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The Best Pictures of the Week, July 8 – July 15

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This week: The final liftoff for the space shuttle, Southern Sudan declares independence,  Pakistan a year after he floods, Somalia, the “worst humanitarian disaster” in the world, the biggest marijuana plantation found in Mexico, a frozen Great Hammerhead Shark, the Tour de France, and the FINA World Swimming Championships in Shanghai.

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USA
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The Best Pictures of the Week, July 1 – July 8

This week: after the tornado in Missouri, a man’s escape from prison in a suitcase foiled, Somalian refugees, Cuba’s national aquarium, the running of the bulls, tangled parachutes, wild horse roundup during the Rapa Das Bestas in Spain, anti-government protestors […]

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Singapore
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The Best Pictures of the Week, June 24 – July 1

This week: “supertrees” in Singapore, the Glastonbury Festival heats up, the Mounties perform a ceremony, protests in Athens, military exercises in Iran, a car bomb explodes in Thailand, Chinese communism celebrates 90 years, and extreme weather across the world.

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Sudan
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The Best Pictures of the Week, June 17 – June 24

This week: a refugee southern Sudan in the run-up to the elections, the World Trade Center steel program; protests on both sides in Libya; Saturn’s icy moon; China’s floods; a Greek Air Force plane under the sea; riots in Senegal; […]

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

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 […]

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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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