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Pictures of the Week

Pictures of the Week - 19 Feb 2015
Our top photos from the past week.
MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-FOREIGNFIGHTERS
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February 15, 2015
Brett, a Westerner who has joined the Iraqi Christian militia Dwekh Nawsha to fight against Islamic State...
Dohuk, Iraq
Brett, a Westerner who has joined the Iraqi Christian militia Dwekh Nawsha to fight against Islamic State...
Brett, a Westerner who has joined the Iraqi Christian militia Dwekh Nawsha to fight against Islamic State militants, poses at the office of the Assyrian political party in Dohuk, northern Iraq February 13, 2015. Thousands of foreigners have flocked to Iraq and Syria in the past two years, mostly to join Islamic State, but a handful of idealistic Westerners are enlisting as well, citing frustration their governments are not doing more to combat the ultra-radical Islamists or prevent the suffering of innocents. The militia they joined is called Dwekh Nawsha - meaning self-sacrifice in the ancient Aramaic language spoken by Christ and still used by Assyrian Christians, who consider themselves the indigenous people of Iraq. Picture taken February 13, 2015. REUTERS/Ari Jalal (IRAQ - Tags - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BELARUS-HEALTH/
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February 19, 2015
Boys play basketball in the facilities of Belarus' Republican Clinic of Speleotherapy within a salt mine,...
Soligorsk, Belarus
Boys play basketball in the facilities of Belarus' Republican Clinic of Speleotherapy within a salt mine,...
Boys play basketball in the facilities of Belarus' Republican Clinic of Speleotherapy within a salt mine, as part of their treatment, near the town of Soligorsk, south of Minsk, February 19, 2015. According to the state clinic, more than 7,000 children and adults seek medical treatment for respiratory illness each year in the subsurface chambers of its facilities, located 420 metres underground between layers of potassium and stone salts in an operational salt mine. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko (BELARUS - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE ALSO SEE: GF2EB341HXF01
LUNARNEWYEAR-SINGAPORE/
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February 18, 2015
People rush to plant the first joss stick of the Lunar New Year at the stroke of midnight at the Kwan...
Singapore, Singapore
People rush to plant the first joss stick of the Lunar New Year at the stroke of midnight at the Kwan...
People rush to plant the first joss stick of the Lunar New Year at the stroke of midnight at the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho temple in Singapore February 19, 2015. Each year, at the stroke of midnight, hundreds of people vie to be the first to place joss sticks in an urn at the temple to mark an auspicious start to their year. The Chinese Lunar New Year on February 19 will welcome the Year of the Sheep (also known as the Year of the Goat or Ram). REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS/
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February 16, 2015
A Palestinian man scuffles with Israeli border policemen as they clear a protest on land that Palestinians...
Abu Dis, Palestinian Territories
Palestinian man scuffles with Israeli border policemen as they clear a protest on land that Palestinians...
A Palestinian man scuffles with Israeli border policemen as they clear a protest on land that Palestinians said was confiscated by Israel for Jewish settlements, near the West Bank town of Abu Dis near Jerusalem February 16, 2015. REUTERS/Ammar Awad (WEST BANK - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
DENMARK-SHOOTING/
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February 15, 2015
Investigative personnel work at the scene of a cafe shooting in Oesterbro, in Copenhagen, February 15,...
Copenhagen, Denmark
Investigative personnel work at the scene of a cafe shooting in Oesterbro, in Copenhagen
Investigative personnel work at the scene of a cafe shooting in Oesterbro, in Copenhagen, February 15, 2015. Danish police shot and killed the man in Copenhagen on Sunday they believe was responsible for two deadly attacks at an event promoting freedom of speech and on a synagogue. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke (DENMARK - Tags: CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
UKRAINE-CRISIS/
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February 18, 2015
A wounded Ukrainian soldier looks through a window as he arrives to a hospital in Artemivsk, February...
