This Week in Pictures Jan. 16-22

  • Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party Chairperson and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen addresses reporters after casting her ballot at a polling station during general elections in New Taipei City, Jan. 16, 2016. 
  • A man rides a horse through a bonfire as part of a ritual in honor of Saint Anthony the Abbot, the patron saint of domestic animals, in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain, on Jan. 16, 2016. On the eve of Saint Anthony’s Day, dozens ride their horses through the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome during the “Luminarias,” a tradition that dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires and protect them for the year to come.
  • Anze Lanisek of Slovenia competes in the Flying Hill team competition of the FIS Ski Flying World Championship 2016 during day 4 at the Kulm on January 17, 2016, in Bad Mitterndorf, Austria.
  • A Syrian Civil Defence worker carries a child wrapped in a blanket over the rubble following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces on the Sukkari neighborhood of Syria’s northern city of Aleppo, on January 16, 2016.
  • Pope Francis listens to chief Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni (R) in Rome’s main Synagogue on January 17, 2016. Francis is the third pope to visit the synagogue after John-Paul II in 1986 and Benedict XVI in 2010.
  • A dog sits on a field where migrants have crossed the border between Serbia and Macedonia, in the village of Miratovac, Serbia, January 17, 2016. 
  • Democratic presidential candidates Gov. Martin O’Malley, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Sen. Bernie Sanders stand together before the start of the NBC, YouTube Democratic presidential debate on Jan. 17, 2016, at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, S.C.
  • A man walks in a suburb of Sofia after heavy snowfall on January 17, 2016. Snowstorms blocked traffic in northern and central Bulgaria and left more than 1,200 localities without electricity, authorities announced Sunday.
  • Women practice yoga at a hot spring in Luoyang, Henan Province, China, on Jan. 17, 2016. About one hundred attenders performed a Yoga show in minus four degrees Celsius (24.8 degrees Fahrenheit) at a local hot spring yoga culture festival.
  • An exile Tibetan monk gestures as he makes a point in a dialectics debate with another monk, sitting right, at the Kirti monastery in Dharmsala, India, on Jan. 18, 2016. The debate is an essential part of their training as Buddhist monks.
  • Serena Williams of the US in action against Camila Giorgi of Italy during their first round match at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, on Jan. 18, 2016.
  • Doris Gray sits with a program during the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church where King preached on Jan. 18, 2016, in Atlanta, Ga.
  • A Christian Orthodox priest re-enacts the baptism of Jesus, during the traditional Epiphany baptism ceremony at the Qasr-el Yahud baptism site in the Jordan river near the West Bank town of Jericho on Jan. 18, 2016. The site is traditionally believed by many to be the place where Jesus was baptized.
  • Pizzas are seen on the terrace of Cappuccino restaurant after an attack on the restaurant and the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, January 18, 2016.
  • Commuters walk on a snow covered road in Tokyo on January 18, 2016. Heavy snow blanketed Tokyo metropolitan area and transportation systems were paralyzed.
  • Palestinians inspect the rubble of a farm that was demolished after Israeli authorities said it was built without a permit on January 18, 2016, in the West Bank village of al-Fundoq, east of the village of Qalqiliya.
  • Members of the Kenya Defence Forces carry the caskets of their comrades serving in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), who were killed during an attack last week on a military base in the west of Somalia near the Kenyan border by Somalia’s al Shabaab Islamist group, after their remains arrived at the Wilson airport during a military parade, in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, Jan. 18, 2016.
  • Israeli left wing activists hold posters on Jan. 18, 2016, outside a courthouse in Jerusalem during a demonstration to ask for the release of Ezra Nawi, a Jewish man suspected of informing on Palestinians selling property to settlers, a week after he was arrested.
  • A Greek Orthodox clergy lights candles on a wooden cross in a chapel at the Qasr El Yahud baptism site on the Jordan River, outside the West Bank town of Jerichoon Jan. 18, 2016, as Orthodox pilgrims and clergy celebrate Epiphany at the site where Jesus Christ is believed to have been baptized by John the Baptist.
  • Migrants walk through a frozen field after crossing the border from Macedonia, near the village of Miratovac, Serbia, Jan. 18, 2016.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., leaves after speaking to a crowded room during a campaign stop Jan. 18, 2016, in Birmingham, Ala.
  • Businessmen and their shadows in Tokyo, Japan, Jan. 19, 2016. Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Jan. 18, 2016, at the BOJ quarterly branch managers meeting that Japan’s economy was recovering moderately though Japan’s export and production were affected by Chinese economy.
  • A man holding an infant stands on the balcony of a damaged house, after curfew ended in the southeastern Turkish town of Silopi on Jan. 19, 2016. Turkey is waging an all-out offensive against the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), with military operations backed by curfews aimed at flushing out rebels from several southeastern urban centers.
  • Ultra-orthodox Jews attend the funeral of Rabbi Refoel Shmulevitz, 79, outside the Mir Yeshiva religious school in Jerusalem’s neighborhood of Beit Israel on Jan. 19, 2016. Rabbi Refoel Shmulevitz was the head of the Mir Yeshiva, one of the largest Yeshiva in Israel with more than 7,500 students coming from all over the world.
  • This picture, taken through the window of a car, shows a couple standing under an umbrella to shield themselves from heavy rain on the seafront at the Corniche, or waterfront promenade, in Beirut, Lebanon, on Jan. 19, 2016. Temperatures in Beirut took a dip reaching 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) at night.
  • Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt celebrates after winning his first round match against compatriot James Duckworth at the Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park, Australia, Jan. 19, 2016.
