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Brazilian residents look at buildings damaged after a landslide in Teresopolis. Rain began falling again Friday in mountain towns where mudslides and flooding killed at least 479 people, hindering rescuers' efforts to reach survivors even as relatives hauled the dead down the hills to freshly dug graves.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Felipe Dana / Associated Press

A woman is rescued from a landslide area in Teresopolis, Brazil, where mudslides and flooding killed at least 479 people.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Felipe Dana / Associated Press

While searching the skies for black holes using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers discovered a giant supernova that was smothered in its own dust. In this artist's rendering, an outer shell of gas and dust -- which erupted from the star hundreds of years ago -- obscures the supernova within. This event in a distant galaxy hints at one possible future for the brightest star system in our own Milky Way.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP / Getty Images

An aerial view of Mt. Everest. The government said it aims to double the number of foreign visitors who come to Nepal every year to 1 million in 2011.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Prakash Mathema / AFP / Getty Images

The sun comes up through the fog in the early-morning hours over Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michaela Rehle / Reuters

Narelle Cole gently wipes the fetid silt from a 21-year-old photo of her daughter Kerrie, which she salvaged from the ruins of her inundated home in Ipswich, Australia. As the floodwaters drained from the cities and towns, revealing the full scope of the devastation wrought when the Brisbane River burst its banks, search teams recovered the body of a 16th victim.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Torsten Blackwood / AFP / Getty Images

A southern pochard duck stands on the head of a hippo at the zoo in Berlin. Six of these ducks were introduced to the hippo enclosure at the beginning of this year.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Sohn / Associated Press

People gather during a rally in Rawalpindi to protest attempts to modify Pakistan's blasphemy law that was held near the house of Mumtaz Qadri, who said he carried out the assassination of a liberal Pakistani governor.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: B.K. Bangash / Associated Press

Indian Hindu pilgrims are reflected in the waters as they head to the Gangasagar during the hold Hindu day of Makar Sankranti. A large number of Hindu pilgrims converged for the Gangasagar Mela, which culminates Friday on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, a holy day of the Hindu calendar.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Deshakalyan Chowdhury / AFP / Getty Images

The Ukrainian flag flies during a rally organized by nationalist parties in front of President Viktor Yanukovych's office in Kiev. Protesters demanded a stop to what they say is political repression against the opposition started since Yanukovych's presidency.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sergei Supinsky / AFP / Getty Images

An artist perform the traditional Indian art form of dance Ottamthullal during the annual temple festival in the southern Indian city of Koch. The art form was created during the 18th century by Malayalam poet Kalakkaththu Kunchan Nambiar.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sivaram V / Reuters

A woman holds a program as she leaves the funeral of Christina-Taylor Green at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Tucson residents line Shannon Road holding roses and candles as Christina-Taylor Green's funeral procession arrives at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Lori Culberson, a member of the Angel Project, stands along the route leading to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church for the funeral of 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Becker / Getty Images

The Stone of Hope, a sculpture depicting the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., is seen behind scaffolding and mesh at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial site, under construction in Washington.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MICHAEL REYNOLDS / European Pressphoto Agency

With sailors at the rails aboard the aircraft carrier Enterprise, family and friends wave goodbye as the ship departs from Naval Station Norfolk.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eric S. Garst / U.S. Navy via Getty Images

Lithuanians carry a 200-meter-long national flag as they march during a celebration of the 20th Defenders of Freedom Day in Vilnius.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETRAS MALUKAS / AFP/Getty Images

Premature and sick babies are taken care of in the neonatal unit at the Isaie Jeanty maternity hospital, operated by Doctors Without Borders.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mario Tama / Getty Images

Motorcycle competitors arrive at the checkpoint for the start of the 11th stage of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally from Chilecito to San Juan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ERIC GAILLARD / REUTERS

