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United Buddy Bears

Cuban school children observe the exhibition of 128 larger-than-life acrylic bear sculptures under the "Culture for Peace: the United Buddy Bears" project at Havana's San Francisco de Asis Square.

Ice fishing

Thousands of anglers fish through the holes created on the surface of a frozen river during the annual ice fishing contest in Hwacheon, 120km northeast of Seoul.


Devotees read out their oaths before pouring cold water over themselves to purify their bodies and souls during a New Year event at Kanda Shrine in Tokyo. 42 people took part in the annual purification event.

Mother and son

A 4-day-old zebra standing next to its mother in Budapest Zoo and Botanic Garden in Hungary.

Winter drill

South Korean special warfare forces taking part in the winter drill in Pyeongchang, some 180km east of Seoul.

No hands

People playing Altinho, a game to keep a football in the air without using hands, at Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro.


Members of a marching band taking part in a New Year's Day Parade in central London.

New Year dip

Members of Coney Island's Polar Bear Club taking an icy dip on New Year day off the Boardwalk of Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

New Year parade

Disney characters Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed in traditional Japanese kimonos, and Pluto waving to greet guests from a float during Tokyo Disneyland's annual New Year's Day parade.

Counting down

Revelers fill Times Square to celebrate New Year's Eve in New York City. An estimated one million people from around the world are expected to pack Times Square to ring in 2015.