Artemivsk, Ukraine
A wounded Ukrainian soldier looks through a windows as he arrives to a hospital in Artemivsk
A wounded Ukrainian soldier looks through a window as he arrives to a hospital in Artemivsk, February 18, 2015. Government forces started pulling out of a town in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday after a fierce assault by Russian-backed separatists which Europe said violated a crumbling ceasefire. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: HEADSHOT SOCIETY POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)
INDIA-DAILYLIFE/
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February 19, 2015
A goat takes a leap from one cart to another as a vendor watches at a wholesale vegetable market in the...
Delhi, India
A goat takes a leap from one cart to another as a vendor watches at a wholesale vegetable market in the...
A goat takes a leap from one cart to another as a vendor watches at a wholesale vegetable market in the old quarters of Delhi February 19, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
CHINA-MYANMAR/
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February 17, 2015
Moe Kyaw Than, 45, a volunteer with the Myanmar Red Cross Society reacts after he was wounded when the...
Laukkai, Myanmar
Than reacts after he was wounded when the convoy he was in, was fired upon by the MNDAA, according to...
Moe Kyaw Than, 45, a volunteer with the Myanmar Red Cross Society reacts after he was wounded when the convoy he was in, was fired upon by the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), according to the Myanmar army, between the capital of Kokang, Laukkai, and Chinshwehaw, February 17, 2015. Thousands of people have been forced to flee Myanmar into the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan following fighting between Myanmar's army and insurgents, the Chinese government said, repeating a call for restraint. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR - Tags: TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL/
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February 19, 2015
A Palestinian woman hangs laundry at her damaged house as ruins of houses that witnesses said were destroyed...
Gaza City, Palestinian Territories
A Palestinian woman hangs laundry at her damaged house on a rainy day, east of Gaza City
A Palestinian woman hangs laundry at her damaged house as ruins of houses that witnesses said were destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war last summer are seen, on a rainy day east of Gaza City February 19, 2015. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)
CANADA-WEATHER/
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February 16, 2015
A group of joggers run across the Humber Bay Arch Bridge during extreme cold temperatures in Toronto,...
Toronto, Canada
Group of joggers run across the Humber Bay Arch Bridge during extreme cold temperatures in Toronto
A group of joggers run across the Humber Bay Arch Bridge during extreme cold temperatures in Toronto, February 16, 2015. Toronto experienced some of the coldest weather of the year reaching -25C (-13F) on Sunday, as Environment Canada lifted its "extreme cold weather alert" Monday when temperatures warmed to -13C (8.6F), according to local reports. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
CANADA-NIAGARAFALLS/
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February 18, 2015
A partially frozen American Falls in sub freezing temperatures is seen in Niagara Falls, Ontario February...
Niagara Falls, Canada
A partially frozen American Falls in sub freezing temperatures is seen in Niagara Falls Ontario
A partially frozen American Falls in sub freezing temperatures is seen in Niagara Falls, Ontario February 17, 2015. Temperature dropped to 6 degrees Fahrenheit (-14 Celsius) on Tuesday. The National Weather Service has issued Wind Chill Warning in Western New York from midnight Wednesday to Friday. REUTERS/Lindsay DeDario (CANADA - Tags: TRAVEL ENVIRONMENT)
USA-FASHION/
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February 17, 2015
A model swings her purse at photographers as she gets into a limo following the Tory Burch Fall/Winter...
New York, UNITED STATES
A model swings her purse at photographers as she gets into a limo following the Tory Burch Fall/Winter...
A model swings her purse at photographers as she gets into a limo following the Tory Burch Fall/Winter 2015 collection show during New York Fashion Week February 17, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: FASHION SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BRAZIL-CARNIVAL/KISSERS
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February 17, 2015
Revellers kiss each other during the annual block party known as "Carmelitas" in Rio de Janeiro February...
