This Week in Pictures: Jan. 10-16

  • The skyline of Doha’s West Bay high rise buildings, Doha, Qatar, Jan. 10, 2015. The men’s Handball World Championship 2015 takes place in Qatar from Jan. 15 to Feb. 1.
  • Participants compete during the eighth stage of Rally Dakar 2015 between Iquique, Chile, and Uyuni, Bolivia, on Jan. 11, 2015. 
  • A relative of a victim of a bus accident talks on a mobile phone as he visits a mortuary to receive the body, in Karachi, Pakistan, Jan. 11, 2015. At least 57 people were killed in a collision between a bus and oil tanker in southern Pakistan according to officials. The accident happened on the Karachi to Shikarpur highway in Sindh province. 
  • Boys tie their boats as fog covers the banks of the Yamuna river on a cold evening in the northern Indian city of Allahabad, Jan. 11, 2015.
  • A man wearing pink underwear rides an uptown subway during the 14th annual “No Pants Subway Ride” in New York City on Jan. 11, 2014. The event is organized by New York City prank collective Improv Everywhere.
  • A Persian cat during the International Cat Show 2015 at Shah Alam, Malaysia, Jan. 11, 2015. Management of International Cat Show 2015 will hold a Corporate Social Responsibility project by holding a charity bazaar to gather funds to fill the ‘Flood Disaster Fund’. 
  • Chinese winter swimming enthusiasts warm up before swimming in the half-frozen Houhai lake with a water temperature around two degrees Celsius in Beijing, China, Jan. 12. 2015. Winter swimming is popular among health fans who believe swimming in ice-cold water strengthens their metabolism and heart, can help keep colds and common flu away, as well as boost the immune system. 
  • Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott (15) breaks away for a nine-yard touchdown run during the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Oregon, Jan. 12, 2015, in Arlington, Texas.
  • Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, take part in the first debate of the session, while displaying signs that read “Je suis Charlie” in honor of the victims of terrorists attacks in Paris, Jan 12, 2015. France ordered 10,000 troops into the streets to protect sensitive sites after three days of bloodshed and terror, amid the hunt for accomplices to the attacks that left 17 people and the three gunmen dead. 
  • Free Syrian Army snipers dressed in camouflage train in Jabal al-Akrad area in Syria’s northwestern Latakia province, Jan. 12, 2015.
  • A protester flashes the victory sign during a protest to demand the release of Ali Salman, the head of Bahrain’s main opposition party Al Wefaq, in the village of Bilad Al Qadeem south of Manama, Jan. 12, 2015. Salman was detained after being summoned for interrogation by the Interior Ministry on Dec. 28, 2014, setting off a wave of public disapproval.
  • More than one million people, including world leaders such as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, gather at Republique square in Paris, France, on Sunday, Jan.11, 2015, in tribute to 17 victims who died during a string of terror attacks across France.
  • An Airbus investigator walks near part of the tail of the AirAsia QZ8501 passenger plane in Kumai Port, near Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan, Jan. 12, 2015. Flight QZ8501 vanished from radar screens over the northern Java Sea on Dec. 28, 2014, less than halfway into a two-hour flight from Indonesia’s second-biggest city of Surabaya to Singapore. 
  • Workers work inside a brick factory in Lalitpur, Jan. 12, 2015.
  • Lawyer Mari Paz Garcia looks through blinds during a search at Basque nationalist trade union LAB headquarters, part of a police operation against suspected members of a support structure for Basque separatists ETA, in Bilbao, Jan. 12, 2015. Spanish media reported that 16 arrests had been made so far, mainly lawyers for the ETA prisoners association Herrira. 
  • A boy walks in fog while heading to school after it reopened in Rawalpindi, Jan. 12, 2015. Children streamed back to school across Pakistan on Monday in an anxious start to a new term following last month’s massacre of 134 students at an army-run school in the volatile northwestern city of Peshawar. Most schools across the country of 180 million had been shut until Monday for an extended winter break in the aftermath of the Dec. 16 attack when Taliban militants broke into Army Public School and methodically killed the children. 
