January 7, 2014

Published January 07, 2014

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A worker walks among newly-made red lanterns ahead of the Spring Festival at a family workshop in Wenxian county, Henan province, China.

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French President Francois Hollande (C) and his companion Valerie Trierweiller cut a giant traditional Epiphany cake during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

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A man helps a wounded boy who survived what activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighborhood of Damascus.

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Seagulls sitting on ice in the freezing pool outside Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., as temperature drops to -10°F. (Photo taken by Diaa Bekheet/VOA)

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A homeless man bundled against the cold, tries to get some sleep at a Metro station as temperatures dipped into the single digits Fahrenheit and minus degrees with the wind chill in Washington, DC.

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Ice builds up along Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach as temperatures dipped well below zero in Chicago, Illinois.

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Patrick O'Brien in a Spiderman wind suit jogs around Lake Harriet in south Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. A blast of Arctic air gripped the mid-section of the U.S., bringing the coldest temperatures in two decades, forcing businesses and schools to close and causing widespread airline delays and hazardous driving conditions.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel uses crutches as she attends the annual reception for Carolers at the chancellery in Berlin. Merkel suffered a pelvis injury during ski holidays in the Swiss Alps and will have to cut back on her work schedule for the next three weeks.

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Passengers push their bus amid dense fog on a cold winter morning on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of India's northeastern state of Tripura.

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People pass by a beach hut destroyed by a recent storm on the promenade in Brighton, in southern England.

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Members of the Australian cricket team wave to passengers sailing past on ferries during a public celebration ceremony at the Sydney Opera House.

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Dennis Rodman greets the media outside a Pyongyang hotel on his way to a basketball practice session between North Korean and U.S. players.

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KTM rider Mark Davidson of Australia races through the dunes during the second stage of the Dakar Rally between the cities of San Luis and San Rafael in San Rafael, Argentina, Jan. 6, 2014.

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