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Fireworks and prayers ring in Chinese New Year, wildfires scorch Down Under, a cargo ship torn in two, an ice-covered car and more.
A villager runs as Mount Sinabung erupts at Sigarang-Garang village in North Sumatra on Feb. 1, 2014. Indonesia's Mount Sinabung volcano erupted and killed at least 14 people on the western island of Sumatra on Saturday, the first time it is known to have claimed any lives.
Commuters bundle up as they walk against blowing snow on Feb. 5 in Chicago. Heavy, blowing snow moved across much of Illinois as the state got pelted by the latest round of winter weather.
Hereford cattle roam the dirt-brown fields of Nathan Carver's ranch which his family has owned for five generations on the outskirts of Delano, in California's Central Valley, on Feb. 3.
Normally at this time of the year, the fields would be covered in lush green grass, but the West Coast's worst drought in decades has reduced the land to a parched moonscape, leaving the 55-year-old father of four praying for rain. While Carver remembers tales his grandparents told of the Dust Bowl years in the 1930's, this is as bad as he has ever seen it in his lifetime, he said.
A firefighter stands among burning trees as he battles wildfires in Banjup, Western Australia, on Feb. 3. The fire burned more than 1,200 acres and damaged several homes.
A herder and his cattle pass in front of the ancient pagodas at Bagan, Myanmar on Feb. 3.
Anti-government protesters warm themselves at a fire near a barricade in Kiev on Jan. 31. A bill passed by Ukraine's parliament that would grant amnesty to arrested activists gives protesters a 15-day deadline to leave occupied streets and administrative buildings.
Fireworks illuminate the skyline in celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year, on Jan. 30 in Beijing, China. According to the Lunisolar Chinese calendar, 2014 is the Year of the Horse. Chinese New Year is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with the Lantern Festival on the fifteenth day.
A man guides two Syrian women as they leave a building following an alleged air strike by Syrian government forces on Jan. 30 in Aleppo, Syria. Syria's government has razed thousands of homes as "collective punishment" to communities that back the opposition in the capital of Damascus and in the Hama province, according to Human Rights Watch.
Waves break against a Spanish cargo ship that was torn in half off the beach in Anglet, France on Feb. 5. The Spanish cargo ship carrying fertilizer was split in two on Wednesday after hitting a sea wall during high winds and leaked fuel into the water. Two helicopters lifted a dozen crew members to safety, said Jean Espilondo, the mayor of Anglet.
The body of boxer Christopher Rivera, who was shot to death on Jan. 26, is propped up in a fake boxing ring during his wake at the community recreation center within the public housing project where he lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Jan. 31. Elsie Rodriguez, vice president of the Marin funeral home, explained that Rivera had asked his family that if he died, he wanted his funeral to make reference to his boxing career.
African migrants cover themselves with blankets to shield from the cold while sleeping in a Tel Aviv park during a protest demanding asylum and work rights from the Israeli government, on Feb. 3.
In recent weeks, African migrants, mostly from Eritrea and Sudan, have staged a series of demonstrations demanding they be recognized as refugees — a status that would give them residency rights. Israel sees many of them as economic migrants and has tried a number of tactics to stop the influx or keep their numbers down. The nation has built a fence along the border with Egypt, passed a law that allows for the migrants' detention and offered financial incentives to urge them to leave.
The Tungurahua volcano erupts in Banos, Ecuador on Feb. 1. The volcano, which has been in an eruption process since 1999, erupted on Saturday, sending ash and pyroclastic material into the atmosphere.
A refugee holds a mattress on the top of a plane in the airport camp in Bangui, Central African Republic on Feb. 2. Over 130,000 have taken refuge outside the airport, living in dismal conditions, as fighting between Muslim Seleka militias and Christian anti-Balaka factions continues and French and African Union forces struggle to contain the bloodshed.
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Newly enlisted Central African Armed Forces soldiers drag the lifeless body of a suspected Muslim Seleka militiaman moments after Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza addressed the troops in Bangui on Feb. 5. The victim was lynched by hundreds of recruits, pelting him with bricks and mutilating his body with knives.
A seagull flies over ice sheets floating in the port of Hamburg, Germany, on Jan. 31. Temperatures in the Hanseatic city were around freezing point.
A man shovels next to an ice-covered car in Postojna, Slovenia, on Feb. 3. A quarter of the households in Slovenia were left without electricity on Monday after a weekend of blizzards and very low temperatures wreaked havoc on power lines and roads.
North Korean-born Kang Myeong-wook, right, bows with his granddaughter towards the North Korean border at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at Imjingak park in South Korea's Gyeonggi Province on Jan. 31. Many South Korean families with members originating from the North visit the DMZ during the Lunar New Year holiday to send symbolic offerings to relatives thought to still be there. Meanwhile South Korea called on North Korea to honor its promise to hold a reunion of families from the two countries, separated for decades, after days of silence by Pyongyang.