The Week in Pictures: Jan. 23 - 30

Snow snarls the South, avalanches isolate Alaska town, snakes cause a stink, angry birds attack peace doves, and more.

Abandoned cars are piled up on the median of the I-75 outside Atlanta, on Jan. 29. A winter snow storm slammed the city with over 2 inches of snow that turned highways into parking lots, creating massive traffic jams.

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People rest in the aisle of a Publix grocery store after being stranded due to a snow storm in Atlanta, Ga. on Jan. 29. A rare winter storm gripped the U.S. South on Wednesday, killing five people, stranding children overnight at their schools, gnarling traffic across many states and canceling flights at the world's busiest airport.

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Television reporters cover their noses from the stench emanating from a home where at least 300 pythons, both dead and alive, were found in Santa Ana, Calif. on Oct. 29. Santa Ana Police Animal Services supervisor Sondra Berg holds an albino ball python that was one of the surviving snakes in the home.


Bangui residents celebrate after former Seleka rebels were escorted out of Kasai military camp to another camp outside of Bangui, on Jan. 28. The UN Security Council threatened sanctions against the ringleaders of deadly turmoil in the Central African Republic and gave a mandate to EU troops bolstering international forces there. The French-drafted resolution, adopted unanimously by the 15-nation council, also steps up pressure on interim President Catherine Samba Panza to restore order.

Issouf Sanogo / AFP

Anti-government protesters gather at a barricade at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev, Ukraine, early on Jan. 25. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich went on sick leave on Jan. 30 after a bruising session of parliament, leaving a political vacuum in a country threatened with bankruptcy and destabilized by anti-government protests.

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A Pakistani health worker gives a polio vaccine to a child in slums of Lahore, Pakistan on Jan. 23. Militants oppose vaccination against polio and consider such campaigns a cover for spying, also claiming the vaccine is intended to make Muslim boys sterile.

K.m. Chaudary / AP

A firefighter walks past the Residence du Havre after a fire in L'Isle Verte, Quebec on Jan. 23. At least 17 people died with 15 missing and presumed dead after a fire ripped through the wooden three-story residence for the elderly in the Eastern Canadian province of Quebec overnight.

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Syrian refugees look out from an evacuated house on Jan. 27 in Istanbul. Destitute Syrian refugees who have fled the war in Syria are fighting for their lives in different parts of Istanbul, filling houses evacuated for urban development projects.

Refugees are struggling to live without water and heating. Some families have been trying to make a living by begging and working at day jobs. They have high hopes for peace talks in Geneva.

Gurcan Ozturk / AFP

An Afghan refugee boy, Ibraheem Rahees, 8, poses for a picture, in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, on Jan. 26. For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the world’s largest refugee communities: hundreds of thousands of Afghans who have fled the repeated wars and fighting their country has undergone.

Muhammed Muheisen / AP

President Barack Obama looks back at Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House John Boehner during the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 28 in Washington, DC. In his fifth State of the Union address, Obama emphasized healthcare, economic fairness and new initiatives designed to stimulate the U.S. economy.

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A dove is chased by a black crow in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, on Jan. 26. Two white doves were released as a symbol of peace by children with Pope Francis during the Angelus prayer.

Gregorio Borgia / AP

A lone highway sign stands above the closed Richardson Highway, near Valdez, Alaska, on Jan. 25. Two major avalanches and some smaller ones dumped snow along 27 miles of the Richardson Highway on Friday, closing the only road access to Valdez, the city at the end of the trans-Alaska pipeline.

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People wait for their trains at Hongqiao train station in Shanghai on Jan. 28 ahead of the Chinese New Year. About 3.62 billion trips will be made during the 40-day Spring Festival travel rush which started Jan. 16.

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