Monday, 26 December 2016

AP Photos: Chronicling Russia's change: 25 years of turmoil

In this file photo taken on Sunday, Nov. 4, 1990, The high priests of Russian Orthodox Church holding up icons and crosses parade pass a giant Lenin portrait in the Red Square, Moscow. When Alexander Zemlianichenko started working as an AP photographer in Moscow, the Soviet Union was nearing its demise.
In this file photo taken on Sunday, Nov. 4, 1990, The high priests of Russian Orthodox Church holding up icons and crosses parade pass a giant Lenin portrait in the Red Square, Moscow. When Alexander Zemlianichenko started working as an AP photographer in Moscow, the Soviet Union was nearing its demise.

Friday, 9 December 2016

AP Photos: Christmas Markets

In this Dec. 8, 2016 photo people enjoy a stroll at the traditional Christmas market in Frankfurt, Germany.
The aroma of hot mulled gluehwein wine mingling with the scent of bratwurst, roasted almonds and gingerbread: these are among the signature attractions of Germany's outdoor Christmas markets.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

AP PHOTOS: Indonesian towns reel from earthquake devastation

A woman stands on the ruin of a market after Wednesday's earthquake in Meureudu, Aceh province, Indonesia, early Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Thousands of people in the Indonesian province of Aceh took refuge for the night in mosques and temporary shelters after a strong earthquake Wednesday killed a large number of people and destroyed dozens of buildings.
Damage from the earthquake that shook Indonesia's Aceh province on Wednesday is extensive in towns near the epicenter. A market was leveled, and other buildings reduced to chunks of cement and twisted rebar.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Victoria's Secret 'Fantasy Bra' through the years

Jasmine Tookes – 2016
US model Jasmine Tookes presents the $3 Million 2016 Bright Night Fantasy Bra during the 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Grand Palais in Paris on November 30, 2016.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

AP PHOTOS: Fire sweeps through Haiti market after elections

A Haitian merchant tries to salvage her belongings at a market Petion-Ville suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday Nov. 20, 2016. Hours after voting ended, a major fire raged at a central market in the hillside Petionville district above Port-au-Prince but the cause wasn't immediately clear.
A mysterious fire swept through sections of a Haitian market hours after polls closed in national elections, leaving scrap-wood stalls and inventory in ashes.

Vendors picked through the ashes Monday looking for anything they could salvage. A lucky few found half-burnt sacks of vegetables and grain. But most could only recover blackened scraps of sheet metal roofing.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Donald Trump's Palm Beach home Mar-a-Lago

The bar inside Mar-A-Lago. Photos of the interior and exterior of Donald Trump's Palm Beach Island home "Mar-A-Lago." This is the first time The Palm Beach Post has been given photo access to Mar-A-Lago since Trump took over. Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post
The bar inside Mar-A-Lago. Photos of the interior and exterior of Donald Trump's Palm Beach Island home "Mar-A-Lago." This is the first time The Palm Beach Post has been given photo access to Mar-A-Lago since Trump took over. Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post

Sunday, 2 October 2016

India-Pakistan International Border

Indian Border Security Force soldiers patrol near the India-Pakistan international border area at Gakhrial boder post in Akhnoor sector, about 48 kilometers from Jammu, India, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. India said Thursday it carried out "surgical strikes" against militants across the highly militarized frontier that divides the Kashmir region between India and Pakistan, in an exchange that escalated tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors.
Indian Border Security Force soldiers patrol near the India-Pakistan international border area at Gakhrial boder post in Akhnoor sector, about 48 kilometers from Jammu, India, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. India said Thursday it carried out "surgical strikes" against militants across the highly militarized frontier that divides the Kashmir region between India and Pakistan, in an exchange that escalated tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

Writer-director-producer-actress Angelina Jolie Pitt (L) and actor-producer Brad Pitt attend Audi at the opening night gala premiere of 'By the Sea' during AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on November 5, 2015 in Hollywood, California
Writer-director-producer-actress Angelina Jolie Pitt (L) and actor-producer Brad Pitt attend Audi at the opening night gala premiere of 'By the Sea' during AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on November 5, 2015 in Hollywood, California

Monday, 19 September 2016

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games closing ceremony

Fireworks erupt marking the beginning of the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Fireworks erupt marking the beginning of the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Maracana Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Friday, 16 September 2016

