Japanese grand sumo champion Yokozuna Kisenosato performs the New Year's ring-entering rite at the annual celebration for the New Year at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.
Palestinian demonstrators are surrounded by tear gas smoke launched by Israeli forces during a protest in the north of Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. They are protesting the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The desacralized St. Lambertus church in Erkelenz-Immerath, Germany, is being demolished in order to make possible brown coal surface mining. Residents from the village of Immerath were relocated, as the area is to be developed by German energy supplier RWE Power in an extension of its Tagebau Garzweiler open-pit lignite mine.
Swans are seen on Swan Lake at the Rongcheng national swan nature reserve in Weihai, Shandong province, China, Jan. 8, 2018.