This Week in Pictures: Jan. 9-15

  • Devotees join the annual procession with the religious icon of the Black Nazarene (bottom-L) in Manila on January 9, 2016. Barefoot men and women in search of miracles hurled themselves above huge crowds to touch a centuries-old icon of Jesus Christ as one of the world’s largest Catholic festivals got under way.
  • Children play in a military vehicle during the Children’s Day celebration in Bangkok, Thailand on January 9, 2016. Army barracks opened their doors to children to interact with their weapons and vehicles as part of the celebration.
  • An injured Iraqi boy, who fled hunger and jihadist rule in the Iraqi city of Hawijah with his family, recieves assistance from Iraqi security forces in the area of Al-Fatha north of Salaheddin province, on January 9, 2015.
  • Big waves hit the jetty of the port of A Guarda, northwestern Spain, during a storm on January 9, 2016.
  • A Kosovo government building is set on fire by protesters during clashes in Pristina, Kosovo January 9, 2016. Demonstrators in Kosovo fought running battles with police and briefly set fire to government headquarters on Saturday in the latest violence in the young Balkan country over an accord with its former ruler Serbia.
  • Jaden Adams looks over a unloaded semi-automatic handgun during a class to obtain the Utah concealed gun carry permit, at Range Master of Utah, on January 9, 2016 in Springville, Utah. Utah’s permits, available for a fee to non-residents who meet certain requirements, are among the most popular in the country because they are recognized in more than 30 states.
  • Jamie Ward of Nottingham Forest celebrates scoring during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Nottingham Forest and Queens Park Rangers at City Ground on January 9, 2016 in Nottingham, England.
  • A man crosses a bridge at the Neva river embankment in Saint-Petersburg, on January 10, 2016. The temperatures in St. Petersburg dropped on January 10 to - 23 degrees Celsius, but due to high humidity and wind, weather experts said it would feel more like - 29 C.
  • Filipino Marlon Diango, 52, takes a bath in the murky waters of Manila’s bay, Philippines on, Jan. 10, 2016.
  • Marines stand guard outside the house where five gang suspects were killed in the military operation which resulted in the recapture of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman on January 8 in the city of Los Mochis, Sinaloa State, Mexico, on January 10, 2016. Mexican marines recaptured fugitive drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman on January 8 in the northwest of the country, six months after his spectacular prison break embarrassed authorities.
  • A man crosses a snow-covered park in Minsk, Belarus, on January 10, 2016.
  • A parking lot is covered in snow with traces of tire tracks, Jan. 10, 2016, in Des Moines, Iowa. Frigid temperatures and strong winds have led weather officials to warn Iowa and some Nebraska residents of dangerously low wind chills this weekend.
  • A general view of fans during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks at TCFBank Stadium on January 10, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Herders ride horses on snow-covered field in Zhaosu County, Yili, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, Jan. 10, 2016.
  • A girl carrying a baby inspects damage in a site hit by what activists said were airstrikes carried out by the Russian air force in the town of Douma, eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria on Jan. 10, 2016.
  • Two women react at a mural of David Bowie in Brixton, south London, January 11, 2016. David Bowie, a music legend who used daringly androgynous displays of sexuality and glittering costumes to frame legendary rock hits “Ziggy Stardust” and “Space Oddity,” has died of cancer.
  • A woman with a tattoo on her back looks at a mural of British singer David Bowie by artist Jimmy C in Brixton, south London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday aged 69. He was born in Brixton.
  • Antoine Meo (top) of France rides his KTM ahead of Juan Pedrero Garcia (C) of Spain on his Sherco TVS and Adrien Van Beveren of France on his Yamaha during the ninth stage of the Dakar Rally 2016 near Belen, Argentina, Jan. 12, 2016.
  • Members of the Istanbul Medical Chamber place carnations near the blast site at Sultanahmet square in Istanbul, Turkey on Jan. 12, 2016. A suicide bomber thought to have crossed recently from Syria killed at least 10 people, most of them German tourists, at Sultanahmet square in Istanbul’s historic heart on Tuesday, in an attack Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu blamed on Islamic State.
  • Protesters in orange jumpsuits from Amnesty International USA and other organizations rally outside the White House to demand the closure of the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, in Washington, Jan. 11, 2016.
  • Lawrence Erekosima #43 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on Jan. 11, 2016 in Glendale, Ariz. The Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers with a score of 45 to 40. 
  • Japanese women wearing kimonos look at their mobile phones after their Coming of Age Day celebration ceremony at an amusement park in Tokyo on Jan. 11, 2016. According to a government announcement, more than 1.2 million men and women who were born in 1995 marked the coming of age this year, a decrease of approximately 50,000 from last year.
  • President Barack Obama waves as he walks back up the aisle at conclusion of his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 12, 2016.
  • Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., speaks during a news conference about immigration raids targeting Central American families with children, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2016.
  • Tourists from China take pictures of a boy who is dressed up in honor guard costume at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, Jan. 12, 2016. The number of mainland Chinese tourists to neighbouring Taiwan halved in the weeks before this weekend’s elections, several Taipei-based travel agencies said, as Communist Party rulers in Beijing discouraged visits to China’s diplomatic rival.