AP PHOTOS: Islamic site near Mecca among few still preserved

In this Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 photo, a Pakistani man living near Hira cave reads before sunrise on Noor Mountain, where the Prophet Muhammad received his first revelation from God to preach Islam, on the outskirts of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is one of Islam’s most important historical sites _ the cave where the Prophet Muhammad spent time in seclusion, contemplation and self-reflection.
Just outside the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia lies one of Islam's most important historical sites — a cave where, according to tradition, the Prophet Muhammad spent time in seclusion, contemplation and self-reflection.
It was here, inside Hira Cave located near the top of a steep hill called Noor Mountain, where Muslims believe God revealed to the prophet the first verses of the Quran through the angel Jebril, or Gabriel as he is named in English.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

A plane takes off from Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport as Julia Hurley of Washington relaxes on a picnic table at Gravelly Point Park in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, June 8, 2016, after bicycling to Mt. Vernon and back.
A plane takes off from Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport as Julia Hurley of Washington relaxes on a picnic table at Gravelly Point Park in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, June 8, 2016, after bicycling to Mt. Vernon and back.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

World heavyweight championship between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman

This is a Oct. 30, 1974 file photo of Muhammad Ali as he watches George Foreman head for the canvas after being knocked out in the eighth round of their match in Kinshasa, Zaire. It was nearly 42 years ago that two men met just before dawn on Oct. 30, 1974, to earn $5 million in the Rumble in the Jungle. In one of boxing's most memorable moments, Muhammad Ali stopped the fearsome George Foreman to recapture the heavyweight title in the impoverished African nation of Zaire.
This is a Oct. 30, 1974 file photo of Muhammad Ali as he watches George Foreman head for the canvas after being knocked out in the eighth round of their match in Kinshasa, Zaire. It was nearly 42 years ago that two men met just before dawn on Oct. 30, 1974, to earn $5 million in the Rumble in the Jungle. In one of boxing's most memorable moments, Muhammad Ali stopped the fearsome George Foreman to recapture the heavyweight title in the impoverished African nation of Zaire.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy watches a bonfire during the Lag Ba'Omer celebration in Jerusalem on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The holiday marks the end of a plague said to have decimated Jews during the Roman times.
An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy watches a bonfire during the Lag Ba'Omer celebration in Jerusalem on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The holiday marks the end of a plague said to have decimated Jews during the Roman times.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

Lightning flashes in the sky behind the Gateway Arch, right, and the Old Cathedral, left, as a line of thunderstorms moves through St. Louis, Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Thousands of Ameren Corp. customers in the St. Louis area lost power after the strong thunderstorm hit the region.
Lightning flashes in the sky behind the Gateway Arch, right, and the Old Cathedral, left, as a line of thunderstorms moves through St. Louis, Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Thousands of Ameren Corp. customers in the St. Louis area lost power after the strong thunderstorm hit the region. 

Saturday, 30 April 2016

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

A bullfighter "picador" prepares to use his lance as he rides his horse in front of a Los Rodeos ranch's bull during a bullfight at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, April 24, 2016.
A bullfighter "picador" prepares to use his lance as he rides his horse in front of a Los Rodeos ranch's bull during a bullfight at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, April 24, 2016.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

The shadow of Renante Nodalo is reflected on a door as he takes care of a rooster to be used for cockfighting in Manila, Philippines, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Cockfighting is a popular pastime in the Philippines.
The shadow of Renante Nodalo is reflected on a door as he takes care of a rooster to be used for cockfighting in Manila, Philippines, Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Cockfighting is a popular pastime in the Philippines.  

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Flame for Rio Olympics is lit at birthplace of ancient Games

President of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee Carlos Nuzman speaks during the ceremonial lighting of the Olympic flame in Ancient Olympia, Greece, Thursday, April 21, 2016. The flame will be transported by torch relay to the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, which will host the 2016 Olympic Games.
The Olympic flame has been kindled at the birthplace of the ancient games in Greece, heralding the start of a 15-week journey leading to the Aug. 5 opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.

