Sabine Kehm, press officer of
former German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher, talks to the media outside the Grenoble University Hospital Centre where Schumacher is being treated for a severe head injury following a skiing accident
A Buddhist devotee offers prayers
next to burning incense, at the premises of Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu January 1, 2014. Listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO, the Boudhanath Stupa is considered one of the holiest places for Buddhists.
An Indian Sikh devotee takes
a holy dip in the sacred pond at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Thousands of Sikh devotees stand in a queue to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple, Sikhs' holiest shrine, on the first day of the New Year.
A man watches Mount Sinabung
as it spews clouds of gas during an eruption in Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. The 2,600-meter (8,530-foot) volcano has sporadically erupted since September.
A Kashmiri man walks under
the snow-covered trees after heavy snowfall during winter in Srinagar January 1, 2014. The Srinagar-Jammu highway, Kashmir valley's link with the rest of the country, has been closed on Tuesday following heavy snowfall, local media reported.
Kei Nishikori of Japan plays
a shot in his match against Matthew Ebden of Australia during the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
A Buddhist devotee prays at
a temple during New Year celebrations in Colombo January 1, 2014. Sri Lankans start the new year by visiting temples to participate in religious ceremonies, praying for success in life and
Kei Nishikori of Japan serves
in the afternoon light to Matthew Ebden of Australia during their men's singles match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, January 1, 2014.
A man takes pictures of
"Ema", small wooden plaques, displayed at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo January 1, 2014. A Japanese cabinet member visited a shrine seen by critics as a symbol of Tokyo's wartime aggression on Wednesday, pouring salt on a fresh wound after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's pilgrimage there last week drew sharp criticism from China and South Korea.
A performer dressed as Hindu
god Shiva sits on a motorcycle as he participates in the 30th Cochin Carnival at Fort Kochi in the southern Indian city of Kochi January 1, 2014. The Carnival is held annually to welcome the start of the New Year.
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men attend a
protest against plans to enlist men from their community into the military, in the Mea Shearim neighbourhood of Jerusalem January 1, 2014. Ultra-Orthodox Jews protested in Jerusalem on Wednesday against plans to enlist men from their community into the military, a proposal supported by the secular majority pushing for a more equal share of the burden on Israeli society.
January 1: A father rushes
his daughter to a hospital after being hit with a stray bullet following the raucous celebration to welcome the New Year in Manila, Philippines. Traditionally, Filipinos welcome the New Year with fireworks and firecrackers, including indiscriminate firing of their guns which sometimes result in injuries and deaths.
January 1: A Buddhist man
splashes colored water on the dome of Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal. Listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO, the Boudhanath Stupa is considered one of the holiest places for Buddhists.
A woman holds a champagne
bottle during New Year's Eve celebrations in Bucharest, Romania. Tens of thousands of Romanians took to the streets of the Romanian capital to join parties and watch fireworks.
An artist from the state
of Orissa performs a mask dance based on the theme of 'Save Nature, Save Tigers' during a two-day long festival in Bhopal
People dressed up as giant
pandas Yuan Yuan and Tuan Tuan from Taipei Zoo perform with their panda cub Yuan Zai (R) during a flag-raising ceremony at the Presidential Office Square in Taipei
Indian policemen laugh as they
participate in a 'laughing yoga' session in Jalandhar. The laughing yoga sessions have been introduced into the Punjab state police force as a stress management method for its servicemen.
People gather at daybreak on
the top steps of the Lincoln Memorial looking toward the Washington Monument to watch the first sunrise of the New Year in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
A woman with a New
Years hat attends the annual New Year's swimming of the winter swimming club Berliner Seehunde (Berlin Seals) at Oranke Lake in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
Pope Francis delivers his blessing
during the Angelus noon prayer he celebrated from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
Sri Lankan Buddhists stand in
a queue to offer flowers and pray at a temple on the first day of the New Year before commencing their work, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
People toast with champagne while
swimming in the cold water, during the annual swim in the Lake of Geneva for celebrating the New Year at the Bains des Paquis, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.
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