Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 5 March 2015

World in Pictures: striking photographs from around the globe

KIEV, UKRAINE - FEBRUARY 19: Anti-government protesters sleep on the floor inside the Mikhailovsky Monastery, which has been converted into a makeshift hospital, on February 19, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. After several weeks of calm, violence has again flared between police and anti-government protesters, who are calling for the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych over corruption and an abandoned trade agreement with the European Union. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)***BESTPIX***
Anti-government protesters sleep on the floor inside the Mikhailovsky Monastery, which has been converted into a makeshift hospital, on February 19, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. After several weeks of calm, violence has again flared between police and anti-government protesters, who are calling for the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych over corruption and an abandoned trade agreement with the European Union. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)***BESTPIX***
Artist Kaya Mar stands with his painting depicting former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks outside the Old Bailey on February 19, 2014 in London, England. Downing Street's former director of communications and News Of The World editor Andy Coulson and the former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, along with six others, face a series of charges linked to the phone hacking of celebrities and others at the now-defunct newspaper. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Ice covers the shoreline of Lake Michigan on February 18, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. This winters prolonged cold weather has caused more than 88 percent of the Great Lakes to be covered in ice which is near the record of 95% set in February 1979. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
A worker looks down while perched on the shoulder of the Christ the Redeemer statue during a media tour following a ceremony blessing the workers by the Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Dom Orani Tempesta, on February 14, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The statue was damaged by multiple lightning strikes recently and crews are beginning to repair the damage while adding more lightning rods to the famed statue. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
South Koreans spin fire cans during 'Jwibulnoli' a South Korean folk game on February 14, 2014 in Yongin, South Korea. The event is part of a 'Daeboreum,' a Korean holiday celebrating the first full moon of the lunar new year. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
David Fusitua of the Warriors looks to beat the tackle of Lagi Setu of the Raiders during the match between the Warriors and the Raiders in the Auckland NRL Nines at Eden Park on February 15, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Simon Watts/Getty Images)
Models walks the runway at the Pam Hogg show at the Fashion Scout venue during London Fashion Week AW14 at Freemasons Hall on February 14, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
A marksman sights in on a target during a class he was taking to qualify for an Illinois concealed carry permit on February 14, 2014 in Posen, Illinois. Illinois recently became the final state to allow residents to carry a concealed weapon after they complete a 16-hour course. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Kyle Chamberlin proposed to Katie Hummer on 'Valentine's Engagements On The Ice' at The Rink at Rockefeller Center on February 14, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rommel Demano/Getty Images)
Emily Cook of the United States practices ahead of the Freestyle Skiing Ladies' Aerials Finals on day seven of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan competes during the Figure Skating Men's Free Skating on day seven of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
Maria Rodriguez (L) and Edor Philogene wait to wed at the group Valentine's day wedding ceremony at the National Croquet Center on February 14, 2014 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Approximately 40 couples were married in a ceremony put on by the Palm Beach Country Clerk & Comptroller's office. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Lydia Lassila of Australia competes in the Freestyle Skiing Ladies' Aerials Qualification on day seven of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
The set for Sunday's British Academy Film Awards is put together at The Royal Opera House on February 13, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: A model prepares backstage at the Adrian Alicea fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 at Riverside Church on February 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
People light candles in front of the Frauenkirche church in the city center as a statement against neo-Nazis on the 69th anniversary of the World War II firebombing of the city by the Allies on February 13, 2014 in Dresden, Germany. Neo-Nazis from across Germany have used the anniversary to parade in Dresden in recent years, though a strong, local grass movement against them has prevented their marches and this year led to the cancellation of a neo-Nazi gathering. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
South Korea Air Force Black Eagles aerobatic team performs during the Singapore Airshow on February 13, 2014 in Singapore. The Singapore air show is held every year and is one of the most important aerospace and defense exhibitions in the world. (Photo by Yuli Seperi/Getty Images)
Martin Fourcade of France competes in the Men's Individual 20 km during day six of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images
A woman covers her face while walking through the snow on February 13, 2014 in New York City. Heavy snow and high winds made for a hard commute morning in the city. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Steven Gerrard of Liverpool celebrates scoring their third goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Liverpool at Craven Cottage on February 12, 2014 in London, England.