IOC and Rio organizing committee leaders attended Thursday's flame-lighting at Ancient Olympia, where antiquity's greatest sporting event was held for over 1,000 years.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

A girl looks around a corner at a self-defense force member during a meeting about security for the next day's general election in Uchuraccay, Peru, Saturday, April 9, 2016.
A girl looks around a corner at a self-defense force member during a meeting about security for the next day's general election in Uchuraccay, Peru, Saturday, April 9, 2016. 

Saturday, 2 April 2016

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

A boy walks behind a banner in a makeshift refugee camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Friday, April 1, 2016. More than 50,000 refugees and migrants have been stranded in Greece after Balkan countries closed their borders to the massive flow of refugees pouring into Europe.
A boy walks behind a banner in a makeshift refugee camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Friday, April 1, 2016. More than 50,000 refugees and migrants have been stranded in Greece after Balkan countries closed their borders to the massive flow of refugees pouring into Europe.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Dramatic scenes from the deadly overpass collapse in India

People watch as locals and rescue workers clear the rubbles of a partially collapsed overpass in Kolkata, Thursday, March 31, 2016. At least dozens have been injured and few were killed when a portion of an overpass under construction collapses in a congested area in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata.
People watch as locals and rescue workers clear the rubbles of a partially collapsed overpass in Kolkata, Thursday, March 31, 2016. At least dozens have been injured and few were killed when a portion of an overpass under construction collapses in a congested area in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

Two boys look out of a truck in a convoy carrying families fleeing Islamic State-held Hit, Iraq, at a checkpoint on the western edge of Ramadi, Iraq. Much of Iraq’s north and west fell to the Islamic State group in the summer of 2014, but over the past year Iraq’s military has slowly regained pockets of territory. While IS still controls a large swath of Iraq and neighboring Syria, the group has lost an estimated 40 percent of the territory it once held in Iraq, according to U.S.-led coalition officials.
Two boys look out of a truck in a convoy carrying families fleeing Islamic State-held Hit, Iraq, at a checkpoint on the western edge of Ramadi, Iraq. Much of Iraq’s north and west fell to the Islamic State group in the summer of 2014, but over the past year Iraq’s military has slowly regained pockets of territory. While IS still controls a large swath of Iraq and neighboring Syria, the group has lost an estimated 40 percent of the territory it once held in Iraq, according to U.S.-led coalition officials.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Lights out: Cities worldwide mark the 10th annual Earth Hour

People holding candles mark Earth Hour after the lights are switched off in front of St. Basil Cathedral on Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, March 19, 2016. The participants said they also used the event to pay tributes to the victims of the Dubai plane crash in southern Russia that killed all 62 people aboard on Saturday.
Cities around the world turned out the lights Saturday evening to mark the 10th annual Earth Hour, a global movement dedicated to protecting the planet and highlighting the effects of climate change.

As night came on, the lights went out in cities from South Korea to the United States in what the World Wildlife Fund describes as a moment of solidarity for climate action. The group sponsors the event and says people in 178 countries and territories had planned to participate.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

A conductor leads a military band at the opening session of the annual National People's Congress in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, Saturday, March 5, 2016.
A conductor leads a military band at the opening session of the annual National People's Congress in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, Saturday, March 5, 2016.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

Pictures of soccer fans are displayed on the ferris wheel as part of the upcoming Euro 2016 tournament, in Paris, Friday, March 4, 2016. The UEFA Euro 2016 soccer tournament is scheduled to be held in France from June 10 to July 10, 2016.
Pictures of soccer fans are displayed on the ferris wheel as part of the upcoming Euro 2016 tournament, in Paris, Friday, March 4, 2016. The UEFA Euro 2016 soccer tournament is scheduled to be held in France from June 10 to July 10, 2016.

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Reformists leading in Iran parliament vote

Iranians line up for voting in parliamentary elections outside a polling station in central Tehran, Iran, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. Polls opened Friday in Iran's parliamentary elections, the country's first since its landmark nuclear deal with world powers last summer.
Reformists and moderate conservatives are leading in the race for parliament according to early election results, an indication President Hassan Rouhani may face a more friendly house to pursue his domestic agenda.

