This week, we have photos of a device made for snorting cocoa powder, rescue efforts in Taipei after a plane crash, French twins who suffer from Xeroderma Pigmentosum, ruins of a sunken town re-emerging from a reservoir during Brazil's drought, demolition of Candlestick Park, a light festival in Belgium, people in Japan trying to catch lucky beans during "Mame-maki," and much more.
A person looks at the Piton de la Fournaise volcano in eruption on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion on February 5. This is the second eruption in the past year at Piton de la Fournaise after 3 years of quiet.
Two men walk past the Crown Fountain in blizzard conditions in Chicago on February 1.
An employee for Japanese character goods maker Sanrio displays a prototype model of a Hello Kitty branded toilet seat at Sanrio's headquarters in Tokyo on February 2. The device has seat heating and warm water shower functions.
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Malcolm Butler (right) of the New England Patriots intercepts a pass intended for Ricardo Lockette (left) of the Seattle Seahawks late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIX on February 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The turnover in the final seconds of the game ended Seattle's last chance to take the lead, allowing the New England Patriots to defeat the Seahawks 28-24.
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Belgian chocolatier Dominique Persoone snorts cocoa powder off his Chocolate Shooter in his factory in Bruges on February 3. When Persoone created a chocolate-sniffing device for a Rolling Stones party in 2007, he never imagined demand would stretch much beyond the rock 'n' roll scene. But seven years later, he has sold 25,000 of them. Inspired by a device his grandfather used to propel tobacco snuff up his nose, Persoone created a 'Chocolate Shooter' to deliver a hit of Dominican Republic or Peruvian cocoa powder, mixed with mint and either ginger or raspberry.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, center, stumbles after addressing supporters upon his return from an African Union meeting in Ethiopia on February 4. Several photographers on the scene who captured images of the fall reportedly were forced to delete the photos by security personnel. Mugabe, 90, was elected chairman of the African Union and is set to celebrate his 91st birthday on February 21.
The dwarf planet Ceres, viewed by NASA's approaching Dawn spacecraft. This animation showcases a series of images NASA's Dawn spacecraft took on approach to Ceres on February 4 at a distance of about 90,000 miles (145,000 kilometers) from the dwarf planet. Ceres, with a diameter of 590 miles (950 kilometers), is the largest object in the main asteroid belt, located between Mars and Jupiter. Dawn is scheduled to enter a stable orbit around Ceres in March. It will spend the rest of the year mapping and moving into progressively tighter orbits, until it gets to about 375 km from the surface, and will end its long mission as a perpetual satellite of Ceres.
French twins Vincent (R) and Thomas Seris shop for food in a commercial center in Bordeaux on November 12, 2014. Born with Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP), Vincent Seris and his twin Thomas cannot be exposed to the sun and its ultraviolet (UV) light, which could provoke precocious cancers due to a autosomal recessive genetic disorder of DNA repair. Colloquially referred to as Children of the Night (Les Enfants de la Lune) the Seris twins are among 70 to 80 people in France who suffer from the genetic defect. The French association "Les Enfants de la Lune" reports that there are between five and ten thousand such cases in the world. Thomas and Vincent have been testing a new protective mask for the last year which is transparent and ventilated and developed by several hospitals in France.
A visitor interacts with the "Jump In" installation at the Pearlfisher gallery in west London on February 5.
Men (Noboriko) light sacred torches during the Oto Fire Festival at the Kumano Hayatama Taisha Shrine on February 6 in Shingu, Japan. The male-only festival celebrates the close of winter and sees nearly 2,000 men run down the 538 steep stone steps from the mountain shrine. The day begins at dusk with Noboriko preparing themselves by bathing in saltwater during a purifying ceremony on a beach in Oiigahama, throughout the day white colored foods are eaten and sweet white sake is enjoyed, before participants get dressed in the all-white traditional clothes specially worn for the ceremony.
