A man carries a lamb on a motorcycle in Havana, Cuba.
Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. addresses the House after giving newly elected House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio the gavel during the first session of the 112th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Spectators watch the qualification jumps of the fourth station of the four hills ski jumping tournament in Bischofshofen, Austria.
German Township Patrolman Jeremy Blum is wounded in a police shootout with a gunman at Enon Beach trailer park near Enon, Ohio. Blum was shot in the arm and shoulder, and taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where he is in stable condition, according to German Township Police Chief William Dickerson, as reported by the Springfield News-Sunday
A member of the Spanish Royal Guard, second right, snoozes as he waits for the start of the Pascua Military annual Christmas military parade at the Royal Palace in Madrid.
Half-naked officers of the South Korean Special Warfare Force hurls snow during a winter exercise in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Stefan Von Lukawiecki, wearing a Santa Claus suit, splashes in the water at the annual Polar Bear Swim in the frigid waters of Lake Erie, on the beach in Port Dover, Ontario.
Israelis watch at a partial solar eclipse in the town of Givatayim near Tel Aviv, Israel. A partial solar eclipse began Tuesday in the skies over the Mideast and will extend across much of Europe.
An unidentified woman walks on the beach with sachets of water she sells balanced on her head on a beach in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The incumbent leader Laurent Gbagbo, who has refused to cede power, has accused world leaders of launching a coup to oust him.
Italy's Marco Fois dives into the Tiber River from the 18 meter (59 feet) high Cavour Bridge in Rome, to celebrate the New Year.
A sadhu, or Hindu holy man, smokes marijuana at a transit camp in Calcutta, India. Pilgrims are arriving in the city before proceeding onward for an annual holy dip at Gangasagar, the confluence of Ganges River and Bay of Bengal, some 140 kilometer (87 miles) south of Calcutta, on the occasion of Makar Sankranti that falls on Jan. 14.
An unidentified employee of the Stefanik Observatory in Prague uses a projection shield to show the partial solar eclipse visible in the Czech capital during the morning . The partial Sun eclipse started over the Czech Republic at about 08:00 CET and it will last until 10:50. In the culminating phase, up to 80 percent of the solar disc was obscured by the silhouette of the Moon passing between it and the Earth.
An opponent of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez, with the words; Freedom;Democracy; and Peace written on his face, shouts slogans during a rally near the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela.. Opposition lawmakers gained a bigger presence and a platform to challenge Chávez, though the congress's powers will be limited by a recent measure letting the president enact laws by decree. Venezuela's new Congress had its first session Wednesday.
A man smokes holy marijuana, a new face behind the gavel in the House of Representatives, and a royal guardsman sleeping on the job. These are the best pix from the first week of 2011.