A boxer competes in the Westminster Dog Show on February 11, 2014 in New York City. The annual dog show has been showcasing the best dogs from around world for the last two days in New York. Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images
A woman is evacuated from her home by police officers on February 11, 2014 in Chertsey, United Kingdom. The Environment Agency contiues to issue severe flood warnings for a number of areas on the river Thames in the commuter belt west of London. With heavier rains forecast for the coming week people are preparing for for the water levels to rise. Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Rosmia Bangun works at her fields as Mount Sinabung spews ash at Rimo Kayu village on February 11, 2014 in Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency has begun to send those living beyond the 5km radius surrounding Mount Sinabung, following the eruption that killed 16 people. The volcano has erupted numerous times since September causing enormous damage to those living in the surrounding areas, after being dormant for over 400 years. Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images
French President Francois Hollande (L) is escorted by U.S. President Barack Obama (R) during a review of military troops at a welcoming ceremony on the South Lawn at the White House on February 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images
US President Barack Obama (R), French President Francois Hollande and First lady Michelle Obama (L) wave during a welcoming ceremony on the South Lawn at the White House on February 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Hollande who arrived yesterday for a three day state visit, visited Thomas Jefferson's Monticello estate and will be the guest of honor for a state dinner tonight. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images
US President Barack Obama (L) and French President Francois Hollande (R) greet a military veteran during a welcoming ceremony on the South Lawn at the White House on February 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Flessner's International S'cess, a bloodhound, wins best of the Hounds division, during the Westminster Dog Show on February 10, 2014 in New York City. The annual dog show showcases the best dogs from around world for the next two days in New York. Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images
Models backstage at the Zero + Maria Cornejo fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 on February 10, 2014 in New York City. Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images
Protesters march against the new increase in public bus fares on February 10, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Widespread protests began in the country last June following a different bus fare increase in Sao Paulo. A similar bus fare protest was held last week in Rio, resulting in violence, but this protest was largely peaceful. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images
The iconic BAFTA mask awards are polished by a butler at the Savoy Hotel ahead of the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 16th February, on February 10, 2014 in London, England. Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Schapelle Corby, with her face covered, reports for a parole hearing before being released on February 10, 2014 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby, whose case attracted huge media attention and public sympathy in Australia, is released after nine years in prison.Photo by Putu Sayoga/Getty Images
Worker's continue to build flood defences around Moorland resident Sam Notaro's house in the flooded village of Moorland near Bridgwater on the Somerset Levels on February 10, 2014 in Somerset, England. Thousands of acres of the Somerset Levels have been under water for weeks, yet flood levels are still rising and worryingly, more rain is forecast for later this week. Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images
A spotted seal swims in an open-air zoo at Dongpaotai Park on February 10, 2014 in Yantai, Shandong Province of China. Workers helped break the ice on the lake surface to save trapped spotted seals. Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images
Competitors listen to a DJ set and throw packets of coloured powder after finishing the Color Run at Sydney Olympic Park on February 9, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Photo by Mark Kolbe
Contractors carry a newly made headstone in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Bayeux Cemetery on February 7, 2014 in Arras, France. All 4116 headstones will be replaced by the end of February 2014. The CWGC makes sure that the 1.7 million people who died in the two world wars are not forgotten. They look after cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations, in 153 countries.The work of maintaining the headstones, cemeteries and memorials is a continuous process. Photo by Peter Macdiarmid
Dario Cologna of Switzerland reacts to winning the Men's Skiathlon 15 km Classic + 15 km Free during day two of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Richard Heathcote
Yuliya Skokova of Russia competes during the Women's 3000m Speed Skating event during day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Adler Arena Skating Center on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Quinn Rooney
Flood water is seen pumped into the river at the pumping station near Fordgate on the Somerset Levels near Bridgwater on February 9, 2014 in Moorlands, United Kingdom. The flood stricken area is expecting more heavy rain today, as weather forecasters warn of more wet and windy weather to come. Photo by Dan Kitwood
Martina Kocher of Switzerland makes a run during a Women's Luge Singles training session on Day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Sanki Sliding Center on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Alex Livesey
Tony McCoy riding Plinth in action at Leopardstown racecourse on February 09, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. Photo by Alan Crowhurst
Eva Logar of Slovenia jumps during the Ladies' Normal Hill Individual Ski Jumping training on day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images
Gold medalist Jamie Anderson of the United States celebrates during the medal ceremony for the Women's Snowboard Slopestyle Finals on 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Medals Plaza on February 9, 2014 in Sochi. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
Felix Loch of Germany celebrates winning the gold medal during the Men's Luge Singles on Day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Sliding Center Sanki on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Alexander Hassenstein
A model prepares backstage at the Chromat fashion show during MADE Fashion Week Fall 2014 at The Standard Hotel on February 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)
Dancers perform during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Pascal Le Segretain
Diana Vishneva performs Dove of Peace during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Russian President Vladimir Putin (2nd L) toasts International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach (L) in the presidential lounge after the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Photo by David Goldman - Pool/Getty Images
A model walks the runway at the Zana Bayne fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Fall 2014 at Empire Hotel on February 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
Gunners from 105th Regiment Royal Artillery fire a 21-Gun Royal Salute at Edinburgh Castle on on February 6, 2014 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
A model seen backstage before Manufacture New York's Design Incubator show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 at Launch NYC on February 5, 2014 in New York City. Photo by Joe Kohen
