The World in Photos This Week

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A protester wearing a gas mask stands amid burnt tires and garbage following clashes between pro-EU demonstrators and riot police in Kiev on Jan 23. Ukraine's opposition agreed to observe an eight-hour truce in clashes with security forces after five days of deadly fighting but threatened to go on the attack if the government failed to agree to concessions.

See Foreign Policy's slideshow about the demonstrations, "'We Will Attack.'"

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A crowd waits with their pets for the blessing after a traditional mass for animals at the Sant'Eusebio church on Jan. 19 in Rome, Italy. Every year during the feast of St. Anthony the Abbot, animals are blessed in countries around the world.

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Orthodox believers take part during the celebration of the Epiphany holiday near the village of Sretinka, some 25 miles from Bishkek, on Jan. 19. For Christians, the Epiphany celebrates the baptism of Christ by John the Baptist in the river Jordan.

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Lebanese soldiers and civilians inspect the scene of an apparent suicide car bombing in Beirut's southern neighborhood of Haret Hreik on Jan. 21. The blast is the sixth in a string targeting areas considered strongholds of Hezbollah since the group announced it was sending fighters to support President Bashar al-Assad's troops in neighboring Syria. Read James Traub's story, "The Disappeared," from the magazine on reporting in Syria.

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Ethiopian Orthodox Christians walk towards the Fasilides baths during the Timkat festival in Gondar on Jan. 20. Timkat is the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian festival that celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River.

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Syrian refugee children look out from their shelter in Hatay, Turkey, on Jan. 20. Representatives of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a deeply divided opposition, world powers, and regional bodies started a long-delayed peace conference this week aimed at bringing an end to a nearly three-year civil war.

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Workers clear snow inside the Gyeongbokgung Palace following overnight snowfall in Seoul on Jan. 20.

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Protesters chant slogans against newly proposed restrictions on the use of the internet and against the Turkish government during a protest on the Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul, on Jan. 18. Turkish riot police fired tear gas and plastic bullets to break up a protest on Saturday by an estimated 2,000 people against the embattled government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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The mother of 27-year-old Pakistani worker Shehzad Luqman, who was stabbed to death by suspected members of the Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, touches the ground at the site where he was killed last January as people gather for an anti-racism demonstration against Golden Dawn in Athens on Jan. 18.

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Indian Bohra Muslims take part in the funeral procession of their spiritual leader Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin in Mumbai on Jan. 18. A stampede killed at least 18 people in the procession at 1am on the same day.

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Japanese macaque monkeys, known as "snow monkeys," take an open-air hot spring bath as snowflakes fall at the Jigokudani (Death Valley) Monkey Park in the town of Yamanouchi, Nagano prefecture, on Jan. 19. Some 160 Japanese macaque monkeys inhabit the area and are a popular tourist draw.

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Afghan women walk outside a graveyard alongside a shrine in Herat on Jan. 19.

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U.S. soldiers inspect the scene of a suicide attack outside a base in Zhari district, Kandahar province, on Jan. 20. Nine Taliban militants launched a suicide assault against a U.S. base in southern Afghanistan on Jan. 20, killing one NATO soldier in a region where foreign troops are rapidly pulling out, officials said.

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Rwanda soldier from the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) patrols on Jan. 22 in the PK13 district, north of Bangui, after an attack by anti-Balaka fighters. The Central African Republic's new leader pledged on Jan. 21 to choose her cabinet based on skills rather than religion as she sought to end months of Christian-Muslim bloodshed.

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Ethiopian Orthodox pilgrims pray by candlelight during a ceremony at the Fasilides baths as part of the Timkat festival in Gondar on Jan. 19.

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Women walk through an old neighborhood of central Tehran on Jan. 20, as Iran announced that it would halt production of 20 percent enriched uranium following an interim agreement that took effect on Monday aimed at curbing the country's nuclear activity. Read Graham Allison's article on the end goal of a comprehensive agreement.

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Palestinians run for cover from tear gas fired by Israeli security forces during clashes in the village of Beit Furik, near the West Bank city of Nablus, on Jan. 22 after Israeli settlers from the nearby Itmar settlement threw stones at Palestinian farmers' houses in the village.

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Kindergarten children exercise in a playground at Tokyo's Mizuho kindergarten on Jan. 20 on the day of Daikan, which is believed to be Japan's coldest day of the year.

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A woman walks along the beach with her dog in Menton, southeastern France, on Jan. 18.

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