Zika virus spread, René Angélil funeral and a stranded sloth: The week in pictures

This week Zika virus, a massive snowstorm along the East Coast of the U.S. and an Ecuadorian sloth are on our list of the top images from Jan. 21-29, 2016.

Top news images from the week of Jan. 21-29

Geovane Silva holds his son, Gustavo Henrique, who has microcephaly, in a hospital in Recife, Brazil, on Jan. 26, 2016. The Zika virus is feared to be the cause of the birth defect and health authorities across the Americas are sounding the alarm about its rapid spread. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits La Loche, Sask., a week after fatal shootings

Trudeau met with residents of the northern village where four people died of gunshot wounds on Jan. 22.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hugs a woman in La Loche, Sask., on Jan. 29, a week after four people died of gunshot wounds at a residence and a nearby school. A teen has been charged in the shootings. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

U.S. presidential candidates in Iowa

A giant poster of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in the backyard of a supporter in Des Moines, Iowa, glows on Jan. 28. The heavily scrutinized Iowa caucuses are the first major electoral event in the run-up to deciding the next U.S. president. They begin on Feb. 1. (Christopher Furlong/Getty)

World Health Organization warns Zika virus 'spreading explosively' 

It's back to business as usual for Kim Jong-un, according to state media

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, nearly a month after claiming his country tested a hydrogen bomb, appeared in state media inspecting children's backpacks at a textile mill reported to be in Pyongyang on Jan. 28. (KCNA/Reuters)

Residents of a 650-year-old village in Hong Kong prepare to move

Hong Kong's Nga Tsin Wai village, which is slated for demolition as part of an urbanization plan, sits among the city's skyscrapers on Jan. 26. The village can be traced back to the 14th century and authorities say it's the only remaining walled village in an urban area. (Anthony Kwan/Getty)

Sperm whales wash up on a U.K. beach

Three dead sperm whales, including this one, washed ashore at Skegness beach, in the U.K. last week. On Jan. 25, when this photo was taken, an operation to segment and remove the massive carcasses was still underway. By Jan. 29, the bodies had been moved to a landfill. (Andrew Yates/Reuters)

Why did the sloth cross the road?

How this cute-looking little mammal ended up hugging a highway barrier is unknown, but a spokesman for Ecuador's transit authority said in an email to CBC News that it was given a clear bill of health by a veterinarian before being returned to its habitat.

This sloth, found stranded and soaking wet on an Ecuadorean highway median, became an internet darling after photos of it taken by two highway patrolmen were posted to Facebook. (Ecuador transit commission/Reuters)

U.S. cities on East Coast, including Washington, D.C., grind to a halt on account of snow

Road, rail and air travel ground to a halt in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York and other American cities on account of a massive snowstorm, which left many areas like this D.C. neighbourhood blanketed in snow. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Big red moon rises over Toronto

The moon came up big and reddish over Toronto on Jan. 23. This shot was taken from Milton, Ont., in the early evening. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

Al-Shabab-linked attackers kill over a dozen people at Mogadishu beach cafe

Government forces patrol Mogadishu's Lido beach on Jan. 22 after an attack by gunmen and suicide bombers linked to the Islamist group al-Shabab killed over a dozen people at a beachside restaurant in the Somali capital. (Feisal Omar/Reuters)

Funeral for Céline Dion's husband, René Angélil, held in Montreal

Céline Dion, who a day earlier stood by her husband René Angélil's open casket for close to seven hours greeting Quebec dignitaries and the public, kissed its closed lid during a funeral for her partner and long-time manager at Notre-Dame Basilica, in Montreal, on Jan. 22. (Christinne Muschi/Reuters)


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