U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) walks through Statuary Hall before entering the House chamber to oversee a vote on fiscal cliff legislation during a rare New Year's Day session in Washington. Congress reached a deal that night, three hours shy of the midnight deadline. For the Chinese reaction to America's fiscal dysfunction, see Shen Dingli's dispatch for Foreign Policy.
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An Indian father carries his daughter on his shoulders during a rally in New Delhi on Dec. 30 after the cremation of a 23-year-old gang-rape victim. For more coverage of the demonstrations that erupted in the wake of the incident, see Rashmee Roshan Lall's reflection on India's "Woman Problem" and FP's slide show on the spreading outrage in the country -- expressed through protest signs.
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In this Dec. 30 photo, a pro-government fighter poses next to the body of a rebel killed during clashes at the Air Defense Base in Tal Hassil, Syria. A U.N. report this week estimated that more than 60,000 people have been killed since the Syrian uprising began in March 2011. Read FP's Turtle Bay blog for more on how the United Nations arrived at the figure.
Rebels in the Central African Republic have taken several key towns and cities since launching a campaign against President Francois Bozize's government a month ago. In this photo, taken on Jan. 2, Chadian soldiers, who are assisting Bozize's government, wait on a truck near Damara -- the last strategic town between the rebels and the country's capital.
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Fireworks light up the sky above the Sydney Harbor Bridge at midnight during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia.
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez underwent his fourth cancer-related surgery three weeks ago in Havana, Cuba, and has been bed-ridden ever since. Above, a woman walks past a mural of Chávez in Caracas on Jan. 1. FP's Democracy Lab has more on the Venezuelan leader's ailing health and what it means for the country's politics.
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Shark fins dry in the sun on the roof of a factory in Hong Kong on Jan. 2. Hong Kong has one of the world's biggest markets for shark fins, which are used to make an expensive soup that is popular in China. Biologists have raised concerns that the overharvesting of fins is causing an environmental calamity.
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Bulgarian Muslim women look on during a wedding ceremony in Ribnovo, Bulgaria, on Jan. 2. The people of this mountain village are famous for performing their wedding ceremonies in wintertime only.
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his wife, Emine, hold Syrian babies as they visit the Akcakale refugee camp on Dec. 30. in Urfa, Turkey.
Hundreds of thousands of supporters of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party hold their first mass rally in Gaza since Hamas seized control of the territory in 2007. As a sign of reconciliation with Fatah, Hamas permitted the rally to take place on Jan. 4 -- during a week of festivities celebrating the 48th anniversary of Fatah taking up arms against Israel.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a Jan. 2 ceremony to mark the completion of the security fence along the Israel-Egypt border. The construction of the fence -- built to prevent terrorist incursions, smugglers, and illegal migrants -- took two years to complete.
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Rohingya refugees from Myanmar disembark at a beach on Langkawi Island in Malaysia on Dec. 30. About 500 Burmese nationals entered Malaysia illegally over the weekend, after a 15-day boat journey.
An Indian Sikh devotee takes a holy dip at the Golden Temple in Amritsar on Jan. 1. Thousands of Sikhs from across India and abroad visited the temple on the first day of the new year.
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Two people hold laptops in front of an illuminated wall at the annual Chaos Computer Club computer hackers' congress, known as 29C3, on Dec. 28 in Hamburg, Germany.
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House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) swears in the newly elected members of the 113th Congress on Jan. 3 in Washington.
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Syrians wait for bread at a bakery in Aleppo on Dec. 31. Fighting in the city has been at a stalemate for months since opposition fighters launched a massive assault on the country's commercial hub in mid-July.
A reveler takes part in an annual flour fight in celebration of the Els Enfarinats festival on Dec. 28 in Ibi, Spain. The one-day battle, which involves flour, eggs, and firecrackers, pits two groups against one another. One takes control of the village and pronounces ridiculous laws while the other tries to restore order.
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The crowd celebrates the stroke of midnight in New York City's Times Square on Jan. 1.
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