The World in Photos This Week

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Guards of honor stand at attention during a flag-raising ceremony to mark Myanmar's 66th Independence Day at the People's Square near Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon early on Jan. 4. Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, gained independence from Britain on Jan. 4, 1948.

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Bangladeshi men stand near a fire on the streets of downtown Dhaka during a cold winter morning on Jan. 4.

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Young participants attend Epiphany celebrations in Warsaw's Old Town on Jan. 6. During Epiphany holiday, the visit of the Three Magi to the infant Jesus is commemorated.

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Men perform a traditional dance in the icy winter waters of the Tundzha river in the town of Kalofer as part of the Epiphany Day celebrations on Jan. 6. As a tradition, an Eastern Orthodox priest throws a cross in the river and it is believed that the person who retrieves it, along with those dancing in the cold water, will be healthy through the year.

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A woman carries her daughter in a nearby field as Mount Sinabung spews pyroclastic smoke on Jan. 4 in Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The number of displaced persons has increased to 20,000 in Western Indonesia as Mount Sinabung continues to spew ash and smoke after several eruptions since September.

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Tourists visit an 85-foot-tall snow sculpture at the Harbin International Snow Sculpture Art Expo in Sun Island park on Jan. 6 in Harbin, China.

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This picture taken on Jan. 6 shows a herd of Siberian tigers resting at the Siberian Tiger Park in Harbin, northeast China's Heilongjiang province.

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A man is treated after being injured during clashes between supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsy and security forces in Nasr City, Cairo on Jan. 8. An Egyptian court adjourned the murder trial of deposed president Morsi to Feb. 1, citing "weather conditions" that prevented the ex-president's transport to court from prison. On Foreign Policy, Marc Lynch tells Egypt to stop jailing political prisoners.

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An a capella band performs in front of the stand of the luxury British yacht manufacturer Sunseeker at the London Boat Show at ExCel on Jan. 4 in London, England.

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White whales and their trainers present a show for visitors at Harbin Pole Aquarium on Jan. 7 in Harbin, China.

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Tourists visit the ice buildings on display at the Grand Ice and Snow World during the 30th Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival on Jan. 5 in Harbin, China.

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Two wounded women are pictured after a grenade was thrown at the Kokoro market in the district of Bangui on Jan. 5. The number of people uprooted by conflict in the Central African Republic is nearing one million, with half of the residents of the capital Bangui driven from their homes, according to the United Nations.

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Indian Sikh performers take part in a religious procession in Allahabad on Jan. 5, as part of Prakash Utsav, the birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh guru.

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Newly recruited members of the Yemeni military police forces run during a training session on Jan. 8 in the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

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Rescue workers search for victims in the rubble of a collapsed building under construction in Canacona, about 50 miles from the capital Panaji of western Goa on Jan. 5. Indian rescuers were racing to try to save up to 20 people still feared trapped in the ruins of a partially constructed building that collapsed.

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A Romanian Orthodox priest stands next to military divers and holds a wooden cross to be thrown in the waters of the Black Sea during Epiphany celebrations in Constanta, 155 miles east from Bucharest, on Jan. 6.

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A Pakistani vendor drives a horse-drawn cart carrying milk pails across a railway line in Lahore on Jan. 5.

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Afghan youth slide down a snow-covered hummock during snowfall in Kabul on Jan. 8.

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Ice builds up along Lake Michigan as temperatures dipped well below zero on Jan. 6 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago hit a record low of -16 degrees F this morning as the so-called "polar vortex" brought the coldest temperatures in about two decades into the city. A Foreign Policy slide show takes a look at 10 countries where such extreme temperatures are the winter norm.

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A man shows off the V-sign for victory as he stands on top of a burnt-out lorry on the side of the main highway leading west out of the capital Baghdad to Fallujah on Jan. 5. The lorries were destroyed during fighting the day before between Iraqi army forces and militants, a day after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki vowed to press on against militants who taken control of Fallujah and Ramadi. In Foreign Policy, Jane Arraf wonders if tribal warriors in the country have what it takes to battle al Qaeda militants.

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A Bangladeshi resident of a depressed neighborhood washes clothing in the waters of the Buriganga river in Dhaka on Jan. 4.

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