Santa Maria, Brazil — Brazilian soldiers salute a funeral procession for Leonardo de Lima Machado, a comrade who died in the Kiss nightclub fire. The fire left more than 230 people dead and 131 injured, most of them university students.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARCELO SAYAO / EPALink
Santa Maria, Brazil — Relatives of Leonardo de Lima Machado, a soldier who died in the Kiss nightclub fire, mourn during his funeral.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARCELO SAYAO / EPALink
Cairo, Egypt — Protesters unhappy with the government of President Mohamed Morsi clash with riot police near Tahrir Square.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Khalil Hamra / Associated PressLink
Cairo, Egypt — Protesters carry a wounded youth near Tahrir Square as demonstrations continue against the government of President Mohamed Morsi.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMMED ABED / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Daih, Bahrain — Relatives of 8-year-old Qassim Habib Marzooq express their grief after seeing the boy's body at a funeral home. Marzooq, a child with special needs, died in a hospital Saturday after developing breathing problems when his home village was affected by tear gas.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MAZEN MAHDI / EPALink
Klaipeda, Lithuania — Fishermen stand on the frozen surface of the Kursiai Lagoon to catch smelts. Several thousand amateur fishermen from all over Lithuania gather on the ice to catch the small fish.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETRAS MALUKAS / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Bucharest, Romania — Today's study in contrasts: It's snowing on this pedestrian -- quite a different scene than depicted in the poster he's passing.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vadim Ghirda / Associated PressLink
Mallnow, Germany — A kingfisher holds a stickleback in its beak at the Oderbruch swamp near the German-Polish border.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PATRICK PLEUL / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Jakarta, Indonesia — An Indonesian stands next to the Pluit dam, which is full of garbage.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ADEK BERRY / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Allahabad, India — Hindu holy men wait for donations of food and money during the Maha Kumbh festival.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Saurabh Das / Associated PressLink
Rome, Italy — Tourists gather at the Trevi Fountain, which is undergoing a $2.8-million restoration sponsored by the Fendi fashion house. The fountain is a Rome landmark and was the setting for the film "Three Coins in the Fountain."
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gregorio Borgia / Associated PressLink
Belfast, Northern Ireland — The coffin of convicted Old Bailey bomber Dolours Price is carried by her sons Danny, left, and Oscar to St. Agnes Church in west Belfast. Price was a member of the Provisional IRA unit that launched the first car-bomb attacks on London in 1973. Price, who for many years was married to actor Stephen Rea, was found dead at her home in Ireland.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETER MUHLY / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
New Orleans — The San Francisco 49ers pose for a team photo during media day for Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gerald Herbert / Associated PressLink
Nazare Leiria, Portugal — Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara catches a wave off the coast of Nazare, Portugal. McNamara reportedly broke his own world record for the largest wave ever surfed at Nazare on Tuesday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PAULO CUNHA / LUSALink
Franschoek, South Africa — Firefighters struggle to contain a fire at the Wemmers Hoek Dam. Runaway fires have ravaged South Africa's scenic winelands stoked by "perfect conditions" of strong winds and hot weather.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Shahriya, Iran — Iranian Zoroastrian girls celebrate during the midwinter Sadeh festival, which is observed 50 days before Iranian New Year. Observance of Sadeh includes starting a large bonfire, meant to drive away the cold and darkness of the season.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH / EPALink
Ankara, Turkey — A street dog joins a cordon set up by riot police outside the Iranian Embassy in Ankara while a group of Turkish Kurds, unseen, protest the conviction in Iran of two young Kurdish brothers.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Burhan Ozbilici / Associated PressLink
Sofia, Bulgaria — Bodyguards carry mob boss Zlatomir Ivanov away after he was shot and wounded in front of Sofia's central courthouse, Unknown gunman opened fire on Ivanov, probably from a nearby building, as he was about to enter the courthouse, police said. Ivanov was reportedly undergoing surgery after suffering four gunshots.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AP / Associated PressLink
Timbuktu, Mali — A Malian soldier tries to disperse looters in the streets of Timbuktu after Malian and French troops drove rebels from the city. Looters said they were justified because the shops belonged to "Arabs" and "terrorists" linked to the radical Islamists who occupied the city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, for 10 months.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ERIC FEFERBERG / AFPLink
Namur, Belgium — Steel workers take part in a protest near regional government headquarters in Namur in response to an announcement last week that 1,300 steel jobs would be eliminated in the city of Liege.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: OLIVIER HOSLET / EPALink
Sydney, Australia — A man hangs on to the railing at North Curl Curl ocean pool to keep from being swept away after the remains of Cyclone Oswald passed over Sydney, bringing record rainfall, high winds and monster waves.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Cameron Spencer / Getty ImagesLink
