The Week in Pictures: January 1 - 8
Revelers watch New Year's fireworks on a rock at Barra beach in Salvador, Brazil, on Jan. 1, 2015.
• Gallery: Hello, 2015! The World Rings in a New Year
Some police officers turn their backs as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks on a monitor outside the funeral for NYPD officer Wenjian Liu in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Jan. 4. Tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from across the country gathered on Sunday for the funeral of the second of two New York City policemen killed last month in an ambush that galvanized critics of Mayor de Blasio.
Kevin Jorgeson looks out over California's Yosemite National Park while hanging off of Dawn Wall on the El Capitan mountain on Jan. 4. Two days after Christmas, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson set out to do something no one has ever done before. They're trying to climb a smooth, sheer granite slab more than a half-mile high in California's Yosemite National Park called the Dawn Wall — without gear, using only their hands and feet.
• Pair Take On 'Hardest Rock Climb Ever Done'
Locals walk along a flooded street Jan. 5 near a landslide that caused the evacuation of several homes in Hoquiam, Wash.
Kids play on a man-made sand hill to block high waves ahead of an upcoming storm on Tel Aviv's beach front on Jan. 6. Wind gusts over 40 m.p.h. and waves up to 29 feet hit along Israel's coastline on Tuesday. Wintry weather was striking across the Middle East, bringing cold weather to Syrian refugees in Lebanon and a blanketing sandstorm in Cairo.
The distraught mother of a victim of the deadly New Year's Eve stampede in Shanghai is supported by others on Jan. 2 as she visited the site for a memorial to those killed. The chaos began about a half-hour before what was supposed to be a joyful celebration of the start of 2015. In the end, 36 were dead and 47 people were hospitalized, including 13 who were seriously injured, according to the Shanghai government.
A woman walks through snow in Istanbul on Jan. 7. Heavy snowfall descended on large parts of Turkey, snarling road and air traffic and closing schools.
Salvage tugs tow the stricken vessel "Hoegh Osaka" to a anchor point on Jan. 7 off Cowes, England. The cargo ship, which is carrying 1,400 cars and plant machinery, was moved from the sand bank where she had been grounded since Saturday night.
A fully-loaded truck sits in the desert outpost of Madama, Niger, near the border with Libya on Jan. 1. Madama is situated on the route used by jihadists and arms smugglers in southern Libya to reach northern Mali and Niger.
Parisians gather to pay respect for the victims of a terror attack against a satirical newspaper on Jan. 7. Masked gunmen shouting "Allahu akbar!" stormed the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine, killing 12 people, including the paper's editor, before escaping in a getaway car. It was France's deadliest terror attack in living memory.
• Gallery: Thousands Honor Victims of Terror Attack
People walk in front of the Holy Trinity Cathedral during midnight Christmas service in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Jan. 7. Georgians celebrate Christmas on Jan. 7, according to the Julian calendar used by the country's Orthodox church.
• Gallery: Christmas Arrives for Orthodox Christians
Ground fog covers a field during the first sunrise of 2015 near Warngau, southern Germany.
A dancer performs during a dress rehearsal for The English National Ballet's "Swan Lake" at the London Coliseum on Jan. 6.