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)
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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.