Photos Of 2012 Week 06

Week 06 of 2012 was largely a cold, a very cold affair in most of Europe. It gives us some amazing images, but the big freeze also killed over 400 people. Bring on Spring and warmth. [68 photos total]

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Students in costumes perform during a street dancing event in celebration of Ibon-Ebon festival in Candaba, Pampanga province, north of Manila February 3, 2012. The occasion, also known as the Birds (Ibon) and Eggs (Ebon) festival, is held to honour San Nicolas de Tolentino, the patron saint of Candaba's birds. The festival will feature agricultural exhibitions involving various species of birds, eggs as well as a parade with participants dressed in duck costumes and a duck race, according to the organisers. (REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco) #
An officer adjusts the cap of a paramilitary recruit during a training session at a military base in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, February 3, 2012. (REUTERS/Leo Lang) #
People gather on a road submerged by flood waters near the town of Moree, about 610 km (379 miles) north of Sydney, February 3, 2012. The town of Moree, the centre of the region's cotton growing, has been cut in half by record floodwaters while more than 11,000 people in Queensland state have been isolated by the flooding and thousands evacuated, emergency service authorities said. (REUTERS/Brad Hunter/Pool) #
Members of the Iranian army's air force re-enact the scene of founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's arrival in Iran in 1979 at Merhrabad airport, in Tehran February 1, 2012. Picture taken February 1, 2012. (REUTERS/Mehr News Agency/Ruhollah Yazdani) #
The Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) is reflected in the Spree river that carries ice floats downstream on a sunny winter day in Berlin, February 3, 2011. (REUTERS/Thomas Peter) #
A wounded protester is carried during clashes with security forces near the Interior Ministry in Cairo February 3, 2012. (REUTERS/Suhaib Salem) #
People walk along a snow covered street at Adriatic city of Split, February 3, 2012. (REUTERS/Matko Biljak) #
Girls look out from the door of their house in the northwestern Yemeni city of Saada February 3, 2012. Saada has been the scene of several waves of battles between the national army and Shi'ite rebels in recent years. (REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah) #
The Fisher family waits backstage to meet Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney at a campaign rally in Elko, Nevada February 3, 2012. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder) #
A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing prepares to fuel a flight of Royal Danish Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft in the U.S. European Command area of responsibility in this handout photo taken February 1, 2012. (REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Technical Sergeant Kevin Wallace/Handout) #
A doll hangs from a tree next to a road near the Runge reservoir in the town of Runge, some 60 km (37 miles) north of Santiago February 3, 2012. Chile has around 77 communes in three regions that have been put under a state of agricultural emergency. Heavy droughts, a result of the La Nina weather front, have hit farms and put reservoirs and underground waters at record low levels, according to government sources and local media. (REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado) #
An Afghan woman holds her child as she begs along a street on a snowy day in Kabul February 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Omar Sobhani) #
Supporters of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) chant slogans during a protest in Reef Damascus, north of Damascus, early February 4, 2012, against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces attacking the town of Homs. More than 200 people were killed in shelling by Syrian forces in the city of Homs, activists said on Saturday, as the U.N. Security Council prepared to vote on a draft resolution backing an Arab call for Assad to give up power. (REUTERS/Stringer) #
The burnt walls of the Syrian embassy are seen after the building was ransacked by protesters in Cairo February 4, 2012 . Syrian demonstrators ransacked their country's embassy in Cairo and broke into the missions in London and Kuwait, part of protests around the world against the worst bloodshed of the 11 month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. The Cairo crowd smashed furniture and equipment and set fire to parts of the embassy building overnight. (REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany) #
A child crouches as he protects himself from a wave on the shore of the Black Sea harbour of Constanta, 250 km (155 miles) east of Bucharest February 4, 2012. At least 139 people have died across Eastern Europe and Germany since the cold snap began, interrupting what had been an unusually mild European winter. More than 56 trains were cancelled on Friday in Romania due to heavy blizzards. (REUTERS/Radu Sigheti) #
Plastic bottles with the bottoms cut are placed over flower bulbs to protect them from the frost near the sea shore in the Black Sea harbour of Constanta, 250 km (155 miles) east of Bucharest February 4, 2012. At least 139 people have died across Eastern Europe and Germany since the cold snap began, interrupting what had been an unusually mild European winter. More than 56 trains were cancelled on Friday in Romania due to heavy blizzards. (REUTERS/Radu Sigheti) #
