Russian Prime Minister and former president Vladimir Putin was declared the winner of the Russian presidential elections held on March 4, 2012, though not without widespread claims of fraud, leading to rallies disputing the legitimacy of the results.
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted a dinner to honor the Armed Forces who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, and to honor their families in the East Room of the White House on Feb. 29, 2012.
The 13th Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, one of the world's four biggest ice and snow festivals, opens in Harbin, the capital of the China's northern Heilongjiang Province near Russia, February 23, 2012. As the festival grows in international attention and as China's economy grows, the size and amount of it's ice sculptures increase each year.
"The Artist" may have taken the top awards, but during a telecast criticized by many for being lackluster, actress Angelina Jolie stole the show by titillating viewers with something as simple as her right leg.
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