A rare snowy owl looks down from its perch high atop the large marble orb of the Christopher Columbus Memorial Fountain at the entrance to Union Station in Washington, D.C Carolyn Kaster / AP
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Through the Lens | The best photos from around the world

Here are some of the stories that made headlines over the past week, as well as some photos that caught our eye.

A murmuration of migrating starlings is seen across the sky near the city of Beer Sheva, southern Israel, January 13, 2022. REUTERS/ Amir Cohen

Momix Dance Theater performs “Viva Momix” at the Brown Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky, on January 9, 2022. Stephen J. Cohen / Getty

A surfer rides during a big-wave-surfing session at Praia do Norte, or North Beach, in Nazare, Portugal, on January 8, 2022. Armando Franca / AP

A technician disinfects official balls before the Group F Africa Cup of Nations 2021 football match between Mauritania and Gambia at Limbe Omnisport Stadium in Limbe, Cameroon, on January 12, 2022. Issouf Sanogo / AFP / Getty

A woman carrying a water pitcher walks through a snow-covered field on the outskirts of Srinagar, Kashmir, on January 9, 2022.  Danish Ismail / Reuters

Participants wearing protective face masks pray as they take an ice-cold bath during a ceremony to purify their souls, and to make wishes to overcome the pandemic Tokyo, Japan.  Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters

A surfer falls while riding a wave after sunset in Encinitas, California. Mike Blake / Reuters

Crew members dress the set of the new Batgirl movie in Glasgow, Scotland. Jeff J Mitchell / Getty

Endangered bezoar ibex are seen on a mountaintop in Turkey. Ozkan Bilgin / Anadolu Agency / Getty

The Great Wall of China is seen after a light snowfall. Greg Baker / AFP / Getty

A man poses next to the excavated remains of Britain’s largest ichthyosaur at Rutland Water, England, in August 2021. The 10-meter-long fossil is estimated to be about 180 million years old. Anglian Water / Reuters

A worker collects dried incense sticks in a courtyard in Quang Phu Cau village, Vietnam, ahead of Lunar New Year celebrations, known in Vietnam as Tet. Nhac Nguyen / AFP / Getty

Students wearing protective masks study in a classroom in the Merlan school in Paillet, where Professor Mireille Dosso, the director of the Pasteur Institute of Côte d’Ivoire, said that cases of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant had been detected. Luc Gnago / Reuters

Ducklings huddle together in an exhibit at the 106th Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on January 12, 2022. Jacqueline Larma / AP

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