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

The Best Pictures of the Week, September 30 – October 7

Dar Yasin—AP

From continued "Occupy Wall Street" protests and Amanda Knox's appeal verdict to Steve Jobs' passing and the tenth anniversary of the U.S. War in Afghanistan, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week.

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Osman Orsal–REUTERS
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The Best Pictures of the Week, September 23 – September 30

From an inspection of the Washington Monument and a former Afghan president’s funeral to a building collapse in New Delhi and continued fighting in Libya, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week.

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Muhammed Muheisen—AP
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The Best Pictures of the Week, September 16 – September 23

This week; floods in Pakistan, an Indian earthquake, Palestine’s statehood bid, a Reno air show plane crash, anti-Gaddafi fighters in Libya. A man sets himself on fire in front of a bank in Greece, Afghanistan maternal mortality, gay pride and protests in Brazil, nude Israeli’s in the Dead Sea, the Chinese Traditional Games for Ethnic Nationalities, and an extraordinary Rose in bloom.

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Moises Saman—Redux/The New York Times
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The Best Pictures of the Week, September 9 – September 16

This week; A man visits the graveside of his son—killed by Gaddafi loyalists—in Tripoli, three thousand flags commemorate the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, a plane flies through the “Tribute in Lights” in lower Manhattan. gas pipeline explosion in Nairobi, gunmen open fire on a school bus in Pakistan, Israeli embassy attack in Cairo, Brazilian forest fires, Damien Hirst’s sculpture Legend, New York fashion week, Novak Djokovic wins the U.S. Open, and the painted “Tiger Men” of India’s “Pulikali” Tiger Dance festival.

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Mark Lennihan—AP
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The Best Pictures of the Week, September 2 – September 9

This week; The tribute lights rise above Manhattan on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, images from an Afghanistan observation post, Texas wildfires, North Korea’s special economic zone, hostage rescue in Australia, starvation in Somalia, plane crash kills top Russian ice hockey team, the Ganesh Chaturti Festival, Mexican bodybuilders, and elephant polo.

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The Best Pictures of the Week, August 26 – September 2

This week: The end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, Dadaab Refugee Camp, paint covered riot police, the Notting Hill Carnival, A Union Flag recovered from the World Trade Center site following 9/11 attacks, the Casino Royale fire in Mexico claims the lives of 52 people, Pro-Gadhafi soldiers rest in Tripoli, Burning Man, Hurricane Irene, Blackpool Tower, and the World Athletic Championships.

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The Best Pictures of the Week, August 19 – August 26

This week: Man walks a high wire, Gaddafi’s regime crumbles, the Pope past and present, World Youth Day, violence and famine in Somalia, idol makers, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, roadside attacks in Israel, burning NATO tankers in Pakistan, […]

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The Best Pictures of the Week, August 12 – August 19

This week: Rebel fighters in Libya, temporary confessionals in Madrid, the children of Somalia’s famine, Independence Day celebrations in Pakistan, The Palio of Siena bareback horse race, the Dalai Lama visits southern France, the wall of peace in the aftermath of England’s riots, Mubarak on trail, drought in Texas, rainbows, waterfalls and astronaut photographer Ron Garan’s tweeted photo shows “What a ‘Shooting Star’ looks like from space.”

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Antoine de Ras—EPA
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The Best Pictures of the Week, August 6 – August 12

This week: President Obama meets with the families of the 30 Americans that died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, Riots in England, Woodstock, Israeli “tent city” protests continue, the world stock market crash, and giant radiation bursts in space.

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The Best Pictures of the Week, July 29 – August 5

This week: Norway mourns, Somali refugees, cosplay fans, Ramadan commences, Mt. Etna volcano erupts, suicide attacks in Afghanistan and the Cuban ballet.

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