This Week in Pictures: Dec. 27-Jan. 2

  • Justin Ramos (C) arrives for the funeral of his father, slain New York City police officer Rafael Ramos in New York City, Dec. 27, 2014. Thousands of fellow officers, family, friends and Vice President Joseph Biden were at the church in the Glendale neighborhood of Queens for the funeral. Officer Ramos and Officer Wenjian Liu were gunned down on Dec. 20 while sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn. 
  • Rebel fighters rest inside a room at the old city of Aleppo near the frontline against forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, Dec. 28, 2014.
  • Sunlight glints off frost-covered gravestones in a cemetery in Altrincham, northern England, Dec. 28, 2014. 
  • Gulls try to land on the icy surface of a frozen lake in a park in Prague, Czech Republic, Dec. 28, 2014. 
  • Family members of passengers onboard AirAsia flight QZ8501 react at a waiting area in Juanda International Airport, Surabaya, Dec. 28, 2014. 
  • A starry sky night above la Hita astronomical Observatory in La Puebla de Almoradiel, Spain, Dec. 28, 2014. 
  • A man (C) and his daughter (2nd L), both rescued from the Norman Atlantic ferry, disembark from a Greek Airforce C-130 military cargo aircraft at the Elefsina military airport near Athens, Dec. 29, 2014. Rescue teams evacuated more than 400 people from a car ferry that caught fire off Greece’s Adriatic coast in a 36-hour operation on roiling seas, but 10 people were killed in the disaster. Italian and Greek authorities continued an air search of the sea around the vessel while they sought to verify the number of passengers who had been on board, fearing that many people could be missing. The fire broke out on Sunday on a vehicle deck of the Norman Atlantic ferry, whose manifest said should be carrying 478 passengers and crew and more than 200 vehicles. Rescue efforts were complicated by bad weather.
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio addresses the New York City Police Academy’s graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York, Dec. 29, 2014. The relationship between de Blasio and the police force has deteriorated in recent weeks due to a number of incidents including the slaying of two police officers in Brooklyn. 
  • Weeping relatives await news of the AirAsia missing plane at Juanda Airport, Surabaya, Indonesia, Dec. 28, 2014. AirAsia flight QZ8501 flying from Surabaya city in Indonesia to Singapore went missing with 162 people on board.
  • Firefighters work to put out a fire at a storage oil tank at the port of Es Sider in Ras Lanuf, Libya, Dec. 29, 2014. Oil tanks at Es Sider have been on fire for days after a rocket hit one of them, destroying more than two days of Libyan production, officials said on Sunday. Libya has appealed to Italy, Germany and the United States to send firefighters. 
  • A commuter waits near a bus stop amid morning fog, in New Delhi, India, Dec. 29, 2014. A cold wave continues unabated in the northern region with fog enveloping most areas and affecting transport services. 
  • Switzerland’s Simon Ammann crashes after his first jump of the first stage of the four hills ski jumping tournament in Oberstdorf, Germany, Dec. 29, 2014.
  • Alexis Tsipras, opposition leader and head of radical leftist Syriza party, leaves the parliament building after the last round of a presidential vote in Athens, Dec. 29, 2014. Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said he would propose holding an early national election on Jan. 25 after parliament rejected his nominee for president.
  • A Bangladeshi vegetable vendor sits in one of his empty baskets as he talks over cell phone on the bank of the Buriganga river during the nationwide dawn to dusk strike in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dec. 29, 2014. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led 20-party opposition alliance has called for the strike to stress their demands for new elections under a caretaker administration. Most of shops, business establishments, school and colleges remained closed during the strike.
  • Pakistani family members mourn for victims of a fire in Lahore, Pakistan, Dec. 30, 2014. The fire in a shopping mall killed more than a dozen people, local media reported Tuesday. 
  • An Ebola patient is put on a Hercules transport plane at Glasgow Airport in Scotland, Dec. 30, 2014, to be transported to London. A health care worker was diagnosed with Ebola a day after flying home to Glasgow from Sierra Leone, the Scottish government said on Monday. UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt confirmed that the woman would be flown to a specialist unit at Royal Free Hospital in London, local media reported.
  • Snow covers the roofs of houses in the city of Bern, Switzerland, Dec. 29, 2014.
  • A crew member of Indonesian Navy CN-235 airplane looks out of the window during a search operation for the missing AirAsia flight 8501 over the waters off Bangka Island, Indonesia, Dec. 30, 2014. Six bloated bodies and debris seen floating in Indonesian waters Tuesday painful ended the mystery of AirAsia Flight 8501, which crashed into the Java Sea and was lost to searchers for more than two days.
