An aerial view shows Shinmoedake peak between Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures. Ash and rocks fell across a wide swath of southern Japan as one of Mt. Kirishima's many calderas erupted, prompting authorities to raise alert levels and call for an evacuation of all residents within a 1.2-mile radius of the volcano.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KYODO / ReutersLink
A laborer fills a sack of wheat at a wholesale grain market in northern India. India's food inflation has remained in double digits for most of past year and had been the key contributor to its overall inflation, which in December rose to 8.43% from 7.48% in November.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AJAY VERMA / ReutersLink
A man is evacuated by a Saudi civil defense helicopter after heavy rainfall. Torrential rainfall submerged streets and cut off electricity in parts of Saudi Arabia's second largest city, raising fears of a repeat of floods in 2009 which killed more than 120 people.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ReutersLink
A man shovels snow off his car on the Upper West Side. Heavy snow blanketed the Northeast, canceling flights and making travel hazardous.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MIKE SEGAR / ReutersLink
A man catches a 1-year-old saltwater crocodile at a government crocodile camp.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Soe Zeya Tun / ReutersLink
Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, right, and German President Christian Wulff, center, walk through the gate at Auschwitz bearing the motto "Arbeit macht frei" ("Work sets you free") during ceremonies marking the 66th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp by Soviet troops and to remember the victims of the Holocaust.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KACPER PEMPEL / ReutersLink
A worker is seen in a forest of rebar at the construction site of the Donau City Towers in the Donaustadt district. The towers are to become the tallest in Austria, at 722 feet high.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LISI NIESNER / ReutersLink
People place flowers as they attend a rally to commemorate the victims of a bomb explosion at Domodedovo airport. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin vowed revenge Tuesday for a suicide bombing that killed at least 35 people at Russia's busiest airport and underscored the Kremlin's failure to stem a rising tide of attacks.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nikolay Korchekov / ReutersLink
Actors take part in the rehearsal of an ancient Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) ceremony in which emperors prayed for a good harvest and fortune, to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year at the Temple of Heaven. The Lunar New Year begins on Feb. 3 and marks the start of the Year of the Rabbit, according to the Chinese zodiac.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JASON LEE / ReutersLink
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