Oberhof, Germany — Skiers make their way through the snow-covered landscape in eastern Germany. The Siberian cold front "Cooper" (named for the Mini Cooper after an advertising agency bought the naming rights in Germany) brought icy temperatures to some parts of the country.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARTIN SCHUTT / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Kiev, Ukraine — A woman is dressed for the cold in the center of the city in Ukraine, where 43 people have died of hypothermia over the last six days as the country has suffered a severe period of cold weather. More than 800 people sought medical help for frostbite and hypothermia.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGEI SUPINSKY / AFPLink
Eisenach, Germany — Icicles hang on a rock as the sun sinks in the west in the Thuringian Forest.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jens Meyer / Associated PressLink
Minsk, Belarus — Ducks take off from a pound on a cold winter's day. Eastern Europe's cold snap has seen temperatures plunging to 17 degrees Fahrenheit in some areas.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sergei Grits / Associated PressLink
Tehran — Iranian women attend a ceremony marking the 33rd anniversary of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's return from exile at Khomeini's mausoleum. Bells chimed across Iran to mark Khomeini's return from exile in 1979, the trigger for a revolution which spawned an Islamic state now engulfed in a deep political crisis.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ATTA KENARE / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Turtle Islands, Philippines — A newly hatched turtle makes its way to the open sea at a remote sanctuary in the Philippines' southern island of Mindanao. Globally endangered green turtles are enjoying a baby boom on remote Philippine islands as a three-decade protection program starts to pay off, environmental group Conservation International said
PHOTOGRAPH BY: A.G. SANO / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Lerwick, England — A member of the Viking Jarl Squad attends the annual Up Helly Aa Festival in the Shetland Islands. Up Helly Aa celebrates the influence of the Scandinavian vikings in the Shetlands and has employed this theme in the festival since 1870. The event culminates with up to 1,000 "guizers" (men in costume) throwing flaming torches into a Viking long ship.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
London — Julian Assange, the 40-year-old WikiLeaks founder, arrives at the Supreme Court. Assange's legal team is making a final effort to avoid his extradition to Sweden. Assange is wanted by Swedish authorities over sex crimes allegations stemming from a visit to the country in 2010. He denies any wrongdoing.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kirsty Wigglesworth / Associated PressLink
Gutian, China — A man looks at Shuikou Reservoir smothered by water hyacinth in Gutian county in southeastern China's Fujian province. The free-floating water plant chokes the surface of water bodies it occupies, driving local fish farmers out of business.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated PressLink
Athens — A man wrapped in a sleeping bag during near-freezing temperatures walks past a graffiti-covered wall. An International Monetary Fund debt inspector said in a newspaper interview published Wednesday that negotiations for landmark debt deals with Greece will be concluded in a "matter of days" but pressed the recession-hit country to lower employment costs and even slash the minimum wage.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Petros Giannakouris / Associated PressLink
Faridabad, India — Dancers from Uzbekistan wearing traditional clothing laugh as they put on makeup before performing at the opening of the Surajkund Fair. The fair is held for two weeks and features culture and crafts from all of India's states, its South Asian neighbors and other countries in the world.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Frayer / Associated PressLink
Des Moines — Scott Floyd of Des Moines rides his wagon down the bike path with his dogs Ringo and Bugz near the Raccoon River.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rodney White / The Des Moines RegisterLink
Madrid — A model displays an Autum/Winter design by Francis Montesinos during Madrid's Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daniel Ochoa de Olza / Associated PressLink
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