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23 Jan 2016
A selection of our best pictures.
USA-WEATHER/
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January 22, 2016
Freshly fallen snow covers the area around the Washington Monument after snow began to fall in Washington...
Washington, UNITED STATES
Freshly fallen snow covers the area around the Washington Monument in Washington
Freshly fallen snow covers the area around the Washington Monument after snow began to fall in Washington January 22, 2016. The leading edge of a monster snowstorm arrived on Friday afternoon in Washington, threatening to dump as many as 30 inches (76 cm) of powder on parts of the Middle Atlantic region and bring record accumulations to the U.S. capital. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
PEOPLE-DION/
RTX23M3F
January 22, 2016
Singer Celine Dion kisses the casket of her husband Rene Angelil following his funeral at Notre Dame...
Montreal, Canada
Singer Celine Dion kisses the casket of her husband Rene Angelil following his funeral at Notre Dame...
Singer Celine Dion kisses the casket of her husband Rene Angelil following his funeral at Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal January 22, 2016. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
SOMALIA-ATTACKS/
RTX23HGD
January 22, 2016
A general view through a broken glass shows government forces patrolling on Lido beach following an attack...
Mogadishu, Somalia
A general view through a broken glass shows government forces patrolling on Lido beach following an attack...
A general view through a broken glass shows government forces patrolling on Lido beach following an attack at beachside restaurant Beach View Cafe in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, January 22, 2016. REUTERS/Feisal Omar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
WATERPOLO-EURO/
RTX23LQ2
January 22, 2016
Hungary's coach Attila Biro jumps in the pool as he celebrates his team's victory over Netherlands during...
Belgrade, Serbia
Hungary's coach Attila Biro jumps in the pool as he celebrates his team's victory over Netherlands during...
Hungary's coach Attila Biro jumps in the pool as he celebrates his team's victory over Netherlands during the women's European Water Polo Championship gold medallion match in Belgrade, Serbia January 22, 2016. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
 BAHRAIN-AIRSHOW/
RTX23K5L
January 22, 2016
DHL's Twisters & Extra 300 perform during the second day of the Bahrain Air Show 2016 at Sakhir, south...
Sakhir, Bahrain
DHL's Twisters & Extra 300 perform during the second day of the Bahrain Air Show 2016 at Sakhir, south...
DHL's Twisters & Extra 300 perform during the second day of the Bahrain Air Show 2016 at Sakhir, south of Bahrain January 22, 2016. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
HAITI-ELECTION/PROTEST
RTX23M22
January 22, 2016
A National Police officer uses a shotgun to disperse protesters during a demonstration against the electoral...
Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
A National Police officer uses a shotgun to disperse protesters during a demonstration against the electoral...
A National Police officer uses a shotgun to disperse protesters during a demonstration against the electoral process in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, January 22, 2016. Haiti postponed a U.S.-backed presidential election as violent protests erupted on Friday after the opposition candidate vowed to boycott the vote over alleged fraud. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
UGANDA-POLITICS
RTX23KTT
January 22, 2016
Uganda main opposition presidential candidate Kizza Besigye of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) waves...
HOIMA, Uganda
Uganda main opposition presidential candidate Besigye of Forum for Democratic Change waves to his supporters...
Uganda main opposition presidential candidate Kizza Besigye of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) waves to his supporters as he arrives to campaign in Hoima town in north western Uganda January 22, 2016 ahead of the February 18 presidential election. REUTERS/James Akena TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
TENNIS-OPEN/
RTX23H1B
January 22, 2016
Russia's Maria Sharapova stretches to hit a shot during her third round match against Lauren Davis of...
Melbourne, Australia
Russia's Sharapova stretches to hit a shot during her third round match against Davis of the U.S. at...
Russia's Maria Sharapova stretches to hit a shot during her third round match against Lauren Davis of the U.S. at the Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park, Australia, January 22, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
PALESTINIANS-DAILYLIFE/
RTX23KDF
January 22, 2016
Palestinian boys demonstrate their parkour skills in Gaza City, January 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem...
