Pope Benedict XVI reads a message during his final general audience blessing in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
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A farmer checks tobacco leaves in Cuba as enthusiasts from around the world visit the annual Cigar Festival.
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A sedated lion is carried on a stretcher at the estate of Ion Balint--known to Romanians as Nutzu the Pawnbroker--a notorious gangster in Bucharest, Romania. Authorities removed four lions and two bears that were illegally kept on the estate.
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Massachusetts State Police examine the front of a crashed bus in Georgetown, Mass., that was carrying University of Maine basketball players. The driver was seriously injured and 22 students were being evaluated or treated for minor injuries.
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Neil Heslin, the father of a six-year-old boy who was slain in the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Conn., holds a picture of himself with his son Jesse and wipes his eye while testifying on Capitol Hill.
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Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer celebrates with her players after defeating South Florida 68-56 in an women's college basketball game for her 900th win.
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Chuck Hagel speaks to service members and civilian employees at the Pentagon after being sworn-in as the new Defense Secretary.
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Australian tycoon Clive Palmer talks about his plan to build a perfect replica of the Titanic at a news conference in New York. Palmer says the ship will be ready to sail in 2016.
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Supporters of Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh climb on flag poles during a rally marking the anniversary of his power handover in Sanaa, Yemen.
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Japan's 114-year-old Misao Okawa poses with the certificate of the world's oldest woman, which was presented to her by Guinness World Record at a nursing home in Osaka, Japan.
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President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner applaud at the unveiling of a statue of Rosa Parks on Capitol Hill.