Revelers in colorful masks perform in a carnival procession through the town of Vevchani. The event is 1,400 years old and is held every year on the eve of the feast of Saint Basil, which also marks the beginning of the New Year according to the Julian calendar, observed by the Macedonian Orthodox Church.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROBERT ATANASOVSKI / AFP/Getty Images

A baby anteater (Myemecophaga tridactyla), born in captivity on Jan. 6, rides atop its mother's back at the city's Santa Fe Zoo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FREDY AMARILES / AFP/Getty Images

Cattle take a stroll across a snowy field at a farm in Pennsylvania.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jacqueline Larma / Associated Press

A snowman awaits the inevitable on a Boston park bench a day after a heavy snowstorm hit the area.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: BRIAN SNYDER / REUTERS

A man paddles his surfboard down a street flooded by the swollen Brisbane River, which peaked at 14.6 feet. Portions of Brisbane and several suburbs have been hit by flooding that has claimed the lives of at least 12 people.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bradley Kanaris / Getty Images

Residents try to save possessions from a blaze in a commercial district. According to witnesses, the fire spread rapidly due to drought in the region, threatening the city's historic center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TOBIAS HASE / EPA

An eruption of Mt. Etna is captured in a photo by Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology. Experts said the Siclian volcano was calming after an extensive flow of lava.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: EPA

Firefighters examine a capsized tanker loaded with 2,400 tons of sulfuric acid on the Rhine River. Officials said it appears that none of the acid had escaped, but it was not known what caused the accident.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FREDRIK VON ERICHSEN / EPA

A man examines the damage mudslides and flooding did to his house after heavy rains hit three towns near Rio de Janeiro, killing at least 356 people.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: VANDERLEI ALMEIDA / AFP/Getty Images

Jordanian supporters cheer for their team before an AFC Asian Cup Qatar soccer match between Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: EPA

A child sleeps at a fruit stall at a market.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: BEAWIHARTA / Reuters

A Saudi fan takes video of her team before their AFC Asian Cup Qatar match against Jordan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hassan Ammar / Associated Press

A man flies a kite made of 110 paper lanterns for the Hindu festival of Makar Sankranti, which marks the start of spring.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AMIT DAVE / Reuters

African gray parrots rescued from an illegal trader are seen at the Uganda Wildlife Education Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JAMES AKENA / Reuters

A woman prays on the Bay of Bengal during Ganga Sagar Fair, the annual gathering of Hindu pilgrims during Makar Sankranti in which they take a dip in the sacred waters of Ganga River before it empties into the bay.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PIYAL ADHIKARY / EPA

A woman admires a series of sculptures installed in Victoria Tower Gardens. The installation is called "Nuestros Silencios" (Our Silences) and is the work of Mexican artist Rivelino.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Oli Scarff / Getty Images

President Obama leads a memorial service for the six people killed and 13 wounded in the attack at an event hosted by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who remains hospitalized in grave condition.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JEWEL SAMAD / AFP/Getty Images

A blanket of snow covers the North Lawn of the White House. A broad stretch of the northeastern United States, including New York and Boston, was hit by another snowstorm.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM WATSON / AFP/Getty Images

A lone cyclist braves the snow blanketing the city.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: BRIAN SNYDER / REUTERS

Rescue workers search for victims after heavy rains caused mudslides. More than a thousand people have been left without homes and 71 died in Teresopolis, in Rio de Janeiro state.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: VANDERLEI ALMEIDA / AFP/Getty Images

A man on crutches makes his way through the ruins of the Notre Dame Cathedral in the Haitian capital on the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP/Getty Images

A voter's hand is reflected in his sunglasses as he casts his ballot in Juba. South Sudan's ruling party said that the 60% turnout required for the landmark independence referendum to be declared valid had been reached after just three days of polling.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP/Getty Images

A South Sudanese child plays in a cardboard box at the Mandela camp on the outskirts of the Sudanese capital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMED NURELDIN ABDALLAH / REUTERS

