Belarusian swimmers in Vitebsk prepare for a dip in icy waters on January 7. - Photo by RFE/RL
President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin are ready to hit the slopes in Sochi. - Photo by RIA Novosti
Georgians take part in the Alilo procession on Christmas Day, collecting donations for charity. - Orthodox Christians celebrated Christmas this week on January 7, in keeping with the Julian calendar. See more photos of Orthodox celebrations here.
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Bulgarian men perform the traditional Horo dance in the river Tundzha on Epiphany Day, January 6. - Photo by Nikolay Doychinov for AFP
Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko greets people during Christmas celebrations in the city of Brovary. - Tymoshenko is now campaigning for the presidential election to be held on January 17.
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Iraqi military helicopters fly past the bombed-out Communications Ministry, destroyed during the 2003 invasion. - Photo by AFP
An Afghan woman browses at the burqa market in Kabul. - Photo by RFE/RL
Palestinian men carry a woman who fainted after a confrontation with settlers and Israeli soldiers in the West Bank. - Photo by epa
A woman looks at floodwaters outside her house in Obot, Albania. - Albanian authorities have declared a natural disaster in several northwestern regions of the country, where flooding has forced the evacuation of hundreds of people.
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Fireworks explode around the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, during the opening ceremony in Dubai. - Photo by Ali Haider for epa