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The iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro will undergo repair work after a bolt of lightning damaged one of its fingers and its head. Read more: http://fw.to/0QNUsM Photo: EPA

The Week in Photos: January 18, 2014

Lens<p>From Southern California’s wildfires and South Sudan’s violent divide to No Pants Day on New York’s subways, a look at the week’s most compelling …

From Dust to Glory and Everything in Between (PHOTOS)

Watch the drivers and riders taking on the sandy, dusty roads less traveled as they compete in the 2014 Dakar Rally in Chile.<p>01.18.14 5:45 AM …

Stunning Bodies of Water Around the World (Photos)

Refreshing<p>Nothing fuels our wanderlust quite like a vast pool of water—especially in the dead of winter. From the jungles of Bali to the lava fields …

Somerset Levels Flood

Last weather warnings expire - but flood risk remains

<b>The last of many weather warnings issued by the Met Office since before Christmas has expired - but flood waters could still rise in some areas.</b><p>A rain warning for much of Wales and south-west England ended at 09:00 GMT, and no more warnings have been issued.<p>However, almost 100 flood warnings are …

Beast from the east to bring SNOW, freezing winds and weather chaos to the UK

A bitter winter blast from the East threatens Britain with snow and freezing winds [PA]<p>The mercury is expected to plunge to below freezing bringing …


Storm chasing in the UK: Britain's wild weather enthusiasts

As soon as he was old enough to ride a bike and get it up a hill, David Vicary began watching the weather, waiting for dramatic thunder and lightning, then going out to watch it – "chasing" storms. "As a kid I would look out at the clouds and want to know what was going on," he says. "And later, …

As the flood waters recede hazards are still present.#staysafe #floodaware http://t.co/uHE7e4MS4H

1/2 Latest flyover shots from @EnvAgencyGeomat - on flight along #thames in the #henley area. River still very high. http://t.co/KnQhrLXPmY

2/2 Latest flyover shots from @EnvAgencyGeomat - on flight along #thames in the #henley area. River still very high. http://t.co/hsjFNhfvOz

UK Floods 2014. Port Meadow Oxford.

The River Cherwell....

Looks like Goring got flooded far worse than Sandford-on-Thames. Took this today at the bridge. #ukfloods http://t.co/pY0ZYs7suM

Bridge in #chertsey on the #thames - river flow compared to the flood of 1947. Thames still high stay #floodaware http://t.co/Ynb1LaXkAR