Retired teacher Gao Yinyu, 77, exercises in his underwear at a snow-covered bathing spot in northeastern China's Jilin province in sub-freezing temperatures. Gao has been exercising in only his underwear every morning for more than 10 years and has rarely caught cold ever since retirement.
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A Belarus Orthodox believer plunges into icy waters on the eve of the Epiphany holiday. Thousands of believers jump into holes cut in ice, braving freezing temperatures to mark Epiphany, when they take part in a baptism ceremony.
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A Filipino fire victim carrying a baby returns to her burnt house following a fire in Cainta. Hundreds of families lost their homes and more than 200 houses were destroyed after a fire of undetermined origin razed a residential area in Rizal province.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FRANCIS R. MALASIG / EPALink
A woman is evacuated from her home by officials during flooding. Nearly 100,000 people's homes were flooded and more than 10,000 people were taken to temporary shelters.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ADI WEDA / EPALink
A giant sculpture of a baby titled "Planet" is unveiled at the Gardens by the Bay. "Planet" was created by British artist Marc Quinn in 2008 and represents a 7-month-old child made out of painted bronze and steel, with the illusion of being weightless and suspended in mid-air.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wong Maye-E / Associated PressLink
Tourists walk outside the Colosseum. A long-delayed restoration of the Colosseum's only intact internal passageway has yielded ancient traces of red, black and blue fresco, as well as graffiti and drawings of phallic symbols, indicating that the arena where gladiators fought was far more colorful than previously thought. Officials unveiled the discoveries Friday and said the passageway would be open to the public starting this summer, after the $100,000 restoration is completed. The frescoes were hidden under decades of calcified rock and grime, and were revealed after the surfaces were cleaned.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gregorio Borgia / Associated PressLink
Models pose at Sebastian Ellrich Autumn/Winter 2013-14 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Adam Berry / Getty ImagesLink
Russia's Maria Sharapova celebrates after defeating Venus Williams in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dita Alangkara / Associated PressLink
Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 17th hole during the second round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew Redington / Getty ImagesLink
A Sikh man emerges after taking a holy dip in the sacred pond of the illuminated Golden Temple, the holiest of Sikh shrines on the occasion of Guru Gobind Singh ji, the 10th Sikh Guru or master's 347th birth anniversary in Amritsar.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RAMINDER PAL SINGH / EPALink
A dog looks over the back of a pew as people take part in a Mass at San Anton Church in honor of St. Anthony, the patron saint of animals. The feast is celebrated each year in many parts of Spain, and people bring their pets to churches to be blessed.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daniel Ochoa De Olza / Associated PressLink
The shadow of a helicopter is cast over KTM rider Cyril Despres of France in the 12th stage of the Dakar Rally. The race -- which stretches from Lima, Peru, to Santiago, Chile -- is to end Sunday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Victor R. Caivano / Associated PressLink
University of Alabama student Marilyn Pensin enjoys the falling snow along University Boulevard.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vasha Hunt / Alabama Media GroupLink
The women's pack in action during the third marathon on natural ice at the ice rink of skating club Ons Genoegen.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vincent Jannink / ANPLink
A Rolls Royce is stranded in floodwater in the city's central business district. Thousands of Indonesians were displaced and key areas of the capital were covered in more than three feet of water after days of heavy rain.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ed Wray / Getty Images AsiaPacLink
Madeline Groves of Australia competes in the women's 200-meter butterfly final during Day 2 of the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt King / Getty Images AsiaPacLink
A horseman jumps over a bonfire Wednesday in this central Spanish village to open celebrations for the feast of St. Anthony, patron saint of animals.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFPLink
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy plays a shot during the first round of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club in the Emirati capital.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KARIM SAHIB / AFPLink
Sam Favret of France glides down the wide face of Cirque de Fond Blanc during the 2013 Red Bull Linecatcher on Wednesday at the Les Arcs ski resort.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PHILIPPE DESMAZES / AFPLink
People gather at the scene of a building collapse Wednesdayy in this lakeside town, killing at least three people. The building that was still under construction is suspected to have caved in on itself due to the failure of the site's contractors to adhere to appropriate standards of construction.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TONY KARUMBA / AFPLink
Rescue personnel work to free the driver of a Greyhound bus that crashed on Interstate 90 near Erie, Pa.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Greg Wohlford / Erie Times-NewsLink
A workman inspects damage to a crane on a St. George's Wharf building after a helicopter crashed into it Wednesday, killing two people.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images EuropeLink
Pakistani Sunni cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri addresses a rally from his bullet-proof pulpit. Qadri is demanding election reform and dissolution of the government.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: B.K. Bangash / Associated PressLink
Indian army soldiers guard a bunker near the Line of Control, the line that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan. Pakistan accused Indian troops on Wednesday of killing one of its soldiers along the disputed border, the latest in a series of tit-for-tat attacks that threaten to ratchet up tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dar Yasin / Associated PressLink
Surrounded by a blanket of snow, swans take a swim.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROLAND WEIHRAUCH / DPALink
Joshua Levi participates in the free lunchtime yoga program at downtown's Grand Park.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles TimesLink
A worker paints a Carnaval float sculpture at the Grande Rio Samba school. Each year samba schools pick out a theme based on a historic event or a social issue and then bring the idea to life through the use of colorful floats and glamorous costumes, mostly kept under wraps until the start of the pre-Lenten world-famous festival.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Felipe Dana / Associated PressLink
A woman stands next to an Ice sculpture during the 15th International Sculpture Symposium "Snow Kingdom 2013."