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Members of the Yazidi minority search for clues on February 3 that might lead them to missing relatives in the remains of people killed by the ISIS jihadist group, a day after Kurdish forces discovered a mass grave near the Iraqi village of Sinuni, in the northwestern Sinjar area. A peshmerga lieutenant colonel said the grave containing the remains of about 25 people was found during a search for explosives that ISIS often leaves behind, posing a threat to security forces and civilians even after they withdraw.
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Philippine Armed Forces Chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, second from right, stands beside a U.S. Navy target drone on February 4 at the Armed Forces of the Philippines headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo in suburban Quezon city, Philippines. Military officials claimed that the drone, which was found at the northeastern Quezon province on January 4, was a target drone and was used for military exercise and not in any way involved in surveillance operations. Another drone was found in northern Philippines and both will be turned over to the U.S. military.
Workers use a torch to cut through a piece of rail that appeared to be lodged between two Metro-North train cars after a crash with a sport utility vehicle that occurred the night before on February 4 in Valhalla, New York. The crash started a fire in the train cars that killed seven people, including the driver of the vehicle.
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Emergency personnel try to extract passengers from a commercial plane after it crashed in Taipei, Taiwan, on February 4. The Taiwanese commercial flight with 58 people aboard clipped a bridge shortly after takeoff and crashed into a river in the island's capital of Taipei on Wednesday morning.
A soldier of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Marine Corps walks though smoke during a military drill on snow-covered field at a military base in Taonan, Jilin province, China, on January 25. Over 1,000 soldiers and other 200 military vehicles from Chinese Marine Corps participated in this winter drill between January 8 to February 6, China Daily reported.
A man looks at a installation made of sock textiles on display at a demonstration hall of the local sock-making industry in Zhuji, Zhejiang province, China, on February 2.
A former resident of the re-emerging old city of Igarata, Tata, stands in a boat next to part of the walls of the old school inside the Jaguari reservoir, in Igarata, Sao Paulo State, Brazil, on February 4. The ruins of a sunken town which had remained underwater since 1969 have re-emerged, as parts of Brazil grapple with the country's worst drought in 80 years. The Jaguari River in Sao Paulo is 30 meters below its normal level, revealing the old structures of the former town of Igarata, including the church, its main street, a square, parts of old benches and a cross. The town was submerged in 1969, the period in which plants began to be constructed to generate energy for the Vale do Paraiba region and the Cantareira reservoir, which recently fell to seven percent of its capacity, passing the "dead-level" in which the water must be pumped.
An artificially triggered avalanche thunders down a mountain side at the Vallee de la Sionne in Anzere near Sion on February 3. The full-scale avalanche dynamics test site is providing scientists and engineers of the Swiss Institute of Research of Snow and Avalanches with essential data to understand and model avalanche motion, according to the Institute website.
A bomb with Koranic verses is pictured on a Royal Jordanian Air Force plane at an air base before it's launch to strike the Islamic state in the Syrian city of Raqqa on February 5. Jordanian fighter jets pounded Islamic State hideouts in Syria on Thursday and then roared over the hometown of a pilot killed by the militants, while below them King Abdullah consoled the victim's family. The show of force came two days after ISIS released a video showing captured Jordanian pilot Mouath al-Kasaesbeh being burned alive in a cage as masked militants in camouflage uniforms looked on.
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Stray dogs rest in front of the Pyramids of Giza on the outskirts of Cairo on February 3. Tourism in Egypt, the lifeblood of the economy of the Arab world's most populous country, is still suffering after years of turmoil following its 2011 revolt.
Haukur Dor Bragason, a member of the Asatru Association, a contemporary Icelandic pagan society, attends a ceremony at the Pingvellir National Park near Reykjavik. Construction of the first major Norse Pagan temple since the Viking age will begin in Reykjavik at the end of February. Once the religion of the Vikings, Norse Paganism became a victim of the Christianization of Scandinavia around a millenium ago. But a modern version has seen a rise in popularity in recent years.The Asatru Association has seen its membership levels triple in the last decade and it had 2,400 members last year, data from Statistics Iceland showed. Picture taken June 21, 2012.
A flock of starlings flock together before landing to sleep during the sunset near the southern Arab Israeli city of Rahat, in the northern Israeli Negev desert, on February 2.
