February 3, 2014
Published February 03, 2014
A woman runs for cover as heavy gunfire erupts in the Miskin district of Bangui, Central African Republic. In what a French soldier on the scene described as the heaviest exchange of fire he'd seen since early December 2013, Muslim militias engaged Burundi troops who returned fire.
Damage is seen after an earthquake at Lixouri port on the island of Kefalonia, western Greece. The quake with a preliminary magnitude between 5.7 and 6.1 hit the island of before dawn, sending scared residents into the streets just over a week after a similar quake damaged hundreds of buildings.
The Olympic rings are cast in shadow as the sun sets behind the Bolshoy Ice Palace as preparations continue at Olympic Park for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Mount Sinabung releases pyroclastic flows during an eruption as seen from Payung village, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The rumbling volcano unleashed fresh clouds of searing gas, killing more than a dozen people.
African asylum seekers, who entered Israel illegally via Egypt, take part in a protest in the Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv. The migrants, primarily from Eritrea and Sudan, are calling for help in the face of Israel's refusal to grant them refugee status and its detention without trial of hundreds of asylum seekers.
Pedestrians trudge through dirty snow and slush as they pass through Union Square in New York. Another winter storm bears down on the eastern U.S., only a day after temperatures soared into the 50s (F).
People, one with a Ukrainian flag, attend a political speech on a stage set in Kyiv's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest.
Ice covers the trees in Postojna, Slovenia.
A memorial for movie actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is displayed in front of his apartment building in New York. The award-winning actor was found dead in his New York City apartment Sunday of an apparent drug overdose, according to a police department source.
This image of Saturn, taken with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Nov. 23, 2013 and released Monday, was taken using a spectral filter that preferentially admits wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 752 nanometers. The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.6 million miles (2.5 million kilometers) from Saturn. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)
Iranian youths play with snow at Tochal mountain, just north of Tehran. The heaviest snowstorm in five decades has blanketed provinces in northern Iran, cutting power supplies and trapping villagers, Iranian media reported.
Believer Benito Martinez (C), dressed as a "devil" wearing a mask, walks around in Almonacid del Marquesado, in central Spain, during the "Endiablada" traditional festival. The traditional festival honors San Blas (Saint Blaise).
An employee at Tate Britain in Central London poses for a photograph next to Richard Deacon's "After" during a press preview of the sculptor's major exhibition. Deacon's work will be on display from Feb. 5 to April 27.
Sunlight shines through hanging incense coils at the Tin Hau Temple in the Yau Ma Tei area of Hong Kong on the fourth day of the Lunar New Year holiday.