A poster of Russian President Vladimir Putin is used as target practice in Ukraine

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A poster of Russian President Vladimir Putin is used as target practice in Ukraine

A poster of Russian President Vladimir Putin is used as target practice along a trench on the front line with Russia-backed separatists near Zolote village in the Luhansk region of Ukraine on Jan. 21.

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A car is covered in ash in Spain

A vehicle is seen buried in ash from the Cumbre Vieja volcano in Las Manchas neighborhood on Canary Island in La Palma, Spain, on Jan. 20.

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A firefighter crawls through a window after heavy rains in Brazil

Following heavy rains, a firefighter carries out an inspection and searches for belongings and objects of sentimental value at a home in Raposos, Minas Gerais, Brazil, on Jan. 12.

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A woman looks among the remnants of her destroyed house in Malawi

A woman looks among the remnants of her house, which was destroyed by Tropical Storm Ana, in the village of Kanjedza in the Chikwawa district of southern Malawi on Jan. 26.

Eldson Chagara/Reuters
A demonstrator looks through a flaming tire in Sudan

A demonstrator looks through a flaming tire at a makeshift barricade erected during a protest demanding civilian rule in Omdurman, Sudan, on Jan. 4.

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A pilgrim blows a conch in Kolkata

A pilgrim blows a conch at a transit camp ahead of the upcoming annual Gangasagar Mela, a religious fair, at Sagar Island in Kolkata, India, on Jan. 8.

DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP via Getty Images
A demonstrator holds up a flare in London

A demonstrator holds up a flare while protesting the Police, Crime, Sentencing, and Courts Bill in London on Jan. 15.

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An Afghan woman sits with a child on her lap

An Afghan woman sits with a child on her lap as she seeks alms from passersby on a bridge covered with snow in Kabul on Jan. 6.

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A worker collects dried incense sticks in Vietnam

A worker collects dried incense sticks in a courtyard in the village of Quang Phu Cau on the outskirts of Hanoi, Vietnam, on Jan. 12 ahead of Lunar New Year celebrations, known as Tet.

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A woman surrounded by pigeon cages

A judge waits to begin the process of selecting the Best in Show pigeon during the annual British Homing World Show of the Year, held in Blackpool’s Winter Gardens in England on Jan. 14.

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An orangutan gets a COVID vaccine

A Bornean orangutan named Sandai receives an experimental dose of a COVID-19 vaccine made by the Zoetis veterinary laboratory at the Buin Zoo in Buin, Chile, on Jan. 3.

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Villagers look out a doorway in Jammu and Kashmir

Villagers watch health workers (not pictured) inoculate people with a dose of the Covishield vaccine during a door-to-door vaccination drive in Khag village, Jammu and Kashmir, on Jan. 13.

TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP via Getty Images
A man carries a child through floodwaters in Gaza City

A Palestinian municipal worker helps schoolchildren cross a flooded street during heavy rain in Gaza City on Jan. 15.

MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images
Yemenis inspect the damage after an airstrike

Yemenis inspect the damage following overnight airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition targeting the Houthi rebel-held Yemeni capital, Sanaa, on Jan. 18.

MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP via Getty Images
A deliveryman carries a box through snow in Massachusetts

A deliveryman carries a parcel as he walks through snow in Saugus, Massachusetts, on Jan. 7.

JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images
Steam from a power plant rises through fog

Steam from a power plant in Mannheim, Germany, rises through the fog, covering the cities of Heidelberg and Mannheim, Germany, on Jan. 14.

DANIEL ROLAND/AFP via Getty Images
A fire breaks out in an Iquique, Chile, camp

A fire sweeps through the “Laguna Verde” camp in Iquique, Chile, on Jan. 10.

FERNANDO MUNOZ/AFP via Getty Images
A funeral service for an NYPD officer

Police officers attend a funeral service for New York City Police Department officer Jason Rivera, who was killed in the line of duty while responding to a domestic violence call, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on Jan. 28.

David ‘Dee’ Delgado/Reuters
A Turkey-backed Syrian fighter

A Turkey-backed Syrian fighter is pictured during military training in the Afrin region of Aleppo, Syria, on Jan. 26.

BAKR ALKASEM/AFP via Getty Images
Women look out a window in New York City

Women look out of a window of the Islamic Cultural Center in New York City on Jan. 16 during a mass funeral for 15 of the 17 victims of a Bronx apartment building fire.

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Spectators at the Australian Open tennis tournament

Spectators attend day three of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, on Jan. 19.

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A student sits alone in a classroom in Kampala, Uganda

A student sits alone in a classroom in Kampala, Uganda, on Jan. 10 after reporting back to school following an almost two-year closure of learning institutions to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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A military instructor teaches Ukrainian civilians holding wooden replicas of Kalashnikov rifles

A military instructor teaches civilians holding wooden replicas of Kalashnikov rifles during a training session at an abandoned factory in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on Jan. 30.

