Pictures of the Week, December 16 – December 23

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December 17, 2011. Egyptian army soldiers arrest a female protester during clashes at Tahrir Square in Cairo. Soldiers beat demonstrators with batons in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Saturday in a second day of clashes that have killed nine people and wounded more than 300, marring the first free election most Egyptians can remember.

From the North Korean’s reaction to the death of Kim Jong II and a devastating typhoon in the Philippines to a violent assault by Egyptian soldiers on a woman protester TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week.

See last week’s Pictures of the Week.

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