The Republican Primary contest continues to see-saw with no decisive favorite emerging no matter what Romney’s press apparatus says, a coup of sorts in the Maldives leaves this nascent democracy in the Indian Ocean wondering what went wrong and a union of sorts for models? This and more in this week’s Week in Pictures.
Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum puts on a cowboy hat after meeting with supporters at a rally Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, in Plano, Texas. Santorum defeated Republican front runner Mitt Romney in a primary and caucuses in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri. (AP Photo/Sharon Ellman)
A branded flag flies outside the ING head office in Amsterdam, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. One-off gains from the sale of businesses helped Dutch bank and insurance group ING Groep NV post a significant profit advance in the fourth quarter of last year even though Europe’s debt crisis increasingly weighed on business. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
In this Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, photo flames rise from burning vehicles at a police station after it was set afire by supporters of former President Mohamed Nasheed, in Addu City, Maldives. Maldives police commissioner Abdullah Riyaz said 18 police stations on several islands, along with an undetermined number of court houses and police vehicles, were destroyed in the violence. A Maldives court issued an arrest warrant Thursday for Nasheed, one day after his supporters rampaged in the capital and his claim of being ousted by a coup left unclear the stability of the fledging Indian Ocean democracy. (AP Photo)
A Protester takes part in a protest during a 24-hour strike in Athens, Greece, on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. A general strike against the impending cutbacks stopped train and ferry services nationwide, while many schools and banks were closed and state hospitals worked on skeleton staff. Greek political leaders reached a deal on harsh austerity cuts meant to fend off foreign creditors(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
In this Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin E. Dempsey outline the main areas of proposed defense spending cuts during a news conference at the Pentagon. “Make no mistake, the savings that we are proposing will impact on all 50 states and many districts, congressional districts, across America,” Panetta said, spelling out the new strategy. “This will be a test, a test of whether reducing the deficit is about talk or about action.” President Barack Obama submits his complete budget proposal to Congress on Feb. 13, but included in Panetta’s preview were enough details to stir alarm on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
In this undated photo provided by the Oregon Research Institute, people participate in a tai chi class at the institute in Eugene, Ore. The ancient Chinese exercise improved balance and lowered the risk of falls in a study of people with Parkinson’s disease led by Fuzhong Li published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2012. Researchers also found that an electrical brain stimulation was enhacning human memory giving hope to other diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. (AP Photo/Oregon Research Institute, Fuzhong Li)
Models, from left, Selita Ebanks, Alessandra Ambrosio, Gisele Bundchen, Karolina Kurkova and Izabel Goulart. Kurkova, who was on the cover of Vogue when she was 16, now mentors young models and on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Council of Fashion Designers of America to discuss model health and workplace respect. (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)