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Police detain an activist in India

Police detain an activist from the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad student wing of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party during a demonstration in New Delhi on Jan. 31. Protesters were demanding justice for a girl they said died by suicide in India’s Tamil Nadu state after being pressured into religious conversion.

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A woman hugs a police officer in New York City

A woman hugs a police officer during a funeral service for New York City Police Department officer Jason Rivera at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City on Jan. 28.

David ‘Dee’ Delgado/Reuters
A son and daughter embrace their father, a COVID patient, in California

A son and daughter embrace their father, a COVID-19 patient, before his intubation in the intensive care ward of Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California, on Jan. 25.

Shannon Stapleton/Reuters
Israeli security forces detain a Bedouin man

Israeli security forces detain a Bedouin man during a protest against forestation at the Negev desert village of Sawe al-Atrash, southern Israel, on Jan. 12.

Ammar Awad/Reuters
A Ukrainian serviceman smokes as he pets a cat

A Ukrainian serviceman smokes as he pets a cat on the front line with Russia-backed separatists near Avdiivka, southeastern Ukraine, on Jan. 9.

ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP via Getty Images
A violinist cries at the funeral of Ashling Murphy in Ireland

A musician becomes emotional as she performs during Ashling Murphy’s funeral at St. Brigid Church in County Offaly, Ireland, on Jan. 18. Murphy, a 23-year-old schoolteacher, was killed while jogging.

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A worker rests after cleaning up an oil spill in Lima, Peru

A worker rests after cleaning up an oil spill caused by waves that were triggered by a massive underwater volcanic eruption in Tonga off the coast of Lima, Peru, on Jan. 19.

Angela Ponce/Reuters
A man poses with “Welcome to Beijing” written on his hazmat suit before the Olympics

A man poses with “Welcome to Beijing” written on his hazmat suit in the Yanqing District of Beijing, which is hosting the 2022 Winter Olympicsalpine skiing and sliding venues, on Jan. 31.

FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images
A man feeds seagulls in New Delhi

A man feeds seagulls on the banks of the Yamuna River in New Delhi on Jan. 23.

SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP via Getty Images
A worker cleans up crude oil in Thailand

A worker cleans up crude oil on Mae Ram Phueng Beach in Rayong, Thailand, on Jan. 29, following a spill caused by a leak in an undersea pipeline.

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Boys ride bicycles along a flooded stream in Afghanistan

Boys ride bicycles along a flooded stream in the Daman District of Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Jan. 23.

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A horseman rides through a bonfire in Spain

A man rides a horse through a bonfire in the village of San Bartolomé de Pinares in the province of Ávila in central Spain during the traditional religious festival of Las Luminarias in honor of Saint Anthony, patron saint of animals, on Jan. 16.

PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images
A protest against vaccine passes in Stockholm

Nearly 3,000 people gather at Sergels Torg in Stockholm on Jan. 22 to demonstrate against vaccine passes.

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A woman is embraced by her daughter in front of a flooded house in Brazil

A woman is embraced by her daughter in front of a flooded house after heavy rains in Imperatriz, Brazil, on Jan. 6.

Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters
A Bolivian Aymara woman waits for a COVID vaccine

A Bolivian Aymara woman waits for her turn to get the first dose of the Sinopharm vaccine against COVID-19 at a health center in Senkata, Bolivia, on Jan. 7.

JORGE BERNAL/AFP via Getty Images
Riot police arrest a demonstrator in Bogota, Columbia

Colombian riot police arrest a demonstrator during a protest demanding an increase in public transportation and civil services in the Usme neighborhood of south Bogotá on Jan. 6.

LEONARDO MUNOZ/AFP via Getty Images
A Russian service member

A Russian service member is seen through a shield during tactical exercises of an assault engineering unit at a training ground in Kamensk-Shakhtinsky in the Rostov region of Russia on Jan. 17.

Sergey Pivovarov/Reuters
The heads of mannequins in Afghanistan

The heads of mannequins are seen at a women’s clothing store in Herat, Afghanistan, on Jan. 5. The Taliban have ordered shop owners in western Afghanistan to cut the heads off mannequins, insisting that figures representing the human form violate Islamic law.

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President Joe Biden at the casket of former Sen. Harry Reid.

U.S. President Joe Biden walks away after paying his at the casket of former Sen. Harry Reid in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 12.

ANDREW HARNIK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
A rare snowy owl

A rare snowy owl sits on top of the marble orb of the Christopher Columbus Memorial Fountain near Union Station in Washington on Jan. 12.

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