Pictures of the Week: January 11 – January 18

Alessio Romenzi
Alessio Romenzi
January 12, 2013. Displaced Syrians rest in the regions largest displacement camp, located along the border with Turkey, in Atmeh, Syria.

From Obama’s gun control stance and Lance Armstrong’s doping confession to the Kumbh Mela pilgrimage and a runaway train in Sweden, TIME presents the best images of the week.

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The henna is a pre-nuptial cerimony celebrated in Moroccan or Yemenite families where the soon-to-be bride is dressed-up as a Queen with flowers and jewels and she is inivited to dance with her girl friends to say good-bye to celibacy and life as a single young girl. During the dance cerimony, the Kallah, the bride-to-be's hands and feet are painted with henne`, the red pouder from India. This welcomes fertility and happinesses within the marriage. Meah Shearim, Jerusalem, Israel. July 2012.

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