This Week in Pictures: Feb. 6-12

  • A refugee woman carries her belongings near the Turkish border crossing gate as Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait on Feb. 6, 2016 in Bab al-Salama, near the city of Azaz, northern Syria. Thousands of Syrians were braving cold and rain at the Turkish border Saturday after fleeing a Russian-backed regime offensive on Aleppo that threatens a fresh humanitarian disaster in the country’s second city. Around 40,000 civilians have fled their homes over the regime offensive, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor.
  • Rescue personnel search the debris of a 17-story apartment building that collapsed after an earthquake hit Tainan, southern Taiwan, Feb. 6, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton holds a town hall at New England College in Henniker, N.H., Feb. 6, 2016.
  • A reveller parades for the Unidos do Peruche samba school during the carnival in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 6, 2016.
  • England’s Courtney Lawes , top left, and Scotland’s Richie Gray, compete for a line out ball, during the Six Nations tournament rugby match between Scotland and England, at Murrayfield Stadium, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016.
  • Mount Bromo spews volcanic materials into the air as seen from Ngadisari, East Java, Indonesia, Feb. 7, 2016. Bromo is one of about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia, an archipelago prone to volcanic eruptions and earthquakes because of its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” a series of fault lines stretching from the Western Hemisphere through Japan and Southeast Asia.
  • A girl and a woman sit inside the car as firecrackers and fireworks explode celebrating the start of the Chinese Lunar New Year in Beijing just before midnight, Feb. 7, 2016.
  • A Palestinian girl dressed in a traditional outfit walks in a field near her house in the Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, on Feb. 7, 2016.
  • In this photograph taken on Feb. 7, 2016, children play with red lanterns in an orphanage on the outskirts of Beijing on the eve of the Lunar New Year. While millions of Chinese return home to their families for the Lunar New Year holiday, children in a small Beijing orphanage are spending the holiday together as one big family. Millions of Chinese are celebrating Spring Festival, the most important holiday on the Chinese calendar, which this year marks the beginning of the Year of the Monkey.
  • A reveller gets ready before the first night of the Carnival parade of samba schools in Rio de Janeiro’s Sambadrome, Feb. 7, 2016.
  • Marco Rubio supporters line up for a rally in Bedford, N.H., Feb. 7, 2016, ahead of the state’s primary.
  • Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton warms up before the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game against the Denver Broncos, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif.
  • Revellers of the Mocidade samba school perform during the carnival parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 8, 2016.
  • A carnival princess stands at the state chancellery in Potsdam, Germany, Feb. 8, 2016. The princely couples of the 21 carnival clubs of Brandenburg traditionally visited the state’s prime minister on Rosenmontag. (Rose Monday).
  • Former French budget minister Jerome Cahuzac (C), who resigned in 2013 after he admitted to having a Swiss bank account, walks down the stairs of the courthouse on the first day of his trial for tax fraud in Paris, France, Feb. 8, 2016.
  • Ingrid, 5, lies on a couch in front of her stilt house, a lake dwelling also known as palafitte or “Palafito,” in Recife, Brazil, Feb. 8, 2016.
  • Pallbearers walk the casket of former Providence Major Buddy Cianci down the aisle of the Cathedral of Saint Peter and Paul, Feb. 8, 2016, in Providence, R.I. Cianci died Jan. 28 at age 74. He was the city’s longest-serving mayor.
  • A woman’ s hair is blown across her face as she crosses the Millennium Bridge during strong winds in London, Britain, Feb. 8, 2016.
  • A farmer harvests mustard from his field on the outskirts of Lahore, Pakistan, Feb. 8, 2016.
  • Revellers are photographed during a traditional Maracatu carnival in Olinda, Brazil, Feb. 8, 2016.
  • An unidentified injured man is escorted by riot police at Mongkok in Hong Kong, China, Feb. 9, 2016. Riot police used batons and pepper spray early on Tuesday to quell fights after authorities tried to move illegal street vendors from a working-class Hong Kong district, the worst street clashes since pro-democracy protests in late 2014. It is not known whether the injured man is a protester.
