A Look Back: Week in Photos

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Golden men

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Hindu holy men of the Juna Akhara sect participate in rituals that are believed to rid them of all ties in this life and dedicate themselves to serving God as a 'Naga' or naked holy men, after taking dips at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad, India, Thursday. The significance of nakedness is that they will not have any worldly ties to material belongings, even something as simple as clothes. This ritual that transforms selected holy men to Naga can only be done at the Kumbh festival.

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Surveying the damage

Will Carter, 15, surveys the damage to his house upon arriving home from school following a tornado Wednesday in Adairsville, Ga.

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Tragedy in Brazil

Relatives of victims from a fire that broke out at a Brazilian nightclub weep during their funerals in the southern Brazil city of Santa Maria on January 27. At least 232 people died and 131 were injured early Sunday when a fire tore through a nightclub packed with university students in Santa Maria, police said. 

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Australian floods

Local Storm Green looks on from a boat while shops are underwater as parts of southern Queensland experience record flooding in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Oswald on Tuesday  in Bundaberg, Australia. Four deaths have been confirmed and thousands have been evacuated in Bundaberg as the city faces its worst flood disaster in history. Rescue and evacuation missions continue as emergency services prepare to move patients from Bundaberg Hospital to Brisbane amid fears the hospital could lose power. 

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Syrian camp

Syrian refugees go about their daily business in the Za’atari refugee camp Tuesday in Mafraq, Jordan. A record number of refugees are fleeing the violence and bombings in Syria to cross the border to safety in northern Jordan, overwhelming the Za'atari camp. The Jordanian government is appealing for help with the influx of refugees as they struggle to cope with the sheer number arriving in the country. 

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Giffords arrives on Capitol Hill

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously injured in the mass shooting that killed six people in Tucson, Ariz. two years ago, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence. She is escorted by her husband, Mark Kelly, right, a retired astronaut, Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., second from left, and the committee's ranking Republican, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, left.

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Stop on command

An Egyptian protester displays used ordinance as others, not pictured, celebrate the capture of a state security armored vehicle that demonstrators commandeered during clashes with security forces and brought to Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday. Egypt’s army chief warned of the “the collapse of the state” if the political crisis roiling the nation for nearly a week continues, but said the armed forces will respect the right of Egyptians to protest.

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Mourning in Cambodia

A woman sits prayerfully while her head is shaved to mourn the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk ahead of Sihanouk's funeral on Thursday, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The body of Sihanouk, who died Oct. 15 at age 89, is scheduled to be cremated Feb. 4.

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Looking for a shield

Riot police use shields Wednesday to move supporters of detained protesters away from the Labor Ministry in Athens. Protesters from a Communist-backed labor union forced their way into a government building and clashed with police who used tear gas to expel them. Members of the union are protesting planned reforms to the country's pension and income contribution system — part of ongoing austerity cuts demanded by Greece's euro partners and the International Monetary Fund which are keeping the country afloat with emergency loans.

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Cheering for their sons

Jack and Jackie Harbaugh, parents of Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, kiss during a news conference Wednesday for Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. Their sons will be coaching against each other Sunday.

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Secretary of State

Sen. John Kerry talks with committee staffer Bertie Bowman as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a laugh prior to Kerry's secretary of state confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington Thursday. Nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of sate, Kerry has served on this committee for 28 years and has been chairman for four of those years. 

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Mama,I made it

President Barack Obama holds a basketball given to him by basketball player LeBron James as he hosts the 2012 NBA champion Miami Heat Monday in the East Room at the White House in Washington.   

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Making friends on patrol

A U.S. Army soldier and a member of the Afghan Uniform Police arm wrestle prior to a joint patrol near Command Outpost AJK in Maiwand District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Monday.

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Good hair day

Sixth-grade students from the Park Maitland School in Maitland, Fla., watch Tuesday as Marine One carrying President Barack Obama takes off from the South Lawn at the White House in Washington as he departs for Las Vegas.  

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The hold of a bullet

A Tuareg man holds a bullet near a destroyed vehicle belonging to Islamist rebels on the road between Diabaly and Timbuktu in Mali, Wednesday.

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