A Look Back: Week in Photos

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Roll Tide

MSN News photo editors select the best pictures of this week. See gallery

Alabama Crimson Tide cheerleaders celebrate after Alabama defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game in Miami, Fla., Monday.

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Orthodox Christmas

A rider wearing an 1812-era French army general’s uniform participates in a re-enactment of the French Invasion of Russia in 1812, during celebrations to mark the Russian Orthodox Christmas in St. Peterburg, Russia, Monday. Christmas falls on Jan. 7 for Orthodox Christians, who rely on the old Julian calendar rather than the Gregorian calendar commonly used around the world.

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Just like daddy

Rider Murphy raises his hand just like his father, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, who re-enacts his swearing-in with his wife Catherine Murphy and Vice President Joe Biden Thursday, in Washington. Biden swore in the newly elected and re-elected senators earlier in the day.

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113th Congress begins

Sen. John Boehner, who was just re-elected as speaker of the House, swears in the newly elected members of the 113th Congress in the House Chambers Thursday in Washington.

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Obama's national security team

President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan and former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel leave the East Room at the White House on Monday, after Obama announced his nomination of Hagel for secretary of defense and Brennan for CIA director.


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Roxbury welcome

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., shares a hug with Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan just prior to a re-enactment swearing-in ceremony at Roxbury (Mass.) Community College. Warren, who was formally sworn in on Thursday in Washington, held the mock swearing-in as a way to thank supporters who couldn’t travel to Washington for the actual ceremony.

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Meeting for gun safety

Vice President Joe Biden addresses the press at the beginning of a meeting with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and gun-violence survivors and gun-safety advocacy groups Wednesday. President Barack Obama appointed Biden to oversee a task force on gun violence.

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Dubai's gold market

An Emirati woman discusses her purchases with a salesman at a jewelry shop in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. With low customs on gold imports, low labor costs, cheap prices and high quality, Dubai has become one of the world’s best retail gold jewelry markets.

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Street bath

An Indian laborer washes himself at an outdoor tap on a cold winter morning in New Delhi, India, Monday. More than 100 people have died of exposure as northern India deals with historically cold temperatures.

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Google head in North Korea

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, center, arrives at Pyongyang International Airport in North Korea on Monday. Schmidt called his trip to North Korea with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson a private humanitarian visit.

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NYC ferry accident

A victim of the Seastreak Wall Street ferry accident on Wednesday is carried on a stretcher by rescue personnel. The ferry from New Jersey made a hard landing as it pulled up to a lower Manhattan dock during the morning rush hour, injuring as many as 60 people, two critically.

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Daily life in India

Indians watch a religious procession by Sadhus, or Hindu holy men toward the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Sarswati, as part of Mahakumbh festival in Allahabad, India, on Tuesday. Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to take part in the large religious congregation on the banks of the Sangam during the January festival, which falls every 12th year.




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Syria's old city

Syrian men leave the old city of Aleppo Sunday. The revolution against Syrian President Bashar Assad began in March 2011 with peaceful protests but has morphed into a civil war that has killed more than 60,000 people, according to a recent United Nations recent estimate.

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Prayers for Chavez

A Venezuelan embassy worker holds a framed image of Venezuela’s ailing President Hugo Chavez during the monthly Catholic service devoted to the sick at the Church of Our Lady of Regla, across the bay from Havana, Cuba, Tuesday. Venezuela’s government said Chavez is in a “stable situation” in a Cuban hospital receiving treatment for a severe respiratory infection.

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Brazilian sunset

People photograph the sunset in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday.

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a jump with a view

Austria’s Wolfgang Loitzl soars through the air during a ski-jumping tournament in foggy weather in Innsbruck, Austria, Friday.

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Hello Mr. Speaker

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, leaves a photo session with members of the new 113th Congress that convened on Thursday in Washington.

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Kangaroo on the loose

Federal police try to corner a kangaroo in the Tullamarine Airport parking lot in Melbourne, Australia.


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Ordained by the Pope

Newly ordained bishops lie on the floor as Pope Benedict XVI leads the Epiphany mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday.

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A star is born

Actress Amanda Seyfried poses for photographers as she arrives at the National Board Of Review Awards in New York Tuesday. Seyfried and the cast of the film “Les Miserables” won the Best Ensemble Award.

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Tribute to Black Nazarene

Devotees carry the statue of the Black Nazarene during an annual procession in Manila Wednesday. The life-size wooden statue of Jesus Christ, carved in Mexico and brought to the Philippines in the 17th century, is believed to have healing powers in the predominantly Roman Catholic country. It is paraded through the narrow streets of Manila’s old city from dawn to midnight. Police said about 500,000 people joined the procession.

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Paper lanterns into the night sky

Buddhist monks release paper lanterns into the sky in Suphan Buri province Wednesday. The lanterns are released during a traditional pilgrimage to pay homage to Lord Buddha and bless Thailand as it enters the new year.

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Picture perfect

A tennis fan takes a picture as Andy Murray of Britain signs autographs after defeating Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the men’s final match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament Sunday.

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Dancing for good health

Bulgarian men dance in the icy waters of the Tundzha River during a celebration for Epiphany Day in the town of Kalofer, 90 miles east of Sofia, Sunday. It is believed  the ritual of dancing in the river will bring good health throughout the new year.


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Ride 'em cowboy

A competitor rides during the Professional Bull Riders invitational at Madison Square Garden in New York Sunday.

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Welcome back, Hillary

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds up a football helmet with the State Department logo on it, presented by Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides, who joked that “Washington is a contact sport.” Clinton resumed her official duties on Monday, five days after being released from a hospital for treatment of a blood clot.

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Descendants of runaway slaves

Surinamese Maroons, descendants of runaway slaves who formed independent settlements, perform the fire dance on the first Sunday of the year during the annual celebration of Black People’s Day, in Paramaribo, Suriname.

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Crowded train

Women try to enter the ladies’ compartment of a crowded train heading toward Delhi at Noli Railway Station in Utter Pradesh, India. Some train compartments, or sometimes whole trains, are reserved for female passengers in an effort to make their travel easier and more secure. The role and treatment of women in society has recently become a hot political issue in the country, since the Dec. 16 gang rape of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi, who later died of her injuries.

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