  • Two ice breakers move along the frozen Moskva River with the Kremlin in the background during snowfall in Moscow, Russia, Jan. 12, 2016. Moscow was hit by a heavy snowfall Tuesday, which led to the cancellation of dozens of flights at the city airports as temperatures dipped to -10 C (14 F) in Moscow.
  • Arantxa Sanchez Vicario of Spain competes during the 2016 World Tennis Challenge match against Marion Bartoli of France at Memorial Drive on Jan. 12, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia.
  • In this photo taken Wednesday evening, Jan. 13, 2016, firefighters battle a garage fire on Perry Road in Pavilion, N.Y. The structure was completely destroyed.
  • Masked men perform the traditional ‘Kuker’ dance around a bonfire during the carnival in the village of Vatanovci, Bulgaria, Jan. 13, 2016. This mask-dance ‘Kuker’ is a pre-Christian tradition that keeps away evil spirits.
  • Afghan migrants look on a smart phone inside the Souda camp, with the stone wall of the castle of Chios island in the background, Greece on Jan. 13, 2016. A key international monitor says migration to Europe is keeping up its high pace this year with more than 23,000 people reaching Greece and Italy via the Mediterranean already this month. Spokesman Joel Millman of the International Organization for Migration says figures collected by Wednesday show 22,895 people have reached Greece this year and another 260 reached Italy. IOM says 58 people have died in attempted crossings.
  • A girl stands behind a curtain that separates between men and women at the gravesite of Rabbi Yisrael Abuhatzeira, a Moroccan-born sage and Kabbalist also known as the Baba Sali, during an annual pilgrimage held on the anniversary of his death in the southern Israeli town of Netivot, Jan. 13, 2016.
  • A woman holds her daughter’s head as they walk away after a blast near the Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Jan. 13, 2016. Afghan security forces exchanged fire with gunmen barricaded in a house near the Pakistan consulate in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Wednesday after a suicide bomber blew himself up, officials said.
  • 7-Eleven store clerk M. Faroqui celebrates with customers after learning the store sold the only winning Powerball ticket on Jan. 13, 2016 in Chino Hills, Calif.
  • A Palestinian boy is seen through a bullet riddled wall from a building which was destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014, in Gaza City, on Jan. 14, 2016. 
  • A light reflects off the watch face of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders as he speaks during a campaign town hall meeting in Hanover, N.H., on Jan. 14, 2016.
  • Police officers react near the site of a blast in Jakarta, Indonesia, Jan. 14, 2016. Several explosions went off and gunfire broke out in the centre of the Indonesian capital on Thursday and police said they suspected a suicide bomber was responsible for at least one the blasts.
  • A Lebanese activist reacts as riot police arrest him during a protest against government in front of the entrance of the Environment Ministry in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Jan. 14, 2016. According to media reports, Lebanese activists clashed with policemen after their break in to the Ministry of Environment while protesting for solutions for the ongoing garbage crisis.
  • A woman cries at the site of Tuesday’s explosion in the historic Sultanahmet district in Istanbul, Jan. 14, 2016. A suicide bomber detonated a bomb in the heart of Istanbul’s historic district on Tuesday morning, killing a number of German tourists and wounding over a dozen others, in the latest in a string of attacks by the Islamic extremists targeting westerners.
  • An Indian villager prepares a fishing net during community fishing as part of the Bhogali Bihu celebrations at the Goroimari Lake in Panbari village, some 31 miles east of Gauhati, India, Jan. 14, 2016. Bhogali Bihu marks the end of the harvesting season in the northeastern state of Assam.
  • A supporter of Taiwan’s New Power Party smokes at a rally ahead of the election in Taipei, Taiwan, Jan. 14, 2016.
  • People gather to watch an installation by artist Top la Design/Catherine Garret called ‘Elephantastic’ on a building near Piccadilly in London, Jan. 14, 2016. Lumiere London is a festival of lights across 30 London locations, showing installations, projections and interactive pieces, the festival runs until Jan. 17 and is expected to attract thousands of visitors.
  • Donald Trump is photographed as he talks to the press in the media spin room after the Republican Presidential debate in North Charleston, S.C. on Jan. 14, 2016.
  • Two Afghan young women wait to be registered in the Tabakika registration center on Jan. 15, 2016. Thousand of refugees and migrants continue to reach Greece’s shores despite the winter weather.
  • Supporters of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen attend an election rally in New Taipei City on Jan. 15, 2016. Momentum is gathering across Taiwan ahead of the January 16 pivotal election, in which voters are expected to turn their backs on eight years of rapprochement with China, as scepticism over closer ties grows.



This week, Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was recaptured after his July escape from Mexico’s Altiplano prison. The story of his recapture gained complexity after it was revealed that actors Sean Penn and Kate del Castillo had been in contact with El Chapo, and that the former had authored an interview with him for Rolling Stone magazine.

On Monday, the world mourned the death of pop legend David Bowie, who died at age 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer. President Barack Obama delivered his final State of the Union address on Tuesday. The following day, three people won a Powerball lottery which handsomely exceeded $1 billion dollars.

All the while, our northern hemisphere’s winter season provided some sensational sights, bitterly cold as they may have been.