Children play in the Umm Jurn camp for the displaced, near the village of Kafr Uruq, in Syria’s northern rebel-held Idlib province on Jan. 17. DULAZIZ KETAZ/AFP via Getty Images

The Month in World Photos

January brought an insurrection, impeachment, and inauguration in the United States—plus a deadly plane crash in Indonesia, the rescue of gold miners in China, and mass COVID-19 vaccinations around the globe.

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Shattered glass windows on the east front steps of the U.S. Capitol are a reminder of the insurrection that occurred two weeks prior as the Honor Guard runs through a rehearsal for the presidential inauguration in Washington on Jan. 18. Melina Mara-Pool/Getty Images

Shattered glass windows on the east front steps of the U.S. Capitol are a reminder of the insurrection that occurred two weeks prior as the Honor Guard runs through a rehearsal for the presidential inauguration in Washington on Jan. 18.

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A medical worker wears personal protective equipment marked with the words “Happy New Year 2021” to encourage COVID-19 patients at the Bogor City Hospital in West Java, Indonesia, on Jan. 1. ADITYA AJI/AFP via Getty Images

A medical worker wears personal protective equipment marked with the words “Happy New Year 2021” to encourage COVID-19 patients at the Bogor City Hospital in West Java, Indonesia, on Jan. 1.

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Referees watch ski jumpers during a qualification jump of the FIS Men’s Ski Jumping World Cup in Willingen, western Germany, on Jan. 29. INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images

Referees watch ski jumpers during a qualification jump of the FIS Men’s Ski Jumping World Cup in Willingen, western Germany, on Jan. 29.

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Men receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Belgrade, Serbia, on Jan. 25. ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP via Getty Images

Men receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Belgrade, Serbia, on Jan. 25.

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Dozens of crocodiles appear at an inactive farm in the West Bank’s Jordan Valley on Jan. 18. Hundreds of crocodiles were stranded after Israel passed a law in 2012 defining the crocodile as a protected animal and banning the raising of animals for sale as meat or merchandise. MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty Images

Dozens of crocodiles are seen from above at an inactive farm in the West Bank’s Jordan Valley on Jan. 18. Hundreds of crocodiles were stranded after Israel passed a law in 2012 defining the crocodile as a protected animal and banning the raising of animals for sale as meat or merchandise.

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The ball drops to ring in the new year in a mostly empty Times Square in New York City on Jan. 1. COREY SIPKIN/AFP via Getty Images

The ball drops to ring in the new year in a mostly empty Times Square in New York City on Jan. 1.

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A person mourns the first anniversary of the killing of senior Iranian military commander Gen. Qassem Suleimani in a U.S. attack in Baghdad on Jan. 2. Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

A person mourns the first anniversary of the killing of senior Iranian military commander Gen. Qassem Suleimani in a U.S. attack in Baghdad on Jan. 2.

Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters
Paramedics leave a home after assisting a patient with symptoms of COVID-19 in Medellin, Colombia, on Jan. 12.  JOAQUIN SARMIENTO/AFP via Getty Images

Paramedics leave a home after assisting a patient with symptoms of COVID-19 in Medellin, Colombia, on Jan. 12.

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Emirati youths run across a sand dune in the Liwa desert in United Arab Emirates on Jan. 9. KARIM SAHIB/AFP via Getty Images

Emirati youths run across a sand dune in the Liwa desert in United Arab Emirates on Jan. 9.

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Children play in the Umm Jurn camp for the displaced, near the village of Kafr Uruq, in Syria’s northern rebel-held Idlib province on Jan. 17. DULAZIZ KETAZ/AFP via Getty Images

Children play in the Umm Jurn camp for the displaced, near the village of Kafr Uruq, in Syria’s northern rebel-held Idlib province on Jan. 17.

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Insurrectionists climb the walls of the U.S. Capitol in Washington during a riot seeking to cancel the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results Jan. 6. Stephanie Keith/Reuters

Insurrectionists climb the walls of the U.S. Capitol in Washington during a riot seeking to cancel the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results Jan. 6.

