Thai-Chinese devotees carry an icon while walking through a fire during the annual festival at Chao Mae Lim Ko Nieo temple in Thailand's southern province of Yala. Chao Mae Lim Ko Nieo, a goddess believed to possess potent magic powers, is revered by the Chinese in Yala and other provinces of southern Thailand.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MUHAMMED SABRI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
South Koreans release paper lanterns to celebrate the first full moon of the Lunar New Year. According to the lunar calendar, the first full moon falls on Monday, Feb. 6, this year, and is the day Koreans traditionally eat special treats and wish for a bountiful harvest in the year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ahn Young-joon / Associated PressLink
Chinese folk artists perform on the street to celebrate the Chinese Lantern Festival. The Chinese Lantern Festival, also known as the Yuanxiao Festival or Shangyuan Festival, falls on the 15th day of the first lunar month. In this festival Chinese people light lanterns, guess lantern riddles and get together with their family to celebrate.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: WU HONG / EPALink
An Egyptian demonstrator wears a "Scary Movie" mask as he challenges riot policemen during confrontations in Cairo, as protesters and police clashed again outside Cairo's security headquarters in the wake of deadly soccer violence and amid calls by activists for civil disobedience in Egypt.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARCO LONGARI / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Rescue workers search for bodies after a factory building collapsed due to a gas explosion. At least two people were killed and dozens more trapped when a three-story factory building collapsed in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore, officials said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RAHAT DAR / EPALink
A Nepalese schoolboy plays near Sighal Monestry.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Niranjan Shrestha / Associated PressLink
A participant arrives at the camping area of the VI edition of the "Campus Party" event in Sao Paulo. The Campus Party is an annual weeklong, 24-hour technology festival that gather around 7,000 hackers, developers, gamers and computer geeks.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andre Penner / Associated PressLink
A honeybee on a flower at a public garden. Flowers are in full bloom as the Indian capital experienced another sunny morning after a month of biting cold.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: HARISH TYAGI / EPALink
A view of an ice-covered tree on the frozen waterside of the boardwalk of Lake Geneva. A cold spell has reached Europe with temperatures plummeting far below zero.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SALVATORE DI NOLFI / EPALink
A woman has wrapped herself in her coat and scarf as she walks during snowfall in a street. An usual heavy snowfall hit Macedonia in the early morning followed by Siberian cold. A cold wave sweeping across Europe has killed more than 420 people since late January, many of them homeless, and weather reports forecast more snow and frigid temperatures for the upcoming days.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: GEORGI LICOVSKI / EPALink
Youths prepare to skate on the ice covering one of the canals in Amsterdam. The Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht canals have been closed to shipping for days and the ice covering them is thick enough to skate on.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: EVERT ELZINGA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A girl with the Syrian revolutionary flag painted on her face attends an anti-Syrian regime protest in front of the Chinese embassy in Tripoli. Russia and China have vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution aimed at ending Syria's bloodshed, despite international outrage over a devastating bombardment of the city of Homs by President Bashar Assad's forces.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Abdel Magid al-Fergany / APLink
An Indian man paddles a raft to a concrete island, meant to be part of an overpass construction project but now derilect, as he searches for items to salvage in the holy River Yamuna, in New Delhi. The Yamuna is one of the world's most polluted rivers and supplies more than 60% of the water needed by the Delhi region.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Frayer / Associated PressLink
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