International POW: 26 December - 1 January

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. – Leo Tolstoy.

Large crowds of people run into the North Sea during the Nieuwjaarsduik (New Year’s Dive) on New Year’s Day, in Scheveningen, Netherlands. (Bart Maat / AFP / Getty Images)

Large crowds of people run into the North Sea during the Nieuwjaarsduik (New Year’s Dive) on New Year’s Day, in Scheveningen, Netherlands. (Bart Maat / AFP / Getty Images)

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who submitted the endorsement papers necessary for his registration as a presidential candidate, heads to a meeting at Russia's Central Election commission in Moscow. (Evgeny Feldman / Navalny Campaign / AP)

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who submitted the endorsement papers necessary for his registration as a presidential candidate, heads to a meeting at Russia’s Central Election commission in Moscow. (Evgeny Feldman / Navalny Campaign / AP)

Images are projected on the Arc de Triomphe monument as fireworks explode during a laser and 3D video mapping show as part of the New Year celebrations in Paris, France. (Guillaume Souvant / AFP)

Images are projected on the Arc de Triomphe monument as fireworks explode during a laser and 3D video mapping show as part of the New Year celebrations in Paris, France. (Guillaume Souvant / AFP)

Palestinian demonstrators scuffle with Israeli soldiers at the Huwara checkpoint, south of Nablus, Palestine. (Jaafar Ashtiyeh / AFP / GETTY)

Palestinian demonstrators scuffle with Israeli soldiers at the Huwara checkpoint, south of Nablus, Palestine. (Jaafar Ashtiyeh / AFP / GETTY)

Pedestrians stand around the scene of a bus careened off a road and onto steps leading into an underground passageway, in Moscow, Russia. (Ivan Sekretarev / AP)

Pedestrians stand around the scene of a bus careened off a road and onto steps leading into an underground passageway, in Moscow, Russia. (Ivan Sekretarev / AP)

A vehicle is seen on a solar panel expressway during its opening in Jinan, Shandong province, China. (Reuters)

A vehicle is seen on a solar panel expressway during its opening in Jinan, Shandong province, China. (Reuters)

Water is poured form earthen pitchers on boys during a holy bath ceremony as part of the month-long Hindu festival of Magh Mela, in Ahmedabad, India. (Amit Dave / Reuters)

Water is poured form earthen pitchers on boys during a holy bath ceremony as part of the month-long Hindu festival of Magh Mela, in Ahmedabad, India. (Amit Dave / Reuters)

Navy personnel of People's Liberation Army (PLA) wave at their brides during a mass wedding at a military base in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province, China. (Reuters)

Navy personnel of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) wave at their brides during a mass wedding at a military base in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province, China. (Reuters)

An Iranian woman raises her fist amid the smoke of tear gas at the University of Tehran during a protest driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran. (AFP / STR)

An Iranian woman raises her fist amid the smoke of tear gas at the University of Tehran during a protest driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran. (AFP / STR)

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifts off in the air, as seen from Santa Monica, California. (Joshua Berson / @bersonphoto / REUTERS)

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lifts off in the air, as seen from Santa Monica, California. (Joshua Berson / @bersonphoto / REUTERS)

The Burj Khalifa lit up ready to usher in the New year during New Years celebrations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Mahmoud Khaled / EPA)

The Burj Khalifa lit up ready to usher in the New year during New Years celebrations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Mahmoud Khaled / EPA)

People take part in a traditional skinny dip to mark the end of the year, in Le Cap d’Agde, France. (Pascal Guyot / AFP / Getty Images)

People take part in a traditional skinny dip to mark the end of the year, in Le Cap d’Agde, France. (Pascal Guyot / AFP / Getty Images)

A woman confronts riot police during a protest over food shortages, in Caracas, Venezuela. (Federico Parra / AFP / Getty Images)

A woman confronts riot police during a protest over food shortages, in Caracas, Venezuela. (Federico Parra / AFP / Getty Images)

Kashmiri fishermen using harpoons on Anchar Lake. They cover their heads and part of their boats with blankets and straw to surprise the fish, in Srinagar, India. (Tauseef Mustafa / AFP / Getty Images)

Kashmiri fishermen using harpoons on Anchar Lake. They cover their heads and part of their boats with blankets and straw to surprise the fish, in Srinagar, India. (Tauseef Mustafa / AFP / Getty Images)

Ukrainian prisoners of war heading home after a prisoner swap with pro-Russia separatists in the eastern Donetsk region, in Boryspil, Ukraine. (Reuters)

Ukrainian prisoners of war heading home after a prisoner swap with pro-Russia separatists in the eastern Donetsk region, in Boryspil, Ukraine. (Reuters)

People watch as fireworks explode over Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Lucas Landau / REUTERS)

People watch as fireworks explode over Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Lucas Landau / REUTERS)

Ties are hung on the fence of Kosovo’s government headquarters in protest against the prime minister’s decision to raise government salaries, including his own, in Pristina, Kosovo. (Armend Nimani / AFP / Getty Images)

Ties are hung on the fence of Kosovo’s government headquarters in protest against the prime minister’s decision to raise government salaries, including his own, in Pristina, Kosovo. (Armend Nimani / AFP / Getty Images)

Women of the Oroqen ethnic group dance during an ice and snow festival in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, in Hulun Buir City, China. (Xinhua / Barcroft Images)

Women of the Oroqen ethnic group dance during an ice and snow festival in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, in Hulun Buir City, China. (Xinhua / Barcroft Images)

Women carry flowers to be thrown into the sea during a ceremony for the victims of the 2004 tsunami at Pattinapakkam beach,in Chennai, India. (Arun Sankar / AFP / Getty Images)

Women carry flowers to be thrown into the sea during a ceremony for the victims of the 2004 tsunami at Pattinapakkam beach,in Chennai, India. (Arun Sankar / AFP / Getty Images)

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