The carnival madness first began in the 11th century as a period of excess before the rigours of Lent, the 40 days of fasting that traditionally precede Easter.
The event was hosted by James Corden and saw performances from Adele, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Metallica.
Festival begins on first full moon day in the Nepali Poush month and ends on the next full moon day a month later.
Volunteers worked to try to rescue the pilot whales but most died quickly after being beached.
Its closure would have resulted in over 200,000 people having to return to war-torn Somalia.
Thaipsuam is a celebration dedicated to the HIndu god of war, Lord Murugan, and is held over a two-day period.
US soldiers have begun relocating throughout the region to train with European allies in Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania.
Conservation team moved 16 bison from a protected herd in Alberta to Panther Valley, where they remain under observation until summer 2018.
Highlights include an articulated iron manikin from the 1500s, an animatronic baby from Japan and one of the first walking bipedal robots.
Presented as a chronological overview, this traces Hockney's development from his time as a student up to his recent success at the Royal Academy and beyond.
The fighting between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists has damaged vital infrastructure, leading to power outages with temperatures as low as minus 18 Celsius.
At least 50 people die in eastern Afghanistan, with dozens more missing after an avalanche buried a village in Nuristan.
The Orchid Festival runs from the 4 February-5 March 2017 at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Corporate buildings, including banks and ATMs were vandalised, and a Starbucks coffee shop was looted.
Demonstrators held placards reading '89' referring the 1989 Romanian Revolution that toppled late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
From Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and Hans Rosling to John Hurt and Joost van der Westhuizen, here are some of the famous faces who have died in 2017.
These are the worst forest fires the nation has seen in modern history.
Almost 1.5 million people have signed a petition calling for Trump's planned UK visit – which will involve lavish displays of royal pageantry – to be cancelled.
The Surva International Festival of the Masquerade sees roughly 6,000 people from every folklore region of the country attend.
President Donald Trump's Executive Order bars admission of Syrian refugees and restricts people from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering US.
Survivors gathered at the former Nazi death camp to commemorate its liberation by Soviet troops in 1945.
Often called Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, Chinese New Year 4715 will fall on 28 January.
Conservation works are planned to be carried out on a total of 45 brick prisoner barracks of the former Auschwitz II-Birkenau death camp.
Festivities took place all over the country with particularly spectacular sights observed in Jammu, Srinagar and Kolkata
Many believe Australia's national day celebrates the arrival of white settlement, marking the beginning of injustices suffered by the country's disadvantaged Aborigines.
A car bomb was rammed into the gate of the Dayah hotel in Mogadishu, leaving 28 dead and scores injured.
Over 1,000 sled dogs and 250 mushers are expected to attend the 34th Aviemore Sled Dog Rally.
For centuries, merchants have travelled across the vast, cracked desert basin with caravans of camels to collect blocks of salt.
Here are some of the best photos of Trump supporters across the globe in the days leading up to the inauguration ceremony.
In the past week, various cities have been preparing for Trump's inauguration, with many taking advantage of the political uncertainty it has caused