This Week in Pictures: Jan. 31-Feb. 6

  • Sakia Corona, 8, passes a picture of Cuba’s revolutionary hero Ernesto “Che” Guevara as she runs to a restroom during a rehearsal of a Contemporary Haitian dance in a communal center in downtown Havana, Jan. 31, 2015. Nearly 25 people, from the Haitian Contemporary Dance Company Petit Fey or Small Leaf, in Haitian Creole, rehearse a play called Papa Guede for future presentations in Havana.
  • Members of the New York Fire Department battle a six alarm fire in a storage facility on the waterfront of the East River in New York, Jan. 31, 2015.
  • Serena Williams of the United States celebrates winning the championship point in her women’s final match against Maria Sharapova of Russia during day 13 of the 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 31, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.
  • French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (second from left) and Shanghai’s mayor Yang Xiong (second from right) talk during a meeting in Shanghai, Jan. 31, 2015.
  • Competitors enter the water during the swim stage of Challenge Melbourne on February 1, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.
  • A woman holds onto her hat against the wind during a snowstorm in Boston, Mass., Feb. 2, 2015. Boston, already buried under two feet of snow from a blizzard last week, was predicted to see a foot of snow after a huge winter storm hit the northeastern United States on Monday, the region’s second snowy blast in less than a week.
  • A Palestinian relative of Ahmed Ibrahim Jaber al-Najjar weeps during his funeral at Burin village near Nablus City, Feb. 1, 2015. Local sources said Israeli troops opened fire at a group of Palestinian youths after they threw Molotov cocktails at Israeli settler’s vehicles driving on a road near the village of Burin south of Nablus.
  • A competitor runs through mud during the Tough Guy event in Perton, central England, Feb. 1, 2015. The annual event to raise cash for charity challenges thousands of international competitors in a cross country run followed by an assault course consisting of obstacles including water, fire and tunnels.
  • Novak Djokovic (R) of Serbia celebrates his win against Andy Murray of Britain in the Men’s final match at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, Feb. 1, 2015.
  • Musicians from Ukraine play in the Marching Band Festival in Berlin, Germany, Feb. 1, 2015.
  • Herdsmen from the Kyrgyz ethnic group hold their falcons as they ride on horses during a hunting competition in Akqi county, Feb. 1, 2015.
  • A competitor dressed as a cricketer lies in the mud during the Tough Guy event in Perton, central England, Feb. 1, 2015. The annual event to raise cash for charity challenges thousands of international competitors in a cross country run followed by an assault course consisting of obstacles including water, fire and tunnels.
  • Relatives of al-Ahly fans, who were killed in what known as the “Port Said massacre”, attend the third anniversary of killing their relatives at al-Ahly club’s training stadium, on Feb. 1, 2015. On Feb. 1, 2012, a massive riot occurred at Port Said Stadium in Port Said city, Egypt, following an Egyptian Premier League football match between El Masry and El Ahly clubs. At least 74 people were killed and more than 500 were injured after thousands of El Masry spectators stormed the stadium stands and the pitch.
  • People are reflected onto a McLaren truck in the paddock during pre-season testing at the Jerez racetrack in southern Spain, Feb. 1, 2015.
  • New England Patriots strong safety Malcolm Butler (21) intercepts a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette (83) during the second half of NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. 
  • New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick shouts at the end of the second half of NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. The Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24.
  • A person crosses snow-covered tracks in a commuter train yard, in New York, Feb. 2, 2015.
  • Boarded passengers wait for a train to depart during a countrywide strike called by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Feb 2, 2015. Bangladesh’s economy has been suffering huge losses after the continuous blockade and strike for the last 27 days. According to Hossain Khaled, president of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), the economic losses are 2.6 million euro per day. Former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia had called a nationwide transport blockade on Jan. 5, the first anniversary of a controversial election that her Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and allies boycotted. 
  • Two swans swim in a pond as snow falls on Duesseldorf, Germany on Feb. 2, 2015.
  • A row of snow plows make their way through Times Square during a snowstorm in the early morning hours in the Manhattan borough of New York, Feb. 2, 2015.