  • One girl helps another with make-up as performers wait for their turn to go onto the stage at the Longtan park as the Chinese Lunar New Year, which welcomes the Year of the Monkey, is celebrated in Beijing, China, Feb. 9, 2016.
  • Firefighters and emergency doctors work at the site of a train accident near Bad Aibling, southern Germany, on Feb. 9, 2016. Two Meridian commuter trains operated by Transdev collided head-on near Bad Aibling, around 40 miles southeast of Munich, killing at least eight people and injuring around 100, police said. The cause of the accident was not immediately clear.
  • A rescue worker discards an object as he searches through rubble for belongings for relatives to help identify from the remains of a building which collapsed in the 6.4 magnitude earthquake, in the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan early on Feb. 9, 2016.
  • Children warm themselves in a sauna before going outside and pouring cold water on themselves under the watch of fitness coach Oksana Kabotko (not pictured) at a local kindergarten in subzero temperatures, in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia, Feb. 9, 2016. The health and fitness program, which also involves sports training and sauna usage, has been practiced by the kindergarten for more than 15 years. Children start pouring cold water on themselves outdoors after about two to three years of training and undergoing medical tests; and the kindergarten is the only one in the region which uses these exercises, according to employees.
  • An Indian man warms his hand near a bonfire as a domesticated elephant is chained to a tree in New Delhi, India, Feb. 9, 2016. Tamed elephants in India are used in for cultural and ceremonial processions and to carry heavy logs.
  • A couple is seen through an American flag as they walk to a polling place for the New Hampshire primary, Feb. 9, 2016, in Nashua, N.H.
  • A Pakistani man walks past, during a foggy morning in Lahore, Pakistan, Feb. 9, 2016.
  • A car is buried under snow following a snowstorm, in Halifax, Canada, on Feb. 9, 2016. Blizzard conditions from an East Coast storm that cancelled flights and closed schools in parts of the Maritimes shifted into Newfoundland and Labrador early Tuesday.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigns outside a polling place during the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, Feb. 9, 2016, in Manchester, N.H.
  • A resident watches from her home a “Careta” parading through the streets of Triunfo, Brazil, Feb. 8, 2016. The traditional festivity dates back almost a century. Residents say it was created in this small town by two men who weren’t allowed to take part in a folk celebration because they were drunk.
  • Waves crash over the sea wall at Porthcawl in Wales, Feb. 8, 2016, as winds of nearly 100mph battered Britain after Storm Imogen slammed into the south coast bringing fierce gusts and torrential downpours.
  • Visitors watch the city on top of a mountain that served as a strategic site for the defence of Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War, on Feb. 7, 2016. The hill known as the Turo de la Rovira, offers a 360 degree view of the city and it contains the remains of an anti-aircraft battery that helped to defend Barcelona from air attacks during the Civil War.
  • Milena Kaline, 17, who is three months pregnant, center, holds Angelica Pereira’s daughter Luiza, who was born with microcephaly, as they talk in Santa Cruz do Capibaribe, Pernambuco state, Brazil, Feb. 6, 2016. The Zika virus, spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, thrives in people’s homes and can breed in even a bottle cap’s-worth of stagnant water. The virus is suspected to be linked with occurrences of microcephaly in new born babies, but no link has been proven yet.
  • A car drives around a felled tree blocking the road from the airport in Ajaccio on Feb. 9, 2016, after it was allegedly cut down by demonstrators attempting to prevent attendees passing to attend a seminar by extreme right-wing organizations.
  • Motorbike and auto-rickshaw drivers make their way through a busy street in Noida, near New Delhi, India, Feb. 9, 2016.
  • Donald Trump supporters celebrate at his victory party in Manchester, N.H., Feb. 9, 2016.
  • People watch as a giant wave crashes against the sea defences during a high tide in San Sebastian, northern Spain, Feb. 9, 2016. Authorities have announced expected gale-force winds in upcoming days of up to 75 miles per hour and giants waves of more than eight meters in the north of the country.
  • A refugee man passes a baby to a woman from a train window, upon their arrival at the transit center for refugees near northern Macedonian village of Tabanovce, Feb. 10, 2016. Macedonian authorities are reinforcing a barrier at the country’s border with Greece that is designed to limit the number of migrants and refugees crossing into the country, accepting people only from war-affected zones who declare Austria or Germany as their final destination.
