Photos of the week: Lit up for the Lunar New Year and the US arctic freeze

A kaleidoscope of lights as South Asia prepares for the Lunar New Year and a blanketting white over the US midwest as the region endures the worst of the polar vortex --photos of the week from across the world.

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People walk under decorative lanterns ahead of the Chinese New Year in Yangon’s Chinatown district. (Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

People walk under decorative lanterns ahead of the Chinese New Year in Yangon’s Chinatown district. (Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

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Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during the Women’s Singles Final match against Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova at the Australian Open in Melbourne. (Aly Song / REUTERS)

Japan’s Naomi Osaka in action during the Women’s Singles Final match against Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova at the Australian Open in Melbourne. (Aly Song / REUTERS)

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A steel worker of Germany’s industrial conglomerate ThyssenKrupp AG, stands amidst emitting sparks of raw iron from a blast furnace at Germany’s largest steel factory in Duisburg. (Wolfgang Rattay / REUTERS)

A steel worker of Germany’s industrial conglomerate ThyssenKrupp AG, stands amidst emitting sparks of raw iron from a blast furnace at Germany’s largest steel factory in Duisburg. (Wolfgang Rattay / REUTERS)

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Bangladeshi labourers carry a heavy steel plate in a dockyard beside the Buriganga river in Dhaka. (Munir Uz Zaman / AFP)

Bangladeshi labourers carry a heavy steel plate in a dockyard beside the Buriganga river in Dhaka. (Munir Uz Zaman / AFP)

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People enjoy a barbecue as they bath in a hotpot-shaped hot spring filled with fruits and vegetables, at hotel in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China. (REUTERS)

People enjoy a barbecue as they bath in a hotpot-shaped hot spring filled with fruits and vegetables, at hotel in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China. (REUTERS)

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Japan’s Naomi Osaka poses with the Women’s Singles trophy at a photo shoot at Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia. (Aly Song / REUTERS)

Japan’s Naomi Osaka poses with the Women’s Singles trophy at a photo shoot at Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Australia. (Aly Song / REUTERS)

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A model displays an outfit of Spanish designer Agatha Ruiz De La Prada’s Autumn/Winter 2019 collection during the Madrid Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. (Gabriel Bouys / AFP)

A model displays an outfit of Spanish designer Agatha Ruiz De La Prada’s Autumn/Winter 2019 collection during the Madrid Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. (Gabriel Bouys / AFP)

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A general view taken through tinted windows in a walkway between two buildings shows pedestrians on a road and a reflection of two women (R) using their phones in the walkway in Hong Kong. (Anthony Wallace / AFP)

A general view taken through tinted windows in a walkway between two buildings shows pedestrians on a road and a reflection of two women (R) using their phones in the walkway in Hong Kong. (Anthony Wallace / AFP)

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A Balinese youth participates in the Hindu ritual of “Grebeg” at the Tegalalang village in Bali, Indonesia. In this biannual ritual, young participants paint their bodies with colorful paint and parade around their village to ward off evil spirits. (Firdia Lisnawati / AP)

A Balinese youth participates in the Hindu ritual of “Grebeg” at the Tegalalang village in Bali, Indonesia. In this biannual ritual, young participants paint their bodies with colorful paint and parade around their village to ward off evil spirits. (Firdia Lisnawati / AP)

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A man, dressed in a costume made of animal fur dances during the International Festival of the Masquarade Games in Pernik, Bulgaria. (Stoyan Nenov / REUTERS)

A man, dressed in a costume made of animal fur dances during the International Festival of the Masquarade Games in Pernik, Bulgaria. (Stoyan Nenov / REUTERS)

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Shinto followers pour cold water over themselves to purify body and soul as part of an endurance ritual at Kanda Shrine, known as “Kanda Myojin”, in Tokyo, Japan. (Martin Bureau / AFP)

Shinto followers pour cold water over themselves to purify body and soul as part of an endurance ritual at Kanda Shrine, known as “Kanda Myojin”, in Tokyo, Japan. (Martin Bureau / AFP)

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Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers take part in a training exercise at the Kabul Military Training Centre (KMTC) in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Omar Sobhani / REUTERS)

Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers take part in a training exercise at the Kabul Military Training Centre (KMTC) in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Omar Sobhani / REUTERS)

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The mummy of boy pharaoh King Tutankhamun is on display in his newly renovated tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt. (Mohamed Abd El Ghany / REUTERS)

The mummy of boy pharaoh King Tutankhamun is on display in his newly renovated tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt. (Mohamed Abd El Ghany / REUTERS)

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A soldier of Karen National Union (KNU) takes rest during the 70th anniversary of Karen National Revolution Day in Kaw Thoo Lei, Kayin state, Myanmar. (Ann Wang / REUTERS)

A soldier of Karen National Union (KNU) takes rest during the 70th anniversary of Karen National Revolution Day in Kaw Thoo Lei, Kayin state, Myanmar. (Ann Wang / REUTERS)

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An employee walks between seats ahead of the Siemens company’s annual shareholder’s meeting in the Olympic hall in Munich, southern Germany. (Christof Stache / AFP)

An employee walks between seats ahead of the Siemens company’s annual shareholder’s meeting in the Olympic hall in Munich, southern Germany. (Christof Stache / AFP)

