This Week in Pictures: Feb. 14-20

  • A picture made available on Feb. 16, 2015, shows camps set up by tourists in Cholistan desert, Pakistan, Feb. 14, 2015. The Cholistan Desert, also locally known as Rohi, sprawls thirty kilometers from Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan and covers an area of 26,300 square kilometres. It adjoins the Thar Desert, extending over to Sindh and into India.
  • Models present creations from the Joyrich Fall/Winter 2015 collection during New York Fashion Week, Feb. 14, 2015.
  • Two women in a shelter at the train station on Feb. 14, 2015. Tensions, unrest and battles have been ongoing for 10 months between Ukraine military and militias and the Russian army. Crimea and Sevastopol were annexed by Russia in March 2014 and the fear in the region is that Russia wants to expand even further into the Ukraine territories.
  • A part of a roof on fire falls on a firefighter as he extinguishes a building after shelling in Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine, Feb. 14, 2015. Fighting intensified in eastern Ukraine on Saturday as separatist rebels tried to seize more territory before a ceasefire takes effect at midnight, the Ukrainian military said.
  • A man, covered in oil and soot carries bull horns representing the devil as he gets ready to participate during a traditional carnival celebration in the small village of Luzon, Spain, Feb. 14, 2015. Preserved records from the 14th century document Luzon’s carnival, but the real origin of the tradition could be much older. Carnival festivals are celebrated in their own way around hundreds of villages in Spain.
  • Couples kiss while participating in a longest kiss contest during Valentine’s Day celebrations organized by the city hall in Lima’s port of Callao, Feb. 13, 2015.
  • Snow envelopes ice fishing huts and ice fishermen on Presque Isle Bay as a shore bird flies overhead during a winter storm on Feb. 14, 2015, in Erie.
  • Paderborn players Uwe Huenemeier (L) and Rafa Lopez (R) in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hannover 96 and SC Paderborn 07 in Hanover, Germany, Feb. 15, 2015.
  • Justin Kripps, Timothy Randall, Bryan Barnett, Ben Coakwell of Canada in action during the Four-Men Bobsleigh competition at the FIBT Bobsleigh & Skeleton World Cup 2014/2015 in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 15, 2015.
  • A picture released by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) shows a hydrogymnastics performance to celebrate the birthday of the late leader Kim Jong-il, in Pyongyang, North Korea, Feb. 15, 2015.
  • A woman and children observe the carcasses of dozens of pilot whales beached over the weekend at Farewell Spit on the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, in this Feb. 15, 2015, handout from the Department of Conservation.
  • A member of the Ukrainian armed forces is seen not far from Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine, Feb. 15, 2015. Ukraine’s military said on Sunday pro-Russian rebels had shelled Ukrainian positions ten times since a ceasefire came into effect at midnight, but that the truce was in general being observed.
  • Arsenal supporters watch their FA Cup fifth round soccer match against Middlesbrough at the Emirates Stadium in London, Feb. 15, 2015.
  • Miss Laine Pereira dos Santos, 36, and Paloma Tarueus, 26, Passistas with Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel samba school show off the costumes after performing at Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome, Feb. 15, 2015.
  • An attendee waits in her spot before the commencement of the Tracy Reese Fall/Winter 2015 collection presentation during New York Fashion Week, Feb. 15, 2015.
  • The Atorrak, dressed in embroidered pillowcases, blouses and skirts, perform songs in the Basque coastal town of Mundaka on Carnival Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. According to local legend, their outfits are inspired by the nobleman Count Anton Erreka, who, arriving home after a drink, inadvertently donned his wife’s clothes. His escape from his angry spouse animated the townsmen to mimic his curious dress sense during the carnival season.
  • An Afghan boy carries a goat near his temporary shelter on the outskirts of Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, Feb. 16, 2015. Due mainly to foreign aid Afghanistan’s economy has shown signs of improvement though many Afghans still face job insecurity, with tough competition for work as day laborers offering meagre returns, a situation further complicated by an increase in attacks in the country coinciding with the withdrawal of NATO-led forces.
  • Revellers from the Salgueirol samba school participate in the annual carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome, Feb. 16, 2015.
  • Children walk on the debris of a damaged building at al-Myassar neighborhood of Aleppo, Feb. 16, 2015. 
