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Judges examine a decorated elephant during an elephant beauty contest at the Elephant Race event in Chitwan, Nepal, about 170 km south of Kathmandu.


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Iraqis make their way through flooded streets in Baghdad, Iraq. An unusually heavy rainstorm has collapsed shoddy houses in Iraq, killing several people.

Karim Kadim/AP

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An Israeli air force Apache helicopter releases flares during an acrobatics display at a graduation ceremony at the Hatzerim air force base near Beersheba, Israel.

Ariel Schalit/AP

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Saudi youths sand ski in the desert near Tabuk, Saudi Arabia.


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Bird watchers view snow geese flying over a field in the Skagit Valley near La Conner, Washington. Tens of thousands of snow geese spend the winter near the mouth of the Skagit River.

Elaine Thompson/AP

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An ornament is surrounded by stuffed animals at a memorial for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, after snowfall in Newtown, Connecticut.


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A man (bottom) clears a driveway as people make their way along a snow-covered street during a snowfall in Ottawa.


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A man walks along a road near Montreal during the first major snowstorm of the winter in the region.


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Two bystanders help a Montreal ambulance driver get his vehicle out of a snowbank at Pie IX and Rouen streets in Montreal. The ambulance got stuck while responding to a call.


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Christopher Vincent uses a snow blower to clean the sidewalk at his home on Lauder Ave. in Toronto.

Fernando Morales/The Globe and Mail

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Children make their way up a hill during a snow storm in Ottawa.

Dave Chan/The Globe and Mail

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