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RADEK MICA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A man rides a horse through a bonfire in honor of St. Anthony, the patron saint of animals. On the eve of St. Anthony's Day, hundreds ride their horses trough the village's narrow cobblestone streets during a traditional festival that dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals, and protect them for the year to come.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daniel Ochoa De Olza / Associated PressLink
A model shows a creation as part of the Patrick Mohr off-site show at The Block during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SOEREN STACHE / EPALink
Thousands of dead Menhaden fish washed ashore on the south tip of the island.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Jessmore / Myrtle Beach Sun NewsLink
A demonstrator splays himself on the ground after he and others set fire to mock coffins to protest the attempt by outgoing Kenyan legislators, whose term ended earlier this week, to award themselves a $110,000 bonus. The measure was vetoed by Kenya's president.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ben Curtis / Associated PressLink
A Kenyan activist flops over a mock coffin during a protest against lawmakers who attempted to award themselves a $110,000 exit bonus.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DAI KUROKAWA / EPALink
Wreckage lies in the street as police and firefighters secure the scene of a helicopter crash that killed two people.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDY RAIN / EPALink
Police block access to the scene of a rush-hour helicopter crash in Vauxhall in London. According to reports, the helicopter struck a crane atop St George Wharf Tower before plunging into the road below.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dan Kitwood / Getty ImagesLink
A worker walks through a tunnel of the new Line 52 north-south subway line in Amsterdam, which was originally supposed to have opened in 2012. Construction and financial delays have pushed back the scheduled opening to 2017.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A man walks past an oversized photograph of a wet tiger taken by Tim Flach at the London Art Fair. The fair, which runs until Jan. 20, brings together 131 galleries to showcase a huge, eclectic collection of art.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Oli Scarff / Getty ImagesLink
The sun sparkles in a clear blue sky as branches droop under the weight of ice and snow at the popular ski resort of Wengen.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALESSANDRO DELLA BELLA / EPALink
Snow covers a jetty at Lake Tegernsee in southern Germany. Meteorologists predicted more snow in the coming days.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREAS GEBERT / EPALink
Models present creations from the Barre Noir fall/winter collection at Berlin Fashion Week.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Indians stirred to act by the December gang rape and death of a young woman in New Delhi hold candles and placards during a candlelight vigil demanding punishment for rapists.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: HARISH TYAGI / EPALink
Bull tamers try to control a bull as Indians celebrating the harvest festival of Pongal take part in the ancient sport known as Jallikattu, a Tamil tradition.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arun Sankar K. / Associated PressLink
Britain's Heather Watson celebrates after winning her second-round match over Ksenia Pervak of Kazakstan at the Australian Open tennis tournament.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andy Wong / Associated PressLink
A 5 1/2-month-old male panda named Xiao Liwu has his head measured during his weekly checkup at the San Diego Zoo. The 14-pound animal is still nursing and is just learning to munch on a slice of apple.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles TimesLink
A Free Syrian Army fighter aims his weapon during clashes with government forces in Aleppo, Syria. Two explosions struck the main university in the northern Syrian city Tuesday, causing an unknown number of casualties, state media and anti-government activists said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andoni Lubaki / Associated PressLink
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian people gather at the site after an explosion hit a university in Aleppo, Syria.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: HOPD / SANALink
Pakistani Rangers (in black) and Indian Border Security Force personnel (in brown) perform a "flag off" ceremony on the Pakistan-India border. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh warned Tuesday that there "cannot be business as usual" with Pakistan after a deadly flare-up last week in disputed Kashmir.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARIF ALI / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Children play in a street in Herat on Monday. A United Nations report says more than one-third of Afghans are living in abject poverty.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AREF KARIMI / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Bull tamers try to control a bull in a Tamil sport called jallikattu, traditionally played during the harvest festival.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Arun Sankar K. / Associated PressLink