  • Smoke rises from burning tires as Palestinians shout during a protest calling for reconstruction of their houses that witnesses said were destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last summer, outside a United Nations food distribution center in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip Feb. 16, 2015.
  • Horses graze in a paddock on Siena Farm during a winter storm in Paris, Ky., Feb. 16, 2015. Central Kentucky received significant snow accumulations as a winter storm moved through the region on Monday.
  • Employees of online retailer Jumia, prepare to go on delivery runs in Lagos, Feb. 16, 2015. The growth of Africa’s middle class has created demand for products that conventional retail struggles to satisfy due to a shortage of malls and grinding traffic in many cities that deters shoppers.
  • Three people attend a memorial service held for those killed on Saturday by a 22-year-old gunman, in Copenhagen, Feb. 16, 2015. Danish police said on Monday they had charged two people with aiding the man suspected of shooting dead two people in attacks on a synagogue and an event promoting free speech in Copenhagen at the weekend. The shootings, which Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt called acts of terrorism, sent shockwaves through Denmark and have been compared to the January attacks in Paris by Islamist militants that killed 17.
  • A firefighter battles a fire on the lower part of Table Mountain near a residential area in Cape Town, South Africa, Feb. 16, 2015. The wildfire broke out near to Cape Town’s central business district.
  • Residential buildings are seen amid heavy air pollution, in Wuhan, Hubei province, Feb. 16, 2015. Some Chinese developers are planning to raise prices for new luxury projects in prime areas this year, in a rare sign of improving sentiment in a market that saw new home prices fall for the last eight months of 2014.
  • A Bichon Frise gets groomed for the 139th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York, New York, Feb. 16, 2015.
  • Models present creations from the Rag & Bone Fall/Winter 2015 collection at New York Fashion Week, Feb. 16, 2015.
  • Egyptian Coptic Christians pray as they attend the funeral mass for the victims killed in Libya by ISIS militants, at the Coptic Cathedral of Saint Marcos in Cairo, Egypt, Feb. 17, 2015. Egypt on Feb. 16 called for international support as its air force hit Libyan militants loyal to the Islamic State militant group in response to the beheadings of 21 Christian migrant workers.
  • People bathe at roadside municipal taps during the early morning in the old quarters of Delhi, Feb. 17, 2015.
  • A policeman stands guard as Paramilitary soldiers patrol in front of giant portraits of (from L-R) Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain,Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, displayed along a road in Islamabad, Feb. 17, 2015.
  • Relatives of Palestinian boy Izz eldeen Al-Kafarana, 9 months old, mourn during his funeral in Biet Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, Feb. 17, 2015. Palestinian health officials said Al-Kafarana died when fire erupted as a result of an electric failure inside the classroom of a UN-run school where his family has taken shelter since the end of the summer war between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza Strip.
  • A visitor walks in between peach blossoms at a Lunar New Year market at Hong Kong’s Victoria Park, Feb. 17, 2015. The Chinese Lunar New Year on Feb. 19 will welcome the Year of the Sheep (also known as the Year of the Goat or Ram).
  • A Myanmar Red Cross Society volunteer is seen after being wounded in an attack between Laukkai, the capital of Kokang and Chinshwehaw, Feb. 17, 2015. Unknown attackers shot and wounded two people on Tuesday in the first ever assault on a Red Cross convoy in Myanmar where battles have raged in the northeast between government soldiers and ethnic insurgents over two weeks, a Reuters witness said.
  • People who are displaced by the fighting in Laukkai move towards a rescue convoy, Feb. 17, 2015. Unknown attackers shot and wounded two people on Tuesday in the first ever assault on a Red Cross convoy in Myanmar where battles have raged in the northeast between government soldiers and ethnic insurgents over two weeks, a Reuters witness said. The convoy was attempting to transport civilians displaced by fighting in Laukkai, a town in the Kokang region, on the border with China.
  • A construction worker passes by a tree in downtown Singapore, Feb. 17, 2015.
  • A woman cries after a family member was killed when a carnival float hit power lines in Port-au-Prince, Feb. 17, 2015. At least 18 people were killed and 60 injured early on Tuesday when a carnival float hit power lines in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince on the second day of the annual festival, officials said. The float caught fire after it hit a high-voltage overhead power cable, witnesses said. Video of the incident appeared to show the electric cable catch the head of a singer from hip-hop band Barikad Crew near the presidential stand packed with spectators.
  • People peek through holes in the wall to catch a glimpse of the dead bodies of people who were killed when a carnival float hit power lines, at the morgue in Port-au-Prince, Feb. 17, 2015. At least 18 people were killed and 60 injured early on Tuesday when a carnival float hit power lines in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince on the second day of the annual festival, officials said. The float caught fire after it hit a high-voltage overhead power cable, witnesses said.
  • The aurora borealis, or the northern lights as they are commonly known are photographed, over Dunstanburgh Castle, in Northumberland, England, Feb. 17, 2015.
  • Bedlington Terriers line up for judging during the 139th Westminster Kennel Club’s Dog Show in Manhattan, New York, Feb. 17, 2015.
  • In this Feb. 17, 2015, photo, flamingoes at the Memphis Zoo huddle together for warmth in Memphis, Tenn. Low temperatures gripped the South on Wednesday, refreezing the snow and ice and making roads hazardous. 
  • Venezuela’s National Guard personnel in riot gear deploy during a protest by opponents to the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on Feb. 18, 2015. About 300 people gathered Wednesday to demand the release of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, one year after he was jailed for allegedly inciting mass protests against the government.
  • A man covers his face with animal blood to takes part in the ”Momotxorro Carnival”, in Alsasua, northern Spain, Feb. 17, 2015. Momotxorro, characters who seem to have been resurrected from a prehistoric ritual, come out onto the town’s streets. Wearing horns and hiding their faces under headscarves, they are dressed in a white sheet stained with blood, sheepskin gilets, blue trousers, white socks and black sandals. They tour the town roaring fiercely and brandishing their wooden staves, goading and frightening everyone who gets in their way.
  • Ukrainian servicemen ride on a military vehicle as they leave an area around Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine near Artemivsk, Feb. 18, 2015. Weary Ukrainian troops, some in columns, some in cars, began arriving on Wednesday from the besieged town of Debaltseve in Artemivsk, a Reuters witness said. 
  • Fashionista Angel Mia Basenova poses for a photo following The Blonds 2015 collection show during New York Fashion Week in Manhattan, Feb. 18, 2015.
  • A wounded Ukrainian soldier looks through a window as he arrives to a hospital in Artemivsk, Feb. 18, 2015. Government forces started pulling out of a town in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday after a fierce assault by Russian-backed separatists which Europe said violated a crumbling ceasefire. 
  • A man selling food for pigeons sits in a cubicle, near Yeni Cami, in Istanbul, Turkey, Feb. 19, 2015. Turkey’s largest city, Istanbul, has been hit by a storm that has dumped up to 24 inches of snow in some areas since Tuesday, wreaking havoc on roads. 
  • People watch as Marine One lands to pick U.S. President Barack Obama up on the South Lawn of the White House, Feb. 19, 2015 in Washington, D.C.
  • Snow and ice covers the area surrounding Niagara Falls, N.Y., Feb. 19, 2015. Record-breaking cold in the U.S. this week moved East bringing the falls to a halt.
  • An Indian homeless man sleeps covered in a blanket early morning in the old quarters of Delhi, India, Feb. 20, 2015. Some 800 million people in the country live in poverty, many of them migrating to big cities in search of a livelihood and often ending up on the streets.
  • An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prays at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem’s old city, Feb. 20, 2015. A heavy winter storm descended on parts of the Middle East on Friday, with snow forcing the closure of all roads leading in and out of Jerusalem and sprinkling Israel’s desert with a rare layer of white.

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Valentine’s Day, New York Fashion Week, the Westminster Dog Show, and Carnival offered some much needed levity during a week that continued to bring heavy news from around the world. 

Brutal weather, the continued and escalating crisis in Ukraine, and a new shocking video released by ISIS showing the murder of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians were only some of the headlines that punctuated recent news. A terrorist attack in Denmark at a free speech forum in part last month’s brutal killing of 12 at the Charlie Hebdo offices in France and shook the usually peaceful country.

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