  • Filipino firemen try to extinguish a fire at a residential area in Manila, Philippines, Jan. 12, 2015. More than 100 houses were razed by a fire, leaving around 300 families homeless in a residential area in Manila. 
  • Military police officers are seen amid smoke during a demonstration by activists and relatives of the 43 missing trainee teachers from Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College, in the military zone of the 27th infantry battalion in Iguala, Guerrero, Jan. 12, 2015. Activists and relatives of the 43 missing trainee teachers broke into the military zone, located less than a mile from where the students went missing, in an attempt to look for the missing students. The remains of only one of the 43 students has been identified so far.
  • Family and relatives of Yoav Hattab, a victim of the attack on a kosher grocery store in Paris, gather for his funeral procession in the city of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Jan. 13, 2015. 
  • From left: Patti Beaulieu, Marla Shenk, and Laura Shenk watch as Tomy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson free climb El Capitan’s Dawn Wall, in Yosemite National Park, Jan. 13, 2015. The next day, the duo completed their historic 19-day ascent, in which they climbed by hand and used ropes for safety purposes only. 
  • People walk along the deserted road in Kathmandu during the general strike independently called by the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and led by a 30-party alliance and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), demanding that the drafting of the new constitution is done on time through consensus, Jan. 13, 2015. The new assembly was elected to write a constitution after the abolition of the 240-year-old feudal monarchy that the Maoists fought against. 
  • Surviving members of the the Charlie Hebdo attack that killed 12 people on Jan. 7, present the publication’s next issue at a press conference on Jan. 13, 2015.
  • An internally displaced Afghan boy stands next to his mother as they line up to receive winter relief assistance donated by the World Food Program at a refugee camp in Kabul, Jan. 13, 2015.
  • A tribal Tiwa villager sits on a bamboo fishing tool and waits to participate in community fishing as part of the Bhogali Bihu celebrations at the Goroimari Lake in Panbari village, some 50 kilometers (31 miles) east of Gauhati, India, Jan. 14, 2015. “Bhogali Bihu” marks the end of the harvesting season in the north eastern state of Assam. 
  • Authorities investigate the scene of a prison bus crash, Jan. 14, 2015, in Penwell, Texas. Law enforcement officials said the bus, carrying prisoners and corrections officers, fell from an overpass in West Texas and collided with a passing freight train, killing at least 10 people.
  • Soldiers of the Israeli army rescue unit of the Home Front Command pictured in action during a drill at a training base near the southern city of Ashkelon, Israel, Jan. 14, 2015. 
  • American citizen Heather Louis Mack inside a holding cell before a trial over the murder of her mother, Sheila von Wiese Mack, at Denpasar district court in Bali, Indonesia, Jan. 14, 2015. The body of Sheila von Wiese Mack, 62, was found on Aug. 12 in a blood-stained suitcase left in a taxi outside a luxury hotel in Nusadua, Bali. Police arrested the woman’s daughter, identified as Heather Mack, and her 21-year-old boyfriend Tommy Schaefer, in a different hotel on Aug. 13.
  • President Barack Obama arrives on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Jan. 14, 2015 after making a day trip to Cedar Falls, Iowa, to deliver a speech on increasing access to affordable high-speed broadband. 
  • Hindu devotees take holy dips at Sangam during the Magh Mela festival on an early winter morning in the northern Indian city of Allahabad, Jan. 15, 2015. The festival is an annual religious event held during the Hindu month of Magh, when thousands of devotees take a holy dip in the waters of Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers.
  • The 22-storey Yixin Mansion collapses after demolition by explosives as part of a urbanization project in Chongqing, Jan. 14, 2015.
  • A banner with an image of opposition leader and head of radical leftist Syriza party Alexis Tsipras is seen at the party’s pre-election kiosk in Athens, Jan. 15, 2015. Greece’s radical leftist Syriza party holds a steady 3.5 point lead over the ruling conservatives ahead of a snap election on Jan. 25, according to an opinion poll published on Wednesday.
