THE GLOBAL SNAPSHOT

Photos of the week: New Year’s around the world and politics as usual in the US

Jan. 1, 2013. US President Barack Obama jumps into the ocean at Pyramid Rock Beach, Hawaii.
Jan. 1, 2013. While on vacation, US President Barack Obama jumps into the ocean at Pyramid Rock Beach in Hawaii. (The White House / Pete Souza)
Jan. 2, 2013. A piece of furniture from a destroyed home sits on the beach in the Belle Harbor neighborhood in the Rockaways, Queens, New York. Law makers have be criticized regarding the slow speed of recovery and aid to areas hit by Hurricane Sandy
Jan. 2, 2013. A piece of furniture from a destroyed home sits on the beach in the Belle Harbor neighborhood in the Rockaways, Queens, New York. Law makers have be criticized over the slow speed of recovery and aid to victims of Hurricane Sandy. (Getty Images / Spencer Platt)
Dec. 31, 2012. The star of New Year's Eve 2013 With Carson Daly in Times Square, New York.
Dec. 31, 2012. Carson Daly hosting the New Year's celebration in Times Square, New York. (Getty Images / Andrew H. Walker)
Jan. 1, 2013. New year swimmers brave freezing conditions at the River Forth in South Queensferry, Scotland.
Jan. 1, 2013. New Year's swimmers brave freezing conditions at the River Forth in South Queensferry, Scotland. (Getty Images / Jeff J Mitchell)
Jan. 3, 2013. Women wait for customers at their street stall in Zahara de los Atunes village, near Barbate, Cadiz province, southern Spain. Spain is in the throes of its second recession in just over three years.
Jan. 3, 2013. Women wait for customers at their street stall in Zahara de los Atunes village, near Barbate, Cadiz province, southern Spain. Spain is in the throes of its second recession in just over three years. (AP Photo / Emilio Morenatti)
Dec. 31, 2013. US Vice President Joe Biden arrives at a meeting to negotiate a deal over the 'fiscal cliff.'
Dec. 31, 2012. US Vice President Joe Biden arrives at a meeting to negotiate a deal to resolve the "fiscal cliff." (Getty Images / Drew Angerer)
Jan. 1, 2013. US Speaker of the House, John Boehner 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, DC.
Jan. 1, 2013. US Speaker of the House John Boehner 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, DC. (Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla)
Jan. 3, 2013. The Democratic women of the United States House of Representatives. The 113th Congress includes the most female representatives ever.
Jan. 3, 2013. The Democratic women of the United States House of Representatives. The 113th Congress includes the most female representatives ever. (Getty Images / Mark Wilson)
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