The draining of the Canal Saint-Martin in Paris, snow in California’s mountains, a butter sculpture in Pennsylvania, trash pandas in Shanghai, a standoff in Oregon, a sun pillar above Stockholm, a whale made of starlings above Israel, and much more.
Audience member Robin Roy reacts as U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets her at a campaign rally in Lowell, Massachusetts, on January 4, 2016. #
A murmuration of migrating starlings is seen across the sky in southern Israel on December 31, 2015.
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U.S. President Barack Obama wipes away tears while talking about Newtown and other mass shooting during an event held to announce new gun control measures, at the White House in Washington on January 5, 2016.
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The sun sets against the skyline, throwing a reflection off ice crystals in the air to produce a sun pillar phenomenon in Stockholm, Sweden, on January 7, 2016.
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A man dressed as a cartoon character dances in front of snow sculptures during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province on January 5, 2016.
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Volunteers of the Hindu nationalist organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) pray as they attend a conclave on the outskirts of Pune, India, on January 3, 2016. Thousands of volunteers attended the gathering which was held to promote the organization and reach out to the society, according to local media reports.
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Performance artist Milo Moire holds up a poster reading "Respect us! We are not fair game, even when we are naked!!!" as she stands near Cologne's landmark, the Cologne Cathedral, to protest on January 8, 2016, against offenses against women that happened in Cologne on New Year's Eve. Thirty-one suspects, including 18 asylum seekers, are under investigation over offences including assault and theft in Cologne on New Year's Eve, Germany's interior ministry said.
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A biker poses on his Bousouzoku motorbike at the Dangouzaka rest stop in Yamanashi, west of Tokyo, Japan, on January 3, 2016. Police halted a group of about two dozen Bousouzoku bikers who paraded their noisy motorcycles during an annual New Year outing in the Mount Fuji region. This Japanese motorcycle subculture dated back in the 1950s and regularly chafes with the police because of their provocative traffic behavior and bike customizing, that is often deemed illegal.
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A U.S. Air Force MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (right) returns from a mission to an air base in the Persian Gulf region on January 7, 2016. The U.S. military and coalition forces use the base, located in an undisclosed location, to launch drone airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, as well as to transport cargo and and troops supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The Predators at the base are operated and maintained by the 46th Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron, currently attached to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing.
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A little snowman stands at the Gendarmenmarkt square after snow falls in Berlin, Germany, on January 7, 2016.
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A crane is seen next to a giant statue of Chinese late chairman Mao Zedong under construction near crop fields in a village of Tongxu county, Henan province, China, on January 4, 2016. According to local villagers, several entrepreneurs spent nearly 3 million yuan (460,000 USD) to build the 36.6-meter-high statue covered in golden paint. On Friday, reports emerged that local authorities deemed the structure to be illegal, and ordered it torn down.
Indian soldiers take part in the rehearsal for the Republic Day parade on a foggy winter morning in New Delhi, India, on January 8, 2016. India will celebrate its annual Republic Day on January 26.
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An Afghan security force member walks inside a building used by insurgents to launch an attack on the Indian consulate, in Mazar-i-Sharif on January 5, 2016. A 25-hour gun and bomb siege near the Indian consulate in the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif ended late January 4, after all the attackers were killed, officials said.
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Dwayne Ehmer carries an American flag as he rides his horse on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge on January 7, 2016, near Burns, Oregon. An armed anti-government militia group continues to occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Headquarters as they protest the jailing of two ranchers for arson.
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Firefighters extinguish a burning car during New Year celebrations in Lille, northern France, on December 31, 2015.
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Japanese traditional female dancers, maikos, and performers, geikos walk in the street during the new year's ceremony at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater on January 7, 2016, in Kyoto, Japan. At the new year's ceremony, maikos, geikos, and the masters of their schools all gather in one place and celebrate the start of new year's operation and announce the best performing dancers, performers, and best tea houses of the previous year.
