It’s been another week of tension in countries such as Ukraine, Venezuela and Turkey, but luckily carnival is spreading some joy across the globe. [58 photos total]

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Vehicles are set on fire after anti-government demonstrators threw molotovs cocktails on them at Tachira's tourism board office in San Cristobal (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
A man walks past a bath tub in the house of Ukraine's former prosecutor general Pshonka in the village of Gorenichy outside Kiev (Konstantin Chernichkin/REUTERS) #
South Koreans hold hands with their North Korean family members (in bus) as they bid farewell after their three-day temporary family reunion at the Mount Kumgang resort (YONHAP/REUTERS) #
An interior view from the house of Ukraine's former prosecutor general Pshonka in the village of Gorenichy outside Kiev (Konstantin Chernichkin/REUTERS) #
A model presents a creation by American-born UK-based designer Corrie Nielsen as part of her Autumn/Winter 2014-2015 women's ready-to-wear collection during Paris Fashion Week (BENOIT TESSIER/REUTERS) #
Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu sits next to German Chancellor Merkel during their joint news conference in Jerusalem (AMMAR AWAD/REUTERS) #
Ukraine's national flag flies at a make-shift memorial for those killed in recent violence in Kiev (Konstantin Chernichkin/REUTERS) #
A portrait of Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan burns during a demonstration against the opening of a new road include a part of the Middle East Technical University campus in Ankara (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
Images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory show significant solar flare in different wavelengths of light (NASA/REUTERS) #
Demonstrators take cover from a police water cannon as fireworks, thrown by other protesters, explode around them during a demonstration against the opening of a new road including a part of the Middle East Technical University campus in Ankara (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
A member of the honor guard awaits the arrival of Georgia's Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili for a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington (JOSHUA ROBERTS/REUTERS) #
A Russian gay couple is showered with rice after their wedding ceremony at a civil registry office in Buenos Aires (MARCOS BRINDICCI/REUTERS) #
emonstrator holds a placard as she stands in front of national guards during a protest near the Cuba's Embassy in Caracas (JORGE SILVA/REUTERS) #
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro greets supporters as he arrives at a rally with workers in Caracas (JORGE SILVA/REUTERS) #
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, changes after taking a bath at the bank of Bagmati River flowing through the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu (NAVESH CHITRAKAR/REUTERS) #
Thai police commandos take part in an anti-terrorism drill in Bangkok (CHAIWAT SUBPRASOM/REUTERS) #
Former News International chief executive Brooks arrives at the Old Bailey courthouse in London (TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS) #
Pope Francis blesses a baby dressed as the Pope as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience at the Vatican (OSSERVATORE ROMANO/REUTERS) #
Riot police use tear gas to disperse demonstrators as they try to march to the Turkish Parliament during a protest in Ankara (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
Visitors take a rest inside a bubble at the terrace at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (ALBERT GEA/REUTERS) #
A model presents a creation by designer Gareth Pugh as part of his Fall/Winter 2014-2015 women's ready-to-wear collection show during Paris Fashion Week (BENOIT TESSIER/REUTERS) #
Ukrainian men help pull one another out of a stampede during clashes at rallies held by ethnic Russians and Crimean Tatars in Simferopol (BAZ RATNER/REUTERS) #
Soldiers take part in a drill during a heavy snow in Heihe (CHINA DAILY/REUTERS) #
A Hindu holy man, or sadhu, cleans his teeth using a twig at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple during the Shivaratri festival in Kathmandu (NAVESH CHITRAKAR/REUTERS) #
A Russian flag is raised next to a Crimean flag on top of the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol (BAZ RATNER/REUTERS) #
Young women wear headbands featuring the name of Chapo Guzman during a march in Culiacan (DANIEL BECERRIL/REUTERS) #
Captain Francesco Schettino gestures as he stands on the Costa Concordia cruise liner at the Giglio harbour (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
Eyad, a 12 year-old boy who lost his arm during shelling by forces loyal to Syria's President Assad, tries on a prosthetic arm in Damascus (BASSAM KHABIEH/REUTERS) #
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Number 10 Downing Street in London (TOBY MELVILLE/REUTERS) #
A carnation in memory of those killed in recent violence is placed by a mourner in a barricade in Kiev's Independence Square (YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS) #
Members of the Nepalese army demonstrate their skills during Army Day celebrations in Kathmandu (NAVESH CHITRAKAR/REUTERS) #
People march under giant Russian flag during a pro-Russian rally in Simferopol (DAVID MDZINARISHVILI/REUTERS) #
A Japanese H-IIA rocket with NASA-Japan GPM Core Observatory onboard is launched in Japan (NASA/REUTERS) #
A man dressed as a demon performs with a bone during a religious procession at the Mahashivratri festival in the northern Indian city of Allahabad (JITENDRA PRAKASH/REUTERS) #
Tibetan pilgrims rest beside a road during their journey to Lhasa, Tibet autonomous region (JACKY CHEN/REUTERS) #
An armed man patrols at the airport in Simferopol (DAVID MDZINARISHVILI/REUTERS) #
Undercover Israeli policemen detain a Palestinian during clashes in the Arab east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ras al-Amud (AMMAR AWAD/REUTERS) #
A supporter of the ODM party adorned with oranges on his head attends their National delegates convention to elect new party national office bearers in Kenya's capital Nairobi (THOMAS MUKOYA/REUTERS) #
A giant rainbow banner wishing a happy Mardi Gras is unfurled atop the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth as it steams into Sydney Harbour (HANDOUT/REUTERS) #
Anti-government protesters' tents are set up inside Bangkok's Lumpini Park (DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS) #
A worker carries a LPG cylinder amid heavy snowfall in Shimla (STRINGER/INDIA/REUTERS) #
Pro-Russian protesters drag a wounded man during clashes with supporters of Ukraine's new government in central Kharkiv (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
Police stand near luggages left at the ticket office after a group of armed men attacked people at Kunming railway station, Yunnan province (STRINGER/CHINA/REUTERS) #
A couple stands next to armed servicemen outside a Ukrainian border guard post in the Crimean town of Balaclava (BAZ RATNER/REUTERS) #
Fireworks thrown by protesters explode near a police water cannon dispersing a rally against Turkey's PM Erdogan in Ankara (UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS) #
President Barack Obama talks on the phone in the Oval Office with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the situation in Ukraine (WHITE HOUSE/REUTERS) #
A worker climbs to tear down a tent as anti-government protesters decamped from protest sites around the capital and regrouped in central Lumpini Park in Bangkok (ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA/REUTERS) #
Spectators watch hundreds of skiers descending down from the slope while holding lit torches in the town of Zheleznogorsk, some 50km (31 miles) northeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk (ILYA NAYMUSHIN/REUTERS) #
Military vehicles, believed to be property of Russian army, are seen near the territory of a Ukrainian military unit in the village of Perevalnoye outside Simferopol (VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS) #
The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon emerges from the waters of Lake Michigan as he takes part in the Annual Polar Plunge in Chicago (JIM YOUNG/REUTERS) #
Actress Wilde winks next to her partner Sudeikis as they arrive at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood (ADREES LATIF/REUTERS) #
Jennifer Lawrence, best supporting actress nominee for her role in the film American Hustle, peeks around an Oscar statue on the red carpet as actor Brad Pitt looks on at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood (ADREES LATIF/REUTERS) #
Pistorius sits in court ahead of his trial in Pretoria (POOL/REUTERS) #
A carnival float with papier-mache figure of Russian President Putin takes part in traditional Rose Monday carnival parade in Duesseldorf (INA FASSBENDER/REUTERS) #
A Hasselblad 500 'EL DATA CAMERA HEDC' is displayed at Westlicht photographic gallery and auction house in Vienna (HEINZ-PETER BADER/REUTERS) #
An old hydro building is seen behind Niagara Falls during sub freezing temperatures in Niagara Falls (MARK BLINCH/REUTERS) #
A partially frozen Niagara Falls is seen on the American side during sub freezing temperatures in Niagara Falls (MARK BLINCH/REUTERS) #
Netanyahu shakes hands with Obama as they sit down to meet in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington (JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS) #

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