Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die, Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly. – Langston Hughes.

Kholoud Essam, 27, is known as the country’s first female bodybuilder, in Cairo, Egypt. (Ahmed Gomaa / Xinhua)
Kholoud Essam, 27, is known as the country’s first female bodybuilder, in Cairo, Egypt. (Ahmed Gomaa / Xinhua)
People participate in a parade paying tribute to Yemoja, female god of the sea, in Copacabana Beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Antonio Lacerda / EPA)
People participate in a parade paying tribute to Yemoja, female god of the sea, in Copacabana Beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Antonio Lacerda / EPA)
A worker polishes an ice sculpture ahead of the city’s international ice and snow festival, in Harbin, China. (Aly Song / Reuters)
A worker polishes an ice sculpture ahead of the city’s international ice and snow festival, in Harbin, China. (Aly Song / Reuters)
Chinelos (traditional costumed dancers) perform in front of San Andrés Ocotlán church as part of continuing festivities to welcome the new year, in Calimaya, Mexico. (Arturo Hernández / Demotix / Corbis)
Chinelos (traditional costumed dancers) perform in front of San Andrés Ocotlán church as part of continuing festivities to welcome the new year, in Calimaya, Mexico. (Arturo Hernández / Demotix / Corbis)
Villagers ride a motorcycle past trees in Probolinggo that are covered in volcanic ash from Mount Bromo, in East Java, Indonesia. (Antara Foto / Reuters)
Villagers ride a motorcycle past trees in Probolinggo that are covered in volcanic ash from Mount Bromo, in East Java, Indonesia. (Antara Foto / Reuters)
Women gather during a demonstration at Imam Hossein Square against the execution of prominent Shia Muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi authorities, in Tehran, Iran. (Atta Kenare / AFP / Getty Images)
Women gather during a demonstration at Imam Hossein Square against the execution of prominent Shia Muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi authorities, in Tehran, Iran. (Atta Kenare / AFP / Getty Images)
People kitesurf during a storm in the Mediterranean sea at the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, in Ashkelon, Israel. (Amir Cohen / Reuters)
People kitesurf during a storm in the Mediterranean sea at the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, in Ashkelon, Israel. (Amir Cohen / Reuters)
A man with frost on his face runs along the banks of the Neris river as temperatures dip to -18C (-4F), in Vilnius, Lithuania. (Mindaugas Kulbis / AP)
A man with frost on his face runs along the banks of the Neris river as temperatures dip to -18C (-4F), in Vilnius, Lithuania. (Mindaugas Kulbis / AP)
A graduate of the Brazil’s School of Santa Claus gets his beard trimmed by students. The school prepares men to represent Santa Claus in the Christmas season, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP / Getty Images)
A graduate of the Brazil’s School of Santa Claus gets his beard trimmed by students. The school prepares men to represent Santa Claus in the Christmas season, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP / Getty Images)
An Egyptian policeman riding a camel stands guard during New Year celebrations in front of the pyramids near Cairo. (KHALED DESOUKI / AFP)
An Egyptian policeman riding a camel stands guard during New Year celebrations in front of the pyramids near Cairo. (KHALED DESOUKI / AFP)
Revellers photograph a 5-minute video performance displayed on the Arc de Triomphe as part of New Year's Eve celebrations on the Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris. (FRANCOIS MORI / AP)
Revellers photograph a 5-minute video performance displayed on the Arc de Triomphe as part of New Year’s Eve celebrations on the Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris, France. (FRANCOIS MORI / AP)
Fireworks light the sky over Copacabana beach during New Year's Eve celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Mauro Pimentel / AP)
Fireworks light the sky over Copacabana beach during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Mauro Pimentel / AP)
Extreme mountain biker Danny MacAskill takes in the view at the top of the Inaccessible Pinnacle, a prominent feature of the Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. (Chris Prescott / Cut Media)
Extreme mountain biker Danny MacAskill takes in the view at the top of the Inaccessible Pinnacle, a prominent feature of the Cuillin Ridge on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. (Chris Prescott / Cut Media)
Tens of thousands run during the popular San Silvestre road race in Madrid. Every year on Dec. 31 since 1964 thousands of amateur and professional runners participate in this 10 kilometres (6.3 miles) urban race along the streets of Madrid. (Francisco Seco / AP)
Tens of thousands run during the popular San Silvestre road race in Madrid. Every year on Dec. 31 since 1964 thousands of amateur and professional runners participate in this 10 kilometres (6.3 miles) urban race along the streets of Madrid. (Francisco Seco / AP)
Smoke rises from Saudi Arabia’s embassy during a demonstration in Tehran. Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi Embassy in Tehran early on Sunday morning. (Mehdi Ghasemi / Reuters)
Smoke rises from Saudi Arabia’s embassy during a demonstration in Tehran. Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi Embassy in Tehran early on Sunday morning. (Mehdi Ghasemi / Reuters)
Volunteers from various non-governmental organizations arrange more than 2,500 discarded lifejackets, used by refugees and migrants, in the shape of the peace symbol on the Greek island of Lesbos. (Giorgos Moutafis / Reuters)
Volunteers from various non-governmental organizations arrange more than 2,500 discarded lifejackets, used by refugees and migrants, in the shape of the peace symbol on the Greek island of Lesbos. (Giorgos Moutafis / Reuters)
A giant Christmas ornament is installed for New Year and Christmas celebrations at the Manezhnaya square in downtown Moscow, Russia. (Ivan Sekretarev / AP)
A giant Christmas ornament is installed for New Year and Christmas celebrations at the Manezhnaya square in downtown Moscow, Russia. (Ivan Sekretarev / AP)
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