A man rides a horse through a bonfire in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, as part of a ritual in honor of Saint Anthony the Abbot, the patron saint of domestic animals. On the eve of Saint Anthony’s Day, dozens ride their horses through the narrow cobblestone streets during the “Luminarias,” a tradition that dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires and protect them for the year to come.
A sledding dog is covered in ice after spending the night in the open air with his musher at the polar base of Val-Cenis, as they ready for the next stage of the 12th edition of “La Grande Odyssee” sledding race in Val Cenis Lanslevillard.
A group of people take part in a snow battle in Kiev, Ukraine.
Cui Deyi, known as “Polar Bear,” plays xiangqi in Handan, Hebei province, China, while sitting in a box filled with ice. Buried waist deep in ice for more than an hour wearing nothing but a pair of swimming shorts, the man shivers and laughs at the challenge.
A woman practices yoga at the India stand during the International Tourism Trade Fair in Madrid, Spain.
Matt Mitrione reacts after his heavyweight bout against Travis Browne during UFC Fight Night 81 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
Juliana, a 20-year-old rebel fighter for the 36th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, rests from a trek in the northwest Andes of Colombia, in Antioquia state. Like many of her comrades in arms, her path to the FARC was born as much from personal tragedy as political ideology. In her case, she fled an impoverished home at age 16 and followed in the footsteps of an uncle after being raped by her stepfather.
An Indian soldier stands underneath a multi barrel rocket launcher during a rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India. India celebrates Republic Day on January 26th every year, highlighted by a march past by different branches of the military as well as a display of arms and missiles.
Ahmad Zarour, age 32 from Syria, reacts after his rescue by the Migrant Offshore Aid Station off the coast of the Greek island of Agathonisi, Dodecanese, in the southeastern Agean Sea. The Maltese-based NGO, Migrant Offshore Aid Station, rescued 48 migrants and refugees near Agathonisi island on January 16th.
A boy aims an Rocket Propelled Grenade at a weapons exhibition during a military show in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
The body of a Syrian man lies on a stretcher at a make-shift hospital following airstrikes on the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern edges of the Syrian capital Damascus.
A women and her children stand in the ruins of a battle-damaged house in the Kurdish town of Silopi, in southeastern Turkey, near the border with Iraq. Turkey is waging an all-out offensive against the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), with military operations backed by curfews aimed at flushing out rebels from several southeastern urban centers.
Pakistani villagers offer prayers during the funeral of a victim killed in an attack on Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, Pakistan. Pakistan observed a day of mourning on Thursday, after a deadly attack by Islamic militants stormed a northwestern university the day before, gunning down students and teachers and spreading terror before being slain by the military.
Members of Special Weapons and Tactics team (SWAT) who are employees of Lotte Group, take part in an anti-terror drill at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul, South Korea. The drill comes amid international concerns about terrorism.
A member of the National Students Union of India (NSUI), the student wing of India’s main opposition Congress party, shouts slogans as he gets entangled in a police barricade. The students were protesting the death of Rohith Vemula who, along with four others, was barred from using some facilities at his university in the southern tech-hub of Hyderabad. The protesters accused Hyderabad University’s vice chancellor and a federal minister of unfairly demanding punishment for the five lower-caste students after they clashed last year with a group of students supporting the governing Hindu nationalist party.
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men hold the body of Rabbi Raphael Shmuelevich, head of the Mir Yeshiva (Jewish seminary), who died on Monday at the age of 78, during his funeral in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighborhood.
An Indonesian woman lights candles near the site of last Thursday’s terrorist attack during a “We Are Not Afraid” rally in Jakarta, Indonesia. Islamic State suicide bombers and gunmen struck the capital of Indonesia on January 14th, killing at least two and wounding 24 during the attacks.
Former Republican vice presidential candidate, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin endorses Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a rally at the Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.
On an unseasonably cold day, a homeless person tries to stay warm at the entrance of a subway station near the White House in Washington on January 20th.
Pope Francis blesses a photo of a child displayed on a mobile phone at the end of a special audience with members of the Christian Workers’ Movement in the Paul VI Hall of the Vatican.
Visitors at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington stop to photograph the quotes etched into the memorial’s back wall while it snows in the Nation’s Capital. The quote reads, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affect directly, affects all indirectly.” The civil rights leader’s birthday was celebrated as a federal holiday Monday.
A wild horse stands still in the snow on Black mountain in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The first heavy snowfall of the year has badly affected travel conditions in the province with the roads authority advising motorists to take extreme care.
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