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Oscar makeover

Oscar statues wait to be placed on the red carpet and in the Kodak Theatre during preparations for the 89th annual Academy Awards on Sunday in Hollywood, Los Angeles on February 22.

The Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT. EPA/Mike Nelson
 

Messi promotes Egypt’s medical tourism drive

FC Barcelona's Argentinian striker Lionel Messi at the Mena House Hotel near the Pyramids of Giza to attend a press conference in Giza, Egypt on February 21. Messi arrived in Egypt on an one-day visit to promote the country's Tour n'Cure medical tourism campaign, which promotes tourism and Hepatitis C treatment travel packages for tourists visiting Egypt.  EPA/Aly Fahim
 

No to Trump

Protesters demonstrate against the proposed State visit to the UK of US President Donald J. Trump, in London, Britain on February 20. The British Parliament is debating the proposed visit of President Trump to Britain. Nearly two million Britons have signed a petition against his visit.  EPA/Andy Rain
 

Tour of Oman

Participants cross the finish line of the Tour of Oman 2017 on the Corniche in Muttrah in the center of the capital Muscat on February 19.  EPA/Hamid Al-Qasmi
 

A penny goes a long way

Competitors including Michelle Chia from Singapore (L) starts in the Novice race event, at the National Penny Farthing Championships in the historic town of Evandale, northern Tasmania, Australia on February 18. The annual event began in 1983, and attracts tourists and enthusiasts of the penny farthing, invented over 140 years ago, in the 19th century, with a distinctive large front wheel, high seat, and small rear wheel. It is recognised as the first bicycle to be mass-produced and was named after the penny and farthing coins, the largest and smallest coins, once circulated in Britain.  EPA/Barbara Walton
 

Action in the air

Yakovlev Aerobatic team perform in the sky at the 'Aero India-2017' at the Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru, India. Over 550 defence and aerospace firms, including 279 foreign companies from 30 countries took part in the 11th biennial event being held at the Yelahanka air force base. India is pursuing to scale up its military capabilities and aims to induct new warplanes, next-generation submarines, warships, helicopters, missiles, howitzers, air defence systems, assault weapons and night-vision gear. The event runs from February 14 to 18, showcasing military aircraft from leading manufacturers across the globe.  EPA/Jagadeesh NV
 

Robot idol

The interactive humanoid robot 'Androidol U' is presented at a press event in Tokyo on February 15. Androidol U, whose name comes from 'android' and 'idol', aims to become a humanoid robot idol. The term idol refers in Japan to young starlets admired for their prettiness. In the coming months, Androidol U is to host live internet programs, be a department store information staff and have promotional activities.  EPA/Franck Robichon




 

With love ...

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates airline, has unveiled a unique decal featuring a rose on one of its Boeing 777-F freighter aircraft ahead of the Valentine’s Day. The decal, installed at the Emirates Aircraft Appearance Centre in Dubai, is the first of its kind for Emirates SkyCargo and highlights the strong contribution made by the air cargo carrier to the floriculture industry through the transport of fresh flowers across the world.

Failing spillway

An undated handout photo made available by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) on February 13 shows an aerial view of the damaged Oroville spillway in Oroville, California. At least 188,000 residents were ordered to evacuate the area, about 150 miles northeast of San Francisco over fears of imminent failure of the emergency spillway at the Oroville Dam, the tallest dam in the US, as a result of severe erosion and heavy rain.

A pair of storms are expected to hit the state this week, and forecasters say they will be strong enough to bring 2 to 6 inches of rain to Oroville, where the concrete spillway at Oroville Dam has been crumbling since Tuesday and an emergency earthen spillway with a concrete lip was eroding so severely Sunday that officials warned a 30-foot wall of water could be unleashed on Oroville and other towns along the Feather River.

Photo: EPA/California Department of Water Resource


 

Hello Adele

Adele holds up her awards in the press room during the 59th annual Grammy Awards ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on February 12. Adele won the awards Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album, with the album '25' and song 'Hello.'  EPA/Mike Nelson
 

Latext fashion

A person dressed in a latex costume named 'Pandemonia' arrives to the Georgine fashion show at New York Fashion Week in New York on February 11. The Fall 2017 collections are being presented from February 9 to 16.  EPA/Jason Szenes
 

Sunken mysteries

The Apis bull in the exhibition 'Osiris - Egypt's Sunken Mysteries' with pieces found during recent underwater excavations of the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology (EIUA) under the conduct of Franck Goddio, in the museum Rietberg, in Zurich, Switzerland on February 9. The exhibition will be open to the public from February 10 to July 16.  EPA/Ennio Leanza
 

Shocker sinkhole

People look into a sinkhole which has opened up in the suburb of Point Piper in Sydney, New South Wales (NSW), Australia on February 8. Emergency services arrived at the scene on Wentworth Street, Point Piper where a gas line had ruptured due to a collapsed footpath, Fire and Rescue NSW said.  EPA/Paul Miller



 

Bike-happy in Beirut

A bike-sharing station seen in downtown Beirut, Lebanon on February 7. According to the media office of Beirut Municipality which installed the first bike-sharing station in the capital Beirut in January, the project dubbed 'Lebanon Bike Sharing System, Bike 4 All,' is privately funded by Bike 4 All, launched in collaboration with the Governor of Beirut and Beirut Municipality. The plan is to develop another 25 stations across Beirut by the year 2020 and this will include 500 bikes.  EPA/Wael Hamzeh