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The Week in Pictures: Jan. 1 - 9

Confetti celebrations, a frozen tempest storms the nation, eruptions of ash, an infant rescued and more.

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Image: Confetti is dropped on revelers at midnight during New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square in New York

Welcome, 2014!

Confetti is dropped on revelers at midnight during New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square in New York on Jan. 1, 2014.

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Frozen city

Pilot Hank Cain captured this image of a frozen Chicago while deadheading from Washington D.C. to the Windy City on Jan. 7. Deadheading is the practice of ferrying airline crews to their next assignment.

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Snow slams St. Louis

A person struggles to cross a street in blowing snow as the Gateway Arch appears in the distance on Jan. 5, 2014, in St. Louis. Snow that began in parts of Missouri Saturday night intensified on Sunday, blanketing much of the state in several inches of snow. The St. Louis region saw 10.8 inches in the city and up to 15 inches in the suburbs.

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Whiteout

Frozen mist from Niagara Falls coats the landscape around Prospect Point at Niagara Falls State Park in New York. The Polar Vortex brought high winds and frigid temperatures to the area Tuesday.

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Rodman returns

Dennis Rodman stands up to leave after he and fellow US basketball players completed a television interview at a hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea on Jan. 7, 2014. Rodman came to the North Korean capital with a team of USA basketball stars for an exhibition game on Jan. 8, the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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Icy plunge

Men dive into the icy waters of a lake to catch a cross in Sofia, Bulgaria as part of Epiphany Day celebrations on Jan. 6, 2014. It is believed that the first man to grab the crucifix, thrown into the water by an Eastern Orthodox priest, will be healthy throughout the year.

Dimitar Dilkoff / AFP
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Image: A man carries a baby who survived what activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus

Rescued from rubble

A man carries a baby who survived what activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus on Jan. 7, 2014.

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Image: Mount Sinabung spews ash during an eruption.

Ash over Indonesia

Mount Sinabung spews ash near Karo, North Sumatra on Jan. 7, 2014, in a series of more than 50 eruptions that have sent lava and hot gas into the air since Sunday. The volcano has erupted relentlessly for months, displacing more than 20,000 people since September.

Sutanta Aditya / AFP
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Fleeing to safety

People in a car with their belongings in the PK 9 district flee from Banguiin the Central African Republic on Jan. 5, 2014. A hand grenade attack on a Bangui market Sunday left four people injured, including two women and a Burundian soldier from MISCA, the African force deployed in the Central African Republic.

Miguel Medina / AFP
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Car bombing

A Lebanese man carries an injured woman away from the site of a car bomb explosion that kiled at least five people in a Shiite area and stronghold of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah at the southern suburb of Beirut, on Jan. 2, 2014.

Hussein Malla / AP
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Seeking refuge

One of the few to have a mosquito net, a displaced family sits under it after waking up in the morning in the town of Awerial, South Sudan on Jan. 2, 2014. The family fled after recent fighting between government and rebel forces in Bor by boat across the White Nile. The international Red Cross said Wednesday that the road from Bor to the nearby Awerial area "is lined with thousands of people" waiting for boats in order to cross the river, adding that the gathering of displaced is "is the largest single identified concentration of displaced people in the country so far".

Ben Curtis / AP
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Image: A woman dressed as a character from the nativity scene puts a lamb around the neck of Pope Francis as he arrives to visit the Church of St Alfonso Maria dei Liguori in the outskirts of Rome

Pope had a little lamb

A woman dressed as a character from the nativity scene puts a lamb around the neck of Pope Francis as he arrives to visit the Church of St Alfonso Maria dei Liguori in the outskirts of Rome on Jan. 6, 2014.

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People watch the sun rise on New Year's Day in Tokyo.

Here comes the sun

People watch the sun rise on New Year's Day January 1, 2014 over Tokyo Bay. Some 200 people saw the first sunrise of Tokyo in 2014 from the Roppongi Hills observation deck, 885 ft. above sea level.

Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP
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