Around the World With the Week's Best Photos

It was a big week in politics across the globe, with President Barack Obama's State of the Union address sparking conversation in the US. First Lady Michelle Obama brought special guests to the event, including US Army Ranger Cory Remsburg, who received a huge standing ovation. Meanwhile, British royals enjoyed some beer overseas, Scotland saw its annual fire festival, and people Down Under celebrated Australia Day. See all that and more in the week's best pictures from around the world!

Game Time
Getty | Richard Heathcote

Game Time

The Olympic cauldron was tested at the Sochi Olympic Park in Russia.

Sandy Snow
Getty | Richard Ellis

Sandy Snow

Following a rare ice storm in Charleston, SC, kids played on a sand dune covered with snow.

Special Seats
Getty | PAUL J. RICHARDS

Special Seats

First Lady Michelle Obama waved from her box seat alongside US Army Ranger Cory Remsburg during the State of the Union address in Washington DC.

Flag Waving
Getty | Darrian Traynor

Flag Waving

People in Melbourne, Australia, gathered for the Australia Day parade.

On Tap
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On Tap

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Charles enjoyed some beer while visiting The Bell Pub in Purleigh, England.

Protest Performance
Getty | Dan Kitwood

Protest Performance

In London, people performed parts of Swan Lake outside the Russian Embassy and submitted a petition asking Russian President Vladimir Putin to "end his assault on freedom of expression and gay rights" in his country.

In the Spotlight
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In the Spotlight

Hillary Clinton spoke at the 10th National Automobile Dealers Association Convention in New Orleans.

On Fire
Getty | Jeff J Mitchell

On Fire

People in Lerwick, Scotland, participated in a traditional festival of fire.

Holy Kisses
Getty | Franco Origlia

Holy Kisses

Pope Francis gave a little girl a kiss during his weekly audience in Vatican City.

Speaking Out
Getty | George Frey

Speaking Out

People on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate filled the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, holding up signs to voice their pro- and anti-gay-marriage opinions.

Icy Shores
Getty | Scott Olson

Icy Shores

In Chicago, a person braved -10ºF temperatures to snap pictures of the steam over Lake Michigan.