An boy looks up as he sorts onions at a market in the Indian capital. Onion traders in the city announced an indefinite strike to protest raids on their premises in the wake of a crisis over soaring onion prices.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PRAKASH SINGH / AFP/Getty Images

A Fiat auto worker waves a FIOM union flag during a demonstration in Turin. Workers at the Italian automaker's Mirafiori plant vote this week on an agreement for additional shifts and reduced benefits in exchange for a commitment from the company for further investments to build new models in the country.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: STRINGER/ITALY / REUTERS

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi after reviewing a guard of honor upon his arrival at the Chancellery in Berlin.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FABRIZIO BENSCH / REUTERS

Replicas of the British royal engagement ring are packaged at a jewelry factory in Zhejiang province. Chinese manufacturers are cashing in on the British royal wedding craze, producing tens of thousands of replica rings for the global market.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: CARLOS BARRIA / REUTERS

Russian performers in rabbit costumes wait backstage during rehearsals for a Chinese New Year show at Beijing Television Studios. China will celebrate the Year of the Rabbit on Feb. 4.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETER PARKS / AFP/Getty Images

A jogger crosses the Brooklyn Bridge after a snowstorm.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Lennihan / Associated Press

Roy Williams of Westfield, Mass., shovels snow in front of his vehicle on a merge ramp on Interstate 91 southbound during a winter storm in Windsor. Williams said a plow clearing the highway passed by and blocked him in.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jessica Hill / Associated Press

A shovel-toting person walks along a street during a winter storm in Albany.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mike Groll / Associated Press

A reflection of local residents talking is seen on a flooded street in Brisbane, Australia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TIM WIMBORNE / Reuters

Residents use a boat to navigate across their flooded suburb as flood waters cover Brisbane. Australia's third-biggest city is besieged by floods that are expected to affect at least 40,000 homes.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TORSTEN BLACKWOOD / AFP / Getty Images

A local resident walks with his surfboard past flooded shops in Brisbane.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TIM WIMBORNE / Reuters

A vehicle is swept away in floodwaters in Queensland. Deadly floodwaters flowed onto the streets in Australia's northeastern state of Queensland since drenching rains that began in November sent swollen rivers spilling over their banks, inundating an area larger than France and Germany combined.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

People pray during a memorial service near the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince on the one-year anniversary of the massive earthquake that devastated Haiti.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Raedle / Getty Images

A woman holding rosary beads prays in front of the Haiti cathedral, which was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake, in Port-au-Prince.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JORGE SILVA / Reuters

People attend a memorial service near the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Raedle / Getty Images

An Uzbek fan cheers for his team before the start of the 2011 Asian Cup Group A soccer match between Uzbekistan and Kuwait at Al-Gharafa Stadium in the Qatari capital Doha.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL / AFP / Getty Images

A pack of skiers competes during the FIS Freestyle World Cup women's ski cross in Alpe d'Huez, France.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vianney Thibaut/Agence Zoom / Getty Images

Palestinian relatives of the Islamic Jihad militant Muhammed Al-Nagar, who was killed Jan. 11 during an Israeli airstrike, mourn at his funeral.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALI ALI / EPA

BMW car driver Stephane Peterhansel and co-driver Jean-paul Cottret, both from France, compete during the ninth stage of the 2011 Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Natacha Pisarenko / Associated Press

A man walks through a street flooded by the Main river in the historic center of Wertheim. The situation along many German rivers, mainly Mosel, Rhine and Oder, stayed critical, as melting snow caused rising water levels and flooding.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Marius Becker / AFP / Getty Images)

A street sign in the western German town of Bonn is surrounded by the floods of the river Rhine. At least four people were feared dead in Germany after several days of floods in large parts of the country, authorities said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrik Stollarz / AFP / Getty Images