Junko Hoshino of Japan trains during moguls practice at the Extreme Park at Rosa Khutor Mountain ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 5, 2014 in Sochi, Russia Photo by Cameron Spencer
A nanny pushes a child through the slushy intersection of Broadway and 14th Street at Union Square on February 5, 2014 in New York City. Photo by John Moore
Emergency services work at the scene of a suspected gas explosion at a residential property on February 5, 2014 in Clacton-on-Sea, England. Ten people received medical treatment following the explosion, with one patient remaining in a life threatening condition. Photo by Matthew Lloyd
Spectators watch as waves break over the harbour wall at Porthcawl during a high tide on February 5, 2014 in Porthcawl, United Kingdom. Photo by Matthew Horwood
Shelly Gotlieb, Stefi Luxton, Christy Prior and Rebecca Torr of New Zealand pose for a picture at the with the Olympic Rings at Athletes Village ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images
Supporters of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend a rally at Tempodrom hall on February 4, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Turkey will soon face parliamentary elections and Erdogan is vying for the votes of expatriate Turks. Berlin has the highest Turkish population of any city outside of Turkey. Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales disembarks a police boat as he visits flood affected parts of Somerset Levels on February 4, 2014 in Muchleney, United Kingdom. Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Porsche Brand Ambassador Maria Sharapova attends the presentation of her personalised "Panamera GTS by Maria Sharapova" in her hometown of Sochi, on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Every details of the car has been specified by the tennis superstar herself to match her personal aesthetic, design and athletic personality. Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for Porsche)
A Cross Country skiers trains ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Al Bello
An athlete trains during Snowboard Slopestyle practice at the Extreme Park at Rosa Khutor Mountain ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia Photo by Cameron Spencer
Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada practices during a figure skating training session ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the Iceberg Skating Palace on February 4, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Photo by Streeter Lecka
A teenager leaps into a makeshift pool fed by spring water on February 3, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Many of the most populated cities in Brazil, including Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre and Sao Paulo, have experienced the hottest January in several decades. Photo by Mario Tama
An anti-government protestor listens as leader Suthep Thaugsuban speaks about the elections during his daily speech February 3, 2014 in Bangkok,Thailand. Photo by Paula Bronstein
Swan's float along a flooded pathway along the Severn river on February 3, 2014 in Worcester, United Kingdom. High tides, rain and strong winds continue to hit the UK causing great flooding. Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images
A sculpture in memory of the 23 cockle pickers who died in the 2004 cockle pickers tragedy, entitled 'Praying Shell' by artist Anthony Padgett, looks out over Morecambe Bay on February 3, 2014 in Morecambe, England. Locals are preparing to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2004 Morecambe Cockle Pickers tragedy. The dangerous sands of the bay claimed the lives of 23 Chinese cockle pickers on the night of February 5/6, 2004, when they got cut off by the fast moving tide. The workers were all from Fujian and Liaoning provinces in eastern China and aged between 18 and 45. Photo by Christopher Furlong
Mount Sinabung spews pyroclastic smoke, seen from Payung village on February 03, 2014 in Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The number of displaced people has increased to around 30,000 in Western Indonesia as Mount Sinabung continues to spew ash and smoke after a series of several eruptions since September. At least 15 people have been killed in a eruption of Mount Sinabung, as residents returned to their local homes after they were told by authorities that activity was decreasing. Photo by Ulet Ifansasti
Dimitry Reiherd of Kazakhstan trains during moguls practice at the Extreme Park at Rosa Khutor Mountain ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 3, 2014 in Sochi, Russia Photo by Cameron Spencer
Bobby Brown of the United States trains during Ski Slopestyle practice at the Extreme Park at Rosa Khutor Mountain ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 3, 2014 in Sochi, Russia Photo by Cameron Spencer
Fireworks erupt over Metlife Stadium ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. More than 80,000 fans were expected to fill the stadium for the first Super Bowl to be played in an outdoor stadium in a cold weather city. Photo by John Moore
Pope Francis kisses a crying child during his tour through the crowd in St. Peter's Square, part of his weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Groundhog handler John Griffiths holds Punxsutawney Phil after he saw his shadow predicting six more weeks of winter during 128th annual Groundhog Day festivities on February 2, 2014 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Photo by Jeff Swensen
Waves crash up against the sea defences at Aberystwyth during high tide and high winds on February 2, 2014 in Aberystwyth, Wales. With high tides, combined with gale force winds and further heavy rain, some parts of the UK are bracing themselves for more flooding. Photo by Christopher Furlong
A performer prepares to take part in the Chinese New Year Twilight Parade along George Street on February 2, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Thousands of Sydneysiders attended the annual parade to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, over 2700 performers and 32 floats took part including 350 performers from Beijing, Shaanxi and Hunan in China. Photo by Lisa Maree Williams
Workers on the Extreme Park are seen ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 2, 2014 in Rosa Khutor, Sochi. Photo by Julian Finney
Worshippers make offerings of incense sticks during a Lunar New Year celebration at Che Kung Templevä on February 2, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Duriong Chinese New Year people give thanks for the past 12 months and pray that they will receive good fortune in the coming year. Chinese new Year is the most important festival in the Chinese calendar and is widely celebrated across Asia. Photo by Lam Yik Fei
Kenwyne Jones of Cardiff City celebrates with a somersault as he scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Norwich City at Cardiff City Stadium on February 1, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales. Photo by Christopher Lee
David Beckham and host Jimmy Fallon play Egg Russian Roulette on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" at Rockefeller Center on January 31, 2014 in New York City. Photo by Jamie McCarthy
Performers dance at the 2014 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade on January 31, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Photo by Lam Yik Fei
A visitor passes the trees decorated with red lanterns at the Spring Festival Temple Fair for celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year of Horse at the Temple of Earth park on January 30, 2014 in Beijing, China. Photo by Feng Li
Great Britain Skeleton athlete Shelley Rudman in action during a training session at Ice Sheffield on January 29, 2014 in Sheffield, England. Photo by Gareth Copley
Lion dancers train during a practice session on January 29, 2014 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo by Nicolas Axelrod
The moon and an aeroplane, pictured using a telescope. Sebastien Lebrigand.
