This Week in Pictures: Jan. 23-29

  • Young men run for cover after police fire shots to disperse a crowd protesting against President Michel Martelly’s government, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan. 23, 2016. A presidential runoff that had already been delayed once and faced deep public skepticism was put on hold indefinitely Friday.
  • Braving the snow at Prospect Park in New York, on the morning of Jan. 23, 2016. Forecasts were predicting 12 to 24 inches of snow in the city, with the heaviest falls to come after sunrise; Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency and told New Yorkers to stay off the roads.
  • Smoke rises from burning oil storage tanks in the port of Ras Lanuf, Libya, Jan. 23, 2016.
  • Old Town Alexandria resident Stacy Reyan, 44, sits in the eucalyptus steam room at the Lorien Hotel Spa after getting a facial Jan. 23, 2016 in Alexandria, Va. One in seven Americans will get at least half a foot of snow outside their homes when this weekend’s big storm has finished delivering blizzards, gale-force winds, white-out conditions and flooding to much of the eastern United States.
  • Pedestrians walk up a snowy Third Avenue in New York as a vehicular travel ban remained in effect, Jan. 23, 2016.
  • A sanitation truck plows snow near Grand Central Station in Manhattan, Jan. 23, 2016. With 16 inches of snow in the city by early afternoon and as much as 30 inches expected, the entire downstate region was under a travel ban with drivers subject to arrest after 2:30 p.m.
  • A woman holds her ski as she walks on the snow through the shadows from the trees on Troodos mountains, on the mediterranean island of Cyprus, Jan. 23, 2016. Low pressure system affecting the region has brought low temperatures, rain and snow in Cyprus’ mountainous regions.
  • Washington, DC., Jan. 23, 2016.
  • Paramilitary policemen take part in a winter training in Shenyang, Liaoning province, China, Jan. 23, 2016.
  • A motorist shovels snow to free up a vehicle on the New Jersey Turnpike during a snowstorm, Jan. 23, 2016, in Port Reading, N.J. Towns across the state are hunkering down during a major snowstorm that hit overnight.
  • A Palestinian man lies on a couch in his flooded house that was damaged during the 2014 war, on a rainy day in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, Jan. 24, 2016.
  • Smoke rises above a fire as French farmers block highway access to Lorient, western France, on Jan. 25, 2016 to protest against the falling prices of dairy and meat products.
  • People try to navigate a snowbank in the middle of Park Avenue, Jan. 25, 2016 as New Yorkers return to work after the city was hit with a massive snowstorm.
  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves to Gilles Simon of France during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Jan. 24, 2016.
  • Tourists watch high waves of the Pacific Ocean pounding the coast in Vina del Mar city, Chile, Jan. 25, 2016. High waves have been pounding Chile’s coastline from Arica to Los Lagos, tourists have been warned by the navy to stay away from beaches, especially in the evening and early morning when the high tide comes in.
  • The young couple switched to bottled water to wash dishes and cook almost four months ago. Researchers have connected lead to IQ loss, behavioral problems, and a cascading list of poor health outcomes, especially in children. There is no “safe” level of lead in the water, experts say.
  • A health ministry worker fumigates a house to kill mosquitoes during a campaign against dengue and chikungunya and to prevent the entry of Zika virus in Managua, Nicaragua, Jan. 26, 2016. The Government of Nicaragua announced a plan in order to stop the Zika virus from arriving in the country.
  • Serena Williams of the U.S. serves during her quarter-final match against Russia’s Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park, Australia, Jan. 26, 2016.
  • Aerial video released by the FBI on Jan. 28, 2016 shows a law enforcement officer (L) pointing a weapon at a man who had just stepped out of the white pickup truck at a police roadblock on Jan. 26 near Burns, Oregon. The FBI released video showing one of the men occupying an Oregon wildlife refuge reach for his jacket pocket before he was shot dead by law enforcement after speeding away from a traffic stop where the group’s leader was arrested. Authorities said 54-year-old Robert LaVoy Finicum, a rancher from Arizona who acted as a spokesman for the occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, was armed when he was stopped by police and killed on Tuesday afternoon. The video was edited to remove aircraft information, according to the FBI. 
  • A city worker helps homebound Simon Jose Valentin, 94, leave his home while it is fumigated to combat the Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus, at the San Judas Community in San Salvador, El Salvador, Jan. 26, 2016. Worries about the rapid spread of Zika through the hemisphere has prompted officials in El Salvador, Colombia and Brazil to suggest women stop getting pregnant until the crisis has passed.
  • Law enforcement personnel converge on an area near a parking garage adjacent to Building 26 at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, Calif., Jan. 26, 2016. An active shooter situation was reported Tuesday, according to a post on the medical center’s Facebook page.
  • Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland plays a backhand return to Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Jan. 26, 2016.
  • French and european taxi drivers clash with riot police as they attempt to disrupt rush hour traffic on the ring-road around Paris, during a demonstration against the app-based transportation network and taxi company Uber’s service in Paris, France, Jan. 26, 2016.
  • Guests take pictures with their smart phones during the Spring/Summer 2016 Haute Couture collection by French designer Stephane Rolland at the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Jan. 26, 2016.
  • A person is silhouetted in the foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Jan. 26, 2016.
  • Cara Delevingne carries a dog as she arrives at Chanel’s Spring-Summer 2016 Haute Couture fashion collection in Paris, Jan. 26, 2016.
  • A man works on a fence amidst a cloud of insecticide as city workers fumigate to combat the Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes that transmits the Zika virus, at the San Judas Community in San Salvador, El Salvador, Jan. 26, 2016. Worries about the rapid spread of Zika through the hemisphere has prompted officials in El Salvador, Colombia and Brazil to suggest women stop getting pregnant until the crisis has passed.
