Photos of the Week (01/06/18)

A pictorial week-in-review posted every Sunday.

1) The new speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, holds the gavel during the opening session of the 116th Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on January 3, 2019. Photo: Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty

2) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) administers the oath of office to House members and delegates of the House of Representatives at the start of the 116th Congress inside the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photo: Reuters

3) A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent points his weapon at migrants as they prepare to cross the border fence illegally from Mexico into the U.S., in Tijuana, Mexico, Jan. 1, 2019. Photo: Reuters

4) A U.S. Border Protection officer stands in the rain as he watches the U.S.-Mexico border fence, from Tijuana, Mexico, on January 1, 2019. Discouraged by the long wait to apply for asylum through official ports of entry, many migrants from recent caravans are choosing to cross the U.S. border and hand themselves in to border-patrol agents. Photo: Daniel Ochoa de Olza / AP

5) A half sunken cruise ship lays on its side, in the Gulf of Elefsina, west of Athens. Dozens of abandoned cargo and passenger ships lie semi-submerged or completely sunken around the Gulf of Elefsina, near Greece’s major port of Piraeus.  Photo: AP

6) In this photo provided by China National Space Administration via Xinhua News Agency, the first image of the moon’s far side taken by China’s Chang’e-4 probe. A Chinese spacecraft made the first-ever landing on the far side of the moon, state media said. Photo: AP

7) Pope Francis twirls a soccer ball presented to him by a member of the Circus of Cuba, during his weekly general audience in the Pope Paul VI hall, at the Vatican. Photo: AP

8) Midway Ice Castles take shape as artisans construct the popular winter attraction in Midway, Utah, on January 2, 2019. Artisans have spent the last five weeks growing, harvesting, and hand-placing icicles to create the life-size winter playground. Photo: Rick Bowmer / AP

9) The beak of a swan, frozen over in a park in Bozhou, Xinjiang, China, on December 29, 2018, as temperatures dipped below -4 degrees Fahrenheit (-20 degrees Celsius). Photo: Costfoto / Barcroft Media via Getty

10) Pope Francis kisses a statue of Baby Jesus as he celebrates a New Year’s eve vespers Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. Photo: AP

11) Ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights are seen at the annual ice festival, in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China. Photo: Reuters

12) Artists perform at a shopping center during the New Year festival in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: Reuters

13) A man applies color to a haircut with  “2019”, to welcome the new year at a barbershop in Ahmedabad, India. Photo: Reuters

14) People watch New Year’s Eve fireworks from the water at Copacabana beach in Brazil. Photograph: Daniel Ramalho/AFP/Getty Images

15) Fireworks explode over The London Eye and Elizabeth Tower near Parliament as thousands of revelers gather along the banks of the River Thames to ring in the New Year on January 1, 2019, in London, England. Photo: Dan Kitwood / Getty

16) Revelers celebrate New Year’s Eve in Times Square in Manhattan on December 31, 2018. Photo:  Jeenah Moon / Reuters

17) Workers clean up the area after New Year’s Eve celebrations in Times Square in New York City. Photo: Reuters

18) Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers was sacked in the 1st quarter against Detroit last Sunday and had to leave the game after suffering a concussionRodgers heads to the locker room. The Green Bay Packers (6-9-1) were shutout 31-0 by the Detroit Lions (6-10) in the season finale on Sunday at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Photos: Steve Apps, WI State Journal

AND FINALLY…

Lake Michigan’s freezing waves wallop participants at 2019 Polar Bear Plunge

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