Pictures in the News | January 5, 2012

We have a blustery start to Thursday’s Pictures in the News as a powerful storm with winds of up to 90 kilometres an hour howls through the North Sea region of Belgium.

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak arrives by gurney for his trial in Cairo.

The Harbin Ice Festival 2012 is underway in China and features work by some of the country’s best ice sculptors. See gallery

In India, young Buddhist monks play in a fun fair during the Kalachakra Festival;  in Tokyo, participants show off their works at a calligraphy contest; and near Catania, Italy, a cloud of hot ash erupts from the volcano Mt. Etna.