Thousands of biodegradable balloons are released by members of the city's commercial association at Patio do Colegio, the site of the city's foundation in 1554, on Tuesdayt in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The workers of the association began releasing balloons in 1992 in what has now turned into a tradition to celebrate the new year.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nelson Almeida / AFPLink
People tour the large-scale ice sculptures at the 15th Harbin Ice and Snow World in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hao Bin / FEATURECHINALink
View of the Chaparrastique volcano spewing ash and smoke in San Miguel, El Salvador on Sunday. The Salvadorean National Civil Defence System declared a yellow alert and preventive evacuations in areas surrounding the volcano.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ROBERTO ACEVEDO / AFPLink
Displaced women, including foreigners, queue inside the United Nations camp where they have sought shelter in Malakal, South Sudan. When violence broke out in Juba on Dec. 15, life remained calm but tense in Malakal, the capital of oil-producing Upper Nile state, but the violence then radiated from Juba and war broke out in the town on Christmas Day, as army commanders defected and pledged allegiance to the country's ousted vice president.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ben Curtis / Associated PressLink
Cambodian garment workers shout slogans behind barbed wire set up by police during a rally in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The workers are demanding doubling their monthly salary to $160 from $80.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Heng Sinith / Associated PressLink
A Nepalese Gurung community woman in traditional attire smiles as she dances during Tamu Loshar in Katmandu, Nepal. Tamu Loshar is the New Year of the Gurung community.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Niranjan Shrestha / Associated PressLink
A Kashmiri Muslim resident sits among the wreckage of her house in a makeshift settlement after it was gutted by fire on the outskirts of Srinagar. At least 14 residential houses and two boats were damaged in the fire.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rouf Bhat / AFPLink
An Afghan woman walks in a snow-covered neighborhood in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan is experiencing harsh winters where the temperature falls well below freezing in most parts of the country.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: S. SABAWOON / EPALink
Iraqi Sunni masked protesters burn tires to block the main highway to Jordan and Syria, outside Fallujah. Iraqi police took down tents and cleared a Sunni sit-in in a flashpoint western city after protesters there agreed to end their months-long demonstration.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: STR / Associated PressLink
Russian investigators at the site of the wreckage of a trolleybus after an attack by a suicide bomber in Volgograd, Russia. Reports say at least 14 people were killed and 28 wounded in the bombing, which investigators said bore a similar signature to attacks on Sunday and in late October in the city.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MAXIM SHIPENKOV / EPALink
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