Stephanie Keith/Reuters
A participant tries to control a bull during an annual bull-taming festival in Palamedu, India, on the outskirts of Madurai, on Jan. 15. ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images

A participant tries to control a bull during an annual bull-taming festival in Palamedu, India, on the outskirts of Madurai, on Jan. 15.

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A woman throws hot water into the air and watches as it instantly condenses into ice crystals amid temperatures of minus 17 degrees Fahrenheit in Shenyang, China, on Jan. 8. STR/AFP via Getty Images

A woman throws hot water into the air and watches as it instantly condenses into ice crystals amid temperatures of minus 17 degrees Fahrenheit in Shenyang, China, on Jan. 8.

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Lebanese antigovernment protesters demonstrating against the tanking economy hurl rocks in front of the Serail—the headquarters of the governorate—in the northern port city of Tripoli on Jan. 28. Tripoli was already one of Lebanon’s poorest areas before the pandemic piled new misery onto a chronic economic crisis. JOSEPH EID/AFP via Getty Images

Lebanese antigovernment protesters demonstrating against the tanking economy hurl rocks in front of the Serail—the headquarters of the governorate—in the northern port city of Tripoli on Jan. 28. Tripoli was already one of Lebanon’s poorest areas before the pandemic piled new misery onto a chronic economic crisis.

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Lava flows from Mount Merapi as seen from Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on Jan. 19. AGUNG SUPRIYANTO/AFP via Getty Images

Lava flows from Mount Merapi as seen from Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on Jan. 19.

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A man swims in a pool that was cut into a frozen lake in Shenyang, China, on Jan. 7. STR/AFP via Getty Images

A man swims in a pool that was cut into a frozen lake in Shenyang, China, on Jan. 7.

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Palestinian health workers register samples for coronavirus testing in the West Bank village of Dura, southwest of Hebron, on Jan. 8. HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images

Palestinian health workers register samples for coronavirus testing in the West Bank village of Dura, southwest of Hebron, on Jan. 8.

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Dancers prepare to perform during Saint Sebastian festivities in Diriamba, Nicaragua, on Jan. 19. INTI OCON/AFP via Getty Images

Dancers prepare to perform during Saint Sebastian festivities in Diriamba, Nicaragua, on Jan. 19.

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U.S. Capitol police officers point their guns at a door as insurrectionists attempt to get inside the Capitol’s House chamber during a joint session of Congress in Washington on Jan. 6. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

U.S. Capitol police officers point their guns at a door as insurrectionists attempt to get inside the Capitol’s House chamber during a joint session of Congress in Washington on Jan. 6.

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Indonesian Navy divers hold wreckage from Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 during a search-and-rescue operation at sea near Lancang island on Jan. 10. The Boeing 737-500 crashed shortly after takeoff from the Jakarta airport the day before. ADEK BERRY/AFP via Getty Images

Indonesian Navy divers hold wreckage from Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 during a search-and-rescue operation at sea near Lancang island on Jan. 10. The Boeing 737-500 crashed shortly after takeoff from the Jakarta airport the day before.

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A man carries a young victim at the scene of an explosion in the town of Azaz, in the rebel-controlled northern countryside of Syria’s Aleppo province, on Jan. 31. NAYEF AL-ABOUD/AFP via Getty Images

A man carries a young victim at the scene of an explosion in the town of Azaz, in the rebel-controlled northern countryside of Syria’s Aleppo province, on Jan. 31.

NAYEF AL-ABOUD/AFP via Getty Images
In search of political asylum, a Guatemalan migrant and his son cross the Rio Grande natural border between El Paso, Texas, in the United States and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, in Mexico on Jan. 26. HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP via Getty Images

In search of political asylum, a Guatemalan migrant and his son cross the Rio Grande natural border between El Paso, Texas, in the United States and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, in Mexico on Jan. 26.

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An insurrectionist sits in the Senate chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6. Win McNamee/Getty Images

Insurrectionists gather in the Senate chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6.

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Yeni Sandoval, a registered nurse, cares for a COVID-19 patient in the ICU of Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana, California, on Jan. 3. APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images

Yeni Sandoval, a registered nurse, cares for a COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit of Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana, California, on Jan. 3.

