This Week in Pictures: Feb. 7-13

  • Yemeni army officers loyal to the Shiite Houthi Group shout slogans during a celebration of a new constitutional declaration by the group in Sana’a, Yemen, Feb. 7, 2015. Houthis held a celebration in Sana’a one day after they announced a new constitutional declaration dissolving the Yemeni parliament to be replaced by a 551 member national council and the formation of a presidential council to run the country after week long United Nations-sponsored talks failed to see a consensus reached by representatives of Yemen’s various factions.
  • A Zebra looks at visitors (unseen) at Sri Lanka’s National Zoological Gardens at Dehiwala in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Feb. 8, 2015. The Dehiwala National Zoo, one of the oldest in Asia, has a remarkable collection of exotic and indigenous fauna. It is renowned worldwide simply as the Colombo zoo and promotes conservation by breeding certain rare and endangered species through proper animal welfare.
  • An Ukrainian soldier patrols territory near Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine, Feb. 8, 2015. The government-held town of Debaltseve, a key railway junction, has been the epicenter of recent battles between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian government troops. For two weeks, the town has been pounded by intense shelling that knocked out power, heat and running water in the dead of winter.
  • A woman lies on a towel sunbathing on a hot summer day in a park located near Sydney’s Bondi Beach, Feb. 8, 2015.
  • Two men crash in snow as they ride a horn sled over the track at the traditional horn sled race in Gaisslach, Germany, Feb. 8, 2015. Over 100 sled riders, some of them costumed, participate in this traditional event, riding their sleds down the 1.5 kilometer-long track.
  • People walk along snow trails in Gaissach, Bayern, Germany, Feb. 8, 2015.
  • In this Feb. 8, 2015 photo, members of the Homeless Workers Movement warm up beside a bonfire at a squatters camp in the Ceilandia neighborhood in Brasilia, Brazil. Officials say close to 3,000 homeless people gather on rainy nights around the fires to chat and pass the time in as normal fashion as possible.
  • Nepalese brides wearing traditional attire wait to attend a ritual for a mass wedding in Kathmandu, Nepal, Feb. 8, 2015. A total of 100 Nepalese couples, representing the different caste systems, participated in the ceremony organized by the Radha Krishna Foundation to promote unity and Hindu culture in the country.
  • Ukrainian servicemen launch a Grad rocket toward pro-Russian separatist forces outside Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine, Feb. 8, 2015. Nine Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and 26 wounded in fighting with Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine’s eastern regions in the past 24 hours, a Kiev military spokesman said on Monday.
  • People walk on rubble as others try to put out a fire after what activists said were airstrikes followed by shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Feb. 9, 2015.
  • Refugees from eastern Ukraine have a free meal at a volunteer center near a railway station in Slaviansk, Feb. 9, 2015.
  • An injured boy reacts next to other injured civilians at a shelter after what activists said were airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Feb. 9, 2015.
  • A Palestinian boy plays with a donkey in Biet Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip, Feb. 9, 2015.
  • Supporters of Khaleda Zia shout slogans as they are stopped by law enforcement officials while making their way toward Bangladesh Nationalist Party Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s office in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Feb. 9, 2015. More than 68 people have been killed in deliberately set fires, acts of sabotage, and torching of vehicles of the BNP’s protest for the last 34 days.
  • Homeless Indians try to survive another day near burning garbage in a public toilet compound in Mumbai, India, Feb. 9, 2015.
  • A couple takes a selfie as others observe the sunset at an oceanfront in the neighbourhood of Miraflores in Lima, Feb. 9, 2015.
  • Riot police grab the face of an activist as they remove housing rights activists who tried to stop Umberto Jimenez’s eviction in Madrid, Spain, Feb. 9, 2015. Umberto Jimenez, 46 years old, lost his foreclosed apartment to a moneylender after he could not afford to pay his debt due to his financial situation.
  • In this long exposure picture taken at night on Feb. 10, 2015, giant ash clouds rise as molten lava rolls down from the crater of Mount Sinabung volcano during an eruption, as seen from the Karo district on Indonesia’s Sumatra island. According to the Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center, Mount Sinabung, which began erupting in September 2013, erupted again on February 9, 2015 with ash clouds reaching some 3,500 meters (11,482 feet) into the air.
