This Week in Pictures: Jan. 30-Feb. 5

  • An eagle glides straight toward a drone before clutching it and dragging it to the ground in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Jan. 29, 2016, in this handout photo released by the Netherlands police to Reuters on Feb. 1, 2016. Dutch police puzzling over how to remove drones that pose a public safety threat are testing a way to get the job done in one fell swoop with trained eagles.
  • Pregnant women wait to be attended to at the Women’s National Hospital in San Salvador, El Salvador, Jan. 29, 2016. El Salvador on Jan. 21 urged women in the Central American nation to avoid getting pregnant until 2018 to avoid their children developing birth defects from the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has rampaged through the Americas.
  • A couple walks past early blooming daffodils in St. James’s Park in London, Britain, Jan. 30, 2016.
  • Supporters cheer on Sen. Bernie Sanders at a rally in Iowa City, Iowa, Jan. 30, 2016.
  • Migrants and refugees stand around a fire as they try to keep themselves warm inside a camp on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos on Jan. 30, 2016. A migration monitoring agency says deaths of refugees and migrants crossing the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece are “increasing at an alarming rate” as 218 people have died in January on that eastern Mediterranean route.
  • In this Jan. 30, 2016, photo, Elielson tries to calm down his baby brother Jose Wesley in Bonito, Pernambuco state, Brazil. Jose Wesley was born with microcephaly, and he screams uncontrollably for long stretches, getting red in the face and tightening his already stiff limbs.
  • Thousands of Bernie Sanders supporters wait for a campaign rally to start in the Field House of the University of Iowa on Jan. 30, 2016. Several musical guests, including Vampire Weekend, performed and Dr. Cornel West spoke before the Vermont Senator took the stage. Summary: The Democratic nomination seemed locked up for Hillary Clinton just a few months ago. In the final days leading up to the Iowa caucuses, both Clinton and Bernie Sanders turned their campaigns up to frenzy mode thanks to a tight race between the former Secretary of State and Vermont Senator in the state that leads off the presidential race. Sanders grassroots campaign and progressive positions have created a dedicated following while Clinton looks to regain her dominance with a strong finish in Iowa.
  • Belgian Wout Van Aert celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the men’s elites race at the world championships of cyclo-cross cycling in Heusden-Zolder, on Jan. 31, 2016.
  • Palestinian members of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, take part in a gathering on Jan. 31, 2016, in Gaza city to pay tribute to their fellow militants who died after a tunnel collapsed in the Gaza Strip.
  • Golf fans leave the course during a weather delay in the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament on Jan. 31, 2016, in San Diego.
  • Hillary Clinton, accompanied by Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, holds a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 31, 2016.
  • Palestinian family of Raed Silmi, 35, sit inside their makeshift house during cold weather in a poor area in Al-Zitun neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, Feb. 1, 2016.
  • An official shifts a police vehicle from the scene of a suicide bomb blast near the police administration building in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 1, 2016. At least 10 people were killed when an alleged Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up outside a police administration building in Kabul.
  • Rescue workers and firefighters walk towards an active fire in a forest area on the mountains surrounding Bogota, Colombia, Feb. 1, 2016.
  • New Orleans Pelicans forward Alonzo Gee (15) goes to the basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in New Orleans on Feb. 1, 2016.
  • A woman walks on Andriyivskyy Descent street in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, Feb. 1, 2016. Temperatures hovering around the 0 degrees Celsius mark were forecast in the Ukrainian capital.
  • Donald Trump supporters at a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, rally on Feb. 1, 2016.
  • Soldiers arrive to help control a wildfire in a forest area on the mountains surrounding Bogota, Colombia, Feb. 1, 2016. Most of the country is under red alert because of water shortages and risk of wildfires. El Nino-related effects have intensified the regional dry season, and there has been a record lack of rainfall this year.