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Huge waves crash on the Viavelez seafront in the northern Spanish region of Asturias, on January 2, 2016.
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A view shows a relaxing room and a floor of the Hotel La Claustra located in a former bunker of the Swiss army on the St. Gotthard mountain pass, Switzerland, on August 8, 2014. Picture released on January 7, 2016.
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A large section of the A93 road between Ballater and Baemar swept away by storm surge on the River Dee on January 5, 2016, in Ballater, United Kingdom.
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800 panda bins stand at Century Square near Nanjing Road to promote garbage classification on January 8, 2016 in Shanghai, China. The activity was held to promote the panda bins, which are used to collect used clothes for donation or recycling. The bins, introduced as part of a environmental protection campaign in 2012, can be found across the city in Schools and residential communities.
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A lama watches the Cham dance during the Gedong festival at the Ganden Sumtsenling Monastery in Shangri-La, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of southwest China's Yunnan Province on January 5, 2016. The Gedong Festival is the most important festival in the region and is held at the Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, also known as Songzanlin, and Guihuasi monastery in late November of each year of the Tibetan calendar.
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A mud flow skirts a house protected with sandbags in Monrovia, California, on January 6, 2016. A wildfire two years ago stripped away vegetation and loosened soil. The current El Nino system, a natural warming of the central and eastern Pacific Ocean that interacts with the atmosphere and changes weather worldwide, has tied a system in 1997-1998 as the strongest on record.
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A detail of the annual butter sculpture, photographed on January 7, 2016, at the Farm Show complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Starting Saturday, thousands of visitors are expected to descend on the state capital for the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show, a weeklong celebration agriculture and rural life.
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Ice formations are seen at the beach near Fakse Ladeplads, south of Copenhagen, Denmark, on January 5. 2016.
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Boruca men wearing masks chase a bull through the streets as part of festivities on January 2, 2016 in Boruca, Costa Rica. The El Juego De Los Diablitos, (Dance of the Little Devils) is one of the most important traditional festivals in Boruca culture, and dates back 400 years to the Spanish conquest. Local men wearing elaborately carved wooden masks and representing devils chase a man dressed as a bull, which symbolize the Spanish. The Boruca are an indigenous community of around 2,500 people living on a reserve in the Puntarenas Province in southwestern Costa Rica.
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A Husky puppy stands near kites for kite surfing by the shore in Abu Galoum, South Sinai, Egypt, on January 2, 2016.
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A deer runs in the snow near Egerag, Hungary, on January 7, 2016.
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A local resident rests on a bench as Mount Bromo volcano erupts in the background in Ngadisari, Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia, on January 5, 2016.
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A worker kneels next to a part of a carnival float at the Mocidade Independente Samba school, in preparation for the annual carnival parade, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on January 7, 2016.
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Snow is seen on the San Gorgonio Mountains behind a windmill farm in Palm Springs, California, on January 7, 2016.
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Migrants and refugees queue to board a train under heavy rain at a train station in the southern Serbian town of Presevo on January 6, 2016. The International Organization for Migration said on January 5 that 1,004,356 migrants and refugees reached Europe in 2015, but 3,771 died while crossing the Mediterranean
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Peter Prevc of Slovenia soars through the air during a trial jump for the third jumping of the 64th four-hills ski jumping tournament in Innsbruck, Austria, on January 3, 2016.
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The Volcano of Fire releases lava, seen from Escuintla, Guatemala, on January 4, 2016. Officials are asking nearby communities to remain vigilant amid a state of yellow alert. In Spanish it's known as "El Volcan del Fuego."
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A worker wades in the water as he inspects abandoned bicycles during the draining of the Canal Saint-Martin in Paris, France, on January 5, 2016. Authorities start a three-month cleanup operation of the canal St-Martin, in north-eastern Paris, in an attempt to refurbish its locks and remove rubbish.
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A mute swan in a lake as the temperature dropped to around minus 23 degrees Celsius (minus 9.4 degrees Fahrenheit) on the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus, on January 5, 2016.