  • A man chats with other investors near an electronic board displaying stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing on Jan. 19, 2016. Chinese shares were buoyed but the rest of Asian stock markets were largely flat Tuesday after China’s quarterly economic growth met expectations, calming some of the investor jitters in the region.
  • Protesters gather outside the state Capitol before Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address, Jan. 19, 2016, in Lansing, Mich. With the water crisis gripping Flint threatening to overshadow nearly everything else he has accomplished, the Republican governor again pledged a fix Tuesday night during his annual State of the State speech.
  • Models are silhouetted during the Dsquared2 men’s Fall-Winter 2016-2017 show collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Jan. 19, 2016.
  • Thousands of Ultra-Orthodox Jews attend the funeral of Rabbi Rafael Shmuelevitz, head of the Mir Yeshiva in the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel, Jan. 19, 2016. Thousands attend the funeral of Rabbi Rafael Shmuelevitz who died late on Jan. 18 at the age of 78. Mir Yeshiva is the largest yeshiva (Jewish institution for studying traditional religious texts) in Israel and one of the largest in the world with over 7,500 students.
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison employee Ray Spiess walks to his office with his lunch across frozen Lake Mendota, Jan. 19, 2016, in Madison, Wis.
  • A Caltrans crew begins the clean up at the scene of a fatal bus accident, Jan. 19, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. The bus flipped on its side while traveling north on Highway 101, according to the San Jose Fire Department.
  • A wax statue of John Wayne watches as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump kisses John Wayne’s daughter, Aissa, during a news conference at the John Wayne Museum on Jan. 19, 2016, in Winterset, Iowa.
  • Migrants wrapped in blankets to warm up stand by a tent at a registration camp in southern Serbian town of Presevo on Jan. 20, 2016, as temperature fall to minus 15 Celsius degrees. As refugees continued to flow from Greece through the Balkans on their way to western Europe, aid workers sounded alarms over inadequate shelter from the current freezing temperatures and snowy conditions, particularly for children.
  • An Afghan driver is seen through the shattered windshield of a car at the site of a suicide attack near the Russian embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Jan. 20, 2016. A suicide car bomb attack close to the Russian embassy in the capital, Kabul, has killed many people and wounded more than a dozen, an Afghan official said Wednesday.
  • Youth walk under an Islamic State flag in Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp, near the port-city of Sidon, southern Lebanon on Jan. 19, 2016.
  • A worker sweeps the entrance to the Luxor Temple in preparation for a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, in Luxor, Egypt, Jan. 20, 2016. The Chinese president will arrive in Luxor on Thursday to attend a gala celebration at Luxor temple marking the 60th anniversary of Egyptian-Chinese relations.
  • Warmly dressed people take photos on a bridge over the river Thames in London, Jan. 20, 2016. Temperatures in London dropped below zero, the lowest this winter yet.
  • This photo taken on Jan. 20, 2016, in Shanghai shows a member of the Chinese national Diving team jumping of the 10m platform during a training session in the Oriental Sports Center.
  • A leftist student activist shouts slogans prior to getting arrested during a protest rally in Kolkata following the suicide of Rohit Vemula, a doctarate student at the Hyderabad Central University, on Jan. 20, 2016. Rohit, a second-year Ph.D. student of Life Sciences was found hanging in his hostel room after he was suspended from the college due to a political dispute.
  • A pharmacy employee waits for customers at a drugstore in Caracas, Jan. 20, 2016.
  • A Yemeni girl looks on during a protest by women in front of United Nations (UN) office in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Jan. 21, 2016, against the ongoing military operations and air strikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition in their country.
  • Commandos of National Security Group (NSG) take positions during a mock terror attack drill ahead of Republic Day in New Delhi, India, Jan. 21, 2016. India is tightening security with extra paramilitary soldiers and police deployed across the capital after a French consulate in southern India received a letter warning against the visit of French President Francois Hollande.
  • People walk past a poster of Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers on display in Beijing, Jan. 21, 2016. China’s armed forces have shut down newspapers published by the country’s seven military regions as part of a program to downsize and streamline the world’s largest standing military.
  • A model wears a creation as part of Rick Owens’ men Fall-Winter 2016-2017 fashion collection, presented in Paris, Jan. 21, 2016.
  • Delegates line up as they enter the National Convention Center for the Opening ceremony of The 12th National Congress of Vietnam’s Communist Party (VCP), in Hanoi, Vietnam, Jan. 21, 2016. The VCP’s 12th congress, which runs from 20 to 28 January 2016, will choose the party’s new leadership.
  • Migrants run away from tear gas thrown by police forces near the Channel Tunnel in Calais, northern France, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Bulldozers moved in this week to clean the Calais migrant camp after hundreds of migrants began moving deeper into the squalid camp. Some fear the camp will eventually be razed to rid Calais of migrants. 

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The Democratic presidential candidates went head to head in Sunday’s NBC News-YouTube debate. A few days later, former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin came out in support of Donald Trump in yet another twist to the front-runner’s campaign. 

In Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, the leader of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, won national elections on Monday, defeating the Kuomintang, or Nationalist Party, to become the island’s first female president.

Along the East Coast, many braced for a massive winter storm that is predicted to bring up to a foot of snow to New York City and has already wrecked havoc in Washington, D.C.

Meanwhile, the city of Flint, Michigan, continues to battle a toxic water crisis that has exposed residents, including thousands of children, to lead poisoning. While the area operates under a state of emergency due to the pollution, the director of the Environmental Protection Agency in the region resigned this week, as officials at various levels of government were called to account for the disaster.

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