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The wife of a flight attendant who was one of the 62 people aboard Sriwijaya Air Flight 182, which crashed shortly after takeoff on Jan. 9, grieves at his funeral in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Jan. 14. BAY ISMOYO/AFP via Getty Images

The wife of a flight attendant who was one of the 62 people aboard Sriwijaya Air Flight 182, which crashed shortly after takeoff on Jan. 9, grieves at his funeral in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Jan. 14.

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Members of the National Guard rest in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 13, ahead of an expected House vote impeaching President Donald Trump. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

Members of the National Guard rest in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 13, ahead of an expected House vote impeaching President Donald Trump.

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Workers fumigate a tent of pilgrims as a preventive measure against COVID-19 during the religious festival of Makar Sankranti on Sagar Island, India, on Jan. 13. DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP via Getty Images

Workers fumigate a tent of pilgrims as a preventive measure against COVID-19 during the religious festival of Makar Sankranti on Sagar Island, India, on Jan. 13.

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Palestinian children carry pots as they wait to receive a meal in Gaza City on Jan. 28. MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images

Palestinian children carry pots as they wait to receive a meal in Gaza City on Jan. 28.

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One of 22 Chinese miners trapped for two weeks after a gold mine explosion is saved in Qixia, in eastern China’s Shandong province, on Jan. 24. At least 10 miners died. STR/CNS/AFP via Getty Images

One of 22 Chinese miners trapped for two weeks after a gold mine explosion is saved in Qixia, in eastern China’s Shandong province, on Jan. 24. At least 10 miners died.

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A bailiff tries to remove an activist from a protest camp against the HS2 high-speed rail line, near Euston train station in central London, on Jan. 27. JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images

A law enforcement officer tries to remove an activist from a protest camp against the HS2 high-speed rail line in central London on Jan. 27.

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Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange celebrate outside the Old Bailey court in central London on Jan. 4 after a judge ruled that Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges. DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images

Supporters of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange celebrate outside the Old Bailey court in central London on Jan. 4 after a judge ruled that Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges.

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A man walks through floodwaters in Semantan, near Lanchang in Malaysia’s Pahang state, on Jan. 4. MOHD RASFAN/AFP via Getty Images

A man walks through floodwaters in Semantan, near Lanchang in Malaysia’s Pahang state, on Jan. 4.

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Protesters hold banners at the top of a lamppost at Pushkin Square in Moscow on Jan. 23. Earlier in the week, Kremlin-critic Alexei Navalny called for supporters to protest his arrest and pre-trial detention, which came one day after his return to Russia following his poisoning with a nerve agent last summer. Getty Images

Protesters hold banners at the top of a lamppost at Pushkin Square in Moscow on Jan. 23. Earlier in the week, Kremlin-critic Alexei Navalny called for supporters to protest his arrest and pre-trial detention, which came one day after his return to Russia following his poisoning with a nerve agent last summer.

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While being stuck in traffic during a snowstorm, Josephine County Public Health staff and volunteers administer COVID-19 vaccinations along Highway 199 in Hayes Hill, Oregon, on Jan. 26. Josephine County Public Health/via REUTERS

While stuck in traffic during a snowstorm, Josephine County Public Health staff and volunteers administer COVID-19 vaccinations along Highway 199 in Hayes Hill, Oregon, on Jan. 26.

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People line up to refill their empty oxygen cylinders in Callao, Peru, on Jan. 29. Relatives of people with COVID-19 are desperate for oxygen to keep their loves ones alive. ERNESTO BENAVIDES/AFP via Getty Images

People line up to refill their empty oxygen cylinders in Callao, Peru, on Jan. 29. Relatives of people with COVID-19 are desperate for oxygen to keep their loves ones alive.

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U.S. President Joe Biden, right, is embraced by his son Hunter Biden and first lady Jill Biden after being sworn in at his presidential inauguration in Washington on Jan. 20. KEVIN DIETSCH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

U.S. President Joe Biden, right, is embraced by his son Hunter Biden, daughter Ashley Biden, and first lady Jill Biden after being sworn in at his presidential inauguration in Washington on Jan. 20.

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Chinese workers, including security guards, wait to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination center in Beijing on Jan. 15. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

Chinese workers, including security guards, wait to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination center in Beijing on Jan. 15.

