A Look Back: Week in Photos

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Benghazi hearings

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies Wednesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. 

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Cold dip in the lake

A Russian Orthodox believer reacts to the water temperature during Orthodox Epiphany celebrations in the icy-cold water in Russia on Saturday.  People all over Russia are taking part in a baptism ceremony, one the biggest events in the Christian Orthodox calendar.

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U.S. special envoy

U.S. special envoy for policy on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Glyn Davies speaks to reporters after meeting with South Korea's top nuclear envoy Lim Sung-nam at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Seoul, South Korea

Getty Images: Daniel Berehulak
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New Delhi salutes

Indian soldiers practice marching in preparation for the upcoming Republic Day parade Monday in New Delhi, India. Republic Day is celebrated every year on Jan. 26 to commemorate when the Constitution of India came into effect.

Getty Images: Alex Wong
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The National Anthem

Singer Beyonce performs the National Anthem during the public ceremonial inauguration in Washington, D.C. on Monday. Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term as President of the United States. 

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Old guardians

Members of the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps gather on Monday after performing on the National Mall as Washington prepares for President Barack Obama's second inauguration in Washington, D.C.

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Inaugural celebration

People attend the public ceremonial swearing-in ceremony for President Barack Obama as they stand on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Monday. 

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Inaugural proclamation

U.S. President Barack Obama is surrounded by Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid , Sen. Lamar Alexander, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker Rep. John Boehner, House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor and House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi while signing a proclamation to commemorate the inauguration, entitled a National Day of Hope and Resolve, directly after swearing-in ceremonies in the U.S Capitol Monday in Washington, D.C. 

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Inaugural dance

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance together during the Comander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball at the Walter Washington Convention Center on Monday in Washington, D.C.

AP Photo: Jacques Brinon
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Lebanese fashion

A model wears a creation by Lebanese fashion designer Georges Hobeika as part of the Women's Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday.

AP Photo: Oded Balilty
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Legislative elections in Israel

An Ultra-orthodox Jewish man holds his ID card as he waits to vote in Bnei Brak, Israel, during legislative elections, Tuesday.  Israelis voted in a parliamentary election expected to return Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to office.

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Iranian execution

Iranian women react during the execution of Alireza Mafiha and Mohammad Ali Sarvari, unseen, in Tehran, Iran, Sunday.  Iran executed two men publicly after they posted a video on YouTube in December 2012 showing them robbing and assaulting a man with a machete on a street in Tehran.

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Maverick

Colin Dwyer competes during heat 4 of the Mavericks Invitational big wave surf contest in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Sunday.

AP Photo: David Goldman
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Claps for King

Bernice King, center right, and Christine King Farris, center left, the daughter and sister of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., applaud while watching a broadcast as President Barack Obama is inaugurated following the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday commemorative service at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta Monday.

AP Photo: Carolyn Kaster
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Biden family Bible

Vice President Joe Biden, left, places his hand on the Biden Family Bible held by his wife Jill Biden, center, as he takes the oath of office from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, right, during and official ceremony at the Naval Observatory on Sunday.

AP Photo: Bernat Armangue
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Palestinian mourning

Relatives and friends of Palestinian Lubna Hanash mourn during her funeral in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Wednesday. Israeli soldiers shot and killed Lubna near the West Bank town of Hebron, said Kamil Hmaid, the Palestinian governor of the Hebron district. The Israeli military said soldiers were attacked with firebombs and fired back. The 22-year-old woman was driving in a car when she was shot, and Hmaid said two others were injured.

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Arctic chill grips the Northeast

People bundle up against the cold in Midtown Manhattan Wednesday. The temperature was around 12 degrees, but with wind gusts of 15-20 mph, it felt more like five below zero as people started their day.

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Chicago warehouse fire

A Chicago firefighter's helmet is covered with ice from single-digit temperatures during a five-alarm blaze in a warehouse on the city's South Side.

 

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Camel shadow lines

India's Border Security Force soldiers ride their camels in front of India's presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhavan during a rehearsal for the "Beating the Retreat" ceremony in New Delhi on Saturday. The ceremony symbolises retreat after a day on the battlefield, and marks the official end of the Indian Republic Day celebrations held every year on Jan. 29.

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Early morning stretch

Children are seen training at the Ningjin Acrobatics Arts School in Ningjin, northern China's Shandong Province. Children who attend the state run school follow a brutal training regime starting from the age of just 2 or 3 years old.
 

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Azarenka response

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus hits a return to Jamie Hampton of the U.S. during their women's singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Saturday.

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Brazilian graffiti

Brazilian graffiti artist Eduardo Kobra puts the final touches to his piece of art in tribute to Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, next to his assistants, at the financial center on Sao Paulo's Avenida Paulista on Tuesday. Kobra created the 56-metre tall graffiti artwork as a tribute to Niemeyer, one of the 20th century's most influential modernist architects, who died in December 2012 at the age of 104.

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Young cadets

Cossack cadets toss their rifles as they practise for an upcoming performance outside a cathedral in the southern Russian city of Novocherkassk Tuesday. The cadets will perform as part of celebrations to mark the 130th anniversary of the founding of the Novocherkassk Cossack cadet corps.

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Sled dog rally

 Huskies pant during a sled dog training session in Aviemore, Scotland.

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