  • Protesters block the southbound lanes of the 110 freeway after the Los Angeles County Coroner released an autopsy report on the LAPD’s shooting of Ezell Ford in Los Angeles, Calif., Dec. 29, 2014. Ford, an unarmed 25-year-old black man slain by Los Angeles police officers in August suffered three gunshot wounds, including one to his back, a long-awaited autopsy report into the killing showed on Monday. Police have said two officers shot Ford, described by a family lawyer as mentally challenged, on Aug. 11 after he struggled with one of them and tried to grab the officer’s holstered gun. 
  • U.S. soldiers from D Troop of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment walk on a hill after finishing with a training exercise near forward operating base Gamberi in the Laghman province of Afghanistan, Dec. 30, 2014.
  • Officers of the National Search And Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) carry a body of one of the victims on board the ill-fated AirAsia Flight 8501, from a helicopter upon arrival at the airport in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, Dec. 31, 2014. A massive hunt for the victims of the jet resumed in the Java Sea on Wednesday, but wind, strong currents and high surf hampered recovery efforts as distraught family members anxiously waited to identify their loved ones. 
  • A Buddhist monk participates in Nyigma Monlam prayers at the Boudhanath Stupa in Katmandu, Nepal, Dec. 31, 2014. The Nyigma Monlam is an annual prayer for world peace. 
  • Surabaya residents pray for victims of the AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash on Dec. 31, 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia. A massive recovery operation has begun following confirmation from Indonesian officials that remains and debris found in waters off Borneo are from the missing AirAsia plane. Flight QZ8501 from Surabaya to Singapore, with 162 people on board, lost contact with air traffic control at 07:24 a.m. local time on December 28. 
  • A member of Palestinian security forces takes part in a rally marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Fatah movement, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Dec. 31, 2014. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signed on to 20 international agreements on Wednesday, including the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, a day after a bid for independence by 2017 failed at the United Nations Security Council.
  • Afghan refugees and internally displaced Pakistanis from tribal areas make their way through a field during the last sunset of the year on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Dec. 31, 2014.
  • Cho Hyun-ah (C), also known as Heather Cho, daughter of chairman of Korean Air Lines, Cho Yang-ho, leaves for a detention facility after a Korean court ordered her to be detained, at the Seoul Western District Prosecutor?s office, Dec. 30, 2014. South Korean prosecutors requested on Wednesday a detention warrant for a former Korean Air Lines executive who delayed a flight because she was unhappy about how she was served nuts in first class. 
  • Tourists look at the Miraflores locks in Panama City, Dec. 31, 2014. The Panama Canal is celebrating 15 years from when the U.S gave control of the canal to Panama. Officially, on Dec. 31, 1999, the Panama Canal became the possession of the nation of Panama, ending nearly a century of American jurisdiction over one of the world’s most strategic waterways.
  • A view of a stampede is seen during a New Year’s celebration on the Bund, a waterfront area in central Shanghai, China, Dec. 31, 2014. 
  • Revellers toss confetti over Times Square from a hotel after the clock struck midnight during New Year’s Eve celebrations in New York, Jan. 1, 2015.
  • Spectators wave german flags during the second jumping of the 63rd four-hills tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, Jan. 1, 2015. The prestigious four-hills tournament will end in Bischofshofen on Jan. 6.
  • Men ride on a “mikoshi” or portable shrine as local people carry it into the sea during a festival to wish for calm waters in the ocean and good fortune in the new year in Oiso, west of Tokyo, Jan. 1, 2015.
  • Indonesian military personnel carry caskets containing the remains of passengers onboard AirAsia flight QZ8501, recovered off the coast of Borneo, at a military base in Surabaya, Jan. 1, 2015. Divers looking for the wreck of the Indonesia AirAsia jet off Borneo were unable to resume full-scale operations on Thursday in poor weather and heavy seas and an air safety official said it could take a week to find the black box flight recorders. 
