Colombian singer and UNICEF Global Ambassador Shakira reacts after receiving a Crystal Award, during the Crystal Award Ceremony on the eve of the 47th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on January 16. The annual meeting brings together business leaders, international political leaders and select intellectuals, to discuss the pressing issues facing the world. The overarching theme of the 2017 meeting, which takes place from January 17 to 20, is 'Responsive and Responsible Leadership'. EPA/Laurent Gillieron
Dealing with SARA
A man tests 'SARA', a Socially-Aware Robot Assistant, inside the Congress Center during preparations for the 47th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on January 15. The annual meeting brings together business leaders, international political leaders and select intellectuals, to discuss the pressing issues facing the world. The overarching theme of the 2017 meeting, which takes place from January 17 to 20 is 'Responsive and Responsible Leadership'. EPA/Laurent Gillieron
Models present creations from the Fall/Winter 2017/18 collection by Italian fashion label Antonio Marras during the Milan Men's Fashion Week, in Milan, Italy on January 14. The Milano Moda Uomo runs from January 13 to 17. EPA/Flavio Lo Scalzo
Guards of the heritage
Outfits displayed of soldiers of the Tunisian army during an exhibition titled "The awakening of a nation", displaying the art at the dawn of modern Tunisia 1837-1881" at the Ksar Saïd Palace in Tunis, Tunisia on January 12. The event is a Tunisian art exhibition resulting from a public-private partnership between the National Heritage Institute and the Rambourg Tunisia Foundation. It aims to safeguard the collection of paintings of the National Heritage Institute linked to the reign of the Husseinites, to train restorers and culminate in this exhibition. EPA/Mohamed Messara
Defending champions Novak Djokovic of Serbia (C-L) and Angelique Kerber of Germany (C-R) hold the Australian Open trophies during the Australian Open Official Draw in Melbourne, Australia, on January 13.
World number ones Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber were named the top seeds on Thursday for next week's Australian Open.
Murray is chasing his first title at Melbourne Park after losing in the final five times, including in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016 to Djokovic, who is seeded two. Kerber will be defending her first Grand Slam having upset Serena Williams, seeded two this year, in the decider last year.
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World’s lightest notebook
A model holds the 2017 edition of the LG Gram 14, a 14-inch laptop, with only two fingers during a publicity event in Seoul, South Korea on January 12. Manufactured by LG Electronics, the ultra-slim laptop, weighing 860 grams, has been recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world's lightest commercially available notebook computer. EPA/Yonhap South Korea
Selfie world record
Huawei has broken the Guinness World Record for the most selfies taken with different people in three minutes. The image featuring 160 participants was captured using the Huawei Mate 9 with the iconic Burj Khalifa in Dubai as a backdrop.
The record breaking attempt took place at The Palace Hotel in Downtown Dubai, UAE. As per the Guinness World Record guidelines, the image was a selfie taken by an individual using a smartphone or digital camera and was captured in exactly 180 seconds.
To capture the ultimate selfie for the world record attempt, the team utilized the 8-megapixel front camera on the Mate 9 which is also equipped with user-friendly auto-focus and smile capture. Additionally, the camera used the new, natural looking skin beautification algorithms developed by Huawei’s Aesthetics Center in France.
The device’s 12-megapixel RGB sensor and a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor work in tandem along with the enhanced image fusion algorithms to offer unparalleled smartphone photography.
David Wang, country manager of the UAE for Huawei Consumer Business Group said: “Breaking the Guinness World Record with the Mate 9 cements our belief that this smartphone is truly unbeatable. We’ve set international standards before and the fact that this achievement was set here in the UAE makes it even more special for our region. We’re proud to hold the Guinness World Record title and view this as a testament to the standard-setting work we do on a daily basis.”
The previous record held by Donnie Wahlberg and his fans on board the New Kids on the Block Cruise in the Gulf of Mexico featured 122 people in October 2016. – TradeArabia News Service
Sub-zero in Istanbul
A winter service vehicle cleans a road during heavy snow at Sariyer district in Istanbul, Turkey on January 9. Temperatures in Istanbul dropped to sub-zero degrees in the past days with snowfalls and frost that even caused hundreds of incoming and outbound flights being cancelled since January 7 due to the severe winterly weather conditions. EPA/Tolga Bozoglu
Cast and crew of 'The Crown' pose with the award for Best Television Series - Drama in the press room during the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on January 8. EPA/Mike Nelson
A visitor washes Japanese yen bills and coins with spring water at the Zeniarai Benten (or money washing) Shrine in Kamakura, Kanazawa Prefecture, Japan on January 7. According to local tradition, visitors that wash their money with the spring water that flows at the shrine will increase their chances of multiplying their money. EPA/Kimimasa Mayama
The LG Signature OLED TV W on display at the CES Show in the US city of Las Vegas on January 5. The 77-inch TV features a "wallpaper" design so impossibly thin and light that it attaches to the wall, while delivering active HDR with 4K resolution.
