AFP takes us around the world in nine images captured by their best photographers.
Employees of Japanese weather forecasting company Weathernews display pollen detector spherical robots called the "Pollen-robot" at the company's headquarters in Chiba, suburban Tokyo on January 25, 2017. The wireless LAN compatible robots will be set up at about 1000 points across the nation to observe pollen levels and send reports and observation data on pollen-scattering amounts to the company through the Internet.
The Colima or Fuego volcano spews ash and smoke on January 23, 2017, as seen from San Antonio, Colima State, Mexico. The Colima volcano is one of the most active in Mexico and in the last days its activity has intensified.
A rainbow rises from the mountains in the West Bank part of the Dead Sea, near the Israeli settlement of Ovnat, on January 28, 2017.
Indian school children perform in the Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi on January 26, 2017. Motorbike stunt riders and herds of camels wowed the crowds gathered in the centre of New Delhi January 26 to celebrate Republic Day, an annual showcase of India's military hardware and cultural diversity.
Fiji huddle after their win during the cup quarter-final match between New Zealand and Fiji on day two of the IRB rugby Sevens at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on January 29, 2017.
Competitors take part in the 'Tough Guy' adventure race near Wolverhampton, central England, on January 29, 2017. The Tough Guy event, which is being held for the final time in its 30th year, challenges thousands of competitors to run a gruelling course whilst negotiating over 200 obstacles including: water, fire, and tunnels.
This picture taken on January 26, 2017 in Sofia shows one-year-old Pooh in her new bionic back paws.Two Bulgarian cats who lost their hind legs in accidents are being given new bionic paws in what vets say is the first such operation in Europe outside ground-breaking Britain.
Newborn babies in Chinese-inspired costumes to mark the Year of the Rooster lay in cots at Paolo Memorial Hospital in Bangkok on January 27, 2017.