A girl plays in a curtain of water at Madureira park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
A pedicab (bicitaxi in Cuba) with a US flag on a street in Havana. The US is to ease travel and trade restrictions with Cuba on Friday, marking the first concrete steps towards restoring normal ties since announcing a historic rapprochement
A truck from the Alabama Department of Transportation, followed by traffic, spreads sand and grit on the northbound lanes of the Hudson Memorial Bridge spanning the Tennessee River on Thursday in Decatur, Alabama
On the street outside her home, hairdresser Lisandra works on a woman’s extensions as others await their turn in Old Havana, Cuba.
New York State Police Troopers stand outside St. Ignatius Loyola Church during the funeral service for former New York Governor Mario Cuomo in the Manhattan borough of New York. Cuomo, the three-time governor of New York and a leading voice of the Democratic Party’s liberal wing who turned down several invitations to seek the U.S. presidency, died on January 1 at his home in Manhattan.
Ixil Indians wait outside the courtroom in Guatemala City where Efrain Rios Montt, Guatemala’s former dictator, is facing charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. Mr Rios Montt was convicted for massacring thousands of people during his 1982-83 regime, in what was considered an historic 2013 ruling. But his 80-year sentence was later overturned and a retrial ordered
A bicycle is parked under pictures of Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, brother of Fidel and Cuba’s president, and revolutionary hero Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara in an office in Havana on Friday. Washington has agreed to restore full diplomatic ties that were cut in the early 1960s, with its old Cold War nemesis
A man dressed as Santa Claus zip lines away from Sugar Loaf mountain after riding on top of a cable car in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Thursday. The cable car company surprised tourists with a visit from Santa to celebrate Christmas
Alan Gross, an American imprisoned in Cuba for five years, arrives at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The US and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old enemy.
A man waits in line for one of 5,000 food bags provided at Glide Memorial Church in the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco, California on Wednesday
Traffic moves slowly across the Golden Gate Bridge in the high winds and rain on Thursday, in this view from Sausalito, California. A storm expected to be one of the worst in five years swept across the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, knocking out power and delaying travel by air, train and ferry.
A woman walks between palm trees before sunrise on Arpoador beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Thursday
Street artist Cezar Vanuty, wearing a Santa hat, performs with knives on a street in Brasilia, Brazil on Tuesday
Tyler Corrington of Hastings, Minnesota competes in the saddle bronco riding during the fifth go-round of the National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas
A police officer walks among crosses planted by the NGO Rio de Paz (Peace Rio) on Copacabana beach today in memory of police officers killed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio de Paz placed 152 black crosses symbolising the same number of police officers killed in the last two years in Rio de Janeiro, according to NGO.
Members of the glaciology unit of Peru’s national water authority walk on the Pastoruri glacier in Huaraz, Peru. The glaciology unit is measuring ice thickness and according to Alejo Cochachin at the unit, the Pastoruri glacier retreated 576 metres between 1980 and 2014
Llamas are seen in front of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Cusco. Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Peru’s top tourist attraction