Photos of the Week: 12/31–1/6

New Year’s Eve celebrations worldwide, the swearing-in of the 115th US Congress, dealing with a bird flu outbreak in France, chilly weather in the north, a post-apocalyptic zombie movie filmed in China, Dakar Rally racing in Argentina, and much more.

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    California’s Fast-Moving Lake Fire

    A dangerous wildfire driven by hot, windy conditions has prompted hundreds of evacuations.

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    After running aground and being battered by waves for days, the MV Wakashio has leaked tons of fuel oil.