The Guizer Jarl, Ivor Cluness and his Jarl Squad march through the streets of Lerwick on January 28, 2014, in the Shetland Islands, Scotland. The traditional festival of fire is known as 'Up Helly Aa'. The spectacular event takes place annually on the last Tuesday of January. The climax of the day comes with participants in full costume hauling a Viking longboat through the streets of Lerwick to the edge of town where up to 1000 people parade and throw their flaming torches into the galley. Photo by Jeff J Mitchell
Farmer James Winslade stands in front of bales of animal feed as he surveys flooded land at his farm in Moorland on January 28, 2014 in Somerset, England. The third-generation farmer, whose family has been farming the area for 150 years, calculates 94 percent of his farmland is under water and is still counting the losses from last year's floods when he lost in excess of £160,000. Photo by Matt Cardy
Women hold signs that reads "mama" during a march led by Orhodox priests towards police lines, urging them not to harm protestors on Grushevskogo Street on January 28, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukraine's parliament is holding a special session called over continuing unrest in the country and Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has offered to resign. Photo by Rob Stothard
Wesley Hoague protects himself from the cold with a pair of goggles as he heads to class at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) in Milwaukee on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. A wind chill advisory from the National Weather Service is in effect until noon on Thursday. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Mike De Sisti)
A protester warms himself behind the barricade in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Friday Jan. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Joselyn Rodriguez and Amanda Perez become emotional after seeing children's entertainer Justin Bieber in person for the first time, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Miami.
Opposition leader and former WBC heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko, center, addresses protesters near the burning barricades between police and protesters in central Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday Jan. 23, 2014. Klitschko dove behind the wall of black smoke engulfing much of downtown Kiev on Thursday, pleading with both police and protesters to uphold the peace until the ultimatum, demanding that Yanukovych dismiss the government, call early elections and scrap harsh anti-protest legislation that triggered the violence, expires Thursday evening. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)
Ruling party lawmakers, right, and the members of the main opposition brawl in Turkey's parliament during a debate over a corruption scandal that has ensnared Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government, in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. One opposition party legislator was hospitalized after being punched in the face. The scuffles erupted Thursday as parliament prepared to resume debate on a much-criticized draft bill that would tighten the government's control over the judiciary as it fights a corruption probe that has become one of the most serious threats to its decade in power.(AP Photo)
Firefighters work at the scene of a senior's residence fire on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 in L'Isle-Verte, Quebec. The fire raged through the seniors' residence, killing at least three people and leaving about 30 unaccounted for. The massive fire in the 52-unit complex broke out around 12:30 a.m. in L'Isle-Verte, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) northeast of Quebec City. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot)
Police block Bankova street on January 24, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. Talks to resolve the political stalemate in Ukraine have failed as anti-government protests continue in the capital and opposition leader Vitali Klitschko urges the government to call a snap election. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
Police block Bankova street on January 24, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. Talks to resolve the political stalemate in Ukraine have failed as anti-government protests continue in the capital and opposition leader Vitali Klitschko urges the government to call a snap election. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
Justin Bieber (R) exits from the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on January 23, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Justin Bieber was charged with drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license after Miami Beach police found the pop star street racing Thursday morning. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Members of a U.S. Army honour guard participate in a full honors funeral service for U.S. Army Sgt. Peter Bohler, at Arlington Cemetery, on January 23, 2014 in Arlington, Va. Sgt. Bohler of Willow Spring, NC, was killed on December 13, 2013 in Afghanistan, of injuries sustained in a helicopter crash. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia celebrates winning her semifinal match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland during day 11 of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim of USA compete in the Pairs Short Program event during the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships on January 22, 2014 in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)
Thai women working at a bar wait for business at the red light district called Soi Cowboy in Bangkok. The popular sex tourism area filled with bars is next to an anti-government protest which has decreased their clients. The Thai government has imposed a 60-day state of emergency in Bangkok and the surrounding provinces in an attempt to to cope with the on-going political turmoil. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
Anti-abortion activists participate in a "Memorial Die-in" outside the White House January 21, 2014 in Washington, DC. Activists from all around the country gathered in Washington for the annual March for Life tomorrow to protest the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973 that helped to legalize abortion in the United States.
