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

The White House / Pete Souza
Don’t let life slap you in the face.
Getty Images / Spencer Platt
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 / Andrew H. Walker
Dec. 31, 2012. Carson Daly hosting the New Year’s celebration in Times Square, New York.
Getty Images / Jeff J Mitchell
Jan. 1, 2013. New Year’s swimmers brave freezing conditions at the River Forth in South Queensferry, Scotland.
AP Photo / Emilio Morenatti
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.
Getty Images / Drew Angerer
Dec. 31, 2012. US Vice President Joe Biden arrives at a meeting to negotiate a deal to resolve the “fiscal cliff.”
Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla
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 / Mark Wilson
Jan. 3, 2013. The Democratic women of the United States House of Representatives. The 113th Congress includes the most female representatives ever.
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