Groundhog day, one of the worst snowstorms to hit the Midwest in decades, Egypt erupts and more.
Groundhog handler Ben Hughes watches Punxsutawney Phil after he did not see his shadow, thus predicting an early spring during the 125th annual Groundhog Day festivities in Punxsutawney, PA. If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, it's an omen of 6 more weeks of bad weather and he returns to his den. Early spring arrives if he does not see his shadow, causing Phil to remain above ground.
Snow falls on the Cloud Gate sculpture in Millennium Park in Chicago, IL. Chicago was under a blizzard warning this week as forecasters predicted up to 20 inches of snow would fall on the city coupled with wind gusts of up to 60 mph.
A youth with an Egyptian flag painted on his face stands in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. Protests in Egypt continued with the largest gathering yet, with many tens of thousands assembling in central Cairo, demanding the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Space shuttle Discovery rolls to the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL. Discovery is making the 3.4-mile journey to the launch pad in preparation for its final mission, scheduled for February 24, 2011.
A villager wearing a carnival costume holds his ram as he watches a group of "Joaldunak" (carriers of bells) dance to the tune of the heavy bells they carry on their back on their way to Ituren, in the northern Spanish region of Navarra. According to mythical Basque stories, the noise made by the big bells wards off evil spirits and gives prosperity for a year to the people living in nearby towns.
Juggler Carlos Romero performs for a panel of judges and members of the public during an audition process for a busking spot in the North Hall at Covent Garden Market in London, England.
French street art company Generik Vapeur performs during the close of the National Festival of Arts in the streets of Valparaiso city, 85 miles northwest of Santiago, Chile.
The village of Silvaplana is seen in the background as Swiss acrobat Freddy Nock balances on the cable of a funicular on Mount Corvatsch near the Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz.
A 1-month-old baby Siamang Gibbon sits with its mother as they shelter from the wind and rain in their enclosure at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm in Bristol, England.
A woman displays peach blossom flowers for sale in front of a Muslim mosque in Hanoi. Peach blossoms, believed to bring luck to families, are used for decoration during Tet, the Vietnamese traditional lunar New Year, which will take place from February 2 to 6.
A vendor displays round fruits, which are believed to bring luck, for the upcoming Chinese New Year along a busy street in Manila's Chinatown. The Lunar New Year began on February 3 and marks the start of the Year of the Rabbit, according to the Chinese zodiac.
A crew member of the German training ship Gorch Fock works at the figurehead at the port of Ushuaia, Argentina. A governmental commission was ordered to investigate a reported mutiny on the vessel which is said to have taken place last year.
A sled with 2 riders is pulled by a horse during a traditional highlander's competition in Male Ciche near Zakopane, in Tatra Mountains, southern Poland.
An artist dressed as Hindu Lord Krishna performs during a media preview of the 25th Surajkund Crafts Fair in the northern Indian state of Haryana. Hundreds of artists and craftsmen throng to the 15-day-long annual fair held on the outskirts of New Delhi to perform and sell their handicrafts.