  • A child plays with pigeons as a Greek flag waves at a small refugee camp at Pothia port on the southeastern Greek island of Kalymnos, Feb. 1, 2016. European countries have been strained by the influx of migrants, leading to disagreements over what to do with the large number of new arrivals and how to share the burden.
  • Migrants and refugees stand inside a bus after they arrived by ferry along with hundreds of others at the port of Piraeus near Athens on Feb. 1, 2016. Europe has endured a huge influx of migrants, most of whom undertake a dangerous journey in search of a better life.
  • A Sucre municipal worker fumigates for Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus in the Petare neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 1, 2016. Venezuela is reporting a jump in cases of a rare, sometimes paralyzing syndrome that may be linked to the Zika virus.
  • View of the Pico de Orizaba volcano at dawn from the Izta-Popo National Park in the central Mexican state of Puebla on Feb. 1, 2016.
  • Myanmar’s National League for Democracy chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi arrives for the new lower house parliamentary session in Naypyidaw on Feb. 1, 2016. Aung San Suu Kyi led her party into a new session of Myanmar’s parliament on Feb. 1 with lofty expectations that the first popularly- elected government in decades can reset a country ground down by half a century of military rule.
  • Migrant children from Iraq sit on beds inside the sports hall of the Jane-Addams high school, which has been transformed into a refugee shelter in Berlin’s Hohenschoenhausen district, Germany, Feb. 2, 2016.
  • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and his wife, Heidi, disembark from his campaign jet “Constitution One” en route to a presidential primary appearance in Greer, South Carolina, Feb. 2, 2016. 
  • A Palestinian woman reacts after the Israeli army demolished Palestinian houses in the West Bank village of Jimba, south of Hebron, Feb. 2, 2016. The Israeli army started demolishing dozens of Palestinian homes in Hebron, south of the occupied West Bank, to evacuate Palestinians from the area, according to the NGO Breaking the Silence. Palestinians are banned from any construction of houses, roads and infrastructure in Jimba, which is located 60 kilometers south of Hebron in area C under the Israeli army control.
  • Comedian Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County courthouse for pre-trial hearings in the sexual assault case against him in Norristown, Pennsylvania, Feb. 2, 2016.
  • A worker of the Ministry of Public Health and Population fumigates against mosquito breeding, as well as to protect against Zika, during a regular fumigation campaign carried out together with the Knowledge and Freedom Foundation organization in Martissant, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Feb. 2, 2016.
  • A member of Iraq’s elite counter-terrorism service sits in a vehicle after being wounded in fighting the Islamic State group’s jihadists in the al-Sajariyah area, east of the city of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, 120 kilometers west of Baghdad, on Feb. 3, 2016. Iraqi forces declared victory in December in the Ramadi battle after wresting back control of the city’s central government complex from the Islamic State group.
  • Children’s clothes are hung over a fence to dry in a refugee camp for internally displaced in the Gazaliya District, western Baghdad, Feb. 3, 2016. The camp, which opened six months ago, currently hosts close to 2,000 Iraqis who fled the Islamic State in Fallujah and Ramadi.
  • A child watches as Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio arrives for a campaign rally in Laconia, New Hampshire, Feb. 3, 2016.
  • Aerial view of Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Feb. 3, 2016. With temperatures reaching 36-40 degrees Celsius, tourists and residents alike remain on the city beaches until late at night to cool off.
  • Folk artist Zhang Zhijiu prays next to his performing monkeys at Monkey King Temple in Baowan village in Xinye county of China’s central Henan province, Feb. 3, 2016.
  • Migrants and refugees walk to a refugee camp as they wait to be allowed to continue their trip to southern Macedonia, near the northern Greek village of Idomeni, on Feb. 3, 2016. Police in northern Greece late Tuesday said 5,000 refugees and migrants were gathered at or near the border with Macedonia, where authorities continued to provide limited access at a frontier barrier built in November.
  • President Barack Obama greets attendees in an overflow room after speaking at the Islamic Society of Baltimore in Maryland, Feb. 3, 2016. Earlier, Obama had a round-table discussion about anti-Muslim vitriol and violence with Muslim leaders. This is Obama’s first visit as president to a mosque in the United States.
