Lonely Planet Writer

Around the world in 7 pictures: images of the day

As North America and northern Europe experience an Arctic blast and cold snap, we look at images that capture the icy conditions worldwide. And there’s some Guns N Roses news too in today’s images of the day.

Zookeeper Janet Abreu with her herd of friendly penguins
Zookeeper Janet Abreu with her herd of friendly penguins Image by PA

Zookeeper Janet Abreu counts Humboldt Penguins during the annual stocktake at ZSL London Zoo, in central London. 

An icy Baltic Sea
An icy Baltic Sea Image by PA

A small footbridge is covered with ice at the cost of the Baltic Sea in Niendorf, Germany. The cold snap across northern Europe and parts of the east coast in the US is thought to be an aftermath of storm Frank.

The severe and unusual weather has worsened conditions for migrants in Lebanon
The severe and unusual weather has worsened conditions for migrants in Lebanon Image by PA

A Lebanese municipality bulldozer removes snow as they open roads that were blocked by snow in Sawfar village, Mount Lebanon. A snowstorm engulfed Lebanon on the first day of the new year, cutting off mountain roads, isolating villages and worsening living conditions for tens of thousands of Syrian refugees.

The Moskva river freezing over
The Moskva river freezing over Image by PA

A tourist boat with restaurant aboard, especially designed for winter rivers, cruises the frozen Moskva River in Moscow, Russia.

Pink bottles containing detergent that is potentially damaging to the environment have been found in Cornwall
Pink bottles containing detergent that is potentially damaging to the environment have been found in Cornwall Image by PA

Thousands of bright pink plastic bottles have washed up on a beach in Cornwall in the UK. Volunteers are clearing the 2000 detergent bottles from Poldhu Beach, on the Lizard, as they pose a potential risk to wildlife. Further bottles are expected to wash up in the area today, the National Trust said.

North Korea's celebrates the new year with a mass rally
North Korea’s celebrates the new year with a mass rally Image by PA

North Koreans gather at Kim Il Sung Square, following their leader Kim Jong Un’s new year address in Pyongyang.

Guns N Roses are set to 'revive' band
Guns N Roses are set to ‘revive’ band Image by PA

Guns N’ Roses founding members Slash and Duff McKagan are set to reunite with Axl Rose as the band headlines this year’s Coachella festival in California. Lead vocalist Rose has been the only original member left in the band since bassist McKagan and guitarist Slash left in the 1990s. It is the first date to be officially announced by the revived band.