Pictures of the Week, January 20 – January 27

Rebecca Blackwell—AP Photo
Rebecca Blackwell—AP Photo
January 23, 2012. Residents struggle to drown a fire in a slum in central Malano in Equatorial Guinea. The country is co-hosting the African Cup of Nations tournament and has been criticized for pouring money into the games while 7 in 10 of its citizens live in poverty and 1 in 5 children dies before the age of 5.

From the State of the Union and the Year of the Dragon to ballot boxes and backstage fashion, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week.

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