A machine gun leans next to the Quran, the Muslim holy book, on the body of a militant of the al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, during the prayer prior to burial at a mosque in the Balata refugee camp in the West Bank town of Nablus Friday, Feb. 24, 2006. The militant was killed during a major Israeli operation in the Balata refugee camp.
An acrobat performs during the closing ceremony of the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games on Feb. 26, 2006, at the Olympic Stadium in Turin, Italy.
Iraqis living in Iran chant slogans as they mourn during a rally at the Saint Masoumeh shrine in the holy city of Qom, 80 miles south of the capital Tehran, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, condemning Wednesday's attack on a Shiite shrine in Samarra in Iraq.
Debutantes walk out onto the dance floor for their first waltz at the 50th Vienna Opera Ball Feb. 23, 2006, in Vienna, Austria.
The Wood Book
A Chad Muslim girl holds the verses of the Quran, Islam's holy book, written on wood to learn by heart in a street in N'djemena, Chad, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006. Learning and memorizing the Quran is a must for the Muslim children.
Seagulls fly over the the beach of Heringsdorf on the Baltic Sea Island of Usedom Feb. 24, 2006. Germany has confirmed some 110 cases of the H5N1 strain of the virus among wild birds. The deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu has been detected in a wild duck found dead in southern Germany near the Swiss border, officials said .
A boy plays with a wooden rifle as new recruits of Palestinian security forces perform an exercise during their training in Gaza City, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006.
A reveler participates in the Bola Preta carnival club parade in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Satuday, Feb. 25, 2006.
New recruits of the Iraqi Border Guards present a mock combat drill during their graduation parade, in Basra, 340 miles southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Feb. 27, 2006. There are only 12,000 people in the border force, but the Iraqi government plans to recruit another 20,000 to guard Iraq's 2,269 miles of border.
Sasha Cohen of the United States performs during the gala exhibition of skating during Day 14 of the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games on Feb. 24, 2006, at Palavela in Turin, Italy.
Women carry firewood to their home at Navapur, a farming region in western Indian state of Maharashtra, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006.
Armed And Dangerous
Militants wearing black masks, military fatigues and carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers patrol the creeks of the Niger Delta area of Nigeria, Friday, Feb. 24, 2006. Armed militants holding nine foreign oil workers hostage in Nigeria showed one of them to reporters for the first time Friday, a 68-year-old American who said he and his colleagues were being treated well.
Philippine forensic experts take DNA samples and fingerprints from recovered bodies at the site of last week's massive landslide in hopes of being able to find the identities, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006, in Guinsaugon, Leyte island, central Philippines.
Earth, Wind And Mire
A U.S. Marine Chinook helicopter helps a Taiwanese search-and-rescue team (in red) who were stuck in the mud in the middle of the wasteland of what was left of the central Philippine village of Guinsaugon, Feb. 23, 2006, as they recover a landslide victim.