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

obama, 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)
hurricane sandy, rockaways
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)
carson daly, new year's eve, times square
Dec. 31, 2012. Carson Daly hosting the New Year's celebration in Times Square, New York. (Getty Images / Andrew H. Walker)
scottland, new year's
Jan. 1, 2013. New Year's swimmers brave freezing conditions at the River Forth in South Queensferry, Scotland. (Getty Images / Jeff J Mitchell)
spain, recession
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)
joe biden, 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)
fiscal, boehner
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)
women congress
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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