Pictures of the Week, December 30 – January 6

George Esiri—EPA
George Esiri—EPA
December 31, 2011. A man dips his hands in crude oil during a protest in Nigeria against petro giant Shell, which is accused of spilling 40,000 barrels of oil off the West African nation’s coast.

From Iranian war games and the Nigerian oil spill to Korea after Kim Jong II and the Iowa caucuses, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week.

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