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Our world in photos: January 12

January 12, 2021 Michaela Keil
SPAIN — Storm Filomena: People walked during a heavy snowfall in downtown Madrid, Saturday. A persistent blizzard blanketed large parts of Spain with 50-year record levels of snow, halting traffic and leaving thousands trapped in cars or in train stations and airports that suspended all services as the snow kept falling through Saturday.
Photo: Andrea Comas/AP


ISRAEL — New practice: An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man practiced social distancing during a morning prayer next to his house as synagogues were closed during a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Bnei Brak, Friday. Israel has seen a surge in cases, leading authorities to tighten an already existing lockdown.
Photo: Oded Balilty/AP


MALAYSIA — Red lanterns: A worker wearing a face mask set up traditional Chinese lanterns for display ahead of Lunar New Year celebrations at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, Monday.
Photo: Vincent Thian/AP


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GERMANY — Biathlon: A single athlete performed at the shooting range during the mixed relay race at the Biathlon World Cup in Oberhof, Sunday.
Photo: Matthias Schrader/AP


FRANCE — Curfew comes: A man sat along Marseille’s Old Port before curfew was enforced in Marseille, Sunday. The new curfew comes as French authorities are reinforcing the monitoring of sanitary containment measures in the light of new, potentially more contagious, variants of COVID-19 in French territory.
Photo: Daniel Cole/AP


NORTH KOREA — New title: In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un clapped his hands at the ruling party congress in Pyongyang, Sunday. Kim was given a new title, “general secretary” of the ruling Workers’ Party, formerly held by his late father and grandfather, state media reported on Monday, in what appears to a symbolic move aimed at bolstering his authority amid growing economic challenges. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified.
Photo: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP


NEPAL — Protest: Monday, in Kathmandu, a pro-king supporter injured during clashed with riot police was carried away as they marched, demanding reinstating the monarchy that was abolished more than a decade ago. Monday’s protest was the latest anti-government protest against Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli who has been facing street demonstrations against him from a splinter faction of his own Communist party and more from opposition political groups for dissolving parliament. Nepal’s centuries-old monarchy was abolished in 2008 by the parliament and replaced by a republic where the president was elected as the head of state.
Photo: Niranjan Shrestha/AP


URUGUAY — Relaxing: People enjoyed the beach during the COVID-19 pandemic in Montevideo, Sunday.
Photo: Matilde Campodonico/AP


INDIA — Back in session: Students wearing face masks attended classes as schools reopened after being closed for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Ahmedabad, Monday. The Gujarat state has reopened schools only for classes 10 and 12.
Photo: Ajit Solanki/AP

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