Published March 21, 2014
U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama plays table tennis as Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and others watch her during their visit to the Beijing Normal School, a school that prepares students to attend colleges overseas in Beijing, China.
This new Hubble image is centered on NGC 5793, a spiral galaxy over 150 million light years away in the constellation of Libra. This galaxy has two particularly striking features: a beautiful dust lane and an intensely bright center — much brighter than that of our own galaxy, or indeed those of most spiral galaxies we observe. (Credit: NASA, ESA, and E. Perlman (Florida Institute of Technology))
Keepers bottle-feed the saved sloth bear cub at the zoo in Washington, D.C. Animal keepers at the National Zoo have saved the cub after two others were eaten by the mother. The three cubs were born in December to a mother named Khali. One was eaten within 20 minutes, and a second cub was eaten after seven days. The zoo says it's not uncommon for carnivores to eat their young if they're compromised somehow.
Wearing their traditional costumes Kyrgyz women and a man take part in the celebrations of Nowruz (New Year) in the outskirts of the Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek. Nowruz, "The New Year" in Farsi, is an ancient festival marking the first day of spring in Central Asia.
Iraqi Kurds with a giant banner in the colors of the Kurdish flag celebrate Nowruz, or the New Year, in Dahuk, 260 miles (430 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq.
A staff member helps to set up the installation "Stools" of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei made of 6000 stools in the atrium of the Martin-Gropius-Bau exhibition hall in Berlin, Germany.
A visitor takes pictures of trophies displayed at the "Reiten-Jagen-Fischen" (riding-hunting-fishing) trade fair in Erfurt, eastern Germany.
Anti-government protesters run from police water cannon in Caracas, Mar. 20, 2014. Venezuelan intelligence agents arrested one opposition mayor accused of stoking violent protests, while another was jailed for 10 months in the latest moves against rivals of President Nicolas Maduro.
An Indian woman carries a bucket filled with drinking water as she walks on dry mud against blowing sand, along the Brahmaputra River on the eve of World Water Day in Gauhati. World Water Day is observed annually on Mar. 22 to recognize the global need to save, conserve and manage water resources for future generations.
Ballet dancers Vladimir Malakhov (R), Elisa Carrillio Cabrera (top) and Mikhail Kaniskin (L) perform "Clear", with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, during a dress rehearsal at the Schiller theatre in Berlin, Germany, Mar. 20, 2014.