Photos Of 2012 Week 01

It might be 2012 but we match on with our Photos Of The Week feature. The first week of a new year is mostly about celebrations and wintersports, but week 01 of 2012 also saw the Republican pre-presidential campaign heat up in Iowa which resulted in Michelle “say what?” Bachmann dropping out and other potentials taking a hit too. Bring on week 02. [55 photos total]

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Fireworks explode during New Year's Day celebration on Red Square in Moscow, January 1, 2012. (REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva) #
Los Angeles city fire fighters battle one of many carport fires in the early morning hours in Sun Valley, California December 31, 2011. About three dozen vehicles have been intentionally burned in the Los Angeles area the past two days, causing damage estimated in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and setting off a broad police and fire investigation. (REUTERS/Gene Blevins) #
People release balloons as the Tokyo Tower is illuminated to celebrate the New Year at a countdown event at the Zojo-ji Buddhist temple in Tokyo January 1, 2012. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon) #
Singer Lady Gaga (C) rehearses before her performance for celebrations on New Year's Eve in Times Square in New York, December 31, 2011. (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz) #
A man is hit by a bull during a traditional Corraleja or bullfight on New Year's Eve in Turbaco, Bolivar, December 31, 2011. (REUTERS/Joaquin Sarmiento) #
A sail boat passes in front of the sun as the last rays of sunlight of 2011 hit the waters off Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii, December 31, 2011. Hawaii is one of the last places on earth that will usher in the New Year. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) #
Singer Lady Gaga and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pose before activating the New Year's Eve ball during celebrations in Times Square in New York, December 31, 2011. (REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz) #
Andreas Kofler from Austria soars through the air during the trial jump of the second event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen January 1, 2012. (REUTERS/Michael Dalder) #
Judges follow the trial jump of the second event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen January 1, 2012. (REUTERS/Michael Dalder) #
People hold chairs to shield themselves from the rain during an election campaign rally to be addressed by Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav, for next year's state elections in the northern Indian town of Azamgarh January 1, 2012. The election commission said voting in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh will be in seven phases starting February 4 and finishing February 28, 2012. (REUTERS/Pawan Kumar) #
Maurizio Palmulli of Italy dives into the Tiber River from the Cavour bridge, as part of traditional New Year celebrations in Rome January 1, 2012. Five men jumped into the muddy waters of the Tiber, continuing an annual tradition which dates back to 1946. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
The ski jump is reflected in the glasses of Germany's Andreas Wank during the second event of the 60th four-hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch Partenkirchen, January 1, 2012. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach) #
Marco Fois of Italy dives into the Tiber River from the Cavour bridge, as part of traditional New Year celebrations in Rome January 1, 2012. Five men jumped into the muddy waters of the Tiber, continuing an annual tradition which dates back to 1946. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
The New Year sunrise lights up an area devastated by the March 2011 tsunami in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, in this photo taken by Kyodo on January 1, 2012. The tsunami reached three-fourths of the height of the tower seen in the centre. Mandatory Credit (REUTERS/Kyodo) #
People celebrate New Years Day on a beach in Durban January 1, 2012. (REUTERS/Rogan Ward) #
A firefighter extinguishes a burning car early this morning during the New Year's eve celebration in Lille January 1, 2012. (REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol) #
Diva Dawn Santucci takes part in the Coney Island Polar Bear Club's annual New Year's Day Polar Bear Swim in New York's Coney Island January 1, 2012. (REUTERS/Kena Betancur) #
A giant light installation of the flag of Switzerland, by Swiss artist Gerry Hofstetter, illuminates the north face of the Jungfrau mountain, next to the Eiger (L) and Moench (C) mountains, in the Bernese Oberland January 1, 2012. The installation commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the Jungfrau railway, which first began operations in the year 1912. The light left of the installation is Europe's highest railway station, the Jungfraujoch station, at an altitude of 3,454 metres (11,332 feet). (REUTERS/Markus Zimmermann) #
A new medium-range missile is fired from a naval ship during Velayat-90 war game on Sea of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran January 1, 2012. Iran test-fired a new medium-range missile, designed to evade radars, on Sunday during the last days of its naval drill in the Gulf, the official IRNA news agency quoted a military official as saying. (REUTERS/Jamejamonline/Ebrahim Norouzi) #
A worker sprays paint onto lantern parts in the shape of human hands and heads for a lantern festival to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, at a workshop in Suining, Sichuan province, January 1, 2012. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on January 23 and marks the start of the year of dragon. Picture taken January 1, 2012 . (REUTERS/Stringer) #