An elderly woman walks from police officers as they block a street during unrest in central Kiev, Ukraine,Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Anti-government protesters have held their ground through a night of violent street clashes in the Ukrainian capital, despite police moving in to dismantle barricades erected in a street leading to government offices. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)
A man uses an inner tube to swim through a flooded neighborhood in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Seasonal rains and high tides in recent days have caused widespread flooding across much of Indonesia. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
Fishermen gather their catch from a net along Copacabana Beach as lightning flashes during a powerful early evening thunderstorm on January 16, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Heavy rains flooded some streets and caused power outages in certain neighborhoods. Photo by Mario Tama
Firefighters monitor the Colby Fire burning for a second day on a hillside on Highway 39 in Azusa, California. Three men have been arrested and charged with starting the fire that has now destroyed 1,700 acres of land and several homes around Glendora and Azusa in the San Gabriel Valley, prompting officials to order evacuations for houses near the fire. Photo by Jonathan Alcorn
Jerzy Janowicz of Poland in front of fan coolers at Grand Slam Oval during day 4 of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 16, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)
Prime Minister David Cameron (CL) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson (CR) visit a Crossrail construction site underneath Tottenham Court Road, on January 16, 2014 in central London, England. The Crossrail project, which is expected to be completed in 2018, will link Berkshire, west of London with Essex, east of London. Photo by Ben Stansall
Alli McCracken joins activists protesting the surveillance of U.S. citizens by the NSA outside the Justice Department where President Barack Obama gave a major speech on reforming the NSA January 17, 2014 in Washington (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
The dog tags rifles and body armour of the four fallen Airmen of the United States Air Force during a memorial service at RAF Lakenheath, who died when their Pave Hawk helicopter crashed into marshland in Cley-next-the-sea, in Norfolk. Pic Chris Radburn/PA
Family members run away from tear gas during clashes between Egypt's security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Jan 17, 2014 (AP Photo/Aly Hazzaa)
A patient practices moving with and adapting to his new prosthetic in the Handicap International Rehabilitation centre on January 17, 2014 in Kampong Cham, Cambodia (Photo by Omar Havana/Getty Images)
White whales and their trainers present a show for visitors at Harbin Pole Aquarium on January 7, 2014 in Harbin, China. The Aquarium is one of the tourist highlights of Harbin, attracting domestic and foreign tourists each year. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
Ian Field on his way to winning the Men's Championship at the 2014 National Cyclo-Cross Championships at Moorways Leisure Centre on January 12, 2014 in Derby, England. The sport of cyclo-cross, featuring ,lightweight bikes with off-road tyres, has dramatically increased in popularity over the past few years. Cyclo-cross courses are often run over a mixture of terrains from tarmac to mud and frequently include obstacles or steep inclines where riders have to carry their bike. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Members of an Israeli honour guard prepare ahead of the arrival of Israeli military delivering the coffin of the body of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to lie in state at Knesset Plaza on January 12, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. A memorial service will be held tomorrow followed by a funeral near Sycamore Farm, the former prime minister's residence. Former PM Ariel Sharon's died yesterday after suffering from a multiple organ failure. Sharon, 85, was hospitalised in Tel Hashomer hospital near Tel Aviv and has been in a coma since January 4, 2006. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
Range Rovers and Land Rovers are built on the production line at the Jaguar Land Rover factory on January 10, 2014 in Solihull, England. The luxury vehicle manufacturer has invested around 1.5 billion GBP in its Solihull plant, which has been the home of Land Rover for 60 years, and has created 1,700 new jobs. Figures from the motor industry have recorded 2.26 million vehicle registrations in 2013, a rise of 10.8% from 2012 and the highest annual car sales since 2007. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
A villager evacuate his buffalo in an area covered by ash after their village hit by ash and mud from eruption of Mount Sinabung following further eruptions of Mount Sinabung on January 11, 2014 in Sigarang Garang, Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The number of displaced people has increased to around 25,000 in Western Indonesia as Mount Sinabung continues to spew ash and smoke after a series of several eruptions since September. Eleven deaths have now been recorded as a result of the eruptions with hundreds more falling ill. Officials expect the number of evacuees to rise as volcanic activity remains high. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
Workers are viewed underneath Manhattan at the Second Avenue Subway project site on January 10, 2014 in New York City. New York City's long awaited Second Avenue Subway line, which will extend the route of the Q train into the Upper East Side, has been delayed since plans were first proposed in the 1920s and 1940s. Building the subway line has involved digging 8.5 miles of new tunnel from 125th Street in Harlem south to Hanover Square, which is located in Manhattan's Financial District. The total cost of the project is expected to top $17 billion and is scheduled to open for service in December 2016. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Petty Officer Andrew Boote holds his son Max Boote, 3, after disembarking HMS Illustrious on Portsmouth Harbour on January 10, 2014 in Portsmouth, England. The ships returns with her 650 crew after a five month deployment to South East Asia delivering Aid relief to victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
HMS Illustrious returns to Portsmouth Harbour on January 10, 2014 in Portsmouth, England. The ships returns with her 650 crew after a five month deployment to South East Asia delivering Aid relief to victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Two young refugee boys from Syria sit on a staircase at the main refugee center on January 9, 2014 in Sofia, Bulgaria. Approximately 850 refugees, mostly from Syria but also from Afghansitan, Iraq and Africa currently live at the center. Bulgaria is struggling to cope with a large influx of refugees in the last year, most of whom crossed illegally across the border with Turkey. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
