Week in Photos: January 4, 2014

From the bone-chilling Northeast blizzard to air strikes’ aftermath in Aleppo and a Tuareg festival in Libya, a look at the most striking images from the past seven days.

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Aleppo, Syria

December 28, 2013
A man stands in a building in the Maysar neighborhood damaged by what activists said were two air strikes from forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Mohammed Salem/Reuters

Gaza City, Gaza

December 31, 2013
A Palestinian waves a Fatah flag to celebrate the new year and the 49th anniversary of the founding of the Fatah movement.

Yazan Homsy/Reuters

Homs, Syria

January 1, 2014
A boy rides on a tricycle along a damaged street in the besieged area.

onu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty

New Delhi, India

January 1, 2014
A Youth Congress and National Students Union of India activist (C) reacts during a police charge against activists attempting to march toward the official residence of Bharatiya Janata Party President Rajnath Singh. The activists were protesting the BJP’s decision to allow former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to join the party.


Beirut, Lebanon

January 2, 2014
Flames rise from burning cars at the site of a car bomb that targeted Beirut’s southern suburb of Haret Hreik. A large bomb killed five people and wounded at least 20 in south Beirut, said a Health Ministry source.

Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Northern Gaza

January 3, 2014
Palestinians carry the body of 16-year-old Adnan Abu Khater during his funeral. Abu Khater died Friday of a wound he suffered Thursday after being shot by Israeli troops near the border with Israel, Palestinian medics said.

Brian Snyder/Reuters

Boston, Massachusetts

January 3, 2014
Travelers leave the Back Bay train and subway station during a winter Nor’easter. A major snowstorm producing blizzard-like conditions brought bone-chilling temperatures and high winds from the lower Mississippi Valley to the Atlantic coast, with nearly 2 feet of snow falling in some areas of Massachusetts.

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Brooklyn, New York

January 3, 2014
A man and his dog contend with blowing snow following a snow torm that left up to 8 inches of snow in New York City. The major winter snowstorm, which forced city public schools to close and shut down the Long Island Expressway, is being viewed as a test for the new mayor, Bill de Blasio. Dangerously cold temperates were predicted for the day and evening hours.

Zoran Milich/Reuters

New York, New York

January 3, 2014
Snow makes its way down to the platform of the 65th Street subway station. A major snowstorm producing blizzard-like conditions hammered the Northeastern United States on Friday, causing more than 1,000 U.S. flight delays and cancellations, paralyzing road travel, and closing schools and government offices.

Tom Szczerbowski/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

Toronto, Canada

December 29, 2013
Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Ron Hainsey (65) knocks over the empty net while attempting to keep out a goal by the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Dion Phaneuf (not pictured) at the Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Hurricanes 5-2.

Esam Al-Fetori/Reuters

Ghat, Libya

December 28, 2013
A boy stands next to a camel during the 19th Ghat Festival of Culture and Tourism, in the Libyan desert about 845 miles south of Tripoli. In the annual event, Tuareg tribes from the region and tourists meet to celebrate Tuareg traditional culture, folklore, and heritage.

Pool photo by Brendan Smialowski

Tel Aviv, Israel

January 2, 2014
The plane carrying U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry casts a shadow on fields as it approaches Ben Gurion Airport. Kerry arrived in Israel on Thursday in his latest bid to reenergize peace negotiations and find scarce common ground between pessimistic Israeli and Palestinian officials.