Afghan refugees are reflected in a small river while a man crosses it in a poor neighborhood in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on Thursday. Muhammed Muheisen/AP
A lone cygnet defends its territory against a playful dog at the lake at Virginia Water in England, which has been frozen by plunging temperatures and severe snow storms. About 4,000 people were without electricity in southern England Thursday and drivers faced icy roads. Major airports Heathrow and Gatwick were open, but hundreds of flights were cancelled due to the snow storms. Steve Parsons/AP
Singer Lady Gaga is announced as Polaroid creative director at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nev., on Thursday. The show runs from Jan. 7 -10. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
A sculpture made from nearly 1,000 pounds of butter is on display at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, Pa., on Thursday. The sculpture features a cow at the breakfast table with a dairy farmer and his family. Sculptor Jim Victor used butter donated by Land O'Lakes in Carlisle, Pa. Carolyn Kaster/AP
A young Indian street performer puts on a show outside the Mahabodhi Buddhist Temple where Tibetan Spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has been teaching in Bodh Gaya, India, on Jan. 7. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP
Members of the Georgian Orthodox Church carry national flags during a religious procession in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Jan. 7 to mark the Orthodox Christmas. According to the Julian calendar, which Orthodox churches such as those in Russia and Greece follow, Christmas falls on Jan. 7. Shakh Aivazov/AP
A Yemeni man reads the Koran at the Grand Mosque in Sanaa, Yemen, on Jan. 7. Yemen, hunting al Qaeda within its own borders, believes its own security forces must fight militants on its territory and rejects any direct US intervention, according to the foreign minister. Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters
A ballet student, part of a class of girls from three to five-years-old, stretches her legs during lessons in a sports center in Shanghai, China, on Jan. 7. Nir Elias/Reuters
A manatee is seen near where the Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) dumps warm water in Riviera Beach, Fla., on Thursday as the region experiences unusually cold temperatures. As another pocket of arctic air moves into the southern United States over the weekend, the warm waters near FPL pipes will help prevent manatee deaths. The animals need a minimum of 61 degrees Fahrenheit to survive. Carlos Barria/Reuters
BMW's Stephane Peterhansel and co-driver Jean-Paul Cottret race in stage six of the Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally 2010 between Antofagasta and Iquique, Chile, on Jan. 7. Natacha Pisarenko/AP
Machines collect sand from the beach in Scarborough, England after supplies of grit for roads ran out in the city on Jan. 7. Large parts of England have been experiencing heavy snow storms and freezing temperatures this week. Nigel Roddis/Reuters
A 'Diablada' dancer performs on the streets of Pillaro, Ecuador on Jan. 6. The annual procession dates back over 300 years to colonial times when Spanish landowners gave workers a day off to celebrate the new year. Guillermo Granja/Reuters
A hotel used by rebels suspected of an attack in Sinagar, India on Wednesday burns on Jan. 7. Troops entered the hotel on Thursday as government forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir ended a more than 20-hour-long gun battle with suspected rebels by killing two of the attackers, police said. Mukhtar Khan/AP
Servicemen from the Belarussian Interior Ministry's Special Unit line up to kiss an Orthodox cross after a Christmas service at a military base in Minsk, Belarus, on Jan. 7. Most Orthodox Christians celebrate the holiday according to the Julian calendar, which places the holiday two weeks after most western Christian churches that follow the Gregorian calendar. Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters
The goal of post-ISIS reconciliation in multi-ethnic Mosul is to avoid the sectarian fighting and Sunni disenfranchisement that helped spawn the jihadist movement and spread its reach in the first place.
The colonel is a quintessential Iraqi military man: shaved head, bushy black mustache, and very proud of how the Iraqi Army has rebuilt and “proved it is professional” in the fight to oust the Islamic State from Mosul.