International POW: 27 December - 2 January

Most people don’t grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging. – Maya Angelou

People lay flowers at a makeshift memorial beside the Black Sea for victims of a military plane crash, in Sochi, Russia. (Vasily Maximov / AFP)

Rubi Ibarra dances during her 15th birthday party, which was attended by thousands of people after her parents’ video invitation to the event went viral online, in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. (Ronaldo Schemidt / AFP)

A girl plays on a swing, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Mohammad Ponir Hossain / Reuters)

Flowers, photographs and candles are left outside the home of George Michael in London, UK. (Jack Taylor / Getty Images)

Flowers, photographs and candles are left outside the home of George Michael in London, UK. (Jack Taylor / Getty Images)

Revellers dressed in mock military garb take part in the 200-years-old ‘Enfarinats’ battle, in Ibi, Spain. (Jaime Reina / AFP)

Revellers dressed in mock military garb take part in the 200-years-old ‘Enfarinats’ battle, in Ibi, Spain. (Jaime Reina / AFP)

A girl catches confetti during the annual New Year’s Eve confetti test in Times Square, New York. (UPI)

A girl catches confetti during the annual New Year’s Eve confetti test in Times Square, New York. (UPI)

Fireworks and confetti mark the new year in Times Square in New York. (Stephanie Keith / REUTERS)

Fireworks and confetti mark the new year in Times Square in New York. (Stephanie Keith / REUTERS)

Mourners attended the funeral service of Łukasz Urban, the Polish truck driver who was killed in the Berlin Christmas market attack, in Poland. (Odd Andersen / AFP)

Mourners attended the funeral service of Łukasz Urban, the Polish truck driver who was killed in the Berlin Christmas market attack, in Poland. (Odd Andersen / AFP)

A Sikh man takes part in the Nagar Kirtan, a festival celebrating the birth of Guru Gobind Singh in 1666, in India. (Prabhat Kumar Verma / Pacific)

A Sikh man takes part in the Nagar Kirtan, a festival celebrating the birth of Guru Gobind Singh in 1666, in India. (Prabhat Kumar Verma / Pacific)

The body of Haya, a 3-year-old Syrian girl, lies at a makeshift morgue in the rebel-held town of Douma, Syria. (Abd Doumany / AFP)

The body of Haya, a 3-year-old Syrian girl, lies at a makeshift morgue in the rebel-held town of Douma, Syria. (Abd Doumany / AFP)

Flowers are placed next to police officers as they stand guard near the Reina nightclub after a gun attack, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Huseyin Aldemir / Reuters)

Flowers are placed next to police officers as they stand guard near the Reina nightclub after a gun attack, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Huseyin Aldemir / Reuters)

Simone Carabella dives into the Tiber river from Cavour bridge as part of traditional new year celebrations, in Rome, Italy. (Filippo Monteforte / AFP)

Simone Carabella dives into the Tiber river from Cavour bridge as part of traditional new year celebrations, in Rome, Italy. (Filippo Monteforte / AFP)

The famous Hollywood sign reads "Hollyweed" after it was vandalized. (Gene Blevins / AFP)

The famous Hollywood sign reads “Hollyweed” after it was vandalized. (Gene Blevins / AFP)

Around 1,000 new year swimmers, many in costume, take part in the annual Loony Dook swim in the river Forth, in Scotland. (Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images)

Around 1,000 new year swimmers, many in costume, take part in the annual Loony Dook swim in the river Forth, in Scotland. (Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images)

Debris left after thousands of people gathered at the Puerta del Sol for new year celebrations, in Madrid, Spain. (Santi Donaire / EPA)

Debris left after thousands of people gathered at the Puerta del Sol for new year celebrations, in Madrid, Spain. (Santi Donaire / EPA)

People attend New Year celebration on Champs-Elysees in Paris, France. (Xinhua / Chen Yichen)

People attend New Year celebration on Champs-Elysees in Paris, France. (Xinhua / Chen Yichen)

MPs fight at a meeting of Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada, Kiev, Ukraine. (SPUTNIK / STRINGER)

MPs fight at a meeting of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, Kiev, Ukraine. (SPUTNIK / STRINGER)

Thousands staged a parade in an attempt to break the Guinness record for most people dressed as Santa Claus, in Portugal. (PAULO DUARTE / AP)

Thousands staged a parade in an attempt to break the Guinness record for most people dressed as Santa Claus, in Portugal. (PAULO DUARTE / AP)

Woman in Snow Maiden costumes dance during the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Samara, Russia. (NIKOLAY HIZNYAK / SPUTNIK)

Woman in Snow Maiden costumes dance during the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Samara, Russia. (NIKOLAY HIZNYAK / SPUTNIK)

A 3D Projection shown during "A Show Like No Other" at Dubai Festival City. (Cedric Ribeiro / Getty)

A 3D Projection shown during “A Show Like No Other” at Dubai Festival City. (Cedric Ribeiro / Getty)

Akram Abu al-Foz takes a picture of a Christmas tree he decorated from empty shells which he collected and painted on, in Douma, Syria. (Bassam Khabieh / Reuters)

Akram Abu al-Foz takes a picture of a Christmas tree he decorated from empty shells which he collected and painted on, in Douma, Syria. (Bassam Khabieh / Reuters)

Candles and flowers are placed on actress Carrie Fisher's makeshift star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty)

Candles and flowers are placed on actress Carrie Fisher’s makeshift star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty)

People look at a burned vehicle at the site of car bomb attack in a busy square at Baghdad's sprawling Sadr City district. (Ahmed Saad / REUTERS)

People look at a burned vehicle at the site of car bomb attack in a busy square at Baghdad’s sprawling Sadr City district. (Ahmed Saad / REUTERS)

Small windmills are placed in the shape of Chinese characters meaning fortune and luck in a tourism spot in Beijing, China. (REUTERS)

Small windmills are placed in the shape of Chinese characters meaning fortune and luck in a tourism spot in Beijing, China. (REUTERS)

A man demonstrates a toilet roll for wiping smartphones, in a high-tech bathroom equipped with bidet and heated seat at Narita international airport, Japan. (Toru Hanai / Reuters)

A man demonstrates a toilet roll for wiping smartphones, in a high-tech bathroom equipped with bidet and heated seat at Narita international airport, Japan. (Toru Hanai / Reuters)

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