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The Holly Man, the winter guise of pagan folklore character the Green Man, holds the crowns of the new King and Queen near the Globe Theatre in London in celebration of Twelfth NightAndrew Cowie/AFP
silio carnival
Masked men take part in the "Vijanera" carnival in Silio, northern Spain. The annual festival aims to banish the old year and welcome the birth of the new yearCesar Manso/AFP
twelfth night
The Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men take part in the Apple Howling ceremony at Old Mill Farm in Bolney, West Sussex. In this ancient ritual villagers surround the oldest and largest tree in the orchard, driving out evil spirits and encouraging good spirits to produce a bountiful apple crop for the following harvest's ciderPeter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
harbin ice festival
People visit enormous ice sculptures illuminated by coloured lights during a trial run ahead of today's opening of the 31st International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern Chinese city of HarbinKim Kyung Hoon/Reuters
winter swimmers
Swimmers dive into a pool carved into thick ice covering the Songhua River during the Ice Swimming Competition in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, northern ChinaKim Kyung Hoon/Reuters
norman atlantic
A firefighter sprays water on the Norman Atlantic car and truck ferry at Brindisi harbour, after a fire broke out onboard off the coast of Greece, killing at least 11 peopleCiro de Luca/Reuters
hoegh osaka
A salvage tug lights the hull of the stricken Hoegh Osaka cargo ship after it ran aground on a sand bank in the Solent off CowesPeter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
AirAsia Flight QZ8501 search
A rescue team member takes a picture of storm clouds from the deck of the ship KN Purworejo, involved in a search operation for bodies of passengers onboard AirAsia Flight QZ8501 in the Java SeaBeawiharta/Reuters
australia bushfire
Embers glow against the smoke-filled sunset near Gumeracha in the Adelaide Hills after an intense bushfire raged out of control in South AustraliaBrenton Edwards/AFP/Getty Images
china collapse
Firefighters battle a blaze at a warehouse in Harbin, China. The burning building suddenly collapsed on Friday, killing three firefighters and injuring 14 othersChinaFotoPress/Getty Images
gaza fire
A Palestinian man looks at the burnt-out bedroom where two of his teen relatives died in a fire caused by an electrical malfunction in the backup power system in their home in Beach refugee camp in Gaza CityMohammed Salem/Reuters
nairobi building collapse
People help to remove debris from the scene of a collapsed multi-storey residential building in the densely populated Huruma area of the Kenyan capital, NairobiTony Karumba/AFP
bosnia collapse
Coal miners and firefighters search for people in a house destroyed by a landslide in the village of Bare, near Kakanj, BosniaDado Ruvic/Reuters
nypd funeral
NYPD officers fill 65th Street in Brooklyn for the funeral of New York Police Department officer Wenjian Liu, one of two officers murdered last monthMike Segar/Reuters
nypd funeral
Pei Xia Chen sits in a limousine following the coffin of her husband, slain New York Police Department officer Wenjian Liu, after his funeral in BrooklynCarlo Allegri/Reuters
US army deaths
A US soldier from the 3rd Cavalry Regiment pays his respects during a memorial for Specialist Wyatt Martin and Sergeant First Class Ramon Morris at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. They were killed on December 12 by an improvised explosive device while on patrolLucas Jackson/Reuters
Severin Freund of Germany competes during the Four Hills Tournament, a Ski Jumping World Cup event, in Innsbruck, AustriaStanko Gruden/Agence Zoom/Getty Images
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Didier Drogba of Chelsea appeals to the referee as he shows his ripped shirt during their FA Cup Third Round match against Watford at Stamford Bridge in LondonJamie McDonald/Getty Images
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A fan of American football team the Indianapolis Colts poses before the 2014 AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Lucas Oil Stadium in IndianapolisAndrew Weber/USA Today/Reuters