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Lampposts are covered in ice in this Adriatic coastal town as Europeans across the continent have been battling more than a week of extreme weather. Thousands are still trapped by snow in remote mountain villages in the Balkans, and hundreds -- most of them homeless -- are dead after temperatures dropped well below zero.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Darko Bandic / Associated Press

Salvage workers look on as one of two Hummers is pulled out of Lake Balaton. Seven people were reportedly sitting in the vehicles when a thick layer of ice broke under them, causing the SUVs to sink. The passengers were reported to have escaped unhurt.


A hiker stands behind icicles as he takes snapshots of a frozen waterfall. The cold spell sweeping across Europe is expected to bring even more snow and frigid temperatures in the coming days.


A bicycle attached to a bridge is seen in the foreground as two skaters pass over the frozen Keizersgracht canal. Volunteers poured onto frozen rivers and lakes in the northern Netherlands to clear the ice of snow for a grueling speedskating race -- the Elfstedentocht, or 11 Cities Tour -- being held for the first time in 15 years.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Dejong / Associated Press

Nepalese firefighters try to control a grass fire close to the runway of Nepal's international airport, forcing flights to be diverted to India. No casualties or damage were reported.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Niranjan Shrestha / Associated Press

Residents carry their belongings as they cross a damaged road, part of a national highway, in the village of Tuway a day after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck the central Philippines. The quake triggered landslides, collapsed homes and killed dozens of people.


Filipino landslide survivors Dodoy Lisondra, left, and his wife, Sherly, cry after seeing their daughter's lifeless body being recovered by rescuers a day after the earthquake hit. At least 48 people were dead and up to 92 were missing, an army commander said.


Pakistani fishermen use cranes to pull the carcass of a whale shark from the water. The 40-foot fish, weighing about 6 to 7 tons, was found dead in the Arabian Sea.


Protesters try to enter parliament during a 24-hour general strike against new austerity measures demanded with increasing urgency by the European Union as part of a new bailout deal.


Maldives police officers throw tear gas canisters during a clash with the military. The first democratically elected president, Mohamed Nasheed, resigned after police joined protesters and then clashed with soldiers amid protests over his controversial arrest of a top judge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sinan Hussain / Associated Press

A Hindu devotee gets his cheek and tongue pierced with metal rods during the Thaipusam full moon festival at Batu Caves.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lai Seng Sin / Associated Press

An Indian girl stands against a vermilion-covered wall at the Hanuman Mandir, or Monkey God Temple. Wealthy devotees who often fast on Tuesdays and Saturdays donate food during their visit to the temple.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Frayer / Associated Press

Staff member Jess Spokes is surrounded by placards arranged on seats for Sunday's British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards at the Royal Opera House.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jonathan Short / Associated Press

Fans line the streets in Lower Manhattan before the start of the New York Giants Super Bowl parade -- a ticker-tape parade in the Canyon of Heroes on Broadway, where the city has honored stars for almost a century.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Seth Wenig / Associated Press

A stuntman displays his skills inside a "Well of Death" at a fair.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Davinder Luther / Associated Press

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