  • Children walk holding political placards in Bangui, Central African Republic, Feb. 10, 2016. Two former prime ministers, Faustin Archange Touadera and Anicet Georges Dologuele, are running neck-and-neck in the second round of presidential elections Sunday, Feb. 14, to end years of violence pitting Muslims against Christians in the Central African Republic.
  • Yemenis inspect a building allegedly destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes targeting a neighborhood in Sana’a, Yemen, Feb. 10, 2016. According to reports, two Saudi-led airstrikes targeted a neighborhood in Sana’a, killing five members of a Yemeni family.
  • People gather around the body of former Prime Minister Sushil Koirala during his funeral procession in Kathmandu, Nepal, Feb. 10, 2016.
  • A woman covers her face during prayer at an Ash Wednesday Mass held at the San Francisco church in La Paz, Bolivia, Feb. 10, 2016. Ash Wednesday for Catholics ushers in a period of penitence and reflection, known as the season of Lent, that leads up to Easter Sunday.
  • A person rides a moped on an empty street in Tokyo, Feb. 11, 2016, on the National Foundation Day holiday.
  • An Iranian woman holds the national flag during a rally commemorating the 37th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, in Tehran, Iran, Feb. 11, 2016. The nationwide rallies commemorate Feb. 11, 1979, when followers of Ayatollah Khomeini ousted U.S.-backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
  • Kashmiri people try to warm themselves amid snowfall in Tangmarg, north of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, Feb. 11, 2016. Kashmir received fresh snowfall breaking a spell of dry weather.
  • Filipino children play along flowing water after a water pipe broke down in Manila, Philippines, Feb. 11, 2016. A water pipe that broke on the night of Feb. 10 caused floods and hampered transportation in Manila. Reports said authorities have already closed some service pipes but the water continues to flow. Local residents took advantage by collecting the water.
  • A man carrying an umbrella walks under snow-covered trees during snowfall in Tangmarg town in Kashmir region, Feb. 11, 2016.
  • A child is weighed by nurses in Bangui, Central African Republic, Feb. 11, 2016. The U.N. World Food Program estimates that nearly half the country 2.5 million people are facing hunger as  more than two years of violence has severely disrupted the country’s agriculture and healthcare sectors.
  • Security guards take a break at Baiyunguan Temple during Lunar New Year celebrations in Beijing on Feb. 11, 2016. Millions of Chinese are celebrating the “Spring Festival,” the most important holiday on the Chinese calendar which this year marks the beginning of the Year of the Monkey. 
  • Syrian people wait in front of the Oncupinar crossing gate to go back to Syria, near the town of Kilis, in south-central Turkey, on Feb. 11, 2016.
  • Palestinian youth, members of a Gazan martial art group, perform their ninja-like skills at the ruins of a house that was destroyed in the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas militants, in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, on Feb. 11, 2016.
  • As the sun rises, military personnel practice their positioning during a rehearsal before a Presidential Full Honor Wreath-Laying Ceremony in celebration of the 207th birthday of President Abraham Lincoln, Feb. 12, 2016, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. 
  • Broken glass from a window falls from the Agriculture Ministry building on riot police officers as clashes erupted during a demonstration of Greek farmers against planned pension reforms in Athens, Greece, Feb. 12, 2016. 

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Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire Democratic primary this week, dealing an anticipated blow to Hillary Clinton as she tries to regain her footing. On the Republican side, Donald Trump easily defeated Ted Cruz, who was hoping to maintain the momentum he’d gained from winning the Iowa caucuses the week before.

The Chinese New Year and Carnival in Brazil kicked off this week in a flurry of festivities celebrated both near and far. 

In Taiwan, a massive earthquake toppled buildings and left rescuers searching the rubble for survivors. In Mexico, more than 50 people were killed when a riot broke out in a prison. And in Germany, two trains collided head-on killing at least nine and injuring dozens more. 

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