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The best pictures of the week from the news and our exclusive assignments.

The Best Pictures of the Week, June 10 – June 17

USA

This week: A butterfly in the midst of the Arizona wildfire; balloons of peace and protest; the world’s tallest statue of Christ; demonstrations in Greece; a “kissing couple” amongst the rioting hockey fans in Vancouver; a flaming blimp; a capsized catamaran; a spectacular crash at the 24-hour Le Mans endurance race; and a lunar eclipse.

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Golan Heights
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The Best Pictures of the Week, June 3 – June 10

This Week: the Puyehue Volcano erupts in Chile, Syrian demonstrators are killed by Israeli troops in the Golan Heights; the Iranian women’s soccer team banned from the 2012 Olympics; Anti-government protesters in Yemen celebrate President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s departure to […]

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Germany
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The Best Pictures of the Week, May 27 – June 3

This week: a merry-go-round turns inside a former nuclear plant; artillery fire along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border; a one-and-a-half year old boy is killed in Libya by Gaddafi’s forces, military maneuvers and youth movements in Spain; Indonesia’s dog slaughterhouses; The White Soldier; […]

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England
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The Best Pictures of the Week, May 20 – May 27

This week: Obama tours Europe, the Grimsvoetn volcano erupts; tornadoes and floods hit the US; fighting continues on Misratah’s frontline; a Slovakian hospital provides music therapy for newborn babies; and shuttle astronaut Andrew Fuestel walks in space.

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Libya
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Closeup: Best Pictures of the Week, May 13 – May 20

This Week: Violence along Israel’s borders; Mississippi floods; Libyan rebels in training; IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Khan in court; Haitian President Michel Martelly’s inauguration; an Israeli illusionist stands tall; “Spiderman” climbs Turkey’s tallest building; a Chinese bride’s wedding day suicide jump […]

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Afghanistan
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Closeup: Best Pictures of the Week, May 6 – May 13

This week; Tennessee floods as the Mississippi River rises to historic levels; airlifting the wounded in Afghanistan; saving the Pope; Anish Kapoor’s monumental sculpture; rebuilding in Haiti; the colorful retort to Uganda’s protests.

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Andrew Medichini—Pool/UPPA/Zuma Press
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Closeup: Best Pictures of the Week, April 29 – May 6

This week: The killing of Osama bin Laden and reactions to it from around the world; NATO bombs Muammar Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli, killing his son; the U.S. after tornadoes and flooding; remembering the Holocaust; the beatification of Pope John […]

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Christopher Morris—VII for TIME
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Close Up: Pictures From the Royal Wedding Day

The spectacle and pageantry of the royal union. Prince William and Kate Middleton are married. The Abbey, the Palace, the dress, a celebration, a kiss, and maybe a tear?

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USA
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Closeup: Best Pictures of the Week, April 22 – April 29

This week:  A Tornado causes mass devastation and kills hundreds in Alabama; heavy fighting continues in Misratah, Libya;  the leaning tower of Pisa restored; and, of course, the Royal Wedding.

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Twisters leave havoc in their wake
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Closeup: Best Pictures of the Week, April 15 – April 22

This week: An image from photographer Chris Hondros’ final assignment, taken on the day he was killed in Libya; wild fires in Mexico; the Gulf of Mexico, one year after the BP oil spill; Holy Week celebrations; and a cherry blossom […]

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