Allahabad, India — Hundreds of Hindu holy men receive donated food at a ceremony during the Maha Kumbh festival. Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to attend the festival, one of the world's largest religious gatherings, which falls every 12 years and lasts 55 days. As part of the celebration, pilgrims bathe in the Ganges River to ritually wash away their sins.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajesh Kumar Singh / Associated PressLink
Jakarta, Indonesia — Scavengers wait for a scooper to turn over rubbish so they can search for items of value at a garbage dump in Jakarta. Indonesia's National Development Planning Board reported that the nation's poverty rate had fallen at 11.66% in September 2012 from 12.36% a year earlier.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: BAY ISMOYO / AFPLink
Beijing — A couple wearing protective masks poses for a self-portrait amid a thick smoggy haze on Tiananmen Square. Extremely high pollution levels shrouded eastern China for the second time in about two weeks Tuesday, forcing airlines in Beijing and elsewhere to cancel flights because of poor visibility and prompting government warnings for residents to stay indoors.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ng Han Guan / Associated PressLink
Jerusalem — Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men stand at a train station.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sebastian Scheiner / Associated PressLink
Moscow — Pedestrians walk under ice sculptures on display near St.Basil's Cathedral just outside the Kremlin.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV / AFPLink
New Delhi — Raisina Hill, which houses India's most important ministries and presidential palace, forms a brightly illuminated backdrop after the annual Beating Retreat ceremony, marking the end of Republic Day celebrations.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Manish Swarup / Associated PressLink
Cairo — Egyptian protesters watch and take pictures after setting a police armored vehicle on fire during clashes near Tahrir Square.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mostafa El Shemy / Associated PressLink
Gunung Rara Forest Reserve, Malaysia — A baby pygmy elephant refuses to leave the side of a fallen adult, one of 10 pygmy elephants found dead this month in the Gunung Rara Forest Reserve on the Malaysian island of Borneo. Conservation officials believe the elephants may have been poisoned and have formed a task force together with police and the World Wildlife Federation to investigate the deaths.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP/Getty Images / Sabah Wildlife DepartmentLink
Gao, Mali — Malian youths restrain an alleged shop looter after arresting him in the northern city that is a key Islamist stronghold until it was retaken on Saturday by French and Malian troops in a major boost to the French-led offensive against the Al Qaeda-linked rebels.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SIA KAMBOU / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Gao, Mali — Unveiled Malian girls sing and play in the city.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SIA KAMBOU / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Santa Maria, Brazil — A woman weeps as she is comforted by a man during the funeral of Gustavo Goncalves, a victim of the Kiss nightclub fire in which 235 were killed.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Felipe Dana / Associated PressLink
Berlin — Visitors walk among portraits of Berlin Jews and political opponents persecuted, and in many cases murdered or driven to suicide by the Nazis, in the exhibition "Diversity Destroyed." The exhibition coincides with the 80th anniversary of the assumption of power by the Nazis with the appointment of Adolf Hitler as Reichskanzler, or chancellor of the empire.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sean Gallup / Getty ImagesLink
Thessaloniki, Greece — Students play music during a protest in the northern Greek port city. Students from special-curricula state schools staged the protest against government cuts that have left them without transport and staff shortages.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nikolas Giakoumidis / Associated PressLink
Athens — An injured protester lies on the street outside the Labor Ministry. Police were called in on Wednesday to dislodge around 30 Communist unionists from the ministry in a protest against new pension plan cuts.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARIS MESSINIS / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Hodenhagen, Germany — The molars of this white lion cub look pretty formidable as it greets photographers with a warning snarl at Serengeti-Park in Germany,. Four white lions and four white tigers were born to the zoo in October and November.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE / EPALink
Mumbai, India — An face-painted activist participates in a march for peace and communal harmony.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajanish Kakade / Associated PressLink
Allahabad, India — Newly initiated "Naga Sadhus" perform rituals as an older Sadhu takes a picture on the bank of the Ganges River during the Maha Kumbh festival.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SANJAY KANOJIA / AFP / Getty ImagesLink
Shanghai — A man poses with Arturo Di Modica's "The Bund Financial Bull" sculpture on the Bund at night. China's economic growth accelerated for the first time in two years as government efforts to revive demand drove a rebound in industrial output, retail sales and the housing market.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tomohiro Ohsumi / BloombergLink
Tawau, Malaysia — A young pygmy elephant walks near her dead mother in Gunung Rara Forest Reserve in Sabah state on Borneo Island. Ten Borneo pygmy elephants -- seven females and three males -- have been found dead in Gunung Rara Forest Reserve. The elephant was believed to have been poisoned.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SABAH WILDLIFE DEPARTMENTLink
Washington — Former U.S. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, retired Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, right, prepare to testify before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence in Washington. Lawmakers are considering a number of bills to curb gun violence and also ways to improve the system of tracking people who are prohibited by law from owning a gun.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: JIM LO SCALZO / EPALink
Gao, Mali — Chadian troops patrol the streets of Gao in northern Mali, days after Islamist extremists fled the city as French, Chadian and Nigerien troops moved in, ending 10 month of radical Islamic control of Gao.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jerome Delay / Associated PressLink
Phnom Penh, Cambodia — A woman sits prayerfully while her head is shaved in a ritual of mourning ahead of the funeral of the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk. The body of Sihanouk who died on Oct. 15, 2012, at age 89, is scheduled to be cremated on Feb. 4.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wong Maye-E / Associated PressLink
Phoenix — Phoenix police SWAT team members prepare to enter the home of a suspected gunman who hours earlier had opened fire at an office building, killing one person and wounding two others. The shooting set off a manhunt that led authorities to surround his house for several hours before discovering he wasn't there. Police continued to search for 70-year-old Arthur Douglas Harmon.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ross Franklin / Associated PressLink
San Diego — Several rooms were heavily damaged and two people were critically burned in an explosion Wednesday in a San Diego motel room that was being used as a lab to extract hashish oil from marijuana, officials said. A 20-year-old woman and 21-year-old man were using butane as a heat source in the process when the man lit a cigarette, causing the explosion, officials said. Walls collapsed and windows were blown out of several rooms in the three-story Heritage Inn motel in the Ocean Beach area. A man staying in an adjacent room was injured by flying debris.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles TimesLink
Beijing — Travelers head for their trains at the Beijing Railway Station. The Chinese New Year travel season runs from Jan. 26 to March 6.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lintao Zhang / Getty ImagesLink
Lagos, Nigeria — Airport operations continue as workers dismantle an abandoned aircraft at Murtala Muhammed International Airport. Nigerian aviation officials have begun trying to remove the hulks of an estimated 65 abandoned airplanes from airports around the country, with at least 13 at Lagos' international airport.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jon Gambrell / Associated PressLink
Minneapolis — The Clippers' Jamal Crawford is smacked in the nose by the ball as he falls out of bounds in front of Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman on Wednesday night in Minneapolis. Crawford scored 17 points in the Clippers' 96-90 win.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jim Mone / APLink
Allahabad, India — Men of the Juna Akhara Hindu sect stand naked while participating in a ceremony during the Maha Kumbh festival in which they ritually rid themselves of worldly ties and dedicate themselves to being Naga, or naked holy men. The men had earlier bathed at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers. The significance of nakedness is that they are not connected to material belongings, even something as simple as clothes.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rajesh Kumar Singh / Associated PressLink
Lisbon — Protesters wearing Guy Fawkes masks gather outside the International Monetary Fund headquarters to protest austerity measures imposed on Portugal by the European Union and the IMF.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFPLink
Kiev, Ukraine — A man clears snow from the canopy roof above a shopping mall entrance after heavy snowfall hit Ukraine.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGEI SUPINSKY / AFPLink
Sanmenxia, China — Rescuers work under the collapsed Yichang bridge near the city of Sanmenxia, central China's Henan province. A fireworks-laden truck exploded as it crossed a bridge in central China on Friday, killing 26 people as the structure collapsed and vehicles plummeted to the ground, state-run media reported.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STR / AFPLink
Ankara, Turkey — An embassy security guard arrives at Gate 2 of the U.S. embassy just minutes after a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at the embassy entrance in the Turkish capital. At least two people are dead, officials said.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Yavuz Ozden / MilliyetLink
Srinagar, India — Kashmiri Muslims react as they offer prayers as the head priest, unseen, displays a relic of Islam's prophet Muhammad at the Hazratbal shrine, the week after the prophet's birth anniversary.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevin Frayer / Associated PressLink
Phnom Penh, Cambodia — Attendants are silhouetted as they wait for the royal funeral procession of Cambodia's former King Norodom Sihanouk.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Heng Sinith / Associated PressLink
Mexico City — Soldiers, federal policemen and firefighters remove debris looking for victims in the headquarters of state-owned Mexican oil giant Pemex, following a blast inside the building Thursday that left at least 32 dead and 100 injured.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YURI CORTEZ / AFPLink
Beijing — A student of an ice-climbing course by the Chinese Mountaineering Assn. scales a frozen artificial waterfall in Taoyuan Fairy Valley, a popular site for ice climbers during the winter ice climbing season from Jan. 1 to the end of February.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: HOW HWEE YOUNG / EPALink
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