Gaza, Palestinian Territories
Palestinian boys demonstrate their parkour skills in Gaza City
Palestinian boys demonstrate their parkour skills in Gaza City, January 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
USA-ELECTION/SANDERS
RTX23LOI
January 22, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders addresses climate change during...
Concord, UNITED STATES
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders addresses climate change during...
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders addresses climate change during a campaign meeting with students at Concord High School in Concord, New Hampshire January 22, 2016. REUTERS/Katherine Taylor TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
SOMALIA-ATTACKS/
RTX23HJ7
January 22, 2016
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY A man mourns next to the bodies of...
Mogadishu, Somalia
A man mourns next to the bodies of his son and daughter killed in an attack at beachside restaurant Beach...
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH AND INJURY A man mourns next to the bodies of his son and daughter killed in an attack at beachside restaurant Beach View Cafe, on Lido beach in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, January 22, 2016. REUTERS/Feisal Omar
INDIA-ANNIVERSARY/
RTX23JBZ
January 22, 2016
Kashmiri Muslims pray outside the shrine of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani, a Sufi saint, on his death anniversary...
Srinagar, India
Kashmiri Muslims pray outside the shrine of Jeelani on his death anniversary in Srinagar
Kashmiri Muslims pray outside the shrine of Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani, a Sufi saint, on his death anniversary in Srinagar, January 22, 2016. Thousands of Kashmiri Sufi Muslims gathered on Friday at the shrine of Jeelani, also known as Shah-e-Baghdad (King of Baghdad), on his 876th death anniversary to offer special prayers. REUTERS/Danish Ismail TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
MEXICO-POLITICIAN/
RTX23LHX
January 22, 2016
Humberto Moreira (C), a former ally of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, hugs his wife Vanessa as...
Madrid, Spain
Moreira, a former ally of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, hugs his wife Vanessa as he leaves the...
Humberto Moreira (C), a former ally of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, hugs his wife Vanessa as he leaves the Soto del Real penitentiary outside Madrid, Spain, January 22, 2016. REUTERS/Susana Vera TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
NEPAL-ANIMALS/
RTX23IFP
January 22, 2016
A tranquilized wild leopard is carried out from a house where it was trapped after injuring a person...
Kathmandu, Nepal
A tranquilized wild leopard is carried out from a house where it was trapped after injuring a person...
A tranquilized wild leopard is carried out from a house where it was trapped after injuring a person at Kritipur in Kathmandu, Nepal, January 22, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
BENIN-POLITICS/
RTX23I5B
January 22, 2016
A devotee is guided by voodoo priests as she goes into a trance at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah,...
Ouidah, Benin
A Picture And Its Story: Voodoo festival of Benin
A devotee is guided by voodoo priests as she goes into a trance at the annual voodoo festival in Ouidah, Benin, January 10, 2016. In Ouidah, a small town and former slave port in the West African country of Benin, the annual voodoo festival gathers visitors from far and wide. It's a week that brings together priests and dignitaries, rich and poor, locals and visitors from as far afield as the Caribbean and France. The festival commemorates the estimated 60 million people who lost their homelands and their freedom during the African slave trade. Slaves were transported from the port town on the Atlantic from Nigeria, Togo, Ghana and other parts of West Africa. The traditional African religion of voodoo, which spread to the Americas with the slave trade, combines elements including philosophy and medicine. The central belief of voodoo is that everything is spirit, including humans. Voodoo is closely related to other belief systems and religions I have seen across Africa, especially back home in Nigeria. The annual Ouidah gathering on 10 January has been a national holiday in Benin for more than 20 years. The gathering includes traditional dance and animal sacrifices at shrines, with some devotees entering trance states. The peak of the festival is in the last two days. Devotees offer dances to the spirits, often with bodies decorated with local powder and palm oil. There are those who find the initiation ceremonies of voodoo, the animal sacrifices, the bloodletting and the use of fetishes unsettling. Although many voodoo practices have been modified over the years, I have heard people, especially those who follow Christianity and Islam, voice their doubts. Whatever your opinion of voodoo, it's hard to ignore the energy and devotion of its followers at a gathering like this. The Ouidah festival looks set to remain a regular fixture in Benin's religious and cultural calendar. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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