Last weekend was packed with news events that made for interesting photos from news and entertainment photographers around the world. A massive snowstorm hit the northeast region of the US, while in Los Angeles, artists and performers gathered for the Grammy Awards and this morning, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he would resign, effective Feb. 28, 2013.
Numbers are written on a note pinned to an image of Pope Benedict XVI, as Imma Romano displays lottery tickets in her shop, in Naples, Italy, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. Neapolitans traditionally tie numbers to major events and then play them in the main national lottery. The note reads in Italian "Pope's resignation". Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign Feb. 28, the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March. (AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta)
A Southwest Connecticut neighborhood is buried in snow Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in the aftermath of a storm that hit Connecticut and much of the New England states. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
A Chinese man prays for health and fortune on the first day of the Lunar New Year at Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Millions across China are celebrating the arrival of the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Snake, marked with a week-long Spring Festival holiday. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Cars are buried by snow near Hamden, Conn., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in the aftermath of a storm that hit Connecticut and much of the New England states. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
A costumed participant covered in oil and soot, carrying bull horns on his head and cowbells on a belt to represent the devil, jumps while taking part in carnival celebrations in the small village of Luzon, Spain, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. Preserved records from the fourteenth century document Luzon's carnival, but the real origin of the tradition could be much older. Carnival festivals are celebrated in their own way around hundreds of villages in Spain. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) goes up for a dunk in front of Phoenix Suns forward Luis Scola (14) and forward P.J. Tucker and Thunder's Kevin Durant (35) in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Oklahoma City won 127-96. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI, center, leaves after attending a meeting of Vatican cardinals where he read a document in Latin in which he announced his resignation, at the Vatican, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. Benedict XVI announced Monday that he would resign Feb. 28 - the first pontiff to do so in nearly 600 years. The decision sets the stage for a conclave to elect a new pope before the end of March. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, ho)
The Statue of Liberty is seen through a haze of snow blown off a building on a East River pier, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 in New York. A behemoth storm packing hurricane-force wind gusts and blizzard conditions swept through the Northeast overnight. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Firecrackers explode as dragon dancers perform in celebration of Chinese New Year Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 at Chinatown district of Binondo in Manila, Philippines. This year marks the Year of the Snake in the Chinese calendar. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
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