This Week in Pictures: Jan. 24-30

  • Swimmers prepare to get into the water during the UK Cold Water Swimming Championships at Tooting Bec Lido in south London, Jan. 24, 2015.
  • Socialist Popular Alliance Party (SPAP) activist Shaimaa al-Sabbagh receives help after she was shot during a protest by the party in Cairo, Jan. 24, 2015. Sabbagh was shot dead with birdshot in central Cairo on Saturday, security sources said, one day before the anniversary of the popular uprising that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011. The security sources did not elaborate. 
  • Nurses and orderlies transport a patient whose leg was injured during the shelling at Vostochniy district of Mariupol on Jan. 24 for an x-ray at the hospital No4 in Mariupol, Ukraine, Jan. 25, 2015. Pro-Russian rebel forces in eastern Ukraine announced they would begin a large-scale attack of the eastern port city of Mariupol, but stopped short of taking responsibility for a shelling on Jan. 24, in which at least 29 civilians died and about 100 were injured.
  • Athletes compete at the start of the Ibero-American Triathlon Cup in Havana, Cuba, Jan. 25, 2015.
  • Palestinians walk on a big stone wall that was painted by local artists in an attempt to bring more vibrant colors to the city at the sea port in Gaza City on Jan. 25, 2015.
  • Norwegian biathletes Fanny Welle-Strand Horn takes aim at the shooting as strong wind lifts snow in the Women’s 4X6 Km relay race for the Biathlon World Cup at the Sudtirol Arena Alto Adige in Anterselva (Antholz), Italy, Jan. 25, 2015.
  • Snowy landscape at the Riederalp alp in the canton of Valais, southwestern Switzerland, Jan. 25, 2015.
  • A man passes by a damaged house in the Vostochniy district of Mariupol, Ukraine, Jan. 25, 2015. Pro-Russian rebel forces in eastern Ukraine announced they would begin a large-scale attack of the eastern port city of Mariupol, but stopped short of taking responsibility for a shelling on 24 January in which at least 29 civilians died and about 100 were injured.
  • Alexis Tsipras, leader of Greece’s Syriza left-wing main opposition, waves to his supporters after voting at a polling station in Athens, Jan. 25, 2015. Greeks were voting Sunday in an early general election crucial for the country’s financial future, with the radical left Syriza party of Alexis Tsipras tipped as the favorite to win, although possibly without a large enough majority to form a government.
  • Police secure a street at the site of a deadly shooting at the Home Depot on 23rd Street in Manhattan, New York, Jan. 25, 2015.
  • A long exposure photo shows a ski lift as snow-makers blow artificial snow on a tourist course on the eve of the men’s night slalom of the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup in Rohrmoos near Schladming, Austria, on Jan. 26, 2015.
  • Ebola survivor and nurse’s aid Benetha Coleman comforts an infant girl with Ebola symptoms in the high-risk area of the Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU), on Jan. 26, 2015 in Paynesville, Liberia. Ebola survivors have immunity to the strain of the disease which infected them. The baby’s blood test later came out as negative.
  • A woman sits inside a train as she travels during the country-wide strike called by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) at the Kamlapur railway station in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jan. 26, 2015. Violence erupted in different parts of the country after former prime minister Khaleda Zia called a nationwide transport blockade on Jan. 25, the first anniversary of a controversial election that her Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and allies boycotted. According to official estimates, at least 30 people have since been killed in firebomb attacks on passenger buses, cars and trucks as vehicles plied on highways in defiance of the blockade.
  • Guard towers and barbed wire fences are seen at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp on the night prior to commemoration events marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camp on Jan. 26, 2015 in Oswiecim, Poland. International heads of state, dignitaries and over 300 Auschwitz survivors will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops in 1945 on Jan. 27. Auschwitz was among the most notorious of the concentration camps run by the Nazis to enslave and kill millions of Jews, political opponents, prisoners of war, homosexuals and Roma.
  • RCMP officers attend the funeral procession for slain Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable David Wynn, in St. Albert, Alberta, on Jan. 26, 2015. Wynn died four days after he and Auxiliary Constable Derek Bond were shot by Shawn Rehn in St. Albert, Alberta, on Jan. 17, 2015.
