Pictures of the Week: November 16 – 23

Ariel Schalit—AP
Ariel Schalit—AP
Nov. 19, 2012. An Israeli soldier covered in a prayer shawl reads from a holy book in a staging area near the Gaza Strip border.

From a ceasefire in the bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas and President Obama’s historic visit to Myanmar to a rebel takeover of Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a camel fair in India, TIME presents the best images of the week.

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