An ultra-orthodox Jewish boy wears a costume ahead of the Jewish holiday of Purim in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood. Purim, which will be marked next week, is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. Amir Cohen/Reuters
Asian workers watch during clashes between Bahraini anti-government protesters and riot police in Daih, Bahrain. An opposition official in Bahrain says a 20-year-old protester died from injuries suffered during clashes with security forces. Hasan Jamali/AP
A member of the honor guard stands at attention during a welcome ceremony for Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at Cuban Independence hero Jose Marti memorial in Havana, Cuba. Medvedev is on a two-day working visit to Cuba. Desmond Boylan/Reuters
A Palestinian protester stands near Palestinian riot police after they intervened in clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Hebron. Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian protesters throughout the occupied West Bank, capping a week of violence amid a hunger strike by four Palestinians in Israeli jails. Darren Whiteside/Reuters
An Austrian athlete is reflected in a puddle of rain, competes in the men's training race at the Sliding Center Sanki during the the Luge World Cup 2013, in Krasnaya Polyana resort, some 60 kilometers (37 miles) east of Sochi, Russia. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP
Members of the historical museum of Bern look at a horse of the terracotta army of the first Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huangdi during the unveiling in Bern, Switzerland. Ruben Sprich/Reuters
A lamb in a pen stands under a heat lamp at the farm of sheep breeder Patrick Donnelly, near the town of Ballymena in County Antrim, northern Ireland. Cathal McNaughton/Reuters
A Nepalese Hindu devotee balances lit lamps along his arms during the Madhav Narayan Festival in Lalitpur, on the outskirts of Katmandu, Nepal. Devotees representing Hindu God Madhav Narayan travel through the town, sprinkling holy water as blessings during the month-long festival. Niranjan Shrestha/AP
European Central Bank (ECB) Executive Board member Joerg Asmussen attends an interview with Reuters in Berlin. Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters
A man watches German President Joachim Gauck's keynote speech on Europe at an electronics retailer in Berlin. Germany's president reassured Europeans they had nothing to fear from Berlin's dominant role in the continent and said closer integration would lead to a more European Germany rather than a Europe forced into Germany's image. Thomas Peter/Reuters
A child plays in the Ann Riches Healing Space for young patients at the Royal London Hospital in London. Neil Hall/Reuters
A commuter travelling on a bus takes pictures with his mobile phone of the site of an explosion at Dilsukh Nagar in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. Two bombs placed on bicycles exploded in a crowded market-place in Hyderabad on Thursday, and the federal home minister said at least 11 people were killed and 50 wounded. Krishnendu Halder/Reuters
An Islamic activist shouts during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse thousands of rampaging protesters from Islamic parties. The nationwide protests were held separately by Jamaat-e-Islami, the country’s largest Islamic party and an alliance of 12 other smaller Islamic groups to denounce the war crimes trial of its top leaders. Pavel Rahman/AP
Actors perform waist drum dance in Ansai County of Yan'an City, northwest China's Shaanxi Province. The performance was given to herald the upcoming Lantern Festival, which falls on Feb. 24 this year. Liu Xiao/Xinhua/AP
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.