Early morning joggers (r.) run next to the Reflecting Pool in Washington DC. The Washington Monument (l.), which is undergoing repair and scaffolding being installed, and the US Capitol (c.), are seen in the water of the Reflecting Pool. Gary Cameron/Reuters
Indian army soldiers spit fire as they perform the mallakhamb, a traditional Indian gymnastic sport, during a display of skills at Officers Training Academy in Chennai, India. Arun Sankar K./AP
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas listens to Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, back to camera, during their meeting in Moscow, Russia. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP
The painting 'Sitzender Akt, sich den Fuss trocknend' (Seated Nude Drying Her Foot) by Pablo Picasso during a press preview at the Museum Berggruen in Berlin. The museum reopened to the public after renovation. Tobias Schwarz/Reuters
An ethnic Hungarian woman rides a horse during celebrations in Targu Secuiesc, Romania. Thousands of ethnic Hungarians paraded in Romania to celebrate the Hungarian national holiday. Vadim Ghirda/AP
A member of Roman historical society 'Gruppo Storico Romano' prepares to take part in a re-enactment of the 'Ides of March,' known also as the date on which Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC, in downtown Rome. Tony Gentile/Reuters
Syrian refugee women chant slogans during a protest marking two years since the start of the uprising in the Wadi Khaled area, northern Lebanon. Roula Naeimeh/Reuters
A trainer prepares an Afghan Hound before competing at the Shanghai International Dog Show, in Shanghai. In a country where dog meat is still being consumed, dog shows got their start about 15 years ago and are gaining popularity among a fast-growing sector of upper-class Chinese. Carlos Barria/Reuters
A soldier dressed as an usher (l.) stands watch while delegates line up to cast their votes during a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. China named the Communist Party's No. 2 leader, Li Keqiang, premier as a long-orchestrated leadership transition nears its end. Andy Wong/AP
Children play in an outdoor fountain during a hot day in Pasadena, California March 14, 2013. The late-winter heat wave set records across the region, including 94 degrees in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles and in Riverside, and 93 at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
Guatemala's Valerie Gruest competes in the women's 1500 meters freestyle final during the Central American Games in San Jose, Costa Rica. Gruest won the silver medal. Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters
New York Police close off an area of Wall Street in New York's financial district. The NYPD Bomb Squad responded to a call about a suspicious package a block from the New York Stock Exchange. An NYPD spokesman later confirmed it was a 'hoax device' made of clay with a flash drive attached to it. Brendan McDermid/Reuters
Jens Byggmark of Sweden (l.) falls while competing against Fritz Dopfer of Germany during the final of the national team event following the season's last race at the Alpine Skiing World Cup finals in Lenzerheide. Germany won the event ahead of Sweden and Italy. Denis Balibouse/Reuters
A member of the audience listens to speakers during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, March 15, 2013. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
Beijing's Grain-for-Green program has helped blanket the country's hillsides with trees, undoing damage from decades of blistering development. But fostering biodiversity remains a challenge, conservationists say.
Standing on a hillside, Liu Minfang looks down at the lush landscape that surrounds her home in the remote mountains of southwestern China. Terraced slopes that farmers once used for growing crops are now filled with cedar trees and bamboo. A waterfall cascades down a distant cliff. In the valley below, a muddy river flows through a patchwork of rapeseed fields and rice paddies.