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February 28, 2012
Few options for West in Syria crisis
RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- Russia and China's opposition to swift action ending Syria's bloody crackdown on its uprising leaves the West and its Arab allies with few options.
The self-proclaimed "Friends of Syria" may have to rely on a slow grind of tightened sanctions, a trickle of humanitarian and military aid smuggled across borders -- and calls for ever-more-diluted U.N. Security Council resolutions.
Moscow and Beijing twice vetoed Security Council resolutions that strongly condemned Syria. On Tuesday, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe announced that Paris was preparing yet another resolution, this time focusing on a cease-fire and humanitarian aid.
Yet each attempt to ratchet up international pressure has prompted Russia and China to fight back.
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Supporters of the Free Syrian Army ride a motorcycle with a rocket-propelled grenade in Kafar Taharim, Syria, Friday, Feb. 24., 2012.

February 24, 2012
A Pain That Persists: Japanese Americans scarred by WWII internments
Sacramento Bee senior photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr. has been searching since 2005 for the identities of Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans whose images of forced relocation in 1942 were captured by acclaimed documentary photographer Dorothea Lange and the War Relocation Authority.
At first, Kitagaki's interest was personal. In 1984, he learned that Lange photographed his grandparents, father and aunt in 1942 as they awaited a bus in Oakland to begin their journey into detention. Kitagaki set out to create a collection of portraits mirroring Lange's work. For the first, he gathered his family at the same Oakland departure point six decades after they had been sent away. Lange's photographs document the moment their lives changed forever; Kitagaki's images record their enduring spirit.
Since then, Kitagaki has photographed more than 15 subjects, or their descendants, from the original internment images. It's an ongoing project. Kitagaki seeks the identities of others photographed by Lange and her counterparts.
To see Kitagaki's photo gallery, as well as the gallery of unidentified photographs, go to sacbee.com/multimedia. To provide Kitagaki with additional identities, contact him at: pkitagaki@sacbee.com
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THEN: Fumiko Hayashida, 31, carries her daughter Natalie Kayo, 13 months, as she prepares to board the ferry at Bainbridge Island, Wa. on March 30, 1942. Hayashida was among a large group of Japanese Americans who were taken by armed soldiers to the Manzanar Internment Camp in California after Executive Order 9066 was issued on February 19, 1942. Hayashida arrived at Manzanar by train on April 1, 1942. Photo Credit: Post-Intelligencer Collection, Museum of History & Industry. NOW: Fumiko Hayashida, 95, and her daughter Natalie Ong, 66, photographed July 20, 2006 on the family farm where they were evacuated from Bainbridge Island, Wa. Photograph by Paul Kitagaki, Jr.

February 21, 2012
Brazil Carnival 2012
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- As millions watched the sequin-clad samba dancers at Rio de Janeiro's iconic Carnival parade Sunday, at least a few eyes turned toward the stars, or at least toward the VIP boxes hosting celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Fergie.
The Carnival parade has been attracting top celebrities for much of its 80 years. Many are brought in by attention-hungry Brazilian advertisers hoping to share some of the glow of the world's biggest party.
This year, beer company Brahma was promoting Lopez, while hair care company Head and Shoulders hosted Fergie. Neither planned to actually parade in the all-night-long event, but J.Lo waved to the crowd from the posh VIP seats at the Sambadrome as 13 samba schools joined in a fierce, sweaty competition before tens of thousands inside and many more watching at home on television.

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Dancers of Sao Clemente samba school parade on a float during carnival celebrations at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday Feb. 20, 2012. AP / Felipe Dana

February 16, 2012
World's deadliest prison fire in a century
COMAYAGUA, Honduras (AP) -- The prisoners whose scorched bodies were carried out piece by piece Thursday morning from a charred Honduran prison had been locked inside an overcrowded penitentiary where most inmates had never been charged, let alone convicted, according to an internal Honduran government report obtained by The Associated Press.
The Honduran government report, which was sent to the United Nations this month, said 57 percent of some 800 inmates of the Comayagua farm prison north of the Central American country's capital were either awaiting trial or being held as suspected gang members.
A fire that witnesses said was started by an inmate tore through the prison Tuesday night, burning and suffocating screaming men in their locked cells as rescuers desperately searched for keys. Officials confirmed 358 dead, making it the world's deadliest prison fire in a century.
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Blanca Flores, wife of dead inmate Oscar Soto, cries outside the prison in Comayagua, Honduras, Wednesday Feb. 15, 2012. A fire started by an inmate late Tuesday tore through the prison killing 358 inmates, said Supreme Court Justice Richard Ordonez, who is leading the investigation. AP / Estbean Felix

