Obama delivers his last SOTU, «El Chapo» is recaptured, Powerball jackpot sets records and more.
Residents celebrate at the 7-Eleven store where one of the winning Powerball tickets was sold in Chino Hills, Calif. on Jan. 13. Other winning tickets for the 1.586 billion US dollar jackpot were sold in Florida and Tennessee.
Joaquin «El Chapo» Guzman sits in a vehicle after he was recaptured in the city of Los Mochis, Sinaloa state in northwest Mexico on Jan. 8. Mexican marines recaptured fugitive drug kingpin Joaquin «El Chapo» Guzman on Friday in the northwest of the country, six months after his spectacular prison break embarrassed authorities.
A man watches the huge waves brake at the Paseo Nuevo’s promenade in San Sebastian, Basque Country, Spain on Jan.11.
President Barack Obama is greeted on the House floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Jan. 12, after giving his final State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress.
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A car covered with ice remains stranded on the waterfront in Hamburg, New York on Jan. 12. The owner left his Mitsubushi Lancer parked overnight outside a restaurant on Sunday and by the next day, spray from Lake Erie had encased it in ice.
A Syrian man looks on his phone inside the Souda camp, Chios, Greece, on Jan. 13. A key international monitor says migration to Europe is keeping up its high pace this year with more than 23,000 people reaching Greece and Italy via the Mediterranean already this month. Spokesman Joel Millman of the International Organization for Migration says figures collected by Wednesday show 22,895 people have reached Greece this year and another 260 reached Italy. IOM says 58 people have died in attempted crossings.
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Australian Toby Price rides his motorcycle during Stage 6 of the Dakar 2016 around Uyuni, Bolivia, on Jan. 8.
Hundreds of families are fleeing Hawijah, around 140 miles north of Baghdad, which is one of the ISIS jihadists’ strongholds but the noose is tightening around it, with Kurdish Peshmerga forces holding positions north and east, and federal forces as well as tribal fighters inching closer from the south and west.
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An injured Iraqi boy, who fled hunger and jihadist rule in the Iraqi city of Hawijah with his family, receives assistance from Iraqi security forces in the area of Al-Fatha north of Salaheddin province, on Jan. 9.
Farmer Sindulfo Fernandez inspects a watering hole for llamas dried up by a drought in Orinoca, Bolivia, on Jan. 8.
The Flying Scotsman steam engine passes over a viaduct as it leaves East Lancashire Railway in Bury, Britain on Jan. 8. One of the world’s most famous steam engines, «Flying Scotsman,» is set to return after a decade of restoration and over 80 years since it became the first locomotive to reach 100 miles an hour. The venerable engine, which has toured both the United States and Australia since it was retired from service, made a series of short test runs on Friday, ahead of a schedule of heritage journeys this year on Britain’s main lines.
A girl wipes her eyes as thick smoke engulfs homes in Ocean View, Cape Town, South Africa, on Jan. 11. Gale force winds have been fanning several fires in the Cape making firefighting extremely difficult. The latest blaze ripped through the mountains above Scarborough and Misty cliffs as it moved towards Kommetjie narrowly missing the residential areas but now threatening Ocean View. Two hundred firefighters with 25 vehicles and five helicopters are on the scene fighting the blaze.
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People stand near beached sperm whales on Jan. 13, after they became stranded on the Dutch island of Texel the day before. Five sperm whales became stranded on Texel died. Experts said the beached whales had already been badly injured and their chances of survival were poor. Volunteers tried to save them but called off their efforts late in the night because of bad weather and darkness.