A gift from Messi, a win for Adele and epic surfing in Hawaii: The week in pictures
Top news images from the week of Feb. 20-26
An Afghan boy gets a real Lionel Messi jersey.
A months-long case of serious internet sleuthing that began with a Facebook photo of a boy wearing a homemade FC Barcelona jersey came to a happy conclusion this week. The UN's children's fund announced it had replaced this five-year-old boy's plastic bag shirt with a real one signed by Lionel Messi.
Neil Bantleman rearrested in Indonesia.
Tracy Bantleman, the wife of Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman, held a tearful press conference on Friday after her husband, who was acquitted on charges of sexually abusing kindergarten children last year, was rearrested this week. Canada's Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion slammed the decision by Indonesia's Supreme Court and promised to raise the issue at the highest levels.
Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz tag-teamed Donald Trump.
The Republican front-runner came under attack from his closest rivals over his position on immigration, his privileged background and his speaking style during Thursday night's debate. Donald Trump countered by calling Rubio "a choke artist" and Cruz a "liar."
Refugees were sent back to Greece.
Hundreds of refugees bottlenecked on the main land route to Western Europe were bused back toward the coast as part of new restrictions aimed at holding Greece, the main refugee entry-point, accountable for its perceived failure to control its borders.
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And in London, Justin Bieber won a Brit Award.
He was named best international male artist. Hometown favourite Adele won four awards, including best global success at the 2016 Brit Awards, the British equivalent of the Grammys, on Thursday. See a gallery of highlights from the show here.
In Russia, Tuesday was Men's Day.
Thai Buddhists observed Makha Bucha Day.
The Lantern Festival lit up Taijiang.
Samsung used virtual reality to launch its latest phones.
And the Eddie Aikau big wave surf contest was held.
Run only when the waves are big and consistent enough, the contest simply known as "The Eddie" was held in Waimea Bay, on the north shore of Oahu, on Thursday. It's the first time since 2009 conditions held up long enough to run the invitation-only competition, won by local surfer John John Florence.
With files from Reuters