  • Young township children train during the afternoon at the main studio of Joburg Ballet, Johannesburg, South Africa, Feb. 2, 2015. The children from poor townships in the area are part of a training program hosted by the ballet company. The city has many former Apartheid townships that are home to thousands of poor black children who need breaks in life. 
  • Friar Jose walks in front of Santa Maria la Real chapel during snowfall in Pedrafita do Cebreiro, Lugo province, Galicia, Spain, Feb. 2, 2015. A new cold front is to hit Spain in the coming days.
  • Volunteers of the Aidar battalion picket in front of the Ministry of Defense as they protest against a decision to change the leadership of the battalion in Kiev, Ukraine, Feb. 2, 2015. The Aidar battalion, a volunteer force, and the Defense Minister have agreed that the battalion will be divided into two units. Both of them - one headed by the old leader - will be incorporated into the Defense Ministry and will continue fighting in the country’s east against pro-Russian separatists.
  • A Jordanian child holds a poster with a picture of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, who was then being held by the Islamic State, with Arabic that reads, “we are all Muath,” during a candle vigil in support of Japan, in front of the Japanese embassy, in Amman, Jordan, Feb. 2, 2015. The wife of slain Japanese hostage Kenji Goto said Monday that she was devastated but proud of her husband, who was beheaded by Islamic State extremists. A video released Feb. 3 purportedly showed Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh being burned alive by his captors, provoking shock and outrage around the world and prompting Jordan to execute two Iraqi prisoners in retaliation. 
  • A volcanic eruption illuminates the clouds around the Etna volcano, near Catania, Sicily island, southern Italy, early Feb. 2, 2015. The eruptions are reported to have begun on Jan. 31, 2015 at Mount Etna’s new southeast crater.
  • Servicemen from the Aidar battalion prepare to throw tires during a protest against the disbanding of the battalion in front of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry in Kiev, Feb. 2, 2015.
  • A handout picture made available by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows Law enforcement automobiles blocking lanes on the I-75/I-85 connector highway, which is normally packed with traffic, as they investigate a suspicious package that was found taped to an overpass in Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 2, 2015. Police detonated the package and re-opened the roadway after a two hour closure. 
  • A model presents creations of Brain & Beast label for the Autumn/Winter 2015/2016 on the occasion of the 080 Barcelona Fashion Week held in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 2, 2015. The 080 Barcelona Fashion Week runs from Feb. 2 to Feb. 5.
  • Migrating starlings fly in a formation near the southern Israeli town of Rahat, Feb. 2, 2015. The phenomenon, known as murmuration, is most common during the winter months.
  • A Ukrainian serviceman guarding Ukraine’s Defence Ministry is helped up by his colleagues after failing to arrest a member of the Aidar battalion who entered the ministry compound, during a protest against the disbanding of the battalion in Kiev, Feb. 2, 2015.
  • A man looks at a installation made of sock textiles on display at a demonstration hall of the local sock-making industry in Zhuji, Zhejiang province, Feb. 2, 2015.
  • A biker near the small village of Germering by Munich, southern Germany, on Feb. 3, 2015. Meteorologists forecast further cold winter weather in the region.
  • A Sydney businessman walks into the light outside the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), Feb. 3, 2015.
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo arrives to the site of a collision between a train and vehicle in Valhalla, N.Y., Feb. 3, 2015. A packed commuter train slammed into a sport utility vehicle on the tracks and the front of the train and the vehicle burst into flames, authorities said. Six people died, including the driver of the SUV and five passengers on the train.
  • Devotees offer prayer by taking a bath in the Hanumante River, on the final day of the month-long Swasthani festival, at Bhaktapur, near Kathmandu, Feb. 3, 2015.
  • Newly elected Italian President Sergio Mattarella, left, flanked by Italian Premier Matteo Renzi, waves from a car escorted by Cuirassier presidential horse guards heading to the Quirinal presidential palace to start his seven years as Italy’s President in Rome, Feb. 3, 2015.
