The World in Photos This Week

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A young boy carries chickens off of a boat arriving in the village of Minkamen in Awerial county, South Sudan, on Jan. 11. According to recent figures from the United Nations, some 75,000 people have settled in Minkamen following clashes in nearby Bor between the South Sudanese army and rebels led by Riek Machar.

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Nepalese Hindu devotees gather to bathe in the Shali River on the outskirts of Kathmandu on Jan. 16 to celebrate the Swasthani Brata Katha festival. Hundreds of married and unmarried women in the Himalayan nation have started a month-long fast in the hope of a prosperous life and conjugal happiness.

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Sledding dogs are pictured before the start of a stage of the Grande Odyssée sledding race across the Alps on Jan. 13 in Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval.

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Men dress in national costume cycle during a parade to celebrate the birth of Prophet Mohammed on Jan. 14 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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A horse and rider jump over a burning pyre in the central Spanish village of San Bartolome de Pinares on Jan. 16 during celebrations for the feast of Saint Anthony, patron saint of animals.

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Afghan laborers use spray guns to paint shoes made out of recycled plastic at a plastic factory in Kabul on Jan. 15. Many Afghans collect discarded material such as iron and plastic from rubbish dumps and reuse it to make shoes or home items to sell which can give them an income of some 100 dollars per month.

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Hindu pilgrims take a holy dip before performing religious prayers in the waters of Gangasagar island, south of Kolkata, on Jan. 14.

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A Pro-EU protester holds a European Union flag during a rally in Independence Square in Kiev on Jan. 16.

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People in underwear wait in a train at the Kiev subway as they take part in the 2014 "No Pants Subway Ride" on Jan. 12.

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Supporters of South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC) attend a rally for the launch of the campaign of the party ahead of a tough election this year in Nelspruit on Jan. 11. Tens of thousands of people donning bright yellow ANC T-shirts filled the 43,500 capacity Mbombela Stadium to listen to President Jacob Zuma.

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A participant competes in a "Makepung," or bull race with water buffaloes, at Kaliakah village in Jembrana on the Indonesian island of Bali on Jan. 12.

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Three former Taliban fighters carry their weapons during a handover as they join a government peace and reconciliation process at a ceremony in Herat, Afghanistan, on Jan. 11.

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Police officers search for weapons and drugs at the prison of Acapulco, Guerrero State, Mexico, on Jan. 11. Three inmates were beaten to death here on Jan. 6, a day after they -- and seven others -- were transferred to the facility.

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Egyptians line up to cast their vote on a new constitution in Al-Haram in the southern Cairo Giza district on Jan. 14. The military-installed government implored voters to turn out en masse to ratify the constitution.

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Local residents dressed in Belarussian traditional costumes hold torches and march as they perform traditional "Koliady" rituals on Jan. 13 in the village of Semezhevo, some 100 miles south of Minsk. "Koliady" is an ancient pagan holiday initially celebrated on winter solstice.

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Young men pour cold water over themselves to purify their bodies and souls during a New Year's event at the Kanda Shrine in Tokyo on Jan. 11.

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Col. Stephen Marchioro shares a moment with his wife Tippy before deploying to Afghanistan on Jan. 13 at Camp Pendleton, California.

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Pakistani residents carry torches during celebrations on the eve of Eid Milad-un-Nabi, the birth of the Prophet, in Lahore on Jan. 13.

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A Palestinian student jumps through a burning ring during a graduation ceremony for a military-style training program in Gaza City on Jan. 14. Some 13,000 students joined the training, which is aimed at preparing them for "liberating Palestine from Israel," Hamas officials said.

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Indian Hindu devotees cook a traditional sweet dish on open fires during a community function to celebrate Pongal in Mumbai on Jan. 14. Pongal is a thanksgiving or harvest festival celebrated by people hailing from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

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Hamas security forces show their skills during a military parade in Gaza city on Jan. 13, marking the fifth anniversary of the three-week Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip in which more than a thousand Palestinians were killed between the late 2008 and early 2009.

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This picture taken on Jan. 12 shows a pet rabbit and a pet tortoise competing in a skiing competition held for pets and their owners in Sanmenxia, north China's Henan province.

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A firefighter checks to make sure that no fires remain burning in the ancient Tibetan village of Dukezong in Shangri-La county, in China's Yunnan province, on Jan. 11.

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