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Revellers kiss each other during the annual block party known as "Carmelitas" in Rio de Janeiro
Revellers kiss each other during the annual block party known as "Carmelitas" in Rio de Janeiro February 13, 2015. Contrary to a common stereotype, Brazil is a socially conservative nation, its culture rooted in Catholic tradition. Many view the five-day Carnival as the one chance to enjoy a bit of hedonism before the solemn period of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Some locals measure that freedom in kisses, competing with their friends to see who can smooch 10, 20, even 30 different people in a single outing. Picture taken on February 13, 2015. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
USA-ANIMALS/
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February 15, 2015
Luke, a French bulldog, is carried by his owner Paul from New York City outside the Pennsylvania Hotel...
New York, UNITED STATES
Luke, a French Bulldog is carried by his owner Paul from New York City outside the Pennsylvania Hotel...
Luke, a French bulldog, is carried by his owner Paul from New York City outside the Pennsylvania Hotel in New York City ahead of the139th Westminster Kennel Club's Annual Dog Show in the Manhattan borough of New York February 15, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
MIDEAST-CRISIS/SYRIA-ALEPPO
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February 18, 2015
Members of al Qaeda's Nusra Front prepare to fire a mortar towards forces loyal to Syria's President...
Aleppo, Syria
Members of al Qaeda's Nusra Front prepare to fire a mortar towards forces loyal to Syria's President...
Members of al Qaeda's Nusra Front prepare to fire a mortar towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in al-Mallah farms, north of Aleppo, February 18, 2015. Battles in and around the Syrian city of Aleppo have killed at least 70 pro-government fighters and more than 80 insurgents after the army launched an offensive there, a monitoring group said on Wednesday.The army backed by allied militia had captured areas north of Aleppo on Tuesday in what the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said was an attempt to encircle the northern city and cut off insurgent supply lines. REUTERS/Hosam Katan (SYRIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CONFLICT)
MIDEAST-CRISIS/SYRIA-ALEPPO
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February 17, 2015
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A medic helps an injured civilian...
Aleppo, Syria
Medic helps an injured civilian who was evacuated from Ratain village, at a field hospital near the village,...
ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH

A medic helps an injured civilian who was evacuated from Ratain village, at a field hospital near the village, north of Aleppo February 17, 2015. The Syrian army backed by allied militia have captured several villages near Aleppo in battles aimed at encircling the northern city and cutting off insurgent supply lines, a monitoring group said on Tuesday. The army also took villages including Bashkuwi and Sifat, while fighting raged in Hardatain and Ratain, said the Observatory, which tracks the Syrian conflict using sources on the ground. It added that at least 18 insurgents were killed. REUTERS/Hosam Katan (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)
USA-FASHION/
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February 15, 2015
A model protects herself from cold wind as she leaves a presentation of the Victoria Beckham Fall/Winter...
New York, UNITED STATES
A model protects herself from cold wind as she leaves a presentation of the Victoria Beckham Fall/Winter...
A model protects herself from cold wind as she leaves a presentation of the Victoria Beckham Fall/Winter 2015 collection during New York Fashion Week February 15, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: FASHION SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SOUTHKOREA-SOCIETY/
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February 19, 2015
A girl dressed in a Hanbok, a Korean traditional costume, stands in front of a barbed-wire fence, as...
Paju, South Korea
A girl dressed in a Hanbok, a Korean traditional costume, stands in front of a barbed-wire fence, as...
A girl dressed in a Hanbok, a Korean traditional costume, stands in front of a barbed-wire fence, as her parents prepare for a memorial service for North Korean family members, near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Paju, February 19, 2015, on the occasion of Seolnal, the Korean Lunar New Year's day. Millions of South Koreans travelled to their hometowns during the three-day holiday which started last Wednesday. Seolnal is one of the traditional holidays when most Koreans visit their hometowns to be united with their families and hold memorial services for their deceased ancestors. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
USA-FASHION/
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February 16, 2015
Models pose before presenting the Tommy Hilfiger Fall/Winter 2015 collection at the New York Fashion...
