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Mud and debris flow down hillsides burned in a recent brush fire after heavy rain from the first in a series of El Nino storms that passed over the area above Solimar Beach in Ventura, Calif., Wednesday Jan. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Joel Angel Juárez)
Ammon Bundy, one of the sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, arrives for a news conference at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore., on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. With the takeover entering its fourth day Wednesday, authorities had not removed the group of roughly 20 people from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon's high desert country. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Plumes of smoke billow from some silhouetted chimneys part of the Milan skyline at dawn, Italy,Thursday, Jan 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
A wreath of flowers laid outside satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo former office, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. France this week commemorates the victims of last year's Islamic extremist attacks on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Swimmers take part in the traditional Three Kings swim in the Vltava River in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Indian soldiers keep guard at the perimeter fence of the Indian air force base in Pathankot, India, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. Indian defense minister Manohar Parrikar had said on Tuesday that Indian forces have killed the last of the six militants who attacked the air force base near the Pakistan border over the weekend, though soldiers are still searching the base as a precaution. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
People walk on a path along a lake mirrored with clouds after sunset in Yangon, Myanmar, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/ Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Rain drops bead on a car window below the Golden Gate Bridge Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Sausalito, Calif. El Nino storms lined up in the Pacific, promising to drench parts of the West for more than two weeks and increasing fears of mudslides and flash floods in regions stripped bare by wildfires. Stronger systems are predicted starting Tuesday following light rain a day earlier. At least two more storms are expected to follow on Wednesday and Thursday, possibly bringing as much as 3 inches of rain. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
President Barack Obama wipes away tears from his eyes as he speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, about steps his administration is taking to reduce gun violence. Also on stage are stakeholders, and individuals whose lives have been impacted by the gun violence. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
A poor woman begs sitting on a staircase in an underground crossing in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Jan. 5 2016. The temperature in the Ukrainian capital fell to -12 degrees Celsius (10 degrees Fahrenheit) on Tuesday.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
The Volcano of Fire releases lava, seen from Escuintla, Guatemala, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. Guatemalan authorities are on alert after the country's Volcano of Fire erupted in dramatic fashion on Sunday. Officials are asking nearby communities to remain vigilant amid a state of yellow alert. In Spanish it's known as "El Volcan del Fuego." (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, and high school teacher David Swaney laugh about their colorful outfits before Swaney asks Clinton a question during a town hall at NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
A Palestinian barefoot boy stands next to remains of a destroyed house in the town of Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
A woman looks through an icy window in a bus in Ukraine's capital in Kiev, Monday, Jan. 4 2016. The temperature in the Ukrainian capital fell to -14 degrees Celsius (7 degrees Fahrenheit) on Monday. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)
Humboldt Penguins swim in their pool during the annual stocktake press preview at London Zoo in Regents Park in London Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. A requirement of ZSL London Zooâs license, the annual audit takes keepers a week to complete and all of the information is shared with zoos around the world via the International Species Information System, where itâs used to manage the worldwide breeding programs for endangered animals. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
People dressed in costumes have a break while marching during the Vijanera Festival, in the small village of Silio, northern Spain, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. The Vijanera masquerade, of pre-Roman origin, is the first carnival of the year in Europe symbolizing the triumph of good over evil and involving the participation of crowds of residents wearing different masks, animal skins and brightly coloured clothing with its own complex function and symbolism and becoming the living example of the survival of archaic cults to nature. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Fireworks light the sky over Copacabana beach during New Year's Eve celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)
A police officer, right, walks past revelers playing with confetti in New York's Times Square after the New Year's Eve celebration as seen from the Marriott Marquis hotel, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
In this photo taken with long exposure, fireworks light the sky above the medieval Mariendom or St. Mary's Cathedral, right, and St. Severi's Church shortly after midnight during the New Year celebrations in Erfurt, central Germany, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
Seagulls fly over tourists looking out over the Mediterranean sea, on the Promenade Des Anglais in Nice, southeastern France, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. Temperatures in the area rose to 18 degrees Celsius (64 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
LOS ANGELES, CA. -- TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2015 -- The reflection of a pigeon is seen along with clearing skies in a flooded playground in Hollenbeck Park as rainy weather from the first big El Nino storm moved out of the area late Tuesday afternoon. ( Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images )
CALAIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 05: An Iranian man peers out from his shelter in the camp known as 'The Jungle' on January 5, 2016 in Calais, France. Thousands of migrants continue to live in the makeshift camp in the port town in northern France, where they try and board vehicles heading for ferries or through the tunnel in an attempt to reach Britain. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
Pigeons fly over the Liwa desert, 250 kilometres west of the Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi, during the Liwa 2016 Moreeb Dune Festival on January 5, 2016. The festival, which attracts participants from around the Gulf region, includes a variety of races (cars, bikes, falcons, camels and horses) or other activities aimed at promoting the country's folklore. AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIB / AFP / KARIM SAHIB (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)
NEVSEHIR, TURKEY - JANUARY 3: Hot air balloons fly over the famous volcanic rock formations during the winter season in Cappadocia, a historical region in central Anatolia in Nevsehir, Turkey on January 03, 2016. (Photo by Murat Oner Tas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A costumed participant performs during celebrations of 'La Vijanera' carnival in Silio, in the northern Spanish province of Cantabria, on January 3, 2016. 'La Vijanera', the first carnaval on the calendar in Europe, is a colorful masquerade involving approximately 60 characters (all male) performing in different acts with a desire to banish the last year and pave the way to the next year. . AFP PHOTO/ CESAR MANSO / AFP / CESAR MANSO (Photo credit should read CESAR MANSO/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial view taken on January 1, 2016 shows people with colourful bonnets taking part in the traditional New Year's dive ('Nieuwjaarsduik') on the beach of Scheveningen, The Netherlands. Tens of thousands of participants dip into the cold North Sea water every year in the Netherland's largest dive held at the beach of Scheveningen. It is a Dutch tradition that started in the 1960s, after a swim club decided to start the year with a plunge in the sea. All participants who take part in the dive receive a Unox cap named after the soup brand who sponsors the event. / AFP / ANP / STRINGER / Netherlands OUT (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
In this underwater image made from video, Miami Seaquarium assistant animal care supervisor Jessica Schiffhauer prepares to feed and give vitamins to a rescued manatee, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, at Miami Seaquarium in Miami. The population of Florida's iconic manatees has recovered enough that the species no longer meets the definition of "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act, federal wildlife officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

As we reach the end of the first week of 2016, take some time to look back at the biggest stories from the past seven days.

This week, we saw the escalation of the standoff situation at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, as well as the effects of El Nino on typically-dry California, and various New Year's Day celebrations from around the world. Click through the slideshow above to see photos from all of these stories and more, and be sure to check back next weekend to see our selection of the best photos from the next seven days.

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