  • A man struggles with his umbrella during the beginning of a large winter storm in New York, New York, Jan. 26, 2015. Areas of the New York metropolitan region were expected to get up to 2 feet of snow.
  • William Dagnino was one of the last people to receive food from the crew in the Coalition for the Homeless Van before they had to get off the streets of Manhattan because of the state of emergency declared by New York Mayor Bill De Blasio ahead of the approaching blizzard.
  • Early morning car park in Soho, Manhattan on Jan. 27, 2015.
  • A caretaker stands in a kindergarden classroom on Jan. 27, 2015 in Monrovia, Liberia. Although Liberian schools are supposed to reopen Feb. 2, many have not been cleaned nor have adequate supplies since they were closed last March due to the Ebola epidemic.
  • Servicemen of volunteer’s battalion Azov in action during their military training near Mariupol of Donetsk area, Ukraine, Jan. 27, 2015. Media reports state the Ukrainian parliament on Jan. 27, passed a statement designating Russia as an “aggressor state,” demanding other countries and international organizations to impose more sanctions against Russia.
  • Workers salt the sidewalk before sunrise in Soho, Manhattan, New York on Jan. 27, 2015.
  • General view of cemetery during commemoration ceremony organized by the Fourth International Forum “Let My People Live” during the International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Jewish cemetery near the former Nazi concentration camp Terezin (Theresienstadt), Czech Republic, Jan. 27, 2015. During World War II, Terezin was used by the Nazi Gestapo as a concentration camp where some 155,000 Czech Jews were imprisoned; around 35,000 people died in the camp and some 90,000 were deported to other camps to die in Nazi gas chambers.
  • A model presents a creation from the Spring/Summer 2015 Haute Couture collection by French designer Stephane Rolland during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Jan. 27, 2015.
  • Mother of Islamic State captive Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh holds his picture while sitting in a car, as she takes part in a demonstration demanding that the Jordanian government negotiate with Islamic state and for the release of her son, in front of the prime minister's building in Amman, Jan. 27, 2015. Kasaesbeh was captured after his jet crashed in northeast Syria in December during a bombing mission against the militants. A video released on Tuesday that purportedly features the voice of Kenji Goto, a Japanese hostage of Islamic State militants who could be killed in 24 hours, says that Kasaesbeh has a shorter time to live than Goto. Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the video but Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said it appeared to show Goto and the voice resembled that on a video on Saturday that U.S. and Japanese officials have said appeared to be genuine.
  • Soldiers hold torches during a march in celebration of the 162nd birth anniversary of Cuba's independence hero Jose Marti in Havana, Jan. 27, 2015. Thousands of members from the Cuban Communist Youth Union (UJC) and student organizations participated in the march.
  • A man battles fierce headwinds as he walks on Congress Street in Portland, Maine, during a blizzard, Jan 27, 2015. Forecasters with the National Weather Service have said that much of southern Maine will see 12 to 18 inches of snow, while small bands of intense snowfall will increase those totals in localized areas.
  • A Bahraini protester shrouded in tear gas sits on the ground holding aloft a picture of jailed opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman with the words in Arabic, “You will get tired, we won’t” during clashes in Bilad al-Qadeem, a suburb, Manama, Bahrain, Jan. 27, 2015. Bahraini protesters continue to demand the release of Sheikh Ali Salman, secretary general of the leading opposition al-Wefaq group on the eve of his trial, detained since Dec. 28, 2014 on charges of attempting to overthrow the regime and calling for protests, and Seyyed Jameel Kadhom, former member of Parliament and chairman of al-Wefaq’s Consultive Council arrested Jan. 14 after being sentenced Jan. 13 to six months in jail and fined 500 Bahraini Dinars (1,300 U.S. dollars) for posting a tweet claiming political money was being injected into last November elections.
