Pictures of the Week: July 12 – July 19

Ramadan in Gaza City
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July 12, 2013. A Palestinian man prays in a mosque during the holy month of Ramadan in Gaza City, Gaza Strip.

From the Trayvon Martin verdict and a deadly school meal poisoning in India to Mariano Rivera’s final All Star game and Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

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