  • Palestinians ride a donkey cart past ruined houses, which witnesses said were destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last summer, on a stormy day in the east of Gaza City, Feb. 10, 2015.
  • A sapeur, member of the “La Sape” movement poses for a photograph as he pays homage at the grave of their founder Stervos Niarcos Ngashie during the 20th anniversary of his death, at the Gombe cemetery in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Feb. 10, 2015. The “La Sape” movement, known as “Societe des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Elegantes” (The Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People) started in the Congo in the 1960s and encourages dressing flamboyantly.
  • South Korean firemen take part during an anti-disaster drill of meant to train the protection of cultural assets in the Gyeongbokgung palace in Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 10, 2015.
  • An elderly man stands next to the body of his wife, who died of an apparent heart attack after an ambulance was unable to make its way through fighting, in the town of Vuhlehirsk, eastern Ukraine, Feb. 10, 2015. Fighting in eastern Ukraine intensified on Tuesday ahead of much-anticipated peace talks, with both sides claiming significant advances.
  • Smoke billows from the scene of a suicide bomb blast that targeted a police headquarters in Kunduz, Afghanistan, Feb. 10, 2015. Five Taliban fighters were killed when they attacked a police headquarters in northern Afghanistan on Feb 10., officials said. One attacker blew himself up at the entrance and four others were shot dead, said Sayed Sarwar Hussaini, police spokesman for Kunduz province.
  • A line of cars sit buried in snow banks in Somerville, Mass., Feb. 10, 2015. The latest snowstorm left the Boston area with another two feet of snow and forced the MBTA to suspend all rail service for the day.
  • A model presents a creation from the Fall-Winter 2015/2016 collection of Spanish designer Maya Hansen during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid, in Madrid, Spain, Feb. 10, 2015.
  • Britain’s Lily Owsley (C) in action against Spain’s Maria Lopez (R) and goalkeeper Maria Angeles Ruiz (L) during the friendly field hockey match between Spain and Britain in Betero, Valencia, eastern Spain, Feb. 10, 2015.
  • U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) listens during a news conference on currency and trade, Feb. 10, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. A group of bipartisan senators will introduce the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act of 2015 to combat currency manipulation and create jobs as the same time.
  • People chained together cover their faces as they arrive for arraignment in a bribery scandal, Feb. 10, 2015, in New York. City inspectors, landlords and contractors formed a 50-person network that exchanged $450,000 in payoffs to get safety violations dismissed, procure phony eviction orders and get favorable and sometimes nonexistent inspections, authorities said Tuesday.
  • A model presents a creation from Maria Escote’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Madrid, Feb. 10, 2015.
  • A horse is seen during a sandstorm in the Bedouin town of Segev Shalom, in the Negev desert, near the southern Israeli city of Beersheva, on Feb. 10, 2015. Segev Shalom was founded in 1979 as part of a government project to settle Negev Bedouins in permanent settlements and it is one of seven Bedouin townships in the Negev desert with approved plans and developed infrastructure.
  • Terri Crippes (L) and Lori Lyon, the aunts of Kayla Mueller, react after giving a statement at a news conference in Prescott, Feb. 11, 2015. President Barack Obama and the family of U.S. aid worker Mueller confirmed on Tuesday that the last-known American hostage held by Islamic State militants had died, with Obama promising to “find and bring to justice the terrorists who are responsible.” U.S. officials said the family received an email and photograph over the weekend from her captors that confirmed her death but said the circumstances in which she died remained unclear.
  • Kiteboarders warm up for the Red Bull King Of The Air competition in Big Bay, Cape Town, South Africa, Feb. 11, 2015. The annual extreme kiteboarding contest sees 24 of the world’s top kiteboarders competing in front of the World Heritage site Table Mountain.
  • Fishermen move a boat that had been blown inland during a storm, by the seaside in Beirut, Feb. 11, 2015.
  • Cairo is seen during a sandstorm, in this general view taken Feb. 11, 2015.
  • Namee Barakat hugs his wife Layla during a news conference in Raleigh, N.C., about the death of his son, Deah, his daughter-in-law and her sister on Feb. 11, 2015. Barakat said the death penalty “would not be enough” for Craig Hicks, the man charged with murdering the three Muslim students.
