Check out the hottest photos from the past week, from space shuttles to baby leopards and more.
Participants dressed as ancient Chinese scholars perform during a traditional ritual of spring ceremony dedicated to Confucius, at Taipei's Confucius Temple. The sage, who lived from 555-479 B.C., is revered among the Chinese as the teacher of teachers.
Nekama, a baby North Chinese leopard, emerges from a basket at her official presentation to the media at Tierpark zoo in Berlin, Germany. Nekama was born on January 7, 2011 and currently weighs 4.5 kg.
Swimmers compete in the 1km mini swim race during the 10th Ord Minnett Sydney Harbour Swim Classic in Sydney, Australia.
The sun rises as photographers gather on a hill to take pictures shortly after the space shuttle Endeavour arrived at Launch Pad 39A in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Endeavour's liftoff is scheduled for April 19 with mission commander Mark Kelly, the husband of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona.
Children play street hockey in front of the White House in Washington, as part of first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative for children's health, in Washington.
A girl who has been isolated at a makeshift facility to screen, cleanse and isolate people with high radiation levels, looks at her dog through a window in Nihonmatsu, northern Japan, after the massive earthquake and tsunami.
Terracotta warriors, which were unearthed during the first excavation from 1978 to 1984, stand inside the No. 1 pit of the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xi'an, Shaanxi province. The famous warriors date from over 2,000 years ago, and were first unearthed in 1974 and are considered to be one of the most important archaeological finds of recent times.
A young boxer sits during the Wai Khru Muay Thai Ceremony in Ayutthaya province, 80 km (50 miles) north of Bangkok. The annual Wai Khru Muay Thai Ceremony, held during the annual Thai Martial Arts Festival in the ancient capital of Ayutthaya, is the most important date for individuals trained in the ancient Thai art of boxing, or Muay Thai.
People watch cross country skiers race over the frozen lake Sils during the Engadin Ski Marathon near Sils. More than 11,900 skiers registered in the 42.2 km race between Maloja and S-chanf near the Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz.
A man grooms a poodle during the final day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, central England, March 13, 2011.
An assistant of Australian sculptor Ron Mueck works next to his sculpture entitled "In Bed" at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MARCO) in Monterrey, Mexico. The sculpture is part of Mueck's first major exhibition in Latin America opening on March 18, according to organizers.
A darted elephant is brought down by scientists from the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) before its collaring at the Tsavo East National Park. The scientists have started collaring the elephants with GPS communication technology to assist in the mapping out of their migratory routes and corridors in the park and its buffer zones.
Inter Milan's Maicon slides into the net as Bayern Munich's Mario Gomez (not pictured) scores his team's first goal during their Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match in Munich.
Racehorses head towards the first fence of the Supreme Novices Hurdle Race, the first race of the day during the Cheltenham Festival horse racing meet in Gloucestershire, western England.