Thursday in Pictures: January 7

People celebrate Orthodox Christmas, El Nino lingers in Southern California, and more in today's news pictures.

Cowboy Dwane Ehmer, of Irrigon, Ore., a supporter of the group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, walks his horse on Thursday near Burns, Ore. 

Rick Bowmer / AP

The fourth group of workers emerges from an elevator after they were stuck overnight in a shaft at the Cayuga Salt Mine in Lansing, N.Y. Cargill Inc. spokesman Mark Klein said all 17 miners have been rescued.


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Simon Wheeler / The Ithaca Journal via AP

A boy wearing a raincoat walks on a muddy road after crossing the Macedonian border into Serbia near the village of Miratovac. Migrants and refugees are facing bad weather conditions as they make their way to the European Union via the Balkans.

ARMEND NIMANI / AFP - Getty Images

A woman lights a candle as people gather on the Place de la Republique square to pay tribute to the victims of last year's shooting at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in Paris, France. France this week commemorates the victims of last year's Islamist militant attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket.

Stephane Mahe / Reuters

A walker takes advantage of the clearing skies to stroll past rain puddles at Lake Balboa Park in Lake Balboa, Calif.

Michael Owen Baker / AP

Plumes of smoke billow from some silhouetted chimneys at dawn in Milan, Italy.

Luca Bruno / AP

Members of the Belarus Interior Ministry's special unit line up to kiss an Orthodox cross after an Orthodox Christmas service at their military base in Minsk, Belarus.

Sergei Grits / AP

Kathleen O'Brien, of Portland, Maine, and Kathryn McBrady, of Scarborough, Maine, look at a fiery winter sunset overlooking Back Cove in Portland, Maine.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP

A homeless Indian girl sits on a toppled piece of furniture as she is having a meal in front of a mural in a downtown street of Mumbai, India.  


A Palestinian family walks on the beach in Gaza City.


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Hatem Moussa / AP