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