A local resident looks on at the rapid rise of the Brisbane River. Ten people so far have been confirmed dead in towns in the Lockyer Valley and 78 are reported missing after devastating floods inundated the region. Evacuations are underway in several towns and suburbs in and around Brisbane with residents and emergency services fearing the worst floods in over 35 years.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Hardenberg / Getty Images

Indian people warm themselves near a bonfire in a slum area of Siliguri. As thousands of homeless people sought refuge in temporary shelters, more than 80 people were reported to have died due to the cold weather in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Diptendu Dutta / AFP / Getty Images

A south Sudanese woman carrying her child stands in front of her home in Kordofan, located in the country's north-south border. The huge turnout at south Sudan's independence referendum has defied gloomy expectations and is almost guaranteed to reach the 60% of voters needed to make the poll valid, organizers said on Tuesday. Thousands of people took part in the third day of voting in a referendum expected to see the war-ravaged, oil-producing but poor region emerge as Africa's newest state.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Zohra Bensemra / Reuters

Indian police detain an activist of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, or All India Students Wing, as they try to enter Osmania University to support the students' demand to create a separate Telangana state in Hyderabad.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mahesh Kumar / Associated Press

Sri Lankan children imprint their hands on a giant white cricket ball on display at Colombo's suburban Wattala area. The cricket ball, together with a replica of Sri Lanka's 1996 World Cup, are touring the island to drum up public support ahead of the 2011 sub-continent World Cup that will be played between Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh from Feb. 19 to April 2.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ishara S. Kodikara / AFP / Getty Images

Workers select chillies in a stall at the Kramat Jati vegetable distributors center in Jakarta. Rising chilli and rice prices helped push up Indonesia's annual inflation to a 20-month high near 7% in December, and spurred the country's president and trade minister to urge households to plant food, such as chilli, at home. Global food prices hit a record last month, outstripping levels that prompted riots in 2008, and key grains could climb even further as weather patterns give cause for concern, the United Nations food agency said last week.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Enny Nuraheni / Reuters

Ana Garcia's dog, Diva, wears a sweater to keep warm during a walk in Spring, Texas. Colder temperatures are forecast for the Houston area.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David J. Phillip / Associated Press

Congressional members and staffers observe a moment of silence on the steps of the Capitol for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), fighting for her life in a Tucson hospital after an assassination attempt.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KEVIN LAMARQUE / REUTERS

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pause after observing a moment of silence with staffers on the South Lawn of the White House to honor the victims of the Arizona shooting.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JEWEL SAMAD / AFP/Getty Images

A book for condolences to honor the six people killed in the shooting in Tucson was placed in the rotunda of the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images

People attempt to extinguish a fire at a cold storage facility. The fire broke out after an ammonia gas leak and spread to an adjacent cotton warehouse.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: RUPAK DE CHOWDHURI / REUTERS

Protesters vandalize a car as they block roads around the Dhaka Stock Exchange. Police fired tear gas and water cannon to break up violent investors after stock trading was halted when prices went into free fall.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREW BIRAJ / REUTERS

A southern Sudanese woman shows her inked finger after voting at a polling center on the second day of a landmark independence referendum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KHALED DESOUKI / AFP/Getty Images

A musher's dogs express their enthusiasm during the fourth stage of the La Grande Odyssee 2011, an eleven-day race through the French Alps covering more than 600 miles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK / AFP/Getty Images

Bahrain's midfielder Abdullah Omar, right, challenges South Korea's midfielder Park Ji-Sung as they head the ball during their 2011 Asian Cup Group C match at Al-Gharafa Stadium.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KARIM JAAFAR / AFP/Getty Images

Women in kimonos ride a roller coaster on Coming of Age Day at an amusement park in Tokyo. The event is held annually on the second Monday of January to congratulate all who have reached the age of 20 over the last year.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KIM KYUNG-HOON / REUTERS

With cold weather continuing to affect northern India, tourists take a foggy boat ride on Sukhana Lake.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AJAY VERMA / REUTERS