The annual CES which takes place from January 5 to 8 is a place where industry manufacturers, advertisers and tech-minded consumers converge to get a taste of new gadgets and innovations coming to the market each year. EPA/Mike Nelson
Virtual reality becomes reality at CES
Members of the media use the Oculus Rift VR headset to experience 3D virtual reality during the Intel press conference at the 2017 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on January 4. The annual CES, which takes place from January 5 to 8, is a gathering where industry manufacturers, advertisers and tech-minded consumers converge to experience new gadgets and innovations that will be released on the market each year. EPA/Mike Nelson
A Zoo keeper poses with Bactrian Camels during a photocall at London Zoo's annual 'Stocktake' London, Britain on January 3. Every animal that is in the zoo is weighed and measured and the statistics recorded so the data can be shared with zoos across the world. EPA/Facundo Arrizabalaga
Spotting the enemy
French President Francois Hollande points towards Islamic State-held territory as he visits a military outpost on the outskirts of Mosul, outside the Kurdish city of Erbil, Iraq on January 2. Hollande is in Iraq on a one-day visit. EPA/Christophe Ena
Nadal lifts Mubadala trophy
Raphael Nadal of Spain raises the gold trophy of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship after beating Belgian David Goffin 6-4, 7-6 at the International Tennis Centre at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, UAE on January 1.
The newly designed trophy, designed by Lasvit, the official trophy supplier of the event for the 7th year running, reflects the rays of the sun and is designed by Lasvit’s in house designer Jana Růžičková, who has designed the 46-piece collection at the Address Boulevard.
Inspired by the sun, the trophy aptly named Shine of Victory reflects the glow of victory, a symbol of success. Each beam was hand cut at a different angle from a block of high-quality optical glass. Individual glass rays were then collected to create the final shape, every step of the process highly demanding the skills of Lasvit´s master craftsmen.
Each year, the three-day tournament boasts a thrilling line up of six of the best tennis players in the world accompanied by exciting balance of off court enjoyment, which appeals to entertainment fans of all ages. It has also been confirmed that dates for 2017 will be December 28 – 30 which will mark the 10th edition of the event.
Leon Jakimič, founder and president of Lasvit and an avid tennis player said, “Through the Mubadala World Tennis Championship we are able to connect the worlds of design and sport and are very proud to see our bespoke trophy raised by some of the world’s best tennis players here in Abu Dhabi year after year.”
Combining traditional Bohemian glass-making with innovative design and technology, Lasvit’s coveted works are found in the world’s most exclusive hotels, from Paris to New York and from Hong Kong to Seoul. Lasvit is firmly established in the UAE and its creations grace the interiors of exclusive hotels and public spaces such as the Dubai Opera, Palazzo Versace, Rosewood and St Regis hotels as well as several discerning private residences. – TradeArabia News Service
8,500 performers join London parade
Model steam engines participate in the annual New Year's Day parade in London, Britain. More than 8,500 performers from 20 different countries took part in the parade. EPA/Hannah Mckay
Dubai welcomes 2017
Fireworks illuminate the night sky around, the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world on occasion of the new year of 2017 in Dubai, UAE on January 1. EPA/Stringer
Odd man out
A local policeman chats with a driver in a car with an even-number registration plate during a control at an access into Madrid, Spain, on December 29. Madrid has banned even-number plates from running on odd-number of days and vice versa in the city as a measure to improve air quality after meters showed alarming NO2 levels. The city is on level 3 protocol a day after the City Council banned cars from parking in downtown and reduced speed limit down to 70 km/hr on the city's bypass. EPA/Juan Carlos Hidalgo
Ana Ivanovic calls it a day
A file picture dated June 7, 2008 shows Ana Ivanovic of Serbia celebrating with the trophy after winning the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France. The former world no. 1 retired from tennis yesterday (December 28) at age 29, because she can no longer play at the highest level due to injuries. In a live broadcast on Facebook, Ivanovic said: ‘‘It was a difficult decision, but there is so much to celebrate.’’ The Serb won 15 tour titles, including the 2008 French Open, and is now ranked No. 63.
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Good Riddance Day
A woman smashes her memories in Times Square, New York, New York, USA, on December 28. Participants are expected to destroy unpleasant, embarrassing and forgettable memories from 2016. EPA/Alba Vigaray
Pearl Harbour ... 75 years later
US President Barack Obama (R) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) hold a joint press conference following their visit to the USS Arizona Memorial (in background) in Pearl Harbour in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA on December 27, 75 years after Japan's attack on Hawaii in 1941. Abe is the first Japanese prime minister to visit the Arizona Memorial and the fourth to visit Pearl Harbour after World War II. EPA/Bruce Omori