Big Shots: This Week's News in Photos

Prison Riot Delivery
Natal, Rio Grande do Norte state, Brazil—Inmates gesture in front of police officers after they delivered meals to them during an uprising at Alcacuz prison, January 23. Nacho Doce/Reuters
Panda at Play
Chengdu, China—A baby giant panda plays at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan province, January 22. Jason Lee/Reuters
Tears of Joe
Washington, D.C.—In the U.S. capital, the public bromance between President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden has been the subject of countless jokes and online memes. Some have even given their friendship a nickname—BROTUS—a play on the common acronym for president of the united states, POTUS. On January 12, just eight days before the two men were set to leave the White House, Obama offered perhaps the ultimate BROTUS gesture in awarding Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom. "I don't deserve this,” an emotional Biden said, “but I know it came from the president's heart." NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty
Law and Mordor
Ankara, Turkey—A police officer blocks a protester from marching to the Turkish parliament building on January 9 while lawmakers inside were debating a controversial proposal to expand the president’s powers. Critics have decried the proposed move, calling it a power grab by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has led the country since 2003. Erdogan says he merely wants to create a more efficient presidential system. A referendum will take place this spring, but already violence has erupted—not only between the police and protesters in the streets but also between lawmakers inside the building. ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty
Deathly Cold
Budapest, Hungary—As chunks of ice float in the Danube River, people snap photos under the stone pillar of the Margaret Bridge on January 10. Plummeting temperatures killed dozens of people across Europe and left travelers stranded as snow ice blanketed the continent. The extreme weather—the coldest since 1963, meteorologists say—was especially hard on migrants and the homeless, as aid workers struggled to them find shelter. ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty
Human Shield
Mosul, Iraq—An Iraqi man walks with his daughter in the al-Mithaq neighborhood on January 8, blocking the dead body of an Islamic State group fighter from her line of sight. Iraqi forces have made significant advances in the battle to retake the city from ISIS. As of January 13, they were trying to breach the campus of Mosul University, which the militants use as a military compound. Doing so, according to The Wall Street Journal, would be a major step toward taking control of the entire eastern part of the city. Yet the war is far from over; ISIS still controls western Mosul. DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty
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