Women prepare to get into the pool at the Cold Water Swimming Championships, which were held Saturday, January 24, in London.
A worker installs laces on a football Monday, January 26, at the Wilson Sporting Goods factory in Ada, Ohio. Every ball that has appeared in a Super Bowl has been made at the factory.
A man plunges into icy water in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Sunday, January 25. Ice swimming is a part of annual celebrations for the World War II battle that broke the Siege of Leningrad. (Leningrad is now known as St. Petersburg.)
Hot-air balloons of all shapes and sizes get ready for takeoff Saturday, January 24, in Chateau-d'Oex, Switzerland. More than 80 balloons from 20 countries were set to take part in International Hot-Air Balloon Week.
Demonstrators in Sao Paulo, Brazil, attack a Bradesco bank branch on Friday, January 23, while protesting increased fares for city buses and trains.
In this long-exposure photo taken near Fairbanks, Alaska, a NASA rocket is launched into the Northern Lights on Monday, January 26. Four rockets were launched within 30 minutes in an effort to better understand and visualize turbulent air currents in the upper atmosphere.
Workers in London watch a tunnel-boring machine as it breaks through the east end of Crossrail's Liverpool Street station on Thursday, January 29.
A water main break in Bladensburg, Maryland, caused a sinkhole that swallowed up a family's car just after they escaped on Tuesday, January 27.
A girl looks at her mother as she writes on the wall of the Saraswati temple Sunday, January 25, during the Shree Panchami festival in Kathmandu, Nepal. Children are given their first reading and writing lessons at the temple in the belief that Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of education, will help them excel.
Flowers lie on a concrete slab at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Tuesday, January 27.
People are covered in a mixture of flour and bran on Sunday, January 25, during the Domingo Fareleiro (Floury Sunday) festivities in Xinzo de Limia, Spain. The purification ritual takes place every year in the town, signaling the start of a long festive period called Entroido (Carnival).
Relatives of Moaz al-Kassasbeh, a Jordanian pilot who was captured in December by ISIS militants, protest in front of the Royal Palace in Amman, Jordan, on Wednesday, January 28. ISIS has threatened to kill al-Kassasbeh and Japanese hostage Kenji Goto if Jordan does not release Sajida al-Rishawi, a convicted would-be suicide bomber.
Fishermen carry a rare 15-foot megamouth shark that was trapped in a net in Burias Pass, Philippines, on Wednesday, January 28.
A man from the Pakistan Customs department stands amid burning piles of narcotics and contraband on the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan, on Monday, January 26. The department destroyed the contraband in an exercise to mark International Customs Day, official Qamar Thalho said.
A sunset illuminates mountain peaks near St. Moritz, Switzerland, on Saturday, January 24.
A handout picture provided by the Council of Europe shows lawyer Amal Alamuddin Clooney attending a hearing Wednesday, January 28, at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.
Stuart Cochrane, from the Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, Scotland, walks past the birthplace of famous poet Robert Burns on Friday, January 23.
People wear sheepskin disguises as they take part in the ancient carnival of Ituren, Spain, on Monday, January 26.