  • Tennessee head coach Donnie Tyndall pulls forward Armani Moore, left, and Willie Carmichael III (24) off the court during a timeout with seconds left in overtime in an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Both Moore and Carmichael III thought time ran out and the game ended. Tennessee won 76-73.
  • A woman cries during a vigil as she watches photos projected on a screen of three people who were killed at a condominium near UNC-Chapel Hill, Feb. 11, 2015, in Chapel Hill, N.C. Craig Stephen Hicks appeared in court Wednesday on charges of first-degree murder in the deaths Tuesday of Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha.
  • Villarreal’s Manuel Trigueros celebrates his goal against Barcelona during their King’s Cup semi-final first leg soccer match at Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona, Feb. 11, 2015.
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left back to a camera, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, second left, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, second right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, walk together to continue their peace talks in Minsk, Belarus, Feb. 11, 2015. Leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany are gathering for crucial talks in the hope of negotiating an end fighting between Russia-backed separatist and government forces in eastern Ukraine.
  • A homeless Indian reads the newspaper before sunrise in the old city area of New Delhi, India, Feb. 11, 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.
  • A sheriff’s deputy stands guard outside of the Donald R. Jones Justice Center as opening arguments are set to get underway for the trial of Eddie Ray Routh, who is accused of killing former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield, in Stephenville, Texas, Feb. 11, 2015. Lawyers for Routh, an Iraqi War veteran, plan to argue at the start of his trial on Wednesday that he was insane when he fatally shot Kyle, whose best-selling autobiography was turned into the hit movie “American Sniper.”
  • Former Marine Eddie Ray Routh (L) walks by the prosecution team as he appears in court on opening day of his capital murder trial at the Erath County Donald R. Jones Justice Center in Stephenville, Texas, Feb. 11, 2015. Eddie Ray Routh, 27, is charged with murdering Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who was credited with the most kills of any U.S. sniper, and Kyle’s friend Chad Littlefield in 2013.
  • Australian captain Michael Clarke makes his way through the crowd during the Opening Ceremony ahead of the ICC 2015 Cricket World Cup at the Myer Music Bowl on Feb. 12, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.
  • A toxic cloud over the industrial estate of Les Comes de Igualada in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 12, 2015. Two people were injured after an explosion at a chemical company generated a toxic cloud. Residents were advised not to leave their houses in Igualada and Odena.
  • Firemen work in the area of a chemical explosion in Igualada, Spain, Feb. 12, 2015. Spanish authorities Thursday ordered the residents of five northeastern towns to stay indoors for some two hours after a chemical explosion at a warehouse spread a large, orange toxic cloud over the area. A spokeswoman for Catalonia’s regional firefighting department said the blast occurred when products being delivered to a warehouse in the city of Igualada became mixed, exploded and set a truck on fire.
  • Namee Barakat, center, watches during funeral services for his son, Deah Shaddy Barakat, Feb. 12, 2015, in Wendell, N.C. Barakat, 23; his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19; were found dead Tuesday at their home near the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill campus. Charged with three counts of first-degree murder is Craig Stephen Hicks. 
  • Ice crystals are seen on a window in the New York City suburb of Nyack, New York, Feb. 13, 2015. Bitter cold temperatures were expected to grip much of the northeast U.S. Friday and through the weekend as some of the coldest air of the season moved into the region, according to local reports.


The conflict in Ukraine continued to ramp up this week, as Russian President Vladimir Putin met with leaders from Ukraine, France and Germany to negotiate an end to fighting between Russian-back separatists and government forces in the eastern Ukraine.

Airstrikes and shelling continued to ravage parts of Damascus, while the family of Kayla Mueller confirmed the death of the American aid worker, and the last-known American hostage held by Islamic State militants.

In the U.S., the capital murder trial of former Marine Eddie Ray Routh began. Routh is charged with murdering Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who was credited with the most kills of any U.S. sniper, and Kyle’s friend Chad Littlefield in 2013.

And on the east coast, people braced for more wintery weather, with frigid temperatures and more snow expected over the weekend.