I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. – Nelson Mandela.
A man gives medical assistance to an injured man as two wounded children wait nearby at a field hospital after what activists said was an air strike by forces of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus. (Mohammed Badra / Reuters)
Some swayed trance-like to throbbing drumbeats and religious songs as friends and relatives cheered them on in The Hindu festival of Thaipusam. Others danced in deep trance-like states. (Olivia Harris / Reuters)
Jordanian Queen Rania walks in downtown Amman during a march against the Islamic state (IS) group and in reaction to the burning alive of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kassasbeh by the group’s militants. (Mohammad Abu Ghosh / Xinhua)
Children hold automatic rifles at a tribal gathering organized by the Shia Houthi movement in Sanaa, Yemen. (Mohammed Huwais / AFP – Getty Images)
Search and rescue divers continue to search for missing persons at the site of a commercial plane crash in Taipei, Taiwan. TransAsia Airways Flight 235, with 58 people aboard, clipped a bridge shortly after takeoff and crashed into a river in the island’s capital of Taipei on Feb. 4. (Wally Santana / AP)
A farmer tends to peach blossom flowers in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is believed to bring luck to families, and used to decorate homes during the Vietnamese Tet or Lunar New Year festival, which starts next week. (Kham / Reuters)
India’s opposition party supporters wait to enter rally grounds, as policemen wait beside security gates, during an election campaign rally ahead of state elections in New Delhi. Delhi goes to the polls on Feb. 7. (Tsering Topgyal / AP)
The most breathtaking image of the week has to be this still taken from video provided by TVBS shows a TranAsia airplane moments before it clipped an elevated roadway and crashed into a river in Taipei, Taiwan. Flight GE235 was carrying 58 passengers and crew, at least 35 of whom died when the plane dropped from the sky.
A football fan is seen in tears during a match between Egyptian Premier League clubs Zamalek and ENPPI at the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo, Egypt. Matches have been indefinitely suspended in the national soccer league after more than 20 fans were killed in a stampede and clashes with police outside the stadium. (Ahmed Abd el-Gwad / AP)
Despite being called king of the jungle, this wide-eyed scaredy cat was caught being chased by a herd of buffalo in the Masai Mara National reserve, Kenya. (Laurent Renaud – Dominique Haution / Barcroft Media)
Sia, right, and Maddie Ziegler arrive at the 57th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. (Jordan Strauss / AP)