  • Relatives of a victim hug as they wait at a hospital where people, injured following a stampede incident, are treated in Shanghai, Jan. 1, 2015. A stampede killed at least 36 people during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Shanghai, authorities said, possibly caused by people rushing to pick up fake money thrown from a building overlooking the city’s famous Bund waterfront district. 
  • Homeless people wait in line for free food distribution on a cold morning in New Delhi, India, Jan. 1, 2015.
  • Firefighters douse water on houses as they try to put out a raging fire that engulfed around 2,000 houses in Quezon city, metro Manila, Jan. 1, 2015. At least eight people, including a seven year-old child, died and thousands were displaced after a fire broke out in different locations in metro Manila as the New Year kicked off, local media reported. 
  • People holding umbrellas walk out from a shrine on New Year’s Day in Oiso, west of Tokyo, Jan. 1, 2015.
  • Confetti drops as the clock strikes midnight during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Times Square, New York, Jan. 1, 2015. 
  • Policemen and security guards stand in front of family members as they wait at a hospital after a stampede occurred during a New Year’s celebration on the Bund, a waterfront area in central Shanghai, Jan. 1, 2015. The stampede killed at least 36 people, authorities said, possibly caused by people rushing to pick up fake money thrown from a building overlooking the city’s famous Bund waterfront district. 
  • Members of a marching band from the U.S. take part in the annual New Year’s Day parade in London, Jan. 1, 2015.
  • People enjoy the warm summer weather as they celebrate New Year’s Day in a tidal pool at Cape Town’s St James beach, Jan. 1, 2015. 
  • Health officials in full protective gear wait to cross a road near a wholesale poultry market in Hong Kong, Dec. 31, 2014. Hong Kong began culling 15,000 chickens on Wednesday and suspended imports of live poultry from mainland China for 21 days after the H7 bird flu strain was discovered in a batch of live chickens that came from the southern province of Guangdong.
  • Free Syrian Army fighters walk beside damaged buildings in Old Aleppo, Jan. 1, 2015. 
  • Activists of the Svoboda (Freedom) and Right Sector Ukrainian nationalist parties hold flags as they take part in a rally to mark the 106th birth anniversary of Stepan Bandera, one of the founders of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), in Kiev Jan. 1, 2015.
  • Fireworks explode over the towers of the St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle to mark the first day of the new year in Prague, Jan. 1, 2015.
  • Soniya, 6, whose family moved to Islamabad from Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province to look for work, stands outside their house on the outskirts of Islamabad, Jan. 1, 2015.
  • Kashmiri boatmen extract sand from the Jhelum river on a cold winter morning in Srinagar, Jan. 1, 2015. 
  • Fireworks illuminate the sky above Munich, southern Germany, Jan. 1, 2015.
  • Iranian Christians attend New Year’s Eve mass, which started on Wednesday night, at the saint Sarkis church of Armenians in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 1, 2015. Around 120,000 Christians live in Iran, mostly in the central and north-western parts of the country. Most Iranian Christians are of the Armenian ethnicity, however and they are mostly adherent to the Gregorian faith.
  • Two women comfort each other at a hospital after relatives were injured during a stampede at Shanghai’s New Year celebration on Jan. 1, 2015 in Shanghai, China. At least 36 people were killed and 42 people were injured during a stampede at a New Year’s celebration at Chenyi Square of Shanghai’s Bund area, according to Xinhua New Agency. The stampede happened around 11:35 pm on Dec. 31 and injured citizens have been sent to the No. 1 People’s Hospital of Shanghai. The cause of the stampede is still under investigation. 
  • Finland’s Laurie Asikainen soars during the trial jump at the second stage of the four hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany on Jan. 1, 2015.



The world rang in 2015 with celebrations across the globe this week. As fireworks splashed across skylines from Sydney to San Francisco, revelers took stock of the past year and made resolutions for the next.

In Shanghai, New Year’s celebrations turned deadly after a stampede killed 36 people. And the families of the passengers and crew on the AirAsia flight that crashed into the Java Sea mourned their loved ones as recovery efforts continued.

Thousands of New York police officers turned out in support of one of their slain comrades at the funeral for Rafael Ramos, who was gunned down while patrolling in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn on Dec. 20. Since the killings, which also claimed the life of NYPD officer Wenjian Liu, Mayor Bill de Blasio has faced harsh criticism from his police force – a sentiment made clear when a number of officers turned their back on him when he spoke at the funeral.

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