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

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

Libya

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 thwarted; and a citizen journalist captures a photo of space shuttle Endeavor as it lifts off for the last time.

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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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England
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Closeup: Best Pictures of the Week, April 8 – April 15

Ivory Coast’s Laurent Gbagbo is overthrown and the country’s president assures the public that life will soon return to normal, protesters calling for the release of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei manipulate his installation at the Tate Modern in London, Kate Middleton steps out for a final appearance before the royal wedding, and a 13-year-old Justin Bieber fan is in the marrying mood.

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Afghanistan
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Closeup: Best Pictures of the Week, April 1 – April 8

This week Afghanistan protestors react to a U.S. pastor’s burning of the Quran, the Libyan conflict continues, and UN peacekeepers provide security in Ivory Coast.

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Toil and Trouble
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Closeup: Best Pictures of the Week, March 25 – April 1

Welcome to the first installment of Close-Up. This week, Japan grieves for those lost to the tsunami, French aircraft enforce NATO’s no fly-zone over Libya and London protesters rally against government budget cuts.

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