The new year brought big celebrations across the globe, and the rest of the month followed with major moments in politics, sports, and culture — not to mention the weather. People along the East Coast encountered their fare share of wintry temperatures, while Aussies were busy trying to keep cool in crazy heat waves. In the world of politics, President Obama enjoyed a sunny Hawaiian vacation before addressing NSA spying and giving back on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Meanwhile, the British royal family made a series of appearances, and Prince William stepped out for his first day at the University of Cambridge. Relive some of January's special moments with a look at the month's best pictures from around the world!