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The World in Photos This Week

A flock of starlings ascends in Israel; riot police try to maintain order in Sarajevo; and naked protesters take to the streets in India.

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The Other Sochi

Images of the seaside spa town cherished by generations of Russians. Will it survive the Olympics?

Mikhail Mordasov |

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Let the Games in Sochi Begin

The 2014 Olympic Winter Games opened with flair, pageantry, and a giant robot bear.

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A roaring wave crashes into a Welsh town; volcanic ash blankets a Sumatran village after an eruption; and election season goes into full swing in Afghanistan.

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Into the Wild

Greenland, on the cusp of momentous, perhaps irrevocable, change.

Espen Rasmussen |

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Government supporters rally to mark the third anniversary of the Egyptian uprising; Vikings hit the streets in Scotland; and Afghan siblings have a tea party in Jalalabad.

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Bangui's Inferno

Revenge and bloodletting in the Central African Republic.

Marcus Bleasdale |

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Soldiers inspect the scene of a car bombing in Beirut; Ethiopian pilgrims celebrate the baptism of Jesus; and pets wait to be blessed in Rome.

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'We Will Attack'

Ukraine's once-peaceful protests have turned Kiev into a war zone.

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Police search an Acapulco prison; Egyptians vote on a new constitution; and subway riders go pantsless in Kiev.

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A cloud of volcanic ash mushrooms into the North Sumatran sky; Myanmar marks its 66th Independence Day; and a herd of Siberian tigers catches some shut-eye.

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Extreme Winter

10 places where polar vortex weather is just "winter."

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Brazilians toss offerings to the Goddess of the Sea in Rio de Janeiro; released Palestinian prisoners are greeted with waving flags in Jerusalem; and Indian policemen de-stress with laughing yoga.

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In With a Bang

In case you're not quite ready to go back to work, a look around the world at the best new year's eve celebrations.

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The Best of the Best

Exceptional military photos from 2013.

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2013: A Year in Protests

From the Vatican to Brazil, from Paris to Bahrain, a global tour of the year the street roared.

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The Most Memorable Photos of 2013

The events that shaped 2013 -- and the photos we won't forget.

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Indonesian miners make an offering in the crater of a volcano; an Aleppo airstrike leaves carnage in its wake; and dervishes whirl in Istanbul.

Katelyn Fossett |

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Riot police clash with students in Cairo; an EU flag is waved in defiance in Kiev; and 900 Santas run a marathon in Germany.

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Remembering a ‘Giant of Justice’

Nelson Mandela's national memorial service in pictures.

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A dancer gets ready for National Samba Day celebrations; protests rock Ukraine and Thailand; and a donkey takes a stroll around the U.S. capital.

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The Desolation of Smog

60 years ago, London was even more polluted than Beijing is today.

J. Dana Stuster |

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The world meets the first professional Kim Jong Un impersonator; an oil pipeline explodes in China; and two turkeys seek pardon at the White House.

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Police hunt for illegal gold in the Amazon lowlands; a snowstorm buries a Chinese city; and an important decision is brought before an Afghan loya jirga.

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A couple is married in Rio de Janeiro after 27 years together; a desperate S.O.S. is sent up from Tacloban in sidewalk chalk; and a biker in Lima takes the scenic route.

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Running from Rebels

A look inside the war-ravaged Central African Republic.

Marcus Bleasdale |

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No Calm After the Storm

Some of the first photos of the 'absolute bedlam' unleashed by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Warning: some images are graphic.

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Kenyan tribe members watch a solar eclipse; a powerful typhoon hits the Philippines; and a man practices tai chi in smoggy Shanghai.

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We Do!

The odd spectacle of mass weddings around the world.

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The Town with No Tomorrow

Snapshots of life in a Siberian town that's lost its livelihood.

Prachi Vidwans |