  • Riot policemen try to avoid a petrol bomb thrown by protesters during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Athens, Feb. 4, 2016. Clashes have broken out between Greek police and youths throwing firebombs and stones, as tens of thousands of people march through central Athens to protest planned pension reforms.
  • A South Korean army soldier stands guard during a graduation ceremony at the Tae Sung Dong Elementary School in Paju, South Korea, near Panmunjom inside the Demilitarized Zone separating South and North Korea, Feb. 4, 2016. The school is located just a few hundred meters from the fenced and mined border with North Korea. Six students graduated from the school Thursday.
  • Two coastal protection workers examine a beached sperm whale off the North Sea near Buesum, Germany, Feb. 4, 2016. Two sperm whales were recovered off of Buesum.
  • Riot policemen walk in front of a stencil depicting Greek Labour Minister Georgios Katrougalos during a protest against the government’s planned pension reforms in central Athens, Greece, Feb. 4, 2016.
  • Israeli border police honor guards stand next to the grave of Israeli border policewoman Hadar Cohen, 19, during her funeral at the military cemetery in the city of Yehud, Israel, Feb. 4, 2016. Hadar Cohen was killed a day before at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate during a confrontation with three Palestinian attackers, who opened fire and stabbed Israeli border policewomen at the Damascus Gate into Jerusalem’s walled Old City.
  • Rows of reeds growing next to a stream are backlit in Motza, west of Jerusalem, as the sun sets on a sunny winter day, Israel, Feb. 4, 2016.
  • The cargo ship Modern Express is reflected in water on the dock as it lists at a mooring in the port of Bilbao in Zierbena, northern Spain, Feb. 4, 2016. The 164-meter vessel, which was transporting 3,600 metric tons of wood along with construction machinery, was towed to the port on Wednesday after spending six days listing and adrift in the Bay of Biscay.
  • A man sits outside a closed store as demonstrators clash with riot police in Athens on Feb. 4, 2016.
  • A vehicle belonging to the Italian ambassador is parked outside Zeinhom morgue, where the body of Giulio Regeni, a 28-year-old graduate student, is held, Feb. 4, 2016. The body of the missing Italian student was found with signs of torture, including multiple stab wounds and cigarette burns, by the side of a highway on the outskirts of the Egyptian capital, an investigating prosecutor told The Associated Press on Thursday.
  • The media filing room at the Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by MSNBC at the University of New Hampshire on Feb. 4, 2016, in Durham, N.H.
  • Police officers stand outside the building where two New York police officers were shot in the Bronx borough of New York, Feb. 4, 2016.
  • Debris and a mangled crane lie in the street in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood in Lower Manhattan following a deadly collapse on Feb. 5, 2016.
  • The motorcade of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., drives through a snowstorm on Interstate 93, Feb. 5, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. What started off as rain Friday morning quickly turned to sticky, heavy snow. Many school districts in the region closed for the day, including in some in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

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Last weekend, Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz narrowly edged out their stiffest competitors – Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, respectively – in the race for their party’s nominations for president at the Iowa caucuses. While Clinton’s narrow victory was considered too close for comfort, Cruz’s win came as a surprise in light of Trump’s higher poll numbers leading up to the Monday night caucuses.

Clinton and Sanders then battled it out on Thursday in the first Democratic debate without Martin O’Malley, who dropped out of the presidential race after Iowa. 

President Obama made his first visit to a mosque in the United States since becoming president when he visited the Islamic Society of Baltimore in Maryland.

Riots broke out in Greece over planned pension reforms, and the Zika virus, which has been linked to a neurodevelopmental disorder called microcephaly in babies and Guillain–Barré syndrome in adults, continues to spread through the Americas without a known cure or vaccine.

Two police officers were shot in the Bronx, and a crane collapsed early Friday morning in lower Manhattan as snow fell again across the Northeast.

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