Benjamin Colton Barnes, 24-years-old, who is a person of interest in the killing of Mount Rainier National Park ranger Margaret Anderson on January 1, 2012, is seen in this undated handout photograph supplied by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. Anderson, a 34-year-old mother of two young children, was killed after she stopped the gunman's vehicle at a roadblock shortly after another ranger tried to stop the same car about a mile away, park spokesman Kevin Bacher said in a statement. Authorities have closed the park on the west side of the snow-capped Cascade mountain range as police search for the gunman. (REUTERS/Handout) #
Policemen try to keep order as residents gather near a railway station during a protest in Anyang, Henan province January 1, 2012. Thousands of protesters converged on a train station in central China, angered over collapsing illegal investment schemes that residents said the government had failed to staunch, according to news reports and a government notice on Monday. Picture taken January 1, 2012. (REUTERS/Stringer) #
Girls wear headbands in the colours of the Yemen national flag while standing at Taghyeer (Change) Square, where protesters have been camping for ten months to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa January 2, 2012. (REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi) #
A man walks down the stairs of the Imam Al-Khoei Foundation, a Shiite organization, that was hit by a firebomb on Sunday night is seen in the Queens borough of New York January 2, 2012. New York police are investigating bias crimes as four molotov cocktail attacks on Sunday night including one against a mosque with 75 people inside and another against a Hindu place of worship. (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton) #
Fulham's Stephen Kelly (L) challenges Arsenal's Robin Van Persie during their English Premier League soccer match at Craven Cottage in London January 2, 2012. (REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth) #
An Oregon Ducks player holds up a reflective helmet as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the 98th Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, California January 2, 2012. (REUTERS/Danny Moloshok) #
A white lion licks the glass wall of its enclosure as tourists visit a zoo in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, January 2, 2012. Picture taken January 2, 2012. (REUTERS/China Daily) #
An artist paints a 3D body painting depicting a tiger's face on the backs of three models in Fuzhou, Fujian province January 3, 2012. The models were wearing white shirts for the painting as a call for increased awareness of protecting endangered animals. (REUTERS/China Daily) #
North Koreans attend a mass rally to carry out the decision of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), the joint calls of the Central Committee and the Central Military Commission of the WPK and the militant tasks set forth in the joint New Year editorial at Kim Il-Sung square in Pyongyang January 3, 2012 in this picture released by the North's KCNA on Tuesday. (REUTERS/KCNA) #
A couple walks in front of the historic Red Fort amid dense fog on a cold winter morning in the old quarters of Delhi January 3, 2012. Temperature in New Delhi dipped to 7 degrees Celsius (44.6 degrees Fahrenheit), local media reported. (REUTERS/Adnan Abidi) #
Policemen beat up a protester during a rally against fuel subsidy removal on Ikorodu road in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos January 3, 2012. Hundreds of demonstrators in Nigeria's commercial capital Lagos shut petrol stations, formed human barriers along motorways and hijacked buses on Tuesday in protest against the shock doubling of fuel prices after a government subsidy was removed. (REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye) #
A man uses a machete to kill a buffalo during a Rambu Solo ceremony in Tana Toraja in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province January 3, 2012. Rambu Solo is a traditional death ritual practised by Tana Toraja residents. When a person dies, animals such as pigs, chickens and buffaloes are sacrificed as the locals believe the animals carry the soul of the deceased into heaven. The number and type of animal killed reflects the social status of the dead person. After the animals are killed, a feast is thrown and the body of the deceased carried up a hill into a resting house. The ceremony on Tuesday was for Agnes Datu Sarungallo, who died in August 2011. Her family killed 200 buffaloes and 500 other animals to feed to guests. (REUTERS/Yusuf Ahmad) #
Unused signs supporting Republican presidential candidate Texas Governor Rick Perry sit against a wall at his Iowa Caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa, January 3, 2012. (REUTERS/Samantha Sais) #
Michigan Wolverines celebrate after winning the BCS Allstate Sugar Bowl NCAA football game 23-20 in overtime, over the Virginia Tech Hokies in New Orleans, Louisiana, January 3, 2012. (REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman) #
Dario Cologna of Switzerland (black suit) skis during the men's FIS World Cup cross-country skiing 1.3km free sprint semi-final heat in Dobbiaco January 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo) #
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann announces the end of her presidential campaign in West Des Moines, Iowa January 4, 2012. U.S. congresswoman Bachmann on Wednesday ended her campaign to become the 2012 Republican U.S. presidential candidate and called on supporters to rally behind the party's eventual nominee. The announcement came a day after she received only 5 percent of the vote in the Iowa nominating caucuses, dealing what many saw as a fatal blow to her presidential ambitions. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking) #
