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Ilzete, a pensioner, is embraced by her daughter Joelma during floods caused by heavy rain in Imperatriz. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Johannesburg, South Africa
People party as police patrol after midnight on 1 January 2022, following the lifting of the midnight to 4am curfew and other Covid-19 restrictions. Photograph: Shiraaz Mohamed/AP


 

Almaty, Kazakhstan
Riot police block a street during a protest rally over a hike in energy prices. Protesters stormed the mayor’s office as President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev declared a state of emergency in the capital. Photograph: EPA


 

 


Maranhão, Brazil
Ilzete, a pensioner, is embraced by her daughter Joelma during floods caused by heavy rain in Imperatriz.
Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters


 

Caracas, Venezuela
Children play with a football in the Catia neighbourhood. Photograph: Matias Delacroix/AP

 


 


Nablus, West Bank
Mourners attend the funeral of Palestinian gunman Mohammad Hashash, who was killed by Israeli forces in the Israeli-occupied zone.
Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters


 


Marseille, France
Nurse Marie-Laure Satta wipes her face during a pause in her New Year’s Eve shift in the Covid-19 intensive care unit at La Timone hospital in Marseille. Photograph: Daniel Cole/AP


 


Kabul, Afghanistan
A woman wearing a burqa begs on a street during snowfall. Photograph: Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty


 


Kabul, Afghanistan
Taliban fighters ride horses during snowfall at the Qargha lake. Photograph: Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty


 


Louisville, Colorado, US
Snow covers the burned remains of homes in Louisville after the Marshall wildfire. Photograph: Jack Dempsey/AP


 

Almaty, Kazakhstan
Police officers retreat during the protest over the rise in energy prices. Photograph: Alexander Kuznetsov/EPA


 


Hong Kong, China
A man walks up an escalator as lawmakers pose for a group photo after an oath-swearing ceremony at the Legislative Council complex. Hong Kong’s Legislative Council welcomed new members at a ceremony following a revamp of the electoral system by Beijing to ensure that only ‘patriots’ hold political power. Photograph: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images


 


Cape Town, South Africa
Relatives stand in front of the casket carrying the remains of Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu after it was put in a hearse following his funeral service. Photograph: Jérôme Delay/AP


 

Tehran, Iran
An Iranian woman holds a picture of Qassem Soleimani during a ceremony to mark the second anniversary of the killing of the senior Iranian military commander General Qassem Soleimani in a US attack. Photograph: Majid Asgaripour/West Asia News Agency/Reuters


 


Bangkok, Thailand
A traveller undergoes an antigen test for Covid-19 after arriving at the Bangkok bus terminal. The Thai government has ordered employees to work from home after the new year holiday in a bid to contain the surge of Covid-19 coronavirus infections. Photograph: Diego Azubel/EPA


 


Ribnovo, Bulgaria
Muslim bride Kimile Avdinova has makeup applied during her wedding ceremony in Ribnovo. The remote mountain village has kept its traditional winter marriage ceremony alive despite decades of Communist persecution, followed by poverty that forced many men to seek work abroad. The wedding ritual was resurrected with vigour among the Pomaks – Slavs who converted to Islam under Ottoman rule. Photograph: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters


 


Kalofer, Bulgaria
Men sing and dance as they celebrate Epiphany in the icy Tundzha river. Photograph: Valentina Petrova/AP


 


Pyongyang, North Korea
People take part in a demonstration march after the Pyongyang City rally to carry out the decision of the 4th plenary meeting of the 8th central committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea at Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang. Photograph: Kim Won Jin/AFP/Getty


 


Galway, Ireland
A man looks down from Blackrock diving tower before jumping in to participate in a traditional New Year’s Day swim during severe wind.
Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters


 

 

La Palma, Spain
Houses damaged by the lava flow following the Cumbre Vieja volcano’s eruption on the Canary Island of La Palma. The lava destroyed more than 1,300 houses and 1,250 hectares of land, many of which were cultivated with bananas, avocados or vines. Photograph: Desiree Martin/AFP/Getty


 

Rome, Italy
A murmuration of starlings flies in the sky at sunset in Rome. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty