Pictures of the Week, January 6 – January 13

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January 8, 2012. Part of a container ship marooned off New Zealand slips into the sea. The ship, the Rena ran aground on a reef in October, leading to a spill of cargo and fuel oil that is considered the nation's worst eco-disaster.

From violence in Syria to the New Hampshire Republican primary and Uttar Pradesh’s giant stone elephant statues, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week.

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