australia drought
An aerial view of small dams containing very little water are seen in dry paddocks located north-west of the city of Melbourne. Australia endured its hottest year on record in 2013, the Bureau of Meteorology said, with average temperatures 1.2 degree Celsius above the long-term average of 21.8 degree Celsius, breaking the previous record set in 2005Reuters
avalanche road
Avalanche debris is pictured on the Richardson Highway in Alaska. The coastal community of Valdez was cut off from the rest of the state after avalanches blocked the only road inReuters
winter swimmers
Members of a local winter swimming club go for a dip in the Yenisei River in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, in temperatures of about -24 degrees Celsius (-11 degrees Fahrenheit)Reuters
floods uk
A house is surrounded by water in Long Sutton on the flooded Somerset LevelsReuters
sun dog
A "sun dog" appears over a farm in southern Minnesota. The halo around the sun is caused by the refraction of sunlight by small ice crystals in the atmosphereReuters
sparks flying
A worker is surrounded by flying sparks at a nickel smelter near Sorowako, on Indonesia's Sulawesi islandReuters
china lantern
Tourists take a picture in front of a giant dragon lantern during a festival in Shenyang, Liaoning ProvinceReuters
india camels
Indian Border Security Force soldiers ride camels in front of India's presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhavan during a rehearsal for the "Beating the Retreat" ceremony in New DelhiReuters
night of china
Performers ride horses during the "Nuit de Chine" (Night of China) event at the Grand Palais in ParisReuters
holocaust survivor
A Holocaust survivor walks inside Auschwitz before a ceremony to mark the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration campReuters
holocaust shoes
Israeli soldiers look at shoes of Holocaust victims during a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in JerusalemGetty
obama office
US President Barack Obama sits at his desk in the Oval OfficeGetty
sudan rocket
A rocket fired by SPLA Government forces cruises over a hut burnt by debris from a previous rocket along the frontline at Mathiang near Bor, South SudanReuters
bieber quad bike panama
Justin Bieber jumps from a quad bike at a resort in Punta Chame, on the outskirts of Panama CityReuters
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr perform during the taping of "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles", which commemorates the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' appearance on the Ed Sullivan ShowReuters
brokeback opera
American tenor Tom Randle (Jack Twist) (R), and Canadian bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch (Ennis del Mar), perform during a dress rehearsal of the opera "Brokeback Mountain" at the Teatro Real in MadridReuters
bird flu
Workers place dead chickens into plastic bags at a wholesale poultry market in Hong Kong, where the government imposed a ban on the sale of live chickens following an outbreak of H7N9 bird fluGetty