TOPSHOT - Visitors walk and slide on icy paths on the opening day of the annual Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin, in China's northeast Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2018.
The festival, featuring dozens of huge ice sculptures lit up by coloured lights, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. / AFP PHOTO / GREG BAKER        (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

The World in Photos This Week

Winter storms, protests in Iran, and New Year’s celebrations around the world.

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TOPSHOT - A star-spangled sky is seen over the snowy landscape near Unterjoch, southern Germany, before sunrise on December 29, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Karl-Josef Hildenbrand / Germany OUT        (Photo credit should read KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Stars over a snowy landscape near Unterjoch, southern Germany, before sunrise on Dec. 29, 2017.

Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Egyptian security members and forensic police inspect the site of a gun attack outside a church south of the capital Cairo, on December 29, 2017.
A gunman opened fire on a church, killing at least nine people before policemen shot him dead, state media and officials said.  / AFP PHOTO / Samer ABDALLAH        (Photo credit should read SAMER ABDALLAH/AFP/Getty Images)

Egyptian security members and forensic police inspect the site of an attack outside a church south of Cairo, on December 29, 2017.

Samer Abdallah/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - People wearing bear skins parade as part of a new year and winter festival during which groups from northern Romanian villages are invited to sing winter carols and dance on December 29, 2017 in the city of Vatra Dornei.  / AFP PHOTO / Daniel MIHAILESCU        (Photo credit should read DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images)

People wearing bear skins parade during a New Year’s and winter festival on Dec. 29, 2017 in the city of Vatra Dornei, Romania.

Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Belongings of blast victims lay in the ground at the scene of a suicide attack that targeted a funeral ceremony in Jalalabad on December 31, 2017.
A suicide attacker blew himself up at a funeral in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least 15 people and wounding another 14, officials said, capping a deadly year for civilians. While there was no immediate claim of responsiblity for the assault, Taliban and Islamic State militants have stepped up attacks in recent months, with ordinary Afghans bearing the brunt of the violence.
 / AFP PHOTO / NOORULLAH SHIRZADA        (Photo credit should read NOORULLAH SHIRZADA/AFP/Getty Images)

The scene of a suicide attack that targeted a funeral ceremony in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Dec. 31, 2017. At least 15 people were killed and 14 wounded.

Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Supporters of the Fatah movement hold up a portrait of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat during a rally in Gaza City on December 31, 2017, marking the 53rd anniversary of the creation of the political party. / AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD HAMS        (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

Supporters of the Fatah movement hold up a portrait of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat during a rally in Gaza City on Dec. 31, 2017, marking the 53rd anniversary of the creation of the political party.

Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - People dance during the New Year's Eve celebration on Nungwi Beach in Zanzibar, Tanzania, on December 31, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / GULSHAN KHAN        (Photo credit should read GULSHAN KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

People dance during New Year’s Eve celebrations on Nungwi Beach in Zanzibar, Tanzania, on Dec. 31, 2017.

Gulshan Khan/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Peruvian bullfighter Andres Roca Rey performs during a bullfight at the Canaveralejo bullring in Cali, department of Valle del Cauca, Colombia on December 31, 2017, during the 60th Cali Fair.  / AFP PHOTO / Luis ROBAYO        (Photo credit should read LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

Peruvian bullfighter Andrés Roca Rey performs during a fight at the Cañaveralejo bullring in Cali, Colombia, on Dec. 31, 2017, during the 60th annual Cali Fair.

Luis Robayo/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - A man watches a television news broadcast showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's New Year's speech, at a railway station in Seoul on January 1, 2018.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said he was always within reach of the nuclear button in a defiant New Year message on January 1 after months of escalating tensions over his country's weapons programme.  / AFP PHOTO / JUNG Yeon-Je        (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

A television news broadcast at a railway station in Seoul showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's New Year’s speech on Jan. 1.

Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - This picture from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken and released on January 1, 2018 shows fireworks ushering in the New Year in Pyongyang.  / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / - / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT   ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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This picture from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken and released on Jan. 1 shows fireworks ushering in the New Year in Pyongyang.

AFP Photo/KCNA Via KNS
TOPSHOT - A protester (C) reacts after he was physically removed from a flagpole podium by police at the recently reopened Civic Square, during a New Year's Day pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong on January 1, 2018.
Angry protesters marched through Hong Kong on January 1 against what they described as suppression by Beijing, days after Chinese authorities ruled that part of a city rail station would come under mainland law.  / AFP PHOTO / ANTHONY WALLACE        (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)

A protester at a New Year’s Day pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong on Jan. 1. Angry protesters marched through Hong Kong against what they described as suppression by Beijing, days after Chinese authorities ruled that part of a city rail station would come under mainland law.

Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Revellers take part in the traditional 'Bain de Givres' as part of the New Year's celebrations on January 1, 2018 at Malo-Les-Bains beach in Dunkirk, northern France.  / AFP PHOTO / Philippe HUGUEN        (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Revelers take part in the traditional “Bain des givrés” as part of New Year’s celebrations on Jan. 1 at Malo-les-Bains beach in Dunkirk, northern France.

Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Camels race during the Liwa 2018 Moreeb Dune Festival on January 1, 2018, in the Liwa desert, some 250 kilometres west of the Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi. / AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIB        (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

Camels racing during the Liwa 2018 Moreeb Dune Festival on Jan. 1 in the Liwa Desert, about 150 miles west of the Persian Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - A plane flys in front of a "super moon" or "wolf moon" on its approach to London Heathrow Airport on January 1, 2018.  / AFP PHOTO / Justin TALLIS        (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

A plane flies in front of a “supermoon” or “wolf moon” on its approach to London Heathrow Airport on Jan. 1.

Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Indian devotees light oil lamps on the occasion of 'Paush Purnima' at Sangam during the annual traditional fair Magh Mela at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati in Allahabad on January 2, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SANJAY KANOJIA        (Photo credit should read SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Indian devotees light oil lamps during Paush Purnima, the annual traditional fair held at the confluence of three rivers: the Ganges, the Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati — which is believed by Hindus to exist in metaphysical form — in Allahabad, India on Jan. 2.

Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - A wounded man is carried following an air strike on the rebel-held besieged town of Arbin, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on January 2, 2018.  / AFP PHOTO / ABDULMONAM EASSA        (Photo credit should read ABDULMONAM EASSA/AFP/Getty Images)

A wounded man is carried away following an airstrike on the rebel-held town of Arbin, Syria, in the eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus on Jan. 2.

Abdulmonam/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Pro-government demonstrators hold posters of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (L) and Iran's founder of Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during a march in Iran's holy city of Qom, 130 kilometres south of Tehran on January 3, 2018, as tens of thousands gathered across Iran in a massive show of strength for the Islamic rulers after days of deadly unrest. / AFP PHOTO / Mohammad ALI MARIZAD        (Photo credit should read MOHAMMAD ALI MARIZAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Pro-government demonstrators hold posters of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the founder of Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, during a march in Iran’s holy city of Qom, 80 miles south of Tehran, on Jan. 3.

Mohammad Ali Marizada/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - A woman reacts with flour over her face while playing a game with cake-making ingredients as part of local festivities marking Myanmar's 70th Independence Day in Yangon on January 4, 2018.
The country is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its declaration of independence from British colonial rule.   / AFP PHOTO / YE AUNG THU        (Photo credit should read YE AUNG THU/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman in Yangon, Myanmar, is hit in the face with flour while playing a game involving cake-making ingredients as part of local festivities marking Myanmar’s 70th Independence Day on Jan. 4.

Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - People make their way in Times Square during a winter storm in New York on January 4, 2018. 


The US National Weather Service warned that a major winter storm would bring heavy snow and ice, from Florida in the southeast up to New England and the Northeast on Wednesday and Thursday / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

People in Times Square during a winter storm in New York City on Jan. 4.

Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Pakistani demonstrators burn the US flag at a protest in Quetta on January 4, 2018.
Pakistan dismissed threats by US President Donald Trump to cut off aid as "completely incomprehensible" January 4, in the latest diplomatic row to rock the shaky alliance between Washington and Islamabad over militancy. / AFP PHOTO / BANARAS KHAN        (Photo credit should read BANARAS KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistani demonstrators burn the U.S. flag at a protest in Quetta, Pakistan, on Jan. 4, after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to cut off aid to the country.

Banaras Khan/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Peugeot's Spanish driver Carlos Sainz and co-driver Lucas Cruz of Spain take part in a driving session on the eve of technical checkup in San Bartolo 75 km south of Lima, on January 4, 2018, ahead of the 2018 Dakar Rally, which this year will thunder through Peru, Bolivia and Argentina from January 6 to 20. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Peugeot’s Carlos Sainz and co-driver Lucas Cruz of Spain take part in a driving session on Jan. 4, ahead of the 2018 Dakar Rally, which will pass through Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina from Jan. 6 to 20.

Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - A participant writes Japanese calligraphy during the annual New Year calligraphy contest in Tokyo on January 5, 2018.  / AFP PHOTO / Behrouz MEHRI        (Photo credit should read BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)

A participant writes Japanese calligraphy during the annual New Year calligraphy contest in Tokyo on Jan. 5.

Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - A Somali fisherman carries a hammerhead shark on his head to the Hamarweyne fish market near the port in Mogadishu, Somalia, on January, 5, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohamed ABDIWAHAB        (Photo credit should read MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB/AFP/Getty Images)

A Somali fisherman carries a hammerhead shark to the Hamarweyne fish market in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Jan. 5.

Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - A Palestinian boy leans over the window of his house in Gaza City on January 5, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED        (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)

A Palestinian boy leans over the window of his house in Gaza City on Jan. 5.

Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Women mourn the death of a family member following a landslide on January 5, 2018 in Kinshasa. 
Thirty-seven people died overnight when torrential rain and mudslides swept though shanty homes in Kinshasa. / AFP PHOTO / JOHN WESSELS        (Photo credit should read JOHN WESSELS/AFP/Getty Images)

Women mourn the death of a family member following a landslide on Jan. 5 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Thirty-seven people died overnight when torrential rain and mudslides swept though shanty homes in the city.

John Wessels/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Visitors walk and slide on icy paths on the opening day of the annual Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin, in China's northeast Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2018.
The festival, featuring dozens of huge ice sculptures lit up by coloured lights, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. / AFP PHOTO / GREG BAKER        (Photo credit should read GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

Visitors walk and slide on icy paths on the opening day of the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin, China, on Jan. 5.

Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images
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