The Academy Awards, held on Feb. 22 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, don't just happen in a star-studded vacuum. Here's a look at the work that goes into the preparation of Hollywood's most lavish, self-congratulatory night.
The Koran, the Muslim holy book, also spelled as the Quran or Qur'an, is to be treated with the utmost care and respect by those of the faith, and any treatment otherwise, particularly at the hands of U.S. religious leaders and soldiers, has drawn sharp rebukes and in some instances, violence, at the hands of members of the Muslim community.
President Barack Obama spoke at the groundbreaking of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.on February 22, 2012. The museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will be the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, art, history and culture.
Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, with many Christians preparing for Easter by fasting and repenting. Here's a look at Ash Wednesday services in Saint Savior Church in the Old City of Jerusalem on Feb. 22, 2012.
Music legends and contemporary artists took part in the ongoing In Performance series, performing at the White House for a celebration of blues music in recognition of Black History Month on Feb. 21, 2012.
Yemen's election on Feb. 21, 2012 brings an end of the reign of President Ali Abdullah Saleh's 33-year tenure in Yemen, the first Arab state to end its Arab Spring revolts with a negotiated settlement.
Palestinians rioted in solidarity with Islamic Jihad member Khader Adnan, who has agreed to end his 66-day hunger strike in protest of his imprisonment without charge after reaching a deal with Israel that will secure his freedom in April.
President Barack Obama discussed the payroll tax extension in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington DC on Feb. 21, 2012. Obama is expected to sign the extension into law later this week.
Jeremy Lin, the Knicks' point guard who emerged from nowhere (since only in basketball is Harvard considered nowhere) to lead the team to a lengthy winning streak, beating such illustrious teams as the Mavericks and Lakers, turning into a worldwide sensation in the process.
Gas stations are drying up in the Gaza Strip as smuggler's routes between the region and Egypt have been shut down, in addition to an Israeli blockade and ongoing instability in Egypt, leaving many with few resources to continue their daily lives.
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