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An Afghan boy carries balloons as he crosses a temporary wooden bridge in Kabul on February 4.
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A cloud of smoke and dust rises following an air strike by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held area of Douma, northeast of the capital Damascus, on February 5. Syrian rebels fired dozens of mortar rounds at Damascus that day, killing at least five people, with government forces responding with air strikes that killed eight people.
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A member of the Endiablada brotherhood walks through a cemetery after paying respect to deceased fellow believers and relatives during the 'Endiablada' traditional festival in Almonacid Del Marquesado, Spain, on February 2. The "Endiablada" (The Brotherhood of the Devils) festivals are celebrated each February 2-3 in the central Spanish town of Almonacid del Marquesado since medieval times or before. In the festival, men from the town dress up as devil-type characters in colorful jumpsuit costumes and red miter hats. They don large heavy copper cowbells around their waists, which clang incessantly as they walk, dance and jump through the town's winding streets and visit the cemetery.
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A pile of stadium seats sits in an empty section inside Candlestick Park on February 4 in San Francisco. The demolition of Candlestick Park, the former home of the San Francisco Giants and San Francisco 49ers, is underway and is expected to take 3 months to complete. A development with a mall and housing is planned for the site.
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A Russian man fishes through an ice hole near a sea port on the Finnish Gulf in St. Petersburg, Russia, on February 1.
A projector turns and throws images onto a wall during the light festival in Ghent, Belgium, on February 1. More than 40 light installations were on display during the festival, which takes places every three years.
Residents run past a burning barricade set by public transportation drivers at the start of a two day strike over the cost of fuel in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on February 2. Unions representing drivers say the government's cuts to the regulated cost of diesel and gasoline do not go far enough given the drop in global oil prices.
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Hindu devotees climb the steps to Batu Caves temple during Thaipusam in Kuala Lumpur on February 3. Hindu devotees across Malaysia on Tuesday celebrated Thaipusam, a religious celebration dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Murugan. Piercing various parts of their body with silver skewers, devotees carry often large contraptions known as Kavadi, thereby taking on a physical burden through which the devotees implore for help from Murugan. Devotees also fulfill vows by carrying milk-filled pots up the stairs to the cave temple.
A picture of an oil worker, on a billboard along land that is being fitted with pipeline, on February 4 in Sweetwater, Texas. As crude oil prices have fallen nearly 60 percent globally, many American communities that became dependent on oil revenue are preparing for hard times. Texas, which benefited from hydraulic fracturing and the shale drilling revolution, tripled its production of oil in the last five years. The Texan economy saw hundreds of billions of dollars come into the state before the global plunge in prices. Across the state drilling budgets are being slashed and companies are notifying workers of upcoming layoffs. According to federal labor statistics, around 300,000 people work in the Texas oil and gas industry, 50 percent more than four years ago.
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People try to catch lucky beans scattered by celebrities during "Mame-maki," a bean throwing ceremony, at Zojyoji Buddhist temple in Tokyo, on February 3. The ritual, performed annually to mark the beginning of the spring in the lunar calendar, is believed to bring good luck and drive away evil.
News cameras get a look as President Barack Obama's new $4 trillion budget plan is distributed by the Senate Budget Committee as it arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, early Monday, February 2. The fiscal blueprint for the budget year that begins Oct. 1, seeks to raise taxes on wealthier Americans and corporations and use the extra income to lift the fortunes of families who have felt squeezed during tough economic times. Republicans, who now hold the power in Congress, are accusing the president of seeking to revert to tax-and-spend policies that will harm the economy while failing to do anything about soaring spending on government benefit programs.
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A woman cries near the body of her son, killed during a shelling at the hospital of Donetsk's Tekstilshik district in Ukraine, on Febuary 4. At least 12 people were killed in fighting between soldiers and pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine, including four civilians who died when a hospital was hit in rebel stronghold Donetsk.
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Little Siberian tiger Dragan makes its way through the snow in its enclosure at the zoo in Eberswalde, Germany, on January 31. Dragan was born on October 7, 2014.