  • Novak Djokovic of Serbia signs autograph for fans after defeating Kei Nishikori of Japan in a quarter final match at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, Jan. 26, 2016.
  • Trees, the sky, and a building is reflected in his bus window as Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich steps onto his bus after a campaign stop, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, in New Boston, N.H.
  • French taxis are parked on the street to block Porte Maillot in western Paris during a demonstration against app-based service Uber, in Paris, France, Jan. 26, 2016.
  • A girl walks out of a drainage canal in the neighborhood of Kinama in Bujumbura, on July 27, 2015. Burundi, where President Pierre Nkurunziza won an expected third term on July 24, has since late April been rocked by deadly protests against his divisive bid for re-election.
  • Geovane Silva holds his son Gustavo Henrique, who has microcephaly, at the Oswaldo Cruz Hospital in Recife, Brazil, Jan. 26, 2016. Health authorities in the Brazilian state at the center of a rapidly spreading Zika outbreak have been overwhelmed by the alarming surge in cases of babies born with microcephaly, a neurological disorder associated to the mosquito-borne virus.
  • A model wears the wedding gown for Elie Saab’s Spring-Summer 2016 Haute Couture collection presented Jan. 27, 2016 in Paris.
  • In this Jan. 26, 2016 photo, Richard Claybrooke, center, of Parrish, Fla., sits with his sons Brady, left, 7, and Logan, 10, after stopping for lunch during the Great Florida Cattle Drive 2016, in Kenansville, Fla. The once-a-decade event was organized to draw attention to Florida’s deep cowboy history. 
  • Iraqi soldiers from the army’s 72nd Brigade participate in a live ammunition training exercise with U.S.-led Coalition trainers at Basmaya military base in south of Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 27, 2016.
  • A model wears a creation for Jean Paul Gaultier’s Spring-Summer 2016 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Paris, Jan. 27, 2016.
  • Vehicles carry coffins draped with Iraqi flags and containing bodies found in a mass grave in Anbar province, Jan. 27, 2016. Iraqi authorities have uncovered the mass grave in Ramadi containing at least 40 bodies, including women and children, apparently killed by Islamic State insurgents when they seized the city in May, police and provincial officials said.
  • Gleyse Kelly da Silva, 27, holds her daughter Maria Giovanna, who was born with microcephaly, outside their house in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil, Jan. 27, 2016. Brazilian officials still say they believe there’s a sharp increase in cases of microcephaly and strongly suspect the Zika virus, which first appeared in the country last year, is to blame. The concern is strong enough that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this month warned pregnant women to reconsider visits to areas where Zika is present.
  • People wait in line to buy groceries at government regulated prices in Caracas, Venezuela, Jan. 27, 2016. There is currently a shortage of eggs and other basic foodstuffs in the country, and people wait in line for at least an hour to buy them. In a note published last Friday, the International Monetary Fund Western Hemisphere Director Alejandro Werner said inflation would more than double in the economically struggling South American country in 2016.
  • A woman wearing a face mask walks in a Metro station in Moscow, Russia, Jan. 27, 2016. Russia’s health minister Veronika Skvortsova said that flu levels in the country have reached “epidemic” levels.
  • South Korean and U.S. Marines hurl snow during a winter military drill in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Jan. 28, 2016.
  • Super Etendard fighter jets dump fuel after a mission, before landing on France’s flagship Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier on mission in the Gulf, Jan. 28, 2016.
  • Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) Lawmaker and a former cabinet minister, Nobuteru Ishihara, speaks to reporters at Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan, Jan. 28, 2016. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday he wants the new economy minister, Nobuteru Ishihara, to continue the government’s efforts to push through structural reforms.
  • Staff members pose for photographers with the painting ‘Le Miroir’ by Belgian artist Paul Delvaux during a press preview at Sotheby’s auction house in London, Britain, Jan. 28, 2016.
  • Kashmiri Muslim devotees pray outside the shrine of Sufi Saint Syed Abdul Qadir Jilani in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Jan. 29, 2016. Thousands of devotees thronged to the shrine, where the Kashmiri Muslim head priest displayed the relics of the Sufi Saint.
  • Oregon State Troopers set up a new roadblock at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge outside Burns, Oregon, Jan. 28, 2016. A handful of armed protesters remained holed up in a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon on Thursday, surrounded by police and federal agents, despite impassioned pleas from their jailed leader for them to stand down after the death of an activist. 
  • Heidi Darasz, center, walks towards the back of a line outside a Radisson hotel in Nashua, N.H., Jan. 29, 2016, before the arrival of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump ahead of a campaign stop.

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Over the weekend, a massive blizzard blanketed much of the East Coast in record-breaking amounts of snow and several states declared a state of emergency.

In the Americas, Zika virus, which is spread by mosquitoes and causes conditions including birth defects in children to paralysis in adults, has spread at an alarming rate. The World Health Organization announced on Thursday that it would convene an emergency meeting on how to handle the outbreak.

Flint, Mich., is in a state of emergency, searching for short-term fixes and long-term answers to a man-made lead crisis. 

The remaining Republican candidates vying for the GOP nomination - minus Donald Trump - took the stage in the final debate before the Iowa caucuses, while Trump held his own event at Iowa’s Drake University.

A standoff in Oregon between government officials and people who were part of an occupation of a wildlife refuge turned deadly this week, and the FBI released a video of the shooting death of one of the occupiers, LaVoy Finicum, on Thursday.

In Burundi, 17 people including two photojournalists, Phil Moore and Jean Philippe Remy were arrested in a late night raid in the city’s capital, Bujumbura.

In Paris, taxi drivers disrupted traffic in a protest against Uber the same week the city hosted Fashion Week.

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