New York, UNITED STATES
Models pose before presenting the Tommy Hilfiger Fall/Winter 2015 collection at the New York Fashion...
Models pose before presenting the Tommy Hilfiger Fall/Winter 2015 collection at the New York Fashion Week February 16, 2015. Shunning the traditional catwalk, Mr. Hilfiger instead presented his collection on a mock American Football field. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly (UNITED STATES - Tags: FASHION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
THAILAND-WEDDING/
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February 14, 2015
A groom and a bride lay inside a pink coffin during their wedding ceremony at Wat Takien temple in Nonthaburi...
Nonthaburi, Thailand
A groom and a bride lay inside a pink coffin during their wedding ceremony at Wat Takien temple in Nonthaburi...
A groom and a bride lay inside a pink coffin during their wedding ceremony at Wat Takien temple in Nonthaburi province, on the outskirts of Bangkok February 14, 2015. Ten Thai couples laid in the pink coffin starting 9:09AM on Saturday during the wedding ceremony organised by the Buddhist temple on Valentine's Day. Couples believe laying briefly in the coffin will get rid of bad luck and usher happiness into their lives. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
BELGIUM-CARNIVAL/
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February 17, 2015
Hugo Belleri, a three-year-old boy and the youngest Gilles of Binche, drinks a glass of champagne before...
Binche, Belgium
Belleri drinks a glass of champagne before taking part in the parade of Young Gilles of Binche during...
Hugo Belleri, a three-year-old boy and the youngest Gilles of Binche, drinks a glass of champagne before taking part in the parade of Young Gilles of Binche during the carnival event in Binche February 17, 2015. The Binche carnival, a UNESCO World Heritage event, is the biggest and the liveliest annual event in Belgium. Up to 1,000 Gilles parade in the city centre of Binche, wearing a red, yellow and black medieval costume hung with bells and decorated with fluffy lace at the neck, wrists and ankles. REUTERS/Yves Herman (BELGIUM - Tags: SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
AFGHANISTAN-OPIUM/
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February 17, 2015
Afghan drug addicts smoke heroin inside a cave in Farah province February 4, 2015. Farah offers a prime...
FARAH, Afghanistan
Afghan drug addicts smoke heroin inside a cave in Farah province
Afghan drug addicts smoke heroin inside a cave in Farah province February 4, 2015. Farah offers a prime example of Afghanistan's nexus between Islamist militancy, crime, opium and Kabul's feeble grip on power. Residents say problems escalated after foreign troops withdrew in early 2013 and locals in Farah's most lawless areas say the breakdown in order is complete. Picture taken February 4, 2015. To match Insight AFGHANISTAN-OPIUM/ REUTERS/Omar Sobhani (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: DRUGS SOCIETY POLITICS CRIME LAW)
UKRAINE-CRISIS/
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February 17, 2015
Buildings damaged by fighting are pictured in the village of Nikishine, south east of Debaltseve February...
NIKISHINE, Ukraine
Buildings damaged by fighting are pictured in the village of Nikishine, south east of Debaltseve
Buildings damaged by fighting are pictured in the village of Nikishine, south east of Debaltseve February 17, 2015. Pro-Russian rebels and government forces fought street-to-street in a strategic town in east Ukraine on Tuesday and refused to pull back their heavy guns, all but scuppering hopes that a European-brokered peace deal will end months of conflict. Military trucks and tanks came and went in the largely destroyed village of Nikishine as the rebels pounded nearby Debaltseve with rockets, heavy artillery and mortar bombs. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
EUROZONE-GREECE/
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February 18, 2015
A Greek flag flutters atop the Acropolis hill in Athens February 18, 2015. Greece will request an extension...
Athens, Greece
A Greek flag flutters atop the Acropolis hill in Athens
A Greek flag flutters atop the Acropolis hill in Athens February 18, 2015. Greece will request an extension of its loan agreement from its euro zone partners on Thursday morning, a Greek government official said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
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