In this handout image provided by NASA, an Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket launches from Pad-0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility January 9, 2014 at Wallops Island, Virginia. Antares is carrying the Cygnus spacecraft in Orbital Sciences' first cargo resupply mission for NASA. Cygnus is carrying science experiments, crew provisions, spare parts and other hardware to the space station. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)
Ice floes fill the Hudson River as the New Jersey waterfront is seen during sunset on January 9, 2014 in New York City. A recent cold spell, caused by a polar vortex descending from the Arctic, caused the floes to form in the Hudson. (Photo by Afton Almaraz/Getty Images)
A Coast Guard helicopter flies along the Hudson River, which is full of ice floes, on January 9, 2014 in New York, United States. A recent cold spell, caused by a polar vortex descending from the Arctic, caused large ice floes to form in the Hudson, delaying ferry traffic. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
US Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) answers questions during his weekly press conference January 9, 2014 in Washington, DC. During his remarks Boehner said the U.S. should provide equipment and additional aid to the Iraqi government in its battle against militants linked to Al-Qaida. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley speaks to reporters outside The Royal Courts of Justice on January 8, 2014 in London, England. An inquest today has found that 29-year-old Mark Duggan, who died after being shot by armed police in an attempted arrest in Tottenham, North London on 4 August, 2011, was killed lawfully, with a majority verdict of eight to two. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
African asylum seekers who entered Israel illegally gather as thousands of African migrants take part in a rally in front of the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) on January 8, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. the thousands of African asylum seekers are protesting against a law allowing authorities to keep them in open-ended detention until the resolution of their asylum requests are granted, they are deported or they volunteer to leave the country. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
People watch as Mount Sinabung spews pyroclastic smoke on January 8, 2014 in Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The number of displaced people has increased to 22,000 in Western Indonesia as Mount Sinabung continues to spew ash and smoke after several eruptions since September. Eleven deaths have now been recorded as a result of the eruptions with hundreds more falling ill. Officials expect the number of evacuees to rise as volcanic activity remains high. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
Christine Baker wades through flood water, pulling her dog Archie in a boat, at the Abbey Fields caravan park after the River Thames flooded on January 8, 2014 in Chersey, England. Parts of the United Kingdon are entering a third week of flooding and stormy conditions. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Passengers heading into downtown wait on an "L" platform for the train to arrive in below zero temperatures on January 7, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Platforms were crowded and trains were delayed because doors on the trains kept freezing open. Chicago is experiencing its third consecutive day of below zero temperatures. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
A passenger waits on an "L" platform for the train to arrive in below zero temperatures on January 7, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Many trains were delayed on the system because doors on the trains kept freezing open. Chicago is experiencing its third consecutive day of below zero temperatures. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
A woman tries to stay warm while waiting for a bus in Coney Island during subzero cold weather in the Brooklyn borough on January 7, 2014 in New York City. A "polar vortex" carrying Arctic air and wind gusts of up to 50 mph has engulfed New York City and much of the Northeast making for life threatening weather conditions. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Tourists visit a large snow sculpture with the 117-meter-long and 26-meter-high at the Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Sun Island park on January 6, 2014 in Harbin, China. Harbin Ice Sculpture Festival is one of the highlights of the tour, attracts domestic and foreign tourists to visit. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
Images of Jesus Christ are paraded by catholic devotees during the start of the Feast of the Black Nazarene on January 7, 2014 in Quiapo district, Manila, Philippines. The Feast of the Black Nazarene culminates in a day long procession on January 9 as barefoot devotees march to see and touch the image of the Black Nazarene. The Black Nazarene is a dark wood sculpture of Jesus brought to the Philippines in 1606 from Spain and considered miraculous by Filipino devotees. As many as 6 million devotees are expected to attend during the culmination in this predominantly Catholic nation in Southeast Asia. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)
Waves ravage an already damaged Victorian shelter on the promenade on January 7, 2014 in Aberystwyth, United Kingdom. A major cleanup operation has started today in the town after the worst storms to affect the Welsh coastline in 15 years. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands with crutches at a podium after speaking at a gathering of child Epiphany singers dressed as the Three Kings at the Chancellery on January 7, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. This was Merkel's first public appearance since a doctor diagnosed her with a fractured pelvis following a minor accident while Merkel was cross-country skiing in Switzerland during the holidays. The Epiphany singers, called Sternsinger in German, traditionally go from house to house to sing a blessing and collect money for charity. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Mist rises from Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach as temperatures dipped well below zero on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago hit a record low of -16 degree Fahrenheit this morning as a polar air mass brought the coldest temperatures in about two decades into the city. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Giant panda bear cub Bao Bao moves around inside the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park January 6, 2014 in Washington, DC. Born August 23, 2013, and weighing nearly 17 pounds, Bao Bao will make her public debut at the zoo on January 18. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Children Epiphany carolers dressed as the Three Kings prepare to meet with German President Joachim Gauck and his partner Daniela Schadt on January 6, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Children, called Sternsinger in German, across Germany dressed as the Three Kings traditionally go from house to house between the end of December and Epiphany to sing and collect donations for cahritable causes. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
A keeper records the number of penguins during ZSL London Zoo's annual stocktake of animals in London, England. Photo by Oli Scarff
Tourists visit the ice buildings on display at the Grand Ice and Snow World during the 30th Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival on January 5, 2014 in Harbin, China. Photo by Lintao Zhang
A contestant launches a Christmas tree in the distance discipline of the Christmas Tree Throwing World Championships on January 5, 2013 in Weidenthal, Germany. The less-than-serious annual event is now in its eighth year and features competitions in distance throwing, height throwing and flinging of Christmas trees. Photo by Thomas Lohnes
Thomas Diethart of Austria soars through the air during his qualification jump on day 1 of the 62nd Four Hills Tournament event at Paul-Auflerleitner-Schanze on January 5, 2014 in Bischofshofen, Austria. Photo by Dennis Grombkowski
Alexis Sanchez of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's fourth goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Elche FC at Camp Nou on January 5, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. Photo by David Ramos
High tide waves break along the seafront at Porthcawl on January 5, 2014 in Mid Glamorgon, Wales. Photo by Matt Cardy
Harper Lyon, daughter of Nathan Lyon of Australia poses with the urn after day three of the Fifth Ashes Test match between Australia and England at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 5, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. Photo by Ryan Pierse
Demetrius Jackson #23 and Pat Connaughton #24 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rebound over Jabari Parker #1 of the Duke Blue Devils during the game at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center on January 4, 2014 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame won 79-77. Photo by Joe Robbins
Goalkeeper Nikolay Sorokin (C) of Russia saves the ball during the DHB Four Nations Tournament match between Austria and Russia at Koenig-Pilsner Arena on January 5, 2014 in Oberhausen, Germany. Photo by Sascha Steinbach
LAHJohn Merrick hits a shot on the practice green before the start of round two of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club on January 4, 2014 in Lahaina, Hawaii. Photo by Tom Pennington
A man flips off the rocks at Arpoador at sunset during a summer heat wave in the city on January 3, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Temperatures climbed to 104 in the city with a heat index measured at 122 degrees. Photo by Mario Tama
Diego Ramos, who is homeless and lives under nearby building scaffolding, pauses as he clears a sidewalk of snow in lower Manhattan following a snow storm that left up to eight inches of snow on January 3, 2014 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt
A protester throws a stone towards a police line on during protests by garment workers on January 3, 2014 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Several people have been injured, and at least three people have reported dead after police broke up demonstrations on Veng Sreng Boulevard by garment workers demanding wage increases beyond the industry minimum wage set last week by the Ministry of Labour's Labour Committee. Photo by Omar Havana
Kumbuka, a Western Lowland gorilla, in his enclosure during ZSL London Zoo's annual stocktake of animals in London, England. Photo by Oli Scarff
Kamil Stoch of Poland during the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Vierschanzentournee (Four Hills Tournament) in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Photo by Stanko Gruden
Members of the public wearing fancy dress enter the water as they join around 1,000 New Year swimmers, many in costume, in front of the Forth Rail Bridge during the annual Loony Dook Swim in the River Forth on January 1, 2014 in South Queensferry, Scotland. Photo by Jeff J Mitchell
A man dressed as a soldier drinks from a wineskin during 'Los Escobazos' Festival on December 7, 2013 in Jarandilla de la Vera, Spain. Although the origin of 'Los Escobazos' is unknown, it is believed that goat shepherds used to walk down from Gredos mountains to the village to cerebrate the Immaculate Conception procession lighting their way with broom torches. Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez
Ultra-Orthodox Jews gather during a protest against their military conscription outside a military prison on December 9, 2013 in Atlit, Israel. Hundreds of Ultra-Orthodox Jews protested outside the prison following the arrest of a young man who refused to serve in the Israeli the army. Photo by Uriel Sinai
A pedestrian walks by a mural of Nelson Mandela on December 8, 2013 in Soweto, South Africa. Mandela, also known as Madiba, passed away on the evening of December 5th, 2013 at his home in Houghton at the age of 95. Photo by Justin Sullivan
Various faith groups and advocates for new gun laws protest outside Cerberus Capital Management, a financial firm that holds a majority stake in Freedom Group, a company that produces assault rifles, to call on them to divest in Freedom Group, on December 9, 2013 in New York City. Photo by Andrew Burton
US Vice President Joe Biden visits a memorial to former South African President Nelson Mandela outside the South African Embassy December 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee
Emergency crews tackle the fire on the train wreck on December 9, 2013 on the outskirts Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo by Nurcholis Anhari Lubis
The Choristers rehearse for Advent services and concerts at St Paul's Cathedral on December 9, 2013 in London, England. Photo by Bethany Clarke
Jacoby Jones #12 of the Baltimore Ravens returns a punt in the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at M&T Bank Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by Patrick Smith
Supermodel sisters Georgia May Jagger (below) and Lizzie Jagger pose for pictures laying on a British Airways Club World "Ying-Yang" flat bed seat, onboard a British Airways B777-200. Photo by Tom Shaw
Riot police fire tear gas as anti-government protesters try to remove a barricade and occupy the government house on December 1, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Lam Yik Fei
Steph Foster competes in the UK Professional Pole Championships Grand Final at The International Centre, Telford. Sunday December 1, 2013. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Laura Peason competes in the UK Professional Pole Championships Grand Final at The International Centre, Telford. Sunday December 1, 2013. Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Zombies walk the streets during Zombie Survival contest on December 1, 2013 in Alameda de la Sagra, near Toledo, Spain. Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez
Traditionally dressed Reindeer herders meet visitors on November 30, 2013 in Ascot, England. LaplandUK Opens Its Doors at its new location in Ascot. Photo by Bethany Clarke
Supporters of the ultra-nationalist party Golden Dawn demonstrate outside parliament on November 30, 2013 in Athens, Greece. The Golden Dawn supporters are demanding the release of their party leader Nikolaos Mihaloliakos and members of parliament from detention.
