Ninth grader Shifa Jahan, 14, born in Bangladesh, waits to take the oath of allegiance to the United States at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), office on February 19, 2013 in New York City. Her father Mohammed Firoz, is a naturalized American from Bangladesh working in construction, and they live in Brooklyn, New York. Almost 300 foreign-born children of naturalized immigrants received citizenship certificates Tuesday at the USCIS center during the special event. Children of naturalized immigrants receive U.S. citizenship if they arrive to the United States as minors, but they must go through a process at USCIS to receive official citizenship documents proving they have become Americans.
A visitor checks his mobile phone as he walks past a Samsung stand during the first day of the Mobile World Congress 2013 at the Fira Gran Via complex on February 25, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. The annual Mobile World Congress hosts some of the world's largest communication companies, with many unveiling their latest phones and gadgets. The show runs from February 25 - February 28.
Park Geun-Hye, South Korea's president, salutes during her inauguration ceremony in the National Assembly on February 25, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. Park is sworn in as the first female president of South Korea.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews from the Lelov Hasidic sect, celebrate the Jewish festival of Purim on February 24, 2013 in Beit Shemesh, Israel. The carnival-like Purim holiday is celebrated with parades and costume parties to commemorate the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to exterminate them in the ancient Persian empire 2,500 years ago, as described in the Book of Esther.
A Syrian man reacts while standing on the rubble of his house while others look for survivors and bodies in the Tariq al-Bab district of the northern city of Aleppo on February 23, 2013. Three surface-to-surface missiles fired by Syrian regime forces in Aleppo's Tariq al-Bab district have left 58 people dead, among them 36 children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on February 24. AFP PHOTO/PABLO TOSCO
Italian former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi casts his ballot at a polling station on February 24, 2013 in Milan. Italians fed up with austerity went to the polls on Sunday in elections where the centre-left is the favourite, as Europe held its breath for signs of fresh instability in the eurozone's third economy. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN
Pope Benedict XVI delivers his last Angelus Blessing from the window of his private apartment to thousands of pilgrims gathered in Saint Peter's Square on February 24, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pontiff will hold his last weekly public audience on February 27, 2013 before he retires the following day. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude away from public engagements.
Children run towards charity workers from Sentebale on February 23, 2013 in Morija, Lesotho. Sentebale is a charity founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. It helps the most vulnerable children in Lesotho get the support they need to lead healthy and productive lives. Sentebale works with local grassroots organisations to help these children, the victims of extreme poverty and Lesotho’s HIV/AIDS epidemic. Cathy Ferrier was appointed as Sentebale’s Chief Executive in March 2012 and is spearheading a fundraising initiative to build the Mamohato Centre which will provide psychosocial support for children and young people infected with HIV. Prince Harry is due to pay a visit to Lesotho this week to catch up on his charity’s progress and meet key children who will be supported by the charity.
Competitors wearing only underwear and panties ride sleds in the 2013 naked snow-sledding competition on February 23, 2013 in Altenberg, Germany. The annual event, which this year drew thousands of spectators, is sponsored by a local radio station.