A Sikh fire breather performs during a religious procession to mark the anniversary of the birth of guru Gobind Singh in the northern Indian city of Amritsar. Guru Gobind Singh was the last and the 10th guru of the Sikhs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MUNISH SHARMA / Reuters

A man holds his child in front of a festive illumination in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. Monday marks the last day of the Russian 10-day-long Christmas and New Year's holiday period.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ILYA NAYMUSHIN / Reuters

The yacht Sunseeker 88 is being transported to the fairgrounds in Dusseldorf. With a length of 27 meters, the boat will be the biggest yacht on display during the Jan. 22-30 Boot 2011 yacht and water sports trade fair.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE / EPA

Residents inspect a road that collapsed when a flash flood swept through Toowoomba, west of Brisbane. Residents of low-lying parts of Australia's third largest city, Brisbane, sandbagged their homes against rising waters as torrential rains exacerbated record floods that have paralyzed the coal industry in the northeast and now threaten tourism.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alicia Morrison / Reuters

An Indonesian village is covered by mud flow from Mt. Merapi in Yogyakarta. A series of volcanic eruptions that began in late October has resulted in more than 350 deaths in central Java.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALTAMIRA / AFP / Getty Images

A woman with her daughter casts a vote at a polling station during the second day of voting for the independence referendum in Juba. Southern Sudan is participating in an independence referendum following a historic 2005 peace treaty that brought an end to decades of civil war between the Arab north and predominantly Christian and animist south.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Spencer Platt / Getty Images Europe

The Virgin Mary statue appears to watch as a tethered construction worker nears the Roman Catholic shrine in Lourdes, France. Construction at the shrine is expected to continue through early February.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Edme / Associated Press

People walking to work across London Bridge are silhouetted against the sun rising behind Tower Bridge in London.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Dunham / Associated Press

An Indian police officer shoots a leopard as it attacks a bystander in Karad. The leopard had already injured a number of people in a rampage, local media reported. It is still not clear where the leopard came from.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

The White House flag flies at half-staff after the Tucson shooting rampage in which six people were killed and 14 wounded, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Journalists get a look the new Porsche 918 RSR sports car during the first press preview day at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: STAN HONDA / AFP / Getty Images

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The Week in Pictures | Jan. 10-16, 2011

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The Week in Pictures | Jan. 10-16, 2011

Every week we bring you the very best in visual journalism from around the globe and this week is no exception.

The Tucson shooting rampage dominated the headlines.  Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.),  was gravely injured and memorial services began for the six people killed, punctuated by a service for the youngest victim, Christina-Taylor Green.  All week long the flooding in Australia’s Queensland state produced images of collapsed roadways, flooded towns and victims scrambling  from their inundated homes. In Sudan, a landmark independence referendum is underway that could split the mostly Christian South from the predominantly Muslim North. In Brazil, the death toll from a landslide area in Teresopolis has climbed to 479 and rain continues to inundate the area.

The first big snowstorm of the year hits the U.S. Northeast, turning it into a winter wonderland, leaving many people in New York and Boston wondering what to do about their canceled flights. In Italy, Mt. Etna erupts, spewing lava near the Sicilian town of Catania; on the Rhine River in Germany, a tanker loaded with 2,400 tons of sulfuric acid capsizes, while at the zoo in Medellín, Colombia, a week-old anteater clings to its mother for safety.
Add stops in India, Indonesia, Lithuania, Qatar,  France, Germany and Uganda, among others to complete our report. Enjoy.

1 Comment

  1. January 16, 2011, 5:59 am

    I live in Pocos de Caldas, southern Minas Gerais – Brazil. Here in Rio de Janeiro as the rain in the population and agriculture. For lack of a structure of government in the prevention of natural disasters the people paid with their lives. During these days the entire press of the country is mobilizing to show the situation of people living in affected areas. Just like in New Orleans in enchetes that rocked the city a few years, the people in Brazil msotra supportive in helping neighbor.

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