A policeman looks out from the frost-covered window of a police bus during a demonstration for fair elections in central Moscow February 4, 2012. Tens of thousands of Russians defied bitter cold in Moscow on Saturday to demand fair elections in a march against Vladimir Putin's 12-year rule, and thousands of others staged a rally supporting the prime minister. (REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov) #
Students display their paintings during an attempt to enter the Limca Book of Records, at a school in the southern Indian city of Chennai February 4, 2012. More than 4700 students on Saturday took part in the one hour long event, school authorities said. (REUTERS/Babu) #
A snowman is seen on a bench in a park in northern Rome February 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi) #
Fishermen make their daily catch using traditional stilts at a bay at dawn in Unawatuna on the southern coast of Sri Lanka February 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Tim Chong) #
A frozen tree and a windmill are seen in a Dutch landscape in Zevenhuizen, near The Hague February 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Michael Kooren) #
Kite surfers take advantage of the frozen Puck Bay in Chalupy, Hel Peninsula February 4, 2012. In Ukraine 101 people have now died - a further 38 in the past 24 hours - and supermarkets are short of food as trucks struggle to make deliveries. Eight more have died in Poland since Thursday. (REUTERS/Peter Andrews) #
Prem Sharma, the care taker of the Gharial (Crocodile) breeding center, brushes the teeth of a narrow snouted crocodile at the Chitwan National Park in Chitwan, south west from Kathmandu February 4, 2012. The endangered species is bred in captivity and released into the wild after they become adult at the National Park southern Nepal. (REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar) #
Madoka Sugai of Japan performs her classical variation during the Final of the Prix de Lausanne at the Beaulieu Theater in Lausanne February 4, 2012.The Prix de Lausanne is an international dance competition for young dancers aged 15 to 18. This year, 69 candidates from 17 nationalities competed January 30 to February 4. Sugai won the contemporary dance price and a scholarship to attend any dance school in the world of her choice. (REUTERS/Denis Balibouse) #
Followers of Yemen's Shi'ite sect stand on a hill as others leave a ceremony to mark the birth anniversary of the Prophet Mohammad in Dhahian of the northwestern Yemeni province of Saada February 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah) #
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez arrives at a military parade to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his coup attempt in Caracas February 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Jorge Silva) #
The Costa Concordia cruise ship ran aground off the west coast of Italy, at Giglio island February 4, 2012. Bad weather had delayed plans to begin removing the 2,300 tonnes of diesel fuel in the ship's tanks, an operation expected to restart as soon as weather condition will be good. (REUTERS/ Max Rossi) #
U.S. National Park Service police clear protesters to erect barricades as they empty the Occupy DC encampment in McPherson Square in Washington, February 4, 2012. Police officers wearing helmets and carrying shields arrived at the site where protesters with the Occupy movement have been staging a demonstration since October, but it was not immediately clear whether they would evict the protesters. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst) #
Gondolas are seen along the Canal Grande in front of San Giorgio Maggiore church in the northern Italian city of Venice February 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Tony Gentile) #
Surinamese Arawak, Theo Jubitana (C), has a headdress put on him during the ceremony of his inauguration as the new captain, the head of his village, at Hollandse Kamp village in Para February 4, 2012. After 21 years, the Awaraks of Hollandse Kamp elected a new board, with Jubitana as the leader, that calls upon villagers to continue the fight for the ownership of their land. (REUTERS/Ranu Abhelakh) #
An Afghan boy sells cigarettes in front of the war torn Darul Aman Palace in Kabul February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail) #
A spectator hands money to a performer at a Tong Setan (Devil's Drum) motorcycle performance to commemorate Prophet Muhammad's birthday at the square of Kraton Yogyakarta palace in Yogyakarta, Central Java, February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Dwi Oblo) #
A firefighter climbs a mountain to extinguish a wildfire in Jubrique, near Malaga, southern Spain February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Jon Nazca) #
A woman takes a picture of a man near an ice covered car in Versoix near Geneva February 5, 2012. Bitterly cold weather sweeping across Europe claimed more victims on Sunday and brought widespread disruption to transport services, with warnings that the chilling temperatures would remain into next week. (REUTERS/Denis Balibouse) #
A local resident burns offerings as he prays for good fortune at Dafo temple on the eve of the Lantern Festival, the last day of Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations, in Zhengding County, Hebei province, February 5 , 2012. (REUTERS/Jason Lee) #
Children run as fireworks explode during a procession to mark Eid-e-Milad-ul-Nabi, or birthday celebrations of Prophet Mohammad, in Mumbai February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui) #
