Pictures in the News | Jan. 27, 2011

We begin Thursday’s Pictures in the News with an aerial view of Shinmoedake peak erupting in southern Japan, spewing ash and rocks  across a wide swath. Still up in the air we have a rescue by a Saudi Arabian civil defense helicopter after torrential rainfall submerged streets and cut off electricity in parts of Jiddah. Polish and German officials were at the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz during ceremonies marking the 66th anniversary of the liberation of this camp by Soviet troops; memorials continue to grow as Russians rally to commemorate the victims of a bomb explosion at Domodedovo airport in Moscow; and actors take part in a rehearsal of an ancient Qing Dynasty ceremony to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year.