The World in Photos This Week

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A miner uses a pole to extract sulphur from a pipe at the flow crater during an annual offering ceremony on the Ijen volcano on Dec. 17, in Banyuwangi, Indonesia. 

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Whirling dervishes perform at the Galata Mevlevihane (The Lodge of the Dervishes) in Istanbul on Dec. 18. The dervishes are adepts of Sufism, a mystical form of Islam that preaches tolerance and a search for understanding. Those who whirl, like planets around the sun, turn dance into a form of prayer.

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Xhosa youths walk over a hillside overlooking the hometown of former South African President Nelson Mandela before his funeral procession arrived at his family's home on Dec. 14 in Qunu, South Africa. Be sure to look back at a Foreign Policy slideshow of Nelson Mandela's life.

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Bodies of people killed by an airstrike on the Maadi neighborhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo are seen on the ground wrapped in shrouds on Dec. 17.

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Indian Sikh devotees offer prayers at the Golden Temple on a foggy morning in Amritsar on Dec. 17.

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Romanian protesters shout anti-government slogans during a protest against Romanian politicians in Bucharest on Dec. 15. A leader of Romania's ruling coalition said snap amendments granting lawmakers immunity from graft charges should be cancelled by a new vote after sparking international criticism.

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Indian laborers work on the railway tracks on a foggy morning in New Delhi on Dec. 17.

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People walk on the tarmac to reach a refugee camp, close to the airport of Bangui, Central African Republic, on Dec. 14. Read Ty McCormick's blog post on France's military intervention in the country.

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Cars sit stuck during a snow storm on one of the two main highways to Jerusalem on Dec. 14. Heavy storms continued throughout Israel on Saturday, causing traffic disruptions and power outages across the country.

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Contestants of the beauty contest Mini Miss France 2014, for children from 5 to 11 years old, pose on Dec. 14 in Paris.

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A helper dressed as Santa Claus holds a Fennec fox at Everland, South Korea's largest amusement park, on Dec. 18 in Yongin, South Korea.

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A Palestinian family rests in a classroom after being evacuated from their house in Gaza City following rain storms for the past few days on Dec. 14. Fierce winter weather has battered much of the Middle East, burying Jerusalem in up to a foot of snow and cancelling or rerouting flights.

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A Yemeni child arrives to receive a polio vaccination during a polio immunization campaign at a health center in Sanaa on Dec. 16. The World Health Organization and UNICEF have launched a polio vaccination campaign for 23 million children in the Middle East after 17 cases were discovered in Syria, they announced Dec. 9.

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Supporters of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) wear rain coats as they attend a demonstration in Phnom Penh on Dec. 17. Thousands of Cambodian opposition supporters held demonstrations against Prime Minister Hun Sen's hotly disputed July election win, calling for a new poll to settle allegations of vote rigging.

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A wounded Syrian woman walks with her children following airstrikes on a rebel area of the war-torn northern city of Aleppo on Dec. 15. The Aleppo Media Centre, an activist network on the ground, reported several helicopter attacks on rebel areas of the city, once Syria's economic hub.

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An activist struggles with riot police during a demonstration near the Museu do Indio (Indian Museum) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Dec. 16. The demonstrators, among whom there were some 30 Amazon natives, seized the museum protesting against its scheduled demolition in order to renovate the Maracana Stadium ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

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A Nepalese ethnic Newar child wears traditional dress during a parade held to mark Jyapu Day in Kathmandu on Dec. 17. Thousands of ethnic Newar people celebrate Jyapu Day, particularly in Kathmandu, marking the end of the harvest season.

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Palestinian civil defense volunteers help people to travel across flood waters in Gaza City following rain storms on Dec. 14.

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Chinese tourists throw money to North Koreans near the Chinese border town of Dandong on Dec. 15. China has lost its key North Korean interlocutor with the purging of Kim Jong-Un's uncle, but analysts say the young leader's tightening grip on power may be welcomed by Beijing, which prizes stability in its wayward nuclear-armed ally. Read Elias Groll and Alicia Wittmeyer's post on why the execution of Kim Jong-Un's uncle is even weirder than you think.

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A woman waves a Ukrainian national flag in front of a barricade set up by pro-European activists at Kiev's Independence Square on Dec. 17. Be sure to read Douglas Rediker and Heidi Crebo-Rediker's article on why Ukraine's choice between Europe and Russia is essentially a false one.

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