February 14, 2012
Valentine's Day 2012
NEW YORK (AP) -- Two women who met as college students in Alaska and two men who met at a nightclub in Manhattan became the first same-sex couples Tuesday to be married at the Empire State Building.
Stephanie Figarelle and Lela McArthur were among four couples who won an online contest for a Valentine's Day wedding at the Empire State Building designed by event planner Colin Cowie.
Across the country and around the world, couples embraced, exchanged flowers and married as part to Valentine's Day celebrations.
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Lela Mc Arthur, left, and Stephanie Figarelle, of Anchorage, Ak., pose for photos on the observation deck after their Valentine's Day wedding ceremony at the Empire State Building, in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. The two women, who met at the University of Alaska, have become the first same-sex couple to be married at the Empire State Building. AP / Richard Drew

February 13, 2012
The 2012 Westminster Kennel Club dog show
NEW YORK (AP) -- Perched on his hind legs, peering over the top rail of his pen, Banana Joe wanted to play at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show.
He could afford to frolic. The prize affenpinscher -- a pooch with the distinctive little monkey face -- easily won his breed Monday at America's top dog show.
"He's beautiful," handler Ernesto Lara praised. "They're supposed to have a comic seriousness about them. He thinks he's all that. You can't help but laugh at him."
More than 2,000 dogs in 185 breeds and varieties are at the Garden. The top hound, toy, nonsporting and herding champions were to be picked Monday night, and the best in show will be chosen Tuesday evening.
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Lorraine Shore, of Sequim, Washington, grooms Dazzle a 2-year-old Papillon at the Green Room Salon and Spa at the Pennsylvania hotel, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 in New York. There are 2,000 top dogs in town for Monday's start of the 136th Annual Westminster Kennel club show. AP / Mary Altaffer

February 10, 2012
Voting begins in key Indian state of Uttar Pradesh
LUCKNOW, India (AP) -- Residents in India's largest state began voting Wednesday in a monthlong local election with repercussions for the whole nation.
A large re-election victory for Mayawati, the chief minister who goes by one name, could project her regional, caste-based party onto the national stage. She was facing off against the Samajwadi Party, which she ousted from power five years ago.
A strong third-place showing for India's ruling Congress Party could make it a kingmaker in Uttar Pradesh and help it gain a new partner to stabilize its fragile national coalition.

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Indian voters stand in a queue to cast their votes outside a polling station, in Ayodhya, India, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012. Residents in India's largest state began voting Wednesday in a monthlong local election with repercussions for the whole nation. The state of Uttar Pradesh is so large, with 200 million people, that voting is spread over seven phases and will last until March 3. Results will be declared March 6. AP / Manish Swarup

February 8, 2012
Tibet's government-in-exile, calls for worldwide vigils
DHARMSALA, India (AP) -- Chinese repression has lead to the self-immolations of nearly two dozen Tibetans and deadly clashes with Chinese authorities, the head of Tibet's government-in-exile said Wednesday.
"Tibetans inside Tibet are giving up their lives. They're saying, 'I choose to die,'" Lobsang Sangay, the leader of the self-declared exile government, said after an afternoon prayer vigil at the main temple in this Indian hill town.
China on Tuesday vowed to crack down on unrest in Tibetan areas and accused overseas activist groups and the Dalai Lama of fomenting the recent violence.
More than a dozen monks and nuns have set themselves on fire in ethnic Tibetan areas of Sichuan over the last year. Most have chanted for Tibetan freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama, who fled to India amid an abortive uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.
Early Wednesday, hundreds of Tibetan activists marched through the streets of New Delhi, calling for freedom for their homeland and decrying Chinese rule. The government-in-exile had called for vigils to be held Wednesday amid the immolations and clashes.
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Tibetan monks and supporters throw dust in the air in honor of the dead monks and protesters self-immolated or killed in clashes with Chinese security forces during a vigil in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012. Lobsang Sangay, the head of Tibet's government-in-exile, called for worldwide vigils on Wednesday, following a series of self-immolations and bloody clashes between Tibetans and Chinese forces. AP / Wally Santana

February 6, 2012
Lantern festival 2012
The traditional Lantern Festival was celebrated Monday, Feb. 6. It marks the 15th and final day of the Spring Festival celebrations, the annual celebration of the beginning of Chinese Lunar New Year.
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Under a shower of sparks from fireworks, people perform the dragon dance during a celebration of the Lantern Festival at a park in Chongqing, China in southwest China, Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. ZUMA24.com Chen Cheng

February 1, 2012
Magh Mela festival 2012
Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus bathe at the confluence of the Ganges River in India during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as 'Magh Mela.' The pilgrims take dips in the river, some hoping to wash away sins and others to secure a fine spouse, during the festival.
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Indian Hindu holy men perform a ritual by burning dried cow dung cakes in earthen pots overhead in their quest for salvation at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the Basant Panchmi festival that falls during the annual traditional fair of Magh Mela in Allahabad, India, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. AP / Rajesh Kumar Singh