Switzerland's Roger Federer serves to France's Benoit Paire in their first-round match at the Australian Open tennis tournament. Federer won in straight sets.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andy Wong / Associated PressLink
A helicopter flies over Tucuman before Stage 9 of the Dakar Rally, which runs in January from Peru to Argentina to Chile.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FRANCK FIFE / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
The wreckage of a train that derailed on Cairo's southern outskirts is viewed. At least 19 people were killed and 105 injured when the train, carrying military conscripts from south Egypt to Cairo, derailed Monday, state media reported.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KHALED DESOUKI / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Police officers stand in front of a train that derailed into a residential building in the Saltsjoebaden section. A woman accused of stealing the unoccupied train from a depot was taken to a hospital after the crash and was detained on suspicion of destroying public property.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JONAS EKSTROMER / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
French soldiers who recently arrived from France prepare at a military base for their deployment in northern Mali. On Friday, France launched an operation to support the Malian army against Islamist rebels who in the north who were threatening to advance on the capital Bamako.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A man walks on a snow-covered bridge in Lyon
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JEFF PACHOUD / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A new popular choice for diners in Ukraine's capital is this topsy-turvy restaurant.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGEY DOLZHENKO / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
A Hindu holy man performs morning prayers for devotees at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers. Tens of millions of pilgrims are expected to take part in the Maha Kumbh Mela festival, which takes place every 12 years and lasts more than 50 days.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Frayer / Associated PressLink
A man cleans the snow-covered tomb at the Neue Wache (New Guard House), the Central Memorial of Germany for the Victims of War and Tyranny in Berlin.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Markus Schreiber / Associated PressLink
A Chinese student at York University stands among falling snow in Deans Park.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHN GILES / EPALink
A terrace in front of the national theater is covered by snow in downtown Zaghreb. Heavy snow covered much of continental Croatia.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Darko Bandic / Associated PressLink
Young Japanese women dressed in colorful kimonos walk through Toshimaen Amusement Park in the snow after attending a ceremony marking "Coming of Age Day" in Tokyo. The holiday celebrates young people who have reached the age of 20, the age of maturity in Japan, when they are legally permitted to smoke, drink alcohol and vote.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KIYOSHI OTA / EPALink
A sadhu, or holy man, comes up for air after immersing in the waters of the Sangham, the confluence of the Yamuna and Ganges rivers, during the Kumbh Mela ritual in Allahabad. As many as 100 million worshipers will gather over the next 55 days to take a bath in the waters, which are believed to cleanse sins and bestow blessings.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Soldiers patrol under the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Islamist forces based in northern Mali vowed Monday to avenge, on French soil, France's fierce military offensive against them.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOEL SAGET / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
The light installation "Dresscode" is seen across Moenckenbergstrasse in Hamburg,Germany.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AXEL HEIMKEN / EPALink
Palestinians remove rubble after their home was reportedly destroyed by a bulldozer in the village of Yatta. The house, apparently located in a closed military zone where Israel exercises full control, was believed to be constructed without permission.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ABED AL HASHLAMOUN / EPALink
Supporters of Pakistani religious leader Tahir ul Qadri take part in a protest march in Domeli. Tens of thousands of Pakistani protesters streamed toward Islamabad on Monday, led by a cleric calling for revolution and accused of trying to sow political chaos ahead of elections.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FAROOQ NAEEM / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
A model shows a hairdo by Hwamiju hair shop during the Asia Beauty Festival in Seoul.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lee Jin-man / Associated PressLink
Tamil women stand in queue to collect utensils and other materials to cook Pongal during the Pongal festival in Mumbai. Pongal, very popular in South Indian states, is a dish in which rice is boiled with milk, sugar and other sweeteners.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DIVYAKANT SOLANKI / EPALink
Maria Sharapova of Russia serves in her first-round match against Olga Puchkova of Russia during the first day of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ryan Pierse / Getty ImagesLink
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