Firefighters climb a mountain to extinguish a wildfire in Jubrique, near Malaga, southern Spain February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Jon Nazca) #
Surianto (L), a homeless boy, plays with his friends inside a commuter train in Jakarta February 6, 2012. Indonesia's gross domestic product (GDP) rose 6.5 percent in the fourth quarter from a year ago, slightly above expectations to take full year 2011 growth to the strongest in 15 years at 6.5 percent, statistics bureau data showed on Monday. Millionaires are being created faster in Indonesia than in any other Asian country, according to Julius Baer, but at least 30 million people are still classed as poor -- more than 12 percent of the people in the world's fourth most populous country. (REUTERS/Beawiharta) #
People hold up lamps to pray for good fortune during a Lantern Festival activity at a Buddhist temple in Emei, Sichuan province, February 5, 2012. Picture taken February 5, 2012. (REUTERS/China Daily) #
Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people, arrives at a court hearing in Oslo February 6, 2012. Breivik admitted to detonating a bomb at a government building in Oslo that killed eight people and gunning down 69 more at an island summer camp for Labour Party youths in July. The court will decide if Breivik will be remanded in custody. (REUTERS/Lise Aserud/Scanpix Norway) #
Britain's Queen Elizabeth smiles as she leaves after visiting the Town Hall in King's Lynn, in Norfolk, eastern England February 6, 2012. Today marks the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's accession to the throne. (REUTERS/Andrew Winning) #
A dragon dance is performed amid fireworks during a Lantern Festival celebration in Chongqing municipality, February 6, 2012. The Lantern Festival occurs on the 15th day of the Chinese Lunar New Year and marks the end of the Spring Festival. (REUTERS/Stringer) #
The Hungarian Parliament building is reflected on the icy Danube river in Budapest February 6, 2012. The build-up of ice has slowed down traffic on the river in the past few days, as temperatures dropped to 15-20 degrees below zero during the night. (REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh) #
A machine works on the production of tapestry fabric, displaying the images of Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, at the Uzor weaving plant in the town of Vyritsa, about 70 km (43 miles) north of St. Petersburg February 6, 2012. The Uzor (translated as Pattern) weaving plant produces daily about 7000 metres (22,966 feet) of tapestry, furniture and decorative fabric displaying Russian political leaders, landscapes, sights of St. Petersburg and other cities, according to the company's website. (REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk) #
Actress Meryl Streep, best actress nominee for her role in Iron Lady, arrives at the 84th Academy Awards nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills, California February 6, 2012. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni) #
A Malaysian Hindu devotee walks with his back pierced with hooks attached to ropes during the Thaipusam festival in Georgetown February 7, 2012. Thousands of Hindus, who comprise over eight percent of the 28 million Malaysian population, participate in the annual Thaipusam festival, in which devotees subject themselves to painful rituals in a demonstration of faith and penance, held in honour of Lord Subramaniam, also known as Lord Murugan. (REUTERS/Samsul Said) #
Professional skateboarder Jordan Hoffart of Canada skates at dusk in Encinitas, California July 31, 2011. Ever since Jordan Hoffart decided to turn his back on the seemingly incessant rain of his native Vancouver, he has been living his dream as a professional skateboarder in the perpetual sunshine of Southern California. The 27-year-old Canadian, who briefly worked in construction and also as a stunt man in the movie industry to help pay off a mortgage, is now able to twin his ideal career with a near-perfect lifestyle. Whether he is competing on the professional circuit, filming video footage for one of his brand sponsors, giving advice to up-and-coming skateboarders or simply trying out a new trick, he is exactly where he wants to be. Picture taken July 31, 2011. To match Feature SPORT-SKATEBOARDING/HOFFART (REUTERS/Mike Blake) #
Participants walk in the camping area of the sixth edition of the Campus Party Internet event in Sao Paulo, February 7, 2012. The Campus Party is an annual week-long, 24-hour technology festival that gathers around 7,000 hackers, developers, gamers and computer geeks from many countries. (REUTERS/Fernando Donasci) #
Residents gather as a whale shark is pulled from the water by cranes after it was found dead at Karachi's fish harbor February 7, 2012. A giant whale shark washed ashore near Karachi fisheries harbor on Tuesday and was sold for 1.7 million PKR ($18,758), local media reported. (REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro) #
U.S. President Barack Obama reacts as Joey Hudy of Phoenix, Arizona, launches a marshmallow from his Extreme Marshmallow Cannon in the State Dining Room of the White House during the second White House Science Fair in Washington February 7, 2012. The fair celebrates the achievements of student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque) #