  • People hold lit candles while crossing the railway leading to the Birkenau Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, Jan. 27, 2015, after the official remembrance ceremony. About 300 survivors gathered with leaders from around the world to remember the 1.1 million people killed at Auschwitz-Birkenau and the millions of others killed in the Holocaust.
  • People wave representations of Cuba's national flag as they march to celebrate the 162nd anniversary of the birth of Cuba's national independence hero Jose Marti, in Havana, Cuba, Jan 27, 2015.
  • The St. Lawrence Church against a brightly colored morning sky in Hohenhameln, Germany, Jan. 28, 2015.
  • Flames from a burning tire are seen as Palestinians attack the headquarters of the United Nations Special Coordinator during a protest against the decision by the main U.N. aid agency to suspend payments to tens of thousands of Palestinians for repairs to their homes damaged in last summer’s war, in Gaza City, Jan. 28, 2015. Dozens of Palestinians, whose homes were destroyed and damaged in the summer war, attacked the office of the United Nations Special Coordinator in Gaza, to protest the decision by a key United Nations organisation to suspend its cash aid to them. Some burnt tyres outside the gate while others tried to storm in by climbing the outer walls. Some hurled stones into the headquarters.
  • Crews work to clear sidewalks following a winter blizzard in Boston, Mass., Jan. 28, 2015. A powerful blizzard struck Boston and surrounding New England on Tuesday, leaving some 4.5 million people grappling with as much as three feet of snow and coastal flooding. 
  • Sotheby’s staff pose for a picture with “Le Grand Canal” by Claude Monet, during a preview of their upcoming Impressionist and Modern, Surrealist and Contemporary Art sale, at the auction house in London, England, Jan. 28, 2015. The collection of paintings and sculptures, with an estimated total value of 233 million pounds ($354 million), is due to go under the hammer on Feb. 3 and Feb. 10.
  • Israeli soldiers watch as a truck carries the military vehicle that was hit by a missile fired by Hezbollah on the Israel-Lebanon border, Jan. 28, 2015. A missile fired by the Lebanese Hezbollah group struck an Israeli military convoy on Wednesday, killing two soldiers in an apparent retaliation for a deadly airstrike attributed to Israel that killed six Hezbollah fighters in Syria earlier this month. The violence was the deadliest Hezbollah attack on Israel since a 2006 war between the two sides.
  • Safi Yousef (2nd R), father of Islamic State captive Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, listens to a statement released by the terror group the Islamic State, at his clan’s headquarters in Amman, Jan. 28, 2015. Jordan is still holding prisoner Iraqi Sajida al-Rishawi, whose release has been demanded by Islamic State militants and her freedom depends on Kasaesbeh’s fate, government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani said on Wednesday. Kasaesbeh’s fate was thought to be tied to that of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto after a video was released on Tuesday purporting to show the Japanese national saying he had 24 hours to live unless Jordan released al-Rishawi. Kasaesbeh was captured after his jet crashed in northeastern Syria in December during a bombing mission against Islamic State, which has captured large tracts of Syria and Iraq.
  • Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland plays Kei Nishikori of Japan during their quarter finals match at the Australian Open at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Jan. 28, 2015.
  • A model walks the runway during the Lan Yu show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2015 at the Grand Palais on Jan. 28, 2015 in Paris, France.
  • Dexter Newcomb begins cleanup at his house in Scituate, Mass., Jan. 28, 2015, the day after a winter storm left his neighborhood coated in frozen sea spray and sand.
  • A member of Syrian Kurdish People’s Defence Units (YPG) sits in Kobani, Syria, Jan. 28, 2015. According to reports Kurdish fighters on Jan. 26 claimed to have pushed militants from the group calling themselves the Islamic State (IS) out of the embattled Syrian town of Kobani, following four months of fighting, which included airstrikes carried out by an international anti-IS coalition.
  • Palestinians attack the headquarters of the United Nations Special Coordinator during a protest against the decision by the main U.N. aid agency to suspend payments to tens of thousands of Palestinians for repairs to their homes damaged in last summer’s war, in Gaza City, Jan. 28, 2015. Dozens of Palestinians, whose homes were destroyed and damaged in the summer war, attacked the office of the United Nations Special Coordinator in Gaza, to protest the decision by a key United Nations organisation to suspend its cash aid to them. Some burnt tires outside the gate while others tried to storm in by climbing the outer walls. Some hurled stones into the headquarters. 
