The Olympic rings are cast in shadow as the sun sets behind the Bolshoy Ice Palace as preparations continue at Olympic Park for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
A woman runs for cover as heavy gunfire erupts in the Miskin district of Bangui, Central African Republic. In what a French soldier on the scene described as the heaviest exchange of fire he'd seen since early December 2013, Muslim militias engaged Burundi troops who returned fire.
Damage is seen after an earthquake at Lixouri port on the island of Kefalonia, western Greece. The quake with a preliminary magnitude between 5.7 and 6.1 hit the island of before dawn, sending scared residents into the streets just over a week after a similar quake damaged hundreds of buildings.
Mount Sinabung releases pyroclastic flows during an eruption as seen from Payung village, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The rumbling volcano unleashed fresh clouds of searing gas, killing more than a dozen people.