Russia's Olga Vilukhina competes in the 4x6 km women's relay competition at the Biathlon World Cup in the eastern German ski resort of Oberhof January 4, 2012. Russia won the competition, Norway placed second and France placed third. (REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz) #
An artist performs during the Cirque du Soleil's Totem show in London's Royal Albert Hall, January 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Paul Hackett) #
An amputee who had lost a leg during the 2010 earthquake undergo rehabilitative therapy at a center run by Handicap International in Port-au-Prince January 4, 2012. January 12 marks the second year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and injured many. (REUTERS/Swoan Parker) #
DJ Wika Szmyt plays music at a club in Warsaw January 4, 2012. Szmyt, 73, spends her retirement days behind a DJ console watching people dance to her rhythms. She plays disco, rumba or samba for a mostly elderly audience because she feels she is giving them a new take at life. DJ Wika plays in a Warsaw club three days a week but has also been involved in other musical projects, including parties where she plays for a younger and more demanding audience. (REUTERS/Kacper Pempel) #
Toronto Raptors Ed Davis (2nd L) and Jamaal Magloire (R) battle for the ball with Cleveland Cavaliers Tristan Thompson (L) and Ryan Hollins (2nd R) during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Toronto, January 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch) #
A performer takes a rest on a decoration during a rehearsal of the opening ceremony of 13th Harbin Ice and Snow World in Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 4, 2012. The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will be officially launched on January 5, 2012. Picture taken January 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Sheng Li) #
A chef holds the head of a bluefin tuna after cutting its meat at a sushi restaurant in Tokyo January 5, 2012. The 269-kilogram (593 lbs) tuna caught off the coast of northern Japan, was sold at a record of 56.49 million yen ($736,234) in the country's first fish auction of the year. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon) #
Mount Etna spews volcanic ash during an eruption on the southern Italian island of Sicily January 5, 2012. Mount Etna is Europe's tallest and most active volcano. (REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello) #
Bodruddin lights a cigarette after he load bricks onto a truck at a brickfield in Dhaka January 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Andrew Biraj) #
Spectators watch fireworks explode over ice sculptures during the official opening of the 13th Harbin International Ice and Snow World festival in Harbin, Heilongjiang province January 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Sheng Li) #
U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman (L) is reflected in the window of his car as he speaks with a reporter, as his wife, Mary Kaye, (R) looks out of the window as they prepare to depart a campaign event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire January 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi) #
Republican presidential candidate and former Senator Rick Santorum speaks during a campaign stop at Merrimack Valley Railroad in Northfield, New Hampshire January 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton) #
Marit Bjoergen of Norway (R) skis on her way ahead of Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland to win the ladies' FIS World Cup cross-country skiing 15km free pursuit race in Dobbiaco January 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo) #
Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul stand on a corner as they hold signs in Manchester, New Hampshire January 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Eric Thayer) #
A couple stands on a sand bank as the sun sets in Venice, Los Angeles, California January 5, 2012. Los Angeles hit a high temperature of 83 degrees Fahrenheit today, tying a record for January 5 set in 2006. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson) #
The pucks sits in the net behind Russia's Andrei Makarov after Sweden's Mika Zibanejad scored to win the game during overtime period of play during overtime the gold medal game of the 2012 IIHF U20 World Junior Hockey Championships in Calgary, Alberta, January 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Todd Korol) #
Bulgarian men dance in the icy waters of the Tundzha river during a celebration for Epiphany Day in the town of Kalofer, some 150 km (93 miles) east of Sofia January 6, 2012. It is believed that the ritual will bring health throughout the new year. (REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov) #
Men dressed as La Befana, an imaginary old woman who is thought to bring gifts to children during the festival of Epiphany, row boats down the Grand Canal in Venice, January 6, 2012. The orthodox Christian holiday of Epiphany is observed as the date when the Three Wise Men visited baby Jesus. (REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri) #
A man guides Somali women near Lido beach in the waters of the Indian Ocean, north of the capital Mogadishu January 6, 2012. Lido beach was a famous attraction before Somalia tumbled into chaos in 1991 with the ousting of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre. In the last few years, the beach was a frontline for the Islamist al Shabaab militants, who later withdrew from most parts of Mogadishu around August 2011. (REUTERS/Feisal Omar) #

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