A worker pulls himself through a bed of 'Wishing Spheres' in Singapore on Jan. 4. People wrote their wishes for 2010 on the spheres, which were illuminated in the marina as part of the city-state's New Year's celebrations. Wong Maye-E/AP
The Burj Khalifa, formerly known as the Burj Dubai, the world's tallest skyscraper, is lit up as part of opening ceremonies in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Monday. Ana Marin/Reuters
A Romanian family walks along a pedestrian way decorated with holiday lights in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday evening. Vadim Ghirda/AP
Visitors look at ice sculptures featured in the Art Ice Sculpture Festival in Moscow, Russia, on Jan. 4 at Poklonnaya Gora War Memorial Park. Alexander Natruskin/Reuters
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin ski at the Krasnaya Polyana ski resort near Sochi, Russia, on Jan. 3. Dmitry Stakhov/RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Reuters
A female Siberian maral looks at the camera in its enclosure at the Roev Ruchey Zoo in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on Monday. The temperature in Krasnoyarsk stays near -31 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. Ilya Naymushin/Reuters
South African President Jacob Zuma (front r.) takes part in a dance during his traditional wedding to Tobeka Madiba, his fifth wife, in Nkandla in Northern KwaZulu-Natal on Jan. 4. The ceremony took place at Zuma's traditional home in the province where he married Madiba according to clan custom. Multiple marriages are allowed in South Africa and are part of Zulu culture, but the practice has drawn criticism. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
Children in costumes sing carols as they walk from house to house in Lofer, Austria, on Jan. 4. Traditionally, the children carol to raise money for poor children in other countries around the holiday season. Kerstin Joensson/AP
A woman stands on the steps of New York City Hall protesting the state's plans for shale oil driling in the city's watershed in New York on Jan. 4. Last week, the EPA said it had 'serious reservations' about allowing shale gas drilling in the watershed, warning of a threat to the drinking water for 9 million people. The drilling process, known as hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking,' involves blasting through rock with a mixture of water, sand, and chemicals used to split the shale formations and free trapped gas. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters
Tobias Angerer from Germany competes during a 1.2K sprint cross country race in Prague, Czech Republic on Jan. 4 as part of the Tour de Ski. Petr David Josek/AP
Pakistani boys play table football in Lahore, Pakistan, on Jan. 4. Muhammed Muheisen/AP
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Jabr Al-Thani walk to a press conference following their bilateral meeting at the State Department in Washington on Monday. Jason Reed/Reuters
People wave as they watch the 3rd stage of the 2010 Argentina-Chile Dakar Rally between La Rioja and Fiambala, Argentina on Jan. 4. Natacha Pisarenko/AP
The Obama family steps off of Marine One after arriving from Hawaii at the White House on Monday. Kevin Lamarque/AP
Where persistent drought is the new normal, communities will have to adapt – a challenge across eastern Africa. But Madagascar’s success, and the lessons that it learned from its brush with disaster, point to how crises might be averted elsewhere. Part 2 of our series on famine resilience.
Battered by drought and civil wars, more than 20 million people from Yemen to Tanzania are at risk of starvation in what aid workers call the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. But over the past two decades, nations that once produced searing images of famine's toll have moved to thwart it by strengthening community resilience. Our reporters traveled to Madagascar, Ethiopia, and Somaliland to investigate the daunting challenges as well as the long-term efforts that are saving lives.