A warning sign is seen on top of the Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort in the western Caucasian mountains near Krasnaya Polyana some 40 km outside of the Black Sea city of Sochi February 7, 2012. Rosa Khutor is hosting men's and women's downhill and super combined Alpine Skiing World Cup races over the next two weekend in preparation for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. The weather conditions of the Olympic skiing venues are maritime and very likely to be similar to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in the Whistler mountains. (REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay) #
A vehicle transporting a body of an earthquake victim tries to pass through a destroyed road in La Libertad, Negros Oriental in central Philippines February 7, 2012. Local media reports said 29 was killed and 71 still missing in a 6.7 magnitude quake that severely hit Negros island on Monday. Picture taken February 7, 2012. (REUTERS/Erik De Castro) #
The Christ the Redeemer statue is lit up in the Brazilian flag colours green and yellow to promote the World Youth Day on July 23-28, 2013, in Rio de Janeiro February 7, 2012. (REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes) #
Lori Campbell (L) and Maja Roble, who are engaged, kiss at a celebration rally for Tuesday's ruling on Proposition 8 in West Hollywood, California February 7, 2012. A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday found California's gay marriage ban (Proposition unconstitutional in a case that may lead to a showdown in the U.S. Supreme Court. (REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn) #
A member of an honour guard practises his steps before the arrival of Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper and China's Premier Wen Jiabao for a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing February 8, 2012. Harper is on a five-day official trip to China. (REUTERS/David Gray) #
Azeem, 24, a laborer, pauses during his work of making chisel rods used for digging at a workshop in Karachi February 8, 2012. Azeem earns 500 Pakistani rupees ($5.50) a day. (REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro) #
A resident sits in what used to be his home after it was destroyed in a fire in Jakarta February 8, 2012. Thousands of people became homeless after their homes in a densely populated neighbourhood were burnt down on Tuesday, according to local media. (REUTERS/Enny Nuraheni) #
An army officer kicks a tear gas cannister during a clash with the supporters of ousted Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed in Male February 8, 2012. The ousted president of the Maldives, credited with bringing democracy to the Indian Ocean island resort, said on Wednesday he was forced out of power at gunpoint, prompting clashes between police and angry supporters. (REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte) #
Visitors walk through an illuminated 'ice palace' in Schwarzsee, about 50 kilometres (31.07 miles) west of Bern February 8, 2012. (REUTERS/Michael Buholzer) #
Turkey's ruling AK Party (AKP) lawmaker Muhittin Aksak (R) and main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) lawmaker Mahmut Tanal (L) scuffle during a debate at the parliament in Ankara late February 8, 2012. (REUTERS/Stringer) #
Army soldiers stand near a white dove outside the Legislative Assembly as striking police officers from the northeastern state of Bahia occupy the building in protest, in Salvador da Bahia February 8, 2012. More than 3,000 federal troops were dispatched to the northeastern state of Bahia in recent days to restore order after much of the state's military police force went on strike last week to demand higher wages. (REUTERS/Lunae Parracho) #
Mount Etna spews lava on the southern Italian island of Sicily February 9, 2012. Mount Etna is Europe's tallest and most active volcano. (REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello) #
A man bathes in an ice-hole in Lisi Lake, with the air temperature at about minus 6 degrees Celsius (21.2 degrees Fahrenheit), in Tbilisi February 9, 2012. (REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili) #
Boys are silhouetted against the setting sun as they exercise in a public park in the outskirts of Jammu February 9, 2012. (REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta) #
A man stands between dump trucks at the Belarusian Autoworks (BELAZ) plant during an international conference Dump Truck Transport 2012 in Zhodino, some 50 km (31 miles) east of Minsk, February 9, 2012. BELAZ is a specialised manufacturer of heavy-duty and super-size load capacity dump trucks. (REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko) #
Smoke from a wood stove comes out of a chimney as Pascal Prokop drives his 1990 Volvo 240 station wagon during cold winter weather on a road near the town of Mettmenstetten some 25 kilometres south of Zurich February 9, 2012. Prokob built in the wood-fired stove by himself and got a operating permit by the Swiss technical inspection authority. (REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann) #
Riot police stand guard in front of the parliament during a protest against austerity measures in Athens February 9, 2012. Greece's two major labour unions called a 48-hour strike for Friday and Saturday against the reforms. (REUTERS/John Kolesidis) #
An aerial view of the small eastern city of Kalinovik covered by snow during winter at night, February 9, 2012. Europe's bitterly cold weather killed another 33 people on Monday, with Bosnia recording its eighth victim after an 87-year-old woman died of hypothermia. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic) #

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