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A five-day-old baby Rothschild’s giraffe is seen with her mother at the zoo in Prague, Czech Republic. (Michal Cizek / AFP)

A five-day-old baby Rothschild’s giraffe is seen with her mother at the zoo in Prague, Czech Republic. (Michal Cizek / AFP)

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A member of Syria’s Arab Shaytat tribe who has joined a Kurdish-led alliance fighting the Islamic State group in northern Syria, rests during his break in the Syrian village of Baghouz. (Delil Souleiman / AFP)

A member of Syria’s Arab Shaytat tribe who has joined a Kurdish-led alliance fighting the Islamic State group in northern Syria, rests during his break in the Syrian village of Baghouz. (Delil Souleiman / AFP)

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Geese huddle in the water as the sun rises at the harbour in Port Washington, Wisconsin. A deadly arctic deep freeze enveloped the Midwest with record-breaking temperatures. (Jeffrey Phelps / AP)

Geese huddle in the water as the sun rises at the harbour in Port Washington, Wisconsin. A deadly arctic deep freeze enveloped the Midwest with record-breaking temperatures. (Jeffrey Phelps / AP)

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Alleged Islamic State (IS) group fighters who fled from the frontline Syrian village of Baghuz, near the Iraqi border, sit blindfolded in the back of a pickup truck after being taken into custody by SDF forces for screening, near the Omar oil field in the countryside of the eastern Syrian Deir Ezzor province. (Delil Souleiman / AFP)

Alleged Islamic State (IS) group fighters who fled from the frontline Syrian village of Baghuz, near the Iraqi border, sit blindfolded in the back of a pickup truck after being taken into custody by SDF forces for screening, near the Omar oil field in the countryside of the eastern Syrian Deir Ezzor province. (Delil Souleiman / AFP)

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Elderly people take part in activities led by a humanoid robot named Zora during a presentation to the press on the occasion of the nationwide launch of the service at a Maisons de Famille retirement home (EPHAD) in Paris, France. (Philippe Lopez / AFP)

Elderly people take part in activities led by a humanoid robot named Zora during a presentation to the press on the occasion of the nationwide launch of the service at a Maisons de Famille retirement home (EPHAD) in Paris, France. (Philippe Lopez / AFP)

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Members of a rescue team carry a body recovered after a tailings dam owned by Brazilian mining company Vale SA collapsed, in Brumadinho, Brazil. (Washington Alves / REUTERS)

Members of a rescue team carry a body recovered after a tailings dam owned by Brazilian mining company Vale SA collapsed, in Brumadinho, Brazil. (Washington Alves / REUTERS)

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Singer Ricky Martin looks on at singer Lady Gaga at the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California. (Mario Anzuoni / REUTERS)

Singer Ricky Martin looks on at singer Lady Gaga at the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California. (Mario Anzuoni / REUTERS)

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A volunteer for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration flies a drone fitted with a water tank during a demonstration to make artificial rain to tackle air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand. The Thai capital has been shrouded in murky haze for weeks, sparking social media criticism of the uneven response by the government. (Jewel Samad / AFP)

A volunteer for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration flies a drone fitted with a water tank during a demonstration to make artificial rain to tackle air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand. The Thai capital has been shrouded in murky haze for weeks, sparking social media criticism of the uneven response by the government. (Jewel Samad / AFP)

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French climber Alain Robert, also known as “The French Spiderman”, scales the 47-storey GT International Tower in Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines. (Eloisa Lopez / REUTERS)

French climber Alain Robert, also known as “The French Spiderman”, scales the 47-storey GT International Tower in Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines. (Eloisa Lopez / REUTERS)

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Two dogs compete in a sled dog race in Todtmoos, southern Germany. (Uli Deck / dpa via AP)

Two dogs compete in a sled dog race in Todtmoos, southern Germany. (Uli Deck / dpa via AP)

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Chicago’s El trains move along snow-covered tracks, in Chicago, Illinois. (Kiichiro Sato / AP)

Chicago’s El trains move along snow-covered tracks, in Chicago, Illinois. (Kiichiro Sato / AP)

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The yacht pier is enclosed with the icy water of Lake Balaton in Balatonfenyves, 155 kilometres southwest of Budapest, Hungary. (Gyorgy Varga / MTI via AP)

The yacht pier is enclosed with the icy water of Lake Balaton in Balatonfenyves, 155 kilometres southwest of Budapest, Hungary. (Gyorgy Varga / MTI via AP)

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An aerial view shows cars driving on a street in a snow covered forest near Cologne, Germany. (Henning Kaiser / dpa / AFP)

An aerial view shows cars driving on a street in a snow covered forest near Cologne, Germany. (Henning Kaiser / dpa / AFP)

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Orcas chase herrings in the Reisafjorden fjord region, near the Norwegian northern city of Tromso in the Arctic Circle. (Olivier Morin / AFP)

Orcas chase herrings in the Reisafjorden fjord region, near the Norwegian northern city of Tromso in the Arctic Circle. (Olivier Morin / AFP)

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Roofs covered with snow in Yangzhou in China’s eastern Jiangsu province. (Stringer / AFP)

Roofs covered with snow in Yangzhou in China’s eastern Jiangsu province. (Stringer / AFP)

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