  • Protesters run for cover as a police armored vehicle storm Bilad Al-Qadeem village, Manama, Bahrain, Jan. 28, 2015. According to media reports, the defense team expressed concerns about a fair trial for Sheikh Salman whose trial began on Jan. 28 before being postponed until Feb. 25. Sheikh Salman has been detained since Dec. 28, 2014 on charges of attempting to overthrow the regime and calling for protests.
  • People from Pakistani nomad community carry wood they collected to be used as fuel for cooking and heating in Islamabad, Pakistan, Jan. 28, 2015. Domestic consumers are facing great inconvenience as cooking and heating has become almost impossible due to shortage of natural gas.
  • A truck carrying one of three Israeli military car that were hit by an anti-tank missile near the border with Lebanon next to Har Dov area, on the Israeli-Lebanese border, Jan. 28, 2015. Three Israeli military vehicles were hit by anti-tank missiles near the border with Lebanon, the army said. Israeli emergency services said two soldiers were killed and seven soldiers were injured in the incident. Israel responded by firing several rockets toward south-eastern Lebanon, according to a Lebanese security source. Israeli troops had been operating in the area, local media said, searching for possible tunnels dug by the Hezbollah militant group.
  • Israeli border police officers stand guard during the memorial ceremony of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, on the 1st anniversary of his death at his grave site, in Havat Shikmim southern Israel, Jan. 29, 2015.
  • Kurdish forces have driven ISIS militants out of Kobane, Syria, Jan. 28, 2015. Fighters of YPG (People’s Protection Unit) have entered wrecked areas in the east of the town after Islamic State militants dispersed.
  • Timothy Gay, a professor of physics at the University of Nebraska and author of “The Physics of Football,” which had a foreword by New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, in Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 29, 2015. Gay says his own calculations point to environmental factors accounting for the deflation of footballs in the AFC Conference Championship Game, just as New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick maintains. 
  • Demonstrators protest the Keystone XL pipeline outside the House Democratic Issues Conference before President Barack Obama spoke there, in Philadelphia, Jan. 29, 2015. The Senate on Thursday passed a bill to force approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which Obama is certain to veto in his first official clash with the new Republican-majority Congress. 
  • A group of priests of various congregations arrive for the inauguration of a church made entirely from ice at Balea Lac resort in the Fagaras mountains, Jan. 29, 2015.
  • A general view of the Bashneft-Ufaneftekhim oil refinery is seen outside Ufa, Bashkortostan, Jan. 29, 2015. Russia’s Economy Ministry will base its main macroeconomic development scenario for 2015 on an oil price of $50 per barrel, Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Thursday. 
  • A woman picks up recyclable materials, as seagulls look for food, at a dump site of a garbage disposal plant in Dalian, Liaoning province, Jan. 30, 2015.

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The news of the week for many New Yorkers was the superstorm that never was. But farther north in New England, winter storm Juno dumped more than 30 inches of snow in places in Massachusetts Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine.

Two Israeli soldiers were killed along the border of Syria and Lebanon by a missile fired by Hezbollah. In retaliation, Israel fired shells into Lebanon, killing a Spanish aid worker and raising concerns again that the tit-for-tat retaliations will continue.

In Ukraine, the conflict with Russia continued to escalate despite calls for a political solution, threatening to turn the battle for control of eastern Ukraine’s rebel-held cities into all-out war.

In Greece, the left-leaning Syriza party won elections on Sunday as the country seeks a way out of its precarious economic climate.

International heads of state, dignitaries and more than 300 Auschwitz survivors commemorated the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops in 1945.

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