Rolf Vogt stands in front of his Christmas house. More than 450,000 Christmas Lights illuminates the House of Family Vogt on November 30, 2013 in Buecken, near Nienburg, Germany. Rolf Vogt started the Decoration of his House in 2000. Since then, thousands of People come to the House every year. 75 Percent of the lights are LED lights, to save energy and money, Vogt says. Photo by David Hecker
Martin Scorsese gives an award to Sharon Stone during the opening ceremony of the 13th Marrakesh International Film Festival on November 29, 2013 in Marrakech, Morocco. Photo by Dominique Charriau
In this photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 two lion cubs play as they run around with their parents, Nati and Zevs, at the Zoo in Novosibirsk, Russia. The cubs were born on Oct. 30 but they were allowed  to be photographed only on Wednesday. (AP Photo /Ilnar Salakhiev)
The EDF Energy London Eye has created a version of the iconic London skyline made from ice to celebrate the launch of the Frostival festive season at the London Eye in central London. Photo: Doug Peters/PA
A Christie's employee poses for photographs with an Imperial Stormtrooper's helmet used as a costume prop in the 1977 movie "Star Wars: A New Hope" at premises of the Christie's auction house in London, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013. The helmet, which is expected to fetch 3,000 to 5,000 pounds (US$4,899 to $8,166 or euro3,603 to 6,006), features in a "Pop Culture" online-only sale that is open for bids until December 5. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Paul Frank's Julius soars past Radio City Music Hall during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in New York. Photo by Charles Sykes
Kelly Orchard and her son 6-year-old Jacob Beetge stop to look at trees that are illuminated at a preview for Enchanted Christmas at the Forestry Commissions National Arboretum at Westonbirt, Gloucestershire on November 27, 2013 in Tetbury, England. Photo by Matt Cardy
Andy Scott stands with Clydesdale Horses Duke and Baron and Donna Auchinvole during a topping out ceremony at The Kelpies on November 27, 2013 in Falkirk, Scotland. Photo by Jeff J Mitchell
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland lines up a putt during day two of the Australian Open at Royal Sydney Golf Club on November 29, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Photo by Matt King
Selena Gomez performs during the halftime show during a Thanksgiving Day game between the Oakland Raiders and the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on November 28, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Tom Pennington
Trees are illuminated at preview for this year's Enchanted Christmas at the Forestry Commissions National Arboretum at Westonbirt, Gloucestershire on November 27, 2013 in Tetbury, England. Photo by Matt Cardy
Joe Hart of Manchester City fails to stop a shot by Tomas Horava (blocked) of Plzen during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Manchester City and FC Viktoria Plzen at Etihad Stadium on November 27, 2013 in Manchester, England. Photo by Michael Regan
National Turkey Federation Chairman John Burkel (L) of Thief River Falls, Minnesota, the 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey still as U.S. President Barack Obama pardons "Popcorn" with his daughters Sasha Obama, 12, and Malia Obama, 15, on the North Portico of the White House November 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. A 38-pound, full-grown Broad Breasted White domesticated turkey, "Popcorn" and its alternate "Caramel" will be sent to live at Mount Vernon, the estate and home of George Washington. Photo by Chip Somodevilla
A crane collapsed during construction on November 27, 2013 at Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. According to reports, three workers were killed in the accident. Photo by Ricardo Bufolin
People are enjoying the colourful stalls and the glittering lights at the Munich Christmas Market on Marienplatz at November 27, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Photo by Joerg Koch
The Palm House is bathed in light at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on November 27, 2013 in London, England. Photo by Peter Macdiarmid
Argentinian Fernando Noailles 53, lays on top of Bambino a three and a half years old Spanish Pure Horse as he tames it in Espadanal Ranch on November 26, 2013 in Candeleda, Spain. Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez
Anti-government protesters take part in a rally at Democracy Monument on November 26, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Lam Yik Fei
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits a bunker shot during a practice round ahead of the 2013 Australian Open at Royal Sydney Golf Club on November 26, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Photo by Mark Metcalfe
A man takes a picture with his phone as Mount Sinabung spews pyroclastic smoke seen from Tigapancur village on November 24, 2013 in Karo district, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Ulet Ifansasti
At two feet tall and about 38 pounds, two full-grown broad breasted white domesticated turkeys are paraded before members of the news media in the Crystal Ballroom of the Willard InterContinental November 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla
Villagers receive food at a temporary evacuation shelter at Tiga Binanga village on November 26, 2013 in Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Ulet Ifansasti
Rabbi Schmuel Segal and Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal inaugurate what they claim is Europe's biggest menorah in front of the Brandenburg Gate on November 26, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Sean Gallup
Police carry away a demonstrator pretending to be a dead body dumped mafia-style outside the headquarters of the German Social Democrats (SPD), where the SPD, the German Christian Democrats (CDU), and the Bavarian Christian Democrats (CSU) were conducting coalition negotiations on November 26, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Photo by Sean Gallup
Prince Harry, (R) patron of Team UK in the Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge 2013 expedition, pulling the pulk which is guiding US team member Ivan Castro, who is blind, as he takes part in ski training near Novo, Antarctica. Photo by Robert Leveritt
Anti-government protesters ride in a truck as they occupy the Finance ministry and the Foreign Ministry in a bid to oust the current government of Yingluck Shinawatra November 25, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Paula Bronstein
Turkeys to be judged in the poultry show are displayed at the South West Winter Fair at Sedgemoor Auction Centre on November 25, 2013 in Bridgwater, England. Photo by Matt Cardy
A woman stands in her field, which has been covered by ash from the eruption of mount Sinabung in Sigarang Garang village on November 25, 2013 in Karo district, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Ulet Ifansasti
Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing performs donuts in his car after winning the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 24, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo by Paul Gilham
A man rides motorcycle to a temporary evacuation center following another eruption of Mount Sinabung at Naman Teran village on November 24, 2013 in Karo district, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Photo by Ulet Ifansasti
A Jeepney smashed by Typhoon Haiyan lies in the water in Tacloban on November 23, 2013 in Leyte, Philippines. Photo by Dan Kitwood
Bertie, a Red Cameo cat looks out of his cage as he waits to be judged at the Governing Council of the Cat Fancy's 'Supreme Championship Cat Show' at the NEC Arena on November 23, 2013 in Birmingham, England. Photo by Matt Cardy
Survivors search for bodies near the shoreline where several tankers ran aground on November 23, 2013 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images)

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