A Look Back: Week in Photos

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Gun control

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Public school teachers use rubber training guns as they practice drills on disarming an attacker during a teachers-only firearms training class offered for free at the Veritas Training Academy in Sarasota, Fla., Friday. The Dec. 14 tragedy in Newtown, Conn., where 20 first-graders and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School, has sparked a national debate about whether to arm teachers.

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Armstrong confesses to Oprah

Oprah Winfrey interviews Lance Armstrong about his use of performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career, Monday in Austin, Texas. Winfrey’s exclusive no-holds-barred interview, “Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive,” expanded to air as a two-night event on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

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High fives for proposed new gun laws

President Barack Obama gives high fives to children who wrote letters to the White House about gun violence, after announcing the administration’s new gun law proposals Wednesday. The children are, left to right, Hinna Zeejah, Taejah Goode, Julia Stokes and Grant Fritz.

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Remembering a loved one

The family of Ana Grace Marquez Greene, a first-grader killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, is among the people who launched “the Sandy Hook Promise” Monday in Newtown, Conn. The organization seeks to find solutions to end gun violence.

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Pictures of me

Models are reflected in a mirror backstage at the Africa Fashion Day show, part of Berlin Fashion Week, Tuesday.

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Racing in the mud

The Sumatran sport of Pacu Jawi or “Mud Cow Racing” is held at the end of each rice-harvesting season by the Minangkabau people in West Sumatra, Indonesia. Farmers cling to crude wooden frames attached to two cows, which they then encourage to race through a muddy paddy field. With their hands busy holding on tight, “jockeys” encourage their steeds to go faster by biting their tails.

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London helicopter tragedy

London Mayor Boris Johnson speaks to the media after a helicopter collided with a crane attached to St. Georges Wharf Tower in Vauxhall, London, on Wednesday. According to reports, the helicopter hit the crane before plunging into the road below during the morning rush hour. Two people died and nine were injured, one critically.

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Bagpipes for bikers

Girls from the Pontevra Bagpipe Band wait for their appearance at the unveiling of the route for the 2013 La Vuelta cycling classic in Vigo, Spain, Saturday. The event will start on Aug. 24 in Vilanova de Arousa, Pontevedra, and will finish Sept. 15 in Madrid.

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A new Miss America

Miss New York Mallory Hytes Hagan is crowned Miss America 2013 on Saturday in Las Vegas.

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Coca chewing remains legal

Producers toss coca leaves during an event commemorating the tradition of coca leaf chewing in La Paz, Bolivia, Monday. Coca growers held street demonstrations in La Paz and Cochabamba to celebrate the legal recognition of the centuries-old Andean practice, after Bolivia rejoined the 1961 U.N. convention on narcotic drugs.

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Fighting in Syria

A Free Syrian Army fighter aims his weapon during clashes with government forces in Aleppo, Syria, Tuesday. Two explosions struck the main university in the northern Syrian city, causing an unknown number of casualties, state media and anti-government activists said.

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Makeshift emergency room

Injured Egyptians are treated in a hospital following a train crash in Badrasheen, south of Cairo, Tuesday. At least 19 people died and more than 100 were injured when two railroad passenger cars derailed. The accident comes less than two weeks after a new transportation minister was appointed to overhaul the rail system and just two months after a deadly collision between a train and school bus.

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Portrait of Kate

Members of the media talk to artist Paul Emsley, center right, in front of his newly commissioned portrait of the former Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London, Friday.

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Panamanian parade of polleras

A lace umbrella shades the face of a woman in the Parade of 1,000 Polleras, in Las Tablas, Panama, Saturday. The traditional handmade costume is a symbol of Panamanian nationality, and is used mostly in folklore festivities. The assortment of head, neck and chest jewelry worn with a pollera can cost as much as $20,000. An estimated 200,000 people travel to the southeastern town, about 174 miles from Panama City, to watch the parade.

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Snowfall on Tokyo

Japanese women in kimonos walk during heavy snowfall at the Toshimaen amusement park in Tokyo, as they attend a ceremony celebrating Coming of Age Day Monday. Youths across Japan are honored with special coming-of-age ceremonies when they reach the age of 20. The Tokyo metropolitan area had its first snowfall of the season on Monday.

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Stolen train crashes

A local train derailed and crashed into a residential building in Saltsjobaden, outside Stockholm, Wednesday. A spokesman from Arriva, the company that operates the train line, says the train was stolen by a domestic cleaner, who was taken to a hospital after the crash. No residents in the building were injured.

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Dreamliner woes

Passengers walk away from All Nippon Airways’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which made an emergency landing at Takamatsu airport in western Japan Wednesday. All 137 passengers and crew members were evacuated safely. The FAA and several airlines have grounded all Dreamliners following several recent problems with the planes.

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Blood-drenched bodies in Pakistan

Tribesmen from northwestern Pakistan dump 15 blood-drenched bodies in front of government offices on Wednesday, protesting what they said were “extra-judicial” killings by security forces in the latest challenge to the beleaguered government’s authority.

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Flying bull

Villagers try to control a bull during a bull-taming festival in Madurai in  southern Indian Tuesday. The annual festival is part of south India’s harvest festival of Pongal.

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A new midwife

An Afghan midwife attends her graduation ceremony in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Wednesday. More than 52 midwives graduated, after two years of training.

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Nairobi protests

Mock coffins burn outside the Kenyan parliament during a demonstration in Nairobi on Wednesday. Demonstrators carried 221 coffins for a mock state funeral of Kenyan legislators, protesting a move by members of parliament to triple their bonuses and award themselves diplomatic passports, bodyguards for life and state funerals, which Kenya’s president rejected.

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Hindu festival

An Indian Hindu devotee holds up belongings for relatives as they take a dip at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, during the royal bath at the start of the Maha Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad, India, Monday. Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to take part in the large religious congregation that lasts more than 50 days. The Maha Kumbh Mela falls every 12th year.

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