  • Mr Frikkie Rossouw, of the SANParks Environmental Crime Investigations Unit, prepares the carcass of a rhino killed for its horn for postmortem, Kruger National Park, South Africa, Feb. 4, 2015. During the procedure he expects to find the bullet that killed the animal which will be used in further investigations that may lead to prosecutions.
  • A still image taken from an amateur video shot by a motorist shows a TransAsia Airways plane careening over a motorway soon after the turboprop ATR 72-600 aircraft took off in New Taipei City, Feb. 4, 2015. The TransAsia Airways plane with 58 passengers and crew on board crashed into a river shortly after taking off from a downtown Taipei airport on Wednesday, killing at least 35 people.
  • The vehicle that was struck by a commuter train is lifted from the tracks in Mount Pleasant, near Valhalla, New York, Feb. 4, 2015. Federal investigators said on Wednesday they were evaluating the “adequacy” of emergency exits and strength of cars on a commuter train that collided with an SUV a day earlier, killing six people.
  • Jordanian police are seen following the execution of two Iraqi prisoners at Swaqa prison near Amman, Feb. 4, 2015. Jordan hanged two Iraqis on Wednesday, including female militant Sajida al-Rishawi, hours after the Islamic State released a video appearing to show captured Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh being burnt alive, a security source and state television said. Rishawi and fellow prisoner Ziyad Karboli were executed in Swaqa prison, a large facility 45 miles south of the capital, Amman, just before dawn, a security source who was familiar with the case said.
  • An injured girl receives medical assistance in a field hospital after what activists said were at least 20 air strikes by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the Douma neighbourhood of Damascus, Feb. 5, 2015. On Thursday the Syrian air force struck areas northeast of the capital including Douma city and Arbin town, killing 12 and wounding around 100, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.
  • The lights of a car are seen through a snowy gust of wind on a secondary road in Lussy near Lausanne, Feb. 5, 2015. Traffic in the west part of Switzerland was disrupted by heavy wind creating drifts on roads.
  • Rescued child laborers stand in a queue to board a train to be reunited with their parents in Bihar, one of India’s poorest states, at a railway station in Hyderabad, India, Feb. 5, 2015. Police have rescued hundreds of children working in hazardous industries in a southern Indian city despite laws that ban child labor. In a series of raids on leather tanning and plastic factories in Hyderabad over the past 10 days, police rescued at least 350 children.
  • A tree is covered by the ice as the snow covers the landscape in the Pyrenees small town of Roncesvalles, northern Spain, Feb. 5, 2015. A cold spell has reached northern Spain with temperatures plummeting far below zero. 
  • Jordan’s Queen Rania (C) offers her condolences to the family of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, at their family home of Muath in the city of Karak, Feb. 5, 2015. Jordanian fighter jets pounded Islamic State hideouts in Syria on Thursday and then roared over the hometown of a pilot killed by the militants, while below them King Abdullah consoled the victim’s family. 
  • A full moon sets behind the parish church of Schoenach near Regensburg, southern Germany, on Feb. 4, 2015.
  • Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, right, dunks the ball in front of Los Angeles Clippers’’ Blake Griffin in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Feb. 5, 2015, in Cleveland.
  • Staff members pose with “Study for a Head” by Francis Bacon at Christie’s auction house in London, Feb. 6, 2015. The Bacon is estimated to sell for 9 million British pounds ($13.7 million) when it is auctioned on February 11 in London.



The week kicked off with a stunning win by the New England Patriots over the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday’s Super Bowl, the most-watched Super Bowl ever with close to 115 million people watching on TV. 

Video of the horrific death of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, purportedly burned alive by the Islamic State just days after the militant group also beheaded two Japanese hostages, left the world in shock and prompted Jordan to hang two Iraqi prisoners in retaliation. 

Across Europe and the U.S., fierce winter weather battered towns from Chicago to Dusseldorf. And in Taiwan, a dramatic plane crash that killed at least 35 was captured on one motorist’s dashcam, as the pilot attempted an emergency landing when both of the aircraft’s engines failed. The pilot is now being hailed a hero; he was found dead with his hand still on the joystick.