Wednesday: Day in photos - St. Paul
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The day in photos: Wednesday

Wednesday: Day in photos - St. Paul
Arien Haschel, a first-grader at St. Peter Claver School in St. Paul, Minn., and classmates raise their hands in prayer during Ash Wednesday services at the Church of St. Peter Claver. (Jean Pieri / St. Paul Pioneer Press)
Wednesday: Day in photos - Indonesia
New mother Dolly, a Nile hippopotamus, keeps a watchful eye over her 4-day-old male offspring at Taman Safari in Bogor, Indonesia. (Achmad Ibrahim / Associated Press)
Wednesday: Day in photos - Guatemala
Flowers are burned to mark the National Day of Dignity for Victims of the Armed Conflict in Guatemala City, Guatemala. (Ulises Rodriguez / EPA)
The day in photos: Wednesday - Mongolia
People gather at the Oovoo in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, to witness the sunrise for Tsagaan Sar, the Mongolian lunar new year. This is the year of the Earth Ox (female). Celebrants make offerings of milk and other white foods while passing three times around the Oovoo, a pyramid of rocks. (Peter Oetzmann / European Pressphoto Agency)
The day in photos: Wednesday - Amsterdam
A Turkish Airlines plane with 135 people aboard slammed into a muddy field while attempting to land at Amsterdam’s main airport. Nine people were killed and more than 50 were injured, many seriously, officials said. The plane, which was approaching Schiphol Airport, broke into three pieces. (Frank Augstein / Associated Press)
The day in photos: Wednesday - Rome
Pope Benedict XVI, second from right, arrives in a procession with other prelates at Santa Sabina Basilica for the Ash Wednesday prayer service in Rome. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a solemn period of 40 days of prayer and self-denial leading up to Easter. (Pier Paolo Cito / Associated Press)
The day in photos: Wednesday - Frankfurt
A fake dollar bill depicting a deeply shocked George Washington sums up the mood these days at the Boerse, or stock exchange, in Frankfurt, Germany. Despite a profitable 2008 for exchange operator Deutsche Boerse -- which reported a net profit of 1.03 billion euros, its first above the 1-billion-euro level -- 2009 is expected to be a difficult year in the German market. (Fredrik Von Erichsen / European Pressphoto Agency)
The day in photos: Wednesday - Washington, D.C.
President Obama introduces his nominee for Commerce secretary, former Washington Gov. Gary Locke, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington. Locke is Obama’s third nominee for the post, after New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson dropped out, citing an investigation of state contracting, and Gov. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire withdrew, citing political differences with the president. (Charles Dharapak / Associated Press)
The day in photos: Wednesday - New Orleans
How do you say “Day after Fat Tuesday” in French? Jeremy Licciardi collects trash left in the streets from Mardi Gras along Bourbon Street in New Orleans. (Brian Lawdermilk / Associated Press)
The day in photos: Wednesday - Parchim, Germany
A rail car bound for India is squeezed into an Antonov An-124 transport plane in Parchim, Germany. Bombardier is producing 36 of the cars for the new underground train network in New Delhi and will produce additional cars at an assembly plant in India. (Bombardier Transportation via Getty Images)
The day in photos: Wednesday - Broughton, England
A Beluga Airbus leaves its factory in Broughton, Wales, bearing oversize wings for a new tanker aircraft that is part of a fleet of Airbus A330-200s. The new fleet will provide air-to-air refueling and transport for troops. (Christopher Furlong / Getty Images)
The day in photos: Wednesday - Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Supporters of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif denounce the Pakistani Supreme Court’s decision to ban the opposition leader from elected office. The ruling raises the prospect of bitter political conflict in Pakistan. (B.K.Bangash / Associated Press)
The day in photos: Wednesday - Cape Town, South Africa
South African actor Peter Van Heerden performs a scene from the production “An Histrionic,” a satirical look at South African history and culture, at the Good Hope Castle in Cape Town, South Africa. The production is part of the weeklong Spier Performing Arts Festival. (Nic Bothma / European Pressphoto Agency)
The day in photos: Wednesday - Germany
Three horses get some exercise in a snow-covered meadow near Wangen im Allgaeu in southern Germany. (Felix Kaestle / Associated Press)
The day in photos: Wednesday - Czech Republic
Kikkan Randall of the United States competes in the ladies cross-country team sprint at the 2009 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic. (Alexander Hassenstein / Bongarts / Getty Images)
The day in photos: Wednesday - Cournonterral, France
Revelers take part in Carnival festivities in Cournonterral, France. One event commemorates an old war between the villages of Cournonterral and Haumelas. (Guillaume Horcajuelo / European Pressphoto Agency)
The day in photos: Wednesday - Heldra, Germany
Men dressed as straw bears in chains are led by women in Heldra, Germany, as part of an Ash Wednesday procession. Afterward, the straw is burned to drive away winter. (Uew Zucchi / European Pressphoto Agency)
The day in photos: Wednesday - Heldra, Germany
Members of a group interact with the crowd during the last day of Carnival in Veracruz, Mexico. (Jose Candelario / European Pressphoto Agency)
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