters take part in a protest against the local government's plans to cut public healthcare spending in Madrid, Spain. Javier Barbancho/Reuters
Spectators watch competitions during the 4 men's Bob event at the FIBT Bob & Skeleton World Cup 2013, in Krasnaya Polyana resort, some 40 miles east of Sochi, Russia. Mikhail Metzel/AP
Cuba's best-known dissident, blogger Yoani Sanchez, stands at the emigration control at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport. Sanchez says she plans to make good use of "my victory" when she leaves on an 80-day-tour of more than a dozen countries including visiting the headquarters of Google, Twitter, and Facebook. Desmond Boylan/Reuters
A vendor sits on a toilet bowl as he waits for customers at a bathroom goods shop at a traditional market in Beijing. Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters
Hindu holy men of Niranjani akhada sect pose for photographs as they prepare to leave for Varanasi at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during Maha Kumbh festival, in Allahabad, India. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
Danica Patrick removes her helmet after her qualifying run for the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Patrick won the pole, becoming the first woman to secure the top spot for any Sprint Cup race. Terry Renna/AP
People take part in the 14th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade in New York. This year celebrates the year of the snake, according to the Chinese calendar. Carlo Allegri/Reuters
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?
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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.