Early returns Saturday morning from Friday's parliamentary polls show that none of the three competing political factions will win a majority alone in the 290-seat parliament but reformists seeking greater democratic changes are heading to win their strongest presence in parliament since 2004 at the expense of hard-liners.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Taiwan's upside down house

On commission from Taiwan's Culture Department, a group of architects designed and built an ordinary American family house. The colorful home has three floors, a master bedroom and bath, and a garage. And the house and everything inside it — are upside down. Visitors take photographs outside of an upside-down house at the Huashan Creative Park in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016.
On commission from Taiwan's Culture Department, a group of architects designed and built an ordinary American family house. The colorful home has three floors, a master bedroom and bath, and a garage. And the house and everything inside it — are upside down. Visitors take photographs outside of an upside-down house at the Huashan Creative Park in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016.

Saturday, 20 February 2016

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

People stand near North Korean flags during a mass dance party as part of celebrations of the "Day of the Shining Star" or birthday anniversary of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea. The celebrations for Kim's birthday, a revered national holiday, came as South Korea’s president warned that North Korea faces collapse if it doesn’t abandon its nuclear weapons program, amid an international outcry over Pyongyang’s January nuclear test and the Feb. 7 rocket launch.
People stand near North Korean flags during a mass dance party as part of celebrations of the "Day of the Shining Star" or birthday anniversary of late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea. The celebrations for Kim's birthday, a revered national holiday, came as South Korea’s president warned that North Korea faces collapse if it doesn’t abandon its nuclear weapons program, amid an international outcry over Pyongyang’s January nuclear test and the Feb. 7 rocket launch.   

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Australian wins World Press Photo award for migrants image

In this image released by World Press Photo shows the World Press Photo of the Year titled "Hope for a new Life" by photographer Warren Richardson. The picture also won a first prize in the Spot News singles category and shows a man passing a baby through the fence at the Serbia-Hungary border in Roszke, Hungary, Aug. 28, 2015.
A haunting image of migrants passing a baby underneath a razor-wire fence on the Serbian-Hungarian border won the prestigious World Press Photo award for 2015 on Thursday — even though it had never been published.

Australian freelance photographer Warren Richardson made the moonlit image on Aug. 28 and said he offered it to two news organizations, neither of which responded.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

A wild elephant walks through the streets as people follow in Siliguri, West Bengal, India, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, wandering in from the Baikunthapur forest, crossing roads and a small river. The elephant trampled parked cars and motorbikes before it was tranquilized.
A wild elephant walks through the streets as people follow in Siliguri, West Bengal, India, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, wandering in from the Baikunthapur forest, crossing roads and a small river. The elephant trampled parked cars and motorbikes before it was tranquilized.

Monday, 8 February 2016

World celebrates Lunar New Year

Dragon and lion dancers perform amidst exploding firecrackers in celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 at Manila's Chinatown district in Manila, Philippines. This year is Year of the Monkey in the Lunar calendar.
Dragon and lion dancers perform amidst exploding firecrackers in celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 at Manila's Chinatown district in Manila, Philippines. This year is Year of the Monkey in the Lunar calendar.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

A member of the Maasai Cricket Warriors runs onto the field during a charity cricket match against former Rugby players in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. The Maasai Cricket Warriors travel the world to campaign against female genital mutilation and substance abuse, while promoting conservation in their homeland.
A member of the Maasai Cricket Warriors runs onto the field during a charity cricket match against former Rugby players in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. The Maasai Cricket Warriors travel the world to campaign against female genital mutilation and substance abuse, while promoting conservation in their homeland.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

AP PHOTOS: Thousands brave the cold to cross sea to Greece

In this Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 photo, an Afghan boy asks for help to climb a rock leading to the main road after arriving on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the Greek island of Chios. Despite the bitter winter cold and rough seas, tens of thousands of men, women and children fleeing violence and poverty in their homelands continue to risk their lives to make the relatively short but dangerous journey from the Turkish coast to nearby Greek islands, seeking a better future in Europe.
The seas are rough and cold. The wind is bitter. The overcrowded smugglers' boats are far from seaworthy, with many unable even to make it across a few miles of water — and the bodies of those who drown as the boats sink are fished out of the churning seas day by day.
Yet tens of thousands of men, women and children fleeing violence and poverty in their homelands continue to risk their lives this winter to make the relatively short but dangerous journey from the Turkish coast to nearby Greek islands, seeking a better future in Europe.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

67th Republic Day Parade 2016

Smerch Multiple Rocket Launcher System passes through the Rajpath, on the occasion of the 67th Republic Day Parade 2016, in New Delhi on January 26, 2016.
Smerch Multiple Rocket Launcher System passes through the Rajpath, on the occasion of the 67th Republic Day Parade 2016, in New Delhi on January 26, 2016.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

Officers stand outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 during the March for Life 2016, an annual rally on the anniversary of 1973 "Roe v. Wade" U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.
Officers stand outside the Supreme Court in Washington on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 during the March for Life 2016, an annual rally on the anniversary of 1973 "Roe v. Wade" U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.  