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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders sits in the bleachers outside the Capitol before Joe Biden is sworn in as president on Jan. 20. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders sits in the bleachers outside the Capitol before Joe Biden is sworn in as president on Jan. 20.

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Swiss preschoolers participate in a simulated election in Lausanne on Jan. 18. The children were casting ballots in their pretend village—part of a growing push in Switzerland to prepare youths for taking part in the country’s unique direct democratic system in which citizens are called to vote on a wide range of topics every few months. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images

Swiss preschoolers participate in a simulated election in Lausanne on Jan. 18. The children were casting ballots in their pretend village—part of a growing push in Switzerland to prepare youths for taking part in the country’s unique direct democratic system in which citizens are called to vote on a wide range of topics every few months.

FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images
A woman and child take shelter inside a classroom in Beira, Mozambique, on Jan. 27 after being displaced by flooding caused by Cyclone Eloise. ALFREDO ZUNIGA/AFP via Getty Images

A woman and child take shelter inside a classroom in Beira, Mozambique, on Jan. 27 after being displaced by flooding caused by Cyclone Eloise.

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Migrants who arrived in a caravan from Honduras on their way to the United States cower as security forces try to disperse them in Vado Hondo, Guatemala, on Jan. 18. JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP via Getty Images

Migrants who arrived in a caravan from Honduras on their way to the United States cower as security forces try to disperse them in Vado Hondo, Guatemala, on Jan. 18.

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Students demonstrate during a nationwide strike over teacher salaries and the government’s handling of the pandemic in Lyon, France, on Jan. 26. JEFF PACHOUD/AFP via Getty Images

Students demonstrate during a nationwide strike over teacher salaries and the government’s handling of the pandemic in Lyon, France, on Jan. 26.

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A Lebanese nurse prays inside the corridors of the ICU at Rafik Hariri University Hospital in Beirut on Jan. 15. Diego Ibarra Sanchez/Getty Images

A Lebanese nurse prays inside the corridors of the ICU at Rafik Hariri University Hospital in Beirut on Jan. 15.

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Kelvia Andrea Goncalves, 16, is embraced her aunt Vanderleia dos Reis Brasao during the burial of her mother, who died from COVID-19, at the Parque Taruma cemetery in Manaus, Brazil, on Jan. 17. Bruno Kelly/Reuters

Kelvia Andrea Goncalves, 16, is embraced by her aunt Vanderleia dos Reis Brasao during the burial of her mother, who died from COVID-19, at the Parque Taruma cemetery in Manaus, Brazil, on Jan. 17.

Bruno Kelly/Reuters
A car is engulfed in flames in front of a train station in Eindhoven, Netherlands, on Jan. 24 after a rally by several hundred people against coronavirus policies. ROB ENGELAAR/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

A car is engulfed in flames in front of a train station in Eindhoven, Netherlands, on Jan. 24 after a rally by several hundred people against coronavirus policies.

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Firefighters fight flames on the side of Interstate 210 in Sylmar, California, on Jan. 19. JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images

Firefighters fight flames on the side of Interstate 210 in Sylmar, California, on Jan. 19.

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Christian Y. Schmidt arranges candles at a makeshift memorial for COVID-19 victims at Arnswalder Platz in Berlin on Jan. 24. The death toll in Germany has surpassed 55,000. Omer Messinger/Getty Images

Christian Y. Schmidt arranges candles at a makeshift memorial for COVID-19 victims at Arnswalder Platz in Berlin on Jan. 24. The death toll in Germany has surpassed 55,000.

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Members of a “submergents” group take the plunge into 37-degree Fahrenheit water in a pool carved from the ice at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Jan. 30. KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images

Members of a “submergents” group take the plunge into 37-degree Fahrenheit water in a pool carved from the ice at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Jan. 30.

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Michael Fisher Sr. lifts his son, Michael Fisher Jr., to dunk a basketball at the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, Virginia, on Jan. 15. Erected in 1890, the statue now serves as reminder of the current racial justice movement. Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Michael Fisher Sr. lifts his son, Michael Fisher Jr., to dunk a basketball at the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, Virginia, on Jan. 15. Erected in 1890, the statue was covered with graffiti during last year’s Black Lives Matter protests and serves as reminder of the current racial justice movement.

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