A Look Back: Week in Photos

Reuters: Alexander Demianchuk
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A bear walked into a circus

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Masha, an 11-year-old bear from a traveling circus troupe based in Moscow, rehearses with the Circus on Fontanka in St. Petersburg, Feb. 1. The troupe’s four bears have completed a three-year training program and will soon perform for the first time in 20 years in Russia's second city.

Reuters: Kevin Lamarque
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Farewell to Secretary Clinton

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pauses as she bids farewell to her colleagues on her last day in office at the State Department in Washington, D.C., Feb. 1.

Reuters: Lucy Nicholson
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Super Bowl victory

Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy after his team defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, played at the Superdome in New Orleans on Feb. 3. 

Getty Images: Chris Graythen
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Super Bowl showcases Beyoncé

Singer Beyoncé performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII halftime show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Feb. 3.

AP: Lee Jin-man
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South Korean winter sprint

Shirtless South Korean marines and their U.S. counterparts from 3-Marine Expeditionary Force 1st Battalion from Kaneho Bay, Hawaii, run on a snow-covered field during a joint military winter exercise in Pyeongchang, east of Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 7. More than 400 marines from the two countries participated in the joint winter exercise held for the first time in South Korea.

Getty Images: Alex Wong
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To see or not to see ... his shadow

Punxsutawney Phil climbs on the shoulder of groundhog co-handler John Griffiths. Phil didn't see his shadow this year, predicting an early spring during the 127th Groundhog Day Celebration at Gobbler's Knob on Feb. 2, in Punxsutawney, Pa. The Punxsutawney "Inner Circle" claimed that there were about 35,000 people gathered at the event to watch Phil's annual forecast. 

AP Photo: Dita Alangkara
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Riders in a storm

Bus passengers are stuck in a traffic jam following heavy rain at the main business district in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Feb. 6. About an hour of torrential rain triggered knee-high floods on the main streets of the capital, causing heavy traffic jams.

AP: Wong Maye-E
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Buddhist prayers for the king

Hundreds of Buddhist nuns wait in line at the Royal Palace to pay their respects to the late former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh, on Feb. 2. Sihanouk's body had been lying in state at the Royal Palace after being flown from Beijing, where he died Oct. 15 of a heart attack at the age of 89. He will be cremated after seven days of mourning.

AP: Alexander Zemilianichenko
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Russians commemorate the Battle of Stalingrad

Russian soldiers march by The Motherland Calls monument during ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, once known as Stalingrad, Feb. 2. Russia celebrates the 70th anniversary of the end of one of modern warfare's bloodiest battles, a turning point in World War II  that led to the defeat of  Nazi Germany.

AP: Jerome Delay
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A break from the fight

A Malian man sits on a window sill in Gao, northern Mali, to watch the Nigeria versus Mali semifinal match in the Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament taking place in South Africa on Feb. 6.

AP: Rebecca Blackwell
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The party is over

South Africa fans react as their team is knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament after losing to Mali on penalties in their quarterfinal soccer match, at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa, Feb. 2.

AP: Bernat Armangue
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Crying for home

A Palestinian child, just home from school, learns that his family house has been demolished by the municipality in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit Hanina, Feb. 5. The municipality said the building was constructed without proper permits and was not sound. The 33-member family said it was waiting to receive permits.

Reuters: Toru Hanai
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Japanese bankers leave office

Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa arrives at a news conference in Tokyo on Feb. 5. Shirakawa said he would step down on March 19, three weeks earlier than the official end of his five-year term, to leave the central bank at the same time as his two deputies.  

Reuters: Leonhard Foeger
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Watching the crash

Tina Maze of Slovenia learns that her American competitor Lindsey Vonn did not complete the women's super-G race because she crashed on the run, severely injuring her knee and breaking her leg, at the World Alpine Skiing Championships in Schladming, Austria, Feb. 5.

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Airlifted to hospital

U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn is airlifted after crashing during the women's super-G race at the World Alpine Skiing Championships in Schladming, Austria Feb. 5. Vonn suffered  knee injuries and a broken bone, and won't compete for the rest of the season. She hopes to return next year to compete in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

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Spiderman in Havana

Alain Robert of France, known as "Spiderman," climbs up a school in Old Havana Feb. 5. Robert, who scales buildings all over the world without safety equipment, had climbed the landmark Havana Libre hotel on Feb. 4.

Reuters: Marcelo del Pozo
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Spanish salute

Spain's Prince Felipe attends the decommissioning ceremony of the aircraft carrier bearing his  name, the Principe Asturias, in Rota, southern Spain, Feb. 6. The Spanish navy said modernizing the ship, which has been in service since 1988, is too expensive.

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