As the first month of 2018 gave way to the second, it brought the global spectacle of a rare super blue blood moon and the glamour of the Grammy Awards, but it also brought scenes of destruction and loss in Jakarta, Indonesia and Pennsylvania, U.S.
From those scenes to drained Venetian canals and the world’s tallest and shortest humans walking side-by-side, here are some of the most striking photos from the past week around the world.
Turkey’s Sultan Kosen, the world’s tallest man, left, poses with Jyoti Amge of India, the world’s shortest woman at the site of the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt on Jan. 26, 2018, with the Sphinx and the Pyramid of Khafre — also known as Chephren — seen in the background. Photo from STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images.
A huge fire swept through a densely populated area in Krukut, Taman Sari, West Jakarta on Jan. 27, destroying blocks of residential buildings. An estimated 2,400 people are displaced. Photo from Donal Husni/NurPhoto via Getty Images.
A policeman checks the 1,000 pound World War II bomb unearthed in Wanchai District on Jan. 27, 2018 in Hong Kong, China. A 140-centimeter-long, 1,000 pound World War II bomb was discovered 15 meters underground at a construction site in Wanchai on Saturday in Hong Kong. Police evacuated 1,300 people before defusing the bomb. Photo from Police/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images.
Pedestrians walk along the Seine river on Jan. 28, 2018 in Chatou, a suburb of Paris, France. Water levels continued to rise after weeks of heavy rain in France. Photo from Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images.
Bright coloured boats filled with costumed revellers move along Venice, Italy’s Grand Canal during the opening regatta of the Venice Carnival on January 28, 2018. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images.
Jay-Z, left, Blue Ivy and Beyonce attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 28, 2018 in New York City. Photo from Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS.
Sierra Kolarik, the sister of Chelsie Cline, one of the victims in a mass shooting at a Pennsylvania car wash early Sunday morning, is comforted on Jan. 28, 2018 in Melcroft, Pa. Five people were found dead and one injured in the shooting. Police were trying to determine if the shooter was among those found at the scene as of Jan. 28, but have since confirmed he died in hospital on Jan. 29. Photo from Justin Merriman/Getty Images.
Indian police rescue people after a bus accident at the Ghogra Canal in Murshidabad district, around 300 kilometres from Kolkata on Jan. 29, 2018. At least 36 people were killed in eastern India’s West Bengal state early Jan. 29 after a speeding passenger bus swerved off a bridge and plunged into a river, police said. Photo from AFP/Getty Images.
People lay flowers in memory of the victims near the Islamic Cultural Center in Quebec City, Canada on Jan. 29, 2018. On Jan. 29, 2017, just after the Sunday evening prayer, a gunman burst into the mosque in a residential neighborhood of Quebec City and opened fire on worshippers, killing six worshippers. Photo from Alice Chiche/AFP/Getty Images.
Gondolas lay stuck along Venice, Italy’s Grand Canal near Rialto bridge because of an exceptionally low tide on Jan. 30, 2018 in Venice, Italy. The low tide created problems in transport and navigation in the city, which uses canals instead of roads. Photo from Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images.
Pakistani children play football at a slum in Lahore on Jan. 30, 2018. Photo from Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images.
Farmers from the FDSEA union drive their tractors slowly dow Toulouse ring road during a go-slow operation on Jan. 31, 2018. The operation was in protest against the future single-use land zoning, they fear may reduce the number of municipalities eligible for certain European aid. Photo from Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images.
A super blue blood moon rises behind the Camlica Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey on January 31, 2018. The ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ is a rare ‘lunar trifecta’ event in which the Moon is at its closest to the Earth, appearing slightly bigger and about 14 percent brighter than usual, and is simultaneously a ‘blue moon’, the second full moon in the same month, and in total lunar eclipse or ‘blood moon’. Such a lunar event hasn’t been seen since 1866. Photo from Chris McGrath/Getty Images.
A so-called ‘super blue blood moon’ sets behind Amboy Crater, a cinder cone volcano in the Mojave Desert, at the end of its total eclipse on Jan. 31, 2018 near Amboy, California. The ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ is a rare ‘lunar trifecta’ event in which the Moon is at its closest to the Earth, appearing slightly bigger and about 14 percent brighter than usual, and is simultaneously a ‘blue moon’, the second full moon in the same month, and in total lunar eclipse or ‘blood moon’. Such a lunar event hasn’t been seen since 1866. Photo from David McNew/Getty Images.
Hundreds of high-speed trains at a maintenance base wait to set out on the first day of the 40-day Spring Festival Travel Peak on Feb. 1, 2018 in Wuhan, China. (Photo from Wang He/Getty Images)
Surfers attempt to ride the Severn Bore as it passes in Newnham on Severn on February 2, 2018 in Gloucestershire, England. The bore, which follows this week’s super moon and was given a four-star rating as it is likely to be one of the largest in 2018, attracts surfers from around the world to ride it. The Severn bore, a natural tidal phenomenon and one of the largest in the world, pushes a 1.2-metre wave up the Severn Estuary and is at its most dramatic in the spring when the tides are at their highest. Photo from Matt Cardy/Getty Images.