February 27, 2014

    Published February 27, 2014


    A pair of boots sit on top of a barricade at Independence Square, the epicenter of current unrest in Kyiv. Ukraine put its police on high alert after dozens of armed pro-Russia men stormed and seized local government buildings in country's Crimea region and raised a Russian flag over a barricade.


    Demonstrators use slingshots against National Guard troopers during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in San Cristobal, about 410 miles (660 km) southwest of Caracas.


    Children play with a suitcase in a IDP camp for the Nuer ethnic group inside the UNMISS compound in Bor, South Sudan. Thousands have been killed and almost 900,000 forced from their homes by more two months of battles between rebel and government forces, backed by troops from neighboring Uganda.


    A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, cleans his teeth using a twig at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple during the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu, Nepal.


    An Indian Hindu devotee holds a python during a procession for Maha Shivaratri, dedicated to the Hindu god Lord Shiva, in Allahabad, India. Hindus mark the Maha Shivratri festival by offering special prayers and fasting to Lord Shiva, the god of destruction.


    People taking part in a protest against poor sanitation run away from a water cannon and stun grenades fired by members of the South African Police Services in Cape Town.


    Women dressed in costumes for "Weiberfastnacht" (Women's Carnival) celebrate in front of Cologne's Cathedral, Germany.


    Dancers of the state opera ballet perform during a dress rehearsal for the Opera Ball in Vienna, Austria.


    Children cool off at a park during a warm day in Singapore. Singapore and Malaysia are grappling with some of the driest weather they have ever seen, forcing the tiny city-state to ramp up supplies of recycled water while its neighbor rations reserves amid disruptions to farming and fisheries.


    A nominee for Queen of the Carnival of Santa Cruz shows off her outfit under the watchful eyes of the jury in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife, Feb. 26, 2014.


    Members of the Nepalese army demonstrate their skills during the Army Day celebrations, which falls on the same day as the Shivaratri festival, in Kathmandu.

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