Saturday, 16 January 2016

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

An Indian police officer fires a teargas shell as a Kashmiri Muslim, center, ducks to avoid it during the funeral procession for Sajad Ahmed Bhat, a top rebel commander, on the outskirts of Srinagar, in Indian-controlled Kashmir, on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. Clashes erupted as police tried to stop a march by thousands participating in a funeral procession of the local militant who was killed in a gunfight with government forces.
An Indian police officer fires a teargas shell as a Kashmiri Muslim, center, ducks to avoid it during the funeral procession for Sajad Ahmed Bhat, a top rebel commander, on the outskirts of Srinagar, in Indian-controlled Kashmir, on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. Clashes erupted as police tried to stop a march by thousands participating in a funeral procession of the local militant who was killed in a gunfight with government forces.  

Friday, 15 January 2016

AP PHOTOS: Jakarta tries to get back to normal after attacks

Police and officials gather in the parking lot outside the damaged Starbucks cafe where Thursday's attack occurred in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. A day after attackers detonated bombs and engaged in gunbattles with police in the central part of Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta tried to get itself back on track.
A day after attackers detonated bombs and engaged in gunbattles with police in the central part of Indonesia's capital, Jakarta tried to get itself back on track.
Associated Press photographers Dita Alangkara, Tatan Syuflana and Achmad Ibrahim fanned out Friday morning to document this attempt at recovering normal routine after a violent and frightening day.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Monday, 11 January 2016

73rd Golden Globe Awards

In this Jan. 11, 2015 file photo, workers prepare for rain at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. A blustery bad boy is set to crash Hollywood’s red carpets this awards season and he’s expected to take the town by storm. Shows like the Golden Globes on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, and the later Academy Awards are scrambling to put ample protection in place, while celebs are stressing about what to wear.
In this Jan. 11, 2015 file photo, workers prepare for rain at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. A blustery bad boy is set to crash Hollywood’s red carpets this awards season and he’s expected to take the town by storm. Shows like the Golden Globes on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, and the later Academy Awards are scrambling to put ample protection in place, while celebs are stressing about what to wear.

Saturday, 9 January 2016

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

Skydivers disperse after forming the shape of the letter "M" during Mike Mangold's memorial service at Apple Valley Airport in Apple Valley, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. The two-time world champion Red Bull air racer died in a jet crash in Southern California on Dec. 6, 2015.
Skydivers disperse after forming the shape of the letter "M" during Mike Mangold's memorial service at Apple Valley Airport in Apple Valley, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. The two-time world champion Red Bull air racer died in a jet crash in Southern California on Dec. 6, 2015.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Elvis Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977)

American rock n' roll singer Elvis Presley plays a ukelele, wearing a Hawaiian shirt and lei, in a still from the film 'Blue Hawaii,' directed by Norman Taurog, 1961.
American rock n' roll singer Elvis Presley plays a ukelele, wearing a Hawaiian shirt and lei, in a still from the film 'Blue Hawaii,' directed by Norman Taurog, 1961.

Friday, 1 January 2016

AP PHOTOS: Editor's picks from the Mideast and Pakistan

In this Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015 file photo, a Palestinian woman shops on the last day of 2015 in Gaza city.
In this Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015 file photo, a Palestinian woman shops on the last day of 2015 in Gaza city.  

AP PHOTOS: Happy New Year! World celebrates 2016

Peoples release balloons to celebrate the New Year with Tokyo Tower in the background in Tokyo, early Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. Japan celebrated the start of 2016, the Year of the Monkey in the Japanese Zodiac.
Peoples release balloons to celebrate the New Year with Tokyo Tower in the background in Tokyo, early Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. Japan celebrated the start of 2016, the Year of the Monkey in the Japanese Zodiac.