Wednesday January 3, Our World in Pictures
ENGLAND — Sea Rages During Storm: Waves crash over the sea walls in Blackpool as a storm lashed the U.K. with violent storm-force winds of up to 100mph, leaving thousands of homes without power and hitting transport links on Wednesday.
GEORGIA — Governor Declares State of Emergency: Alora Freeman, 8, watches as ice builds along a downtown water fountain in Atlanta on Wednesday. A brutal winter storm scattered a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain from normally balmy north Florida up the southeast seaboard Wednesday, adding to the misery of a bitter cold snap. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency through Friday for at least 28 counties because of the frigid weather.
KASHMIR — Village Buries Local Rebel: Kashmiri village women attend the funeral of rebel Fardeen Ahamed in Hyuna on Monday. Ahamed was among three suspected militants killed Sunday after rebels stormed a paramilitary camp in disputed Kashmir, triggering a daylong battle. Five Indian soldiers were also killed in the incident.
CALIFORNIA — Warm Weather Sticks Around: Nora Belverud plays along a low-tide beach as she holds a balloon on her fifth birthday on Tuesday in San Diego. As bitterly cold temperatures gripped much of the nation on Tuesday, balmy temperatures and sunny skies in Southern California made for ideal weather to enjoy afternoon low tides along area beaches.
ROMANIA — Dancers Carry on Ancient Tradition: A woman carries a dancer’s costume made of a bear fur before New Year’s parade in Comanesti on Saturday. The pre-Christian tradition, when dancers wearing colored costumes or animal furs, went from house to house in villages singing and dancing to ward off evil, has moved to the country’s cities, where dancers travel to perform for money.
CYPRUS — Sun Sets in the Rain: A man with an umbrella walks in the rain as the sun sets in Ayia Napa on Sunday.
AUSTRIA — Skiers Compete: Switzerland’s Gregor Deschwanden makes an attempt in the qualification for the third stage of the Four Hills Ski Jumping event in Innsbruck on Wednesday.
BRAZIL — Praying to the Sea Goddess: In this Friday photo, a man prays as he holds necklaces, which are symbols of protection, during a ceremony for Yemanja, goddess of the sea, as part of traditional New Year’s celebrations held every year on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian worshippers of Yemanja celebrate the deity, offering flowers and launching large and small boats into the ocean in exchange for blessings in the coming year.
MILWAUKEE – Women’s Speed Skating Trials: Jacquelyn Bernico competes in the women’s 3000-meter during the U.S. Olympic long track speed skating trials, Tuesday, in Milwaukee.
ENGLAND – Aircraft Cleaning: The annual high-level aircraft cleaning and maintenance takes place at the RAF Cosford Museum in Shifnal, England, Tuesday. The work is carried out by a specialist cleaning company, focusing on the suspended aircraft currently displayed within the Museum’s National Cold War Exhibition.
PERU – Bus Crash: In this photo provided by the government news agency Andina, an injured man is transported over water from a bus that fell off a cliff after it was hit by a tractor-trailer rig, in Pasamayo, Peru, Tuesday. A Peruvian police official says at least 25 people died, and that there were more than 50 people on the bus.
JAPAN – Imperial Palace: Well-wishers wave national flags as Japan’s Emperor Akihito with his family members appears on the balcony at Imperial Palace in Tokyo Tuesday. Akihito, who is handing the Chrysanthemum Throne to his son next year, is being showered with cheers from tens of thousands of New Year’s well-wishers at the palace.
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