  • People carry umbrellas as they walk across a street crossing during heavy rain in Tokyo, Jan. 15, 2015.
  • Policemen are deployed near the cathedral in Palo, Leyte, Philippines, that will be visited by Pope Francis, Jan. 15, 2015.
  • A child looks at a cat outside a makeshift house, Jan. 15, 2015, in the coastal part of Tacloban that was destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan. On his first visit to Asia’s largest Catholic nation, Pope Francis will visit the central province of Leyte, which is still struggling to recover from Typhoon Haiyan that killed 6,300 people in 2013. About two million people are expected to attend an open-air mass on Saturday at Tacloban City airport, which was almost completely destroyed by Haiyan.
  • A man makes a shooting pose in front of a basketball cartoon mural in a residential community of Changsha, capital of central China’s Hunan Province, Jan. 15, 2015. The exterior walls of a residential community in Changsha have been rejuvenated, after a group of young cartoonists were invited to create some 40 cartoon murals on them. The mural painters not only drew on plain walls, but also blended their work with the environment by integrating objects on the scene (newspaper boxes, electricity meter cases, air-conditioning units, etc.) into the murals. 
  • Firefighters participate in an anti-terror and chemical drill at the Rizal Park ahead of the papal visit to the area on Jan. 14, 2015, in Manila, Philippines.
  • A flock of sheep walk in the haze in a Beijing suburb on Jan. 15, 2015, in Beijing, China. 
  • Amid tight security, members of the public arrive to pay their respects at the funeral of Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Bernard “Tignous” Verlhac at Père Lachaise Cemetery on Jan. 15, 2015, in Paris, France. He was killed in last week’s’ terrorist attack on the satirical newspaper.  
  • Real Madrid fans set off flares to celebrate the bus carrying their team. The team was going on to compete in the Copa del Rey Round of a 16-second leg match between Real Madrid CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Jan. 15, 2015, in Madrid, Spain.
  • A child holds hands with demonstrators while standing in front of federal policemen during a protest against the visit of Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto to the city, in Ciudad Juarez, Jan. 14, 2015.
  • A woman walks towards a mural after heavy snowfall in Londonderry, northern Ireland, Jan. 14, 2015. More than 100 schools closed on Wednesday after heavy snowfall in northern Ireland, local media reported. 
  • Belgian police inspect the entrance of an apartment in central Verviers, a town between Liege and the German border, in the east of Belgium, Jan. 15, 2015. At least two people were killed when Belgian counter-terrorist police raided an apartment used by suspected Islamist radicals on Thursday, local media said, describing a coordinated, national operation related to last week’s attacks in Paris. Judiciary officials confirmed only that a counter-terrorism operation took place in Verviers.
  • Police detain a young man who identified himself as a working student as he protests a new labor law that affects young workers in Lima, Peru, Jan. 15, 2015. This is the fourth protest by youths in the last month since Peru’s Congress approved in December a controversial law that eliminates some labor rights for workers age 18 to 24. The law takes away their right to severance pay, two annual bonuses, and reduces vacation time from 30 to 15 days per year.
  • A woman is carried out from the crowd after she passed out as thousands of Filipinos wait for Pope Francis’ arrival at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Manila, Philippines, Jan. 16, 2015. Pope Francis celebrated the holy mass with bishops, priests, nuns, and seminarians as part of his Apostolic Mission to the Philippines. 



The world continued to reel in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the offices of the French publication Charlie Hebdo, which killed 12 people last week. Funerals were held for four Jewish victims killed by a gunman in a kosher supermarket hostage crisis in Paris. French citizens and those around the globe showed solidarity through the now-widespread use of the phrase “Je suis Charlie.”

Greece prepared for snap elections that will take place on Jan. 25. The vote will likely be critical in determining the economic future of the unstable country. 

Pope Francis visited the Philippines, the first time the leader of the Catholic church has visited the country since 1995. In California’s Yosemite National Park, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson successfully completed a free climb of the El Capitan rock formation’s Dawn Wall, considered to be the most difficult climb in the world.