A Look Back: Week in Photos

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Songs of joy

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Nuns sing hymns under the colonnade in St Peter's Square in Vatican City, Rome, on March 12, as Pope Benedict XVI’s successor was being chosen by the College of Cardinals conclave in the Sistine Chapel.

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Kiss for a cardinal

Cardinal Francis Arinze, 80, of Nigeria leaves Mass at St. Peter's Basilica on March 12, shortly before he and the other cardinals begin the conclave to elect the next pope.  

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Pilgrims gather in St. Peter's Square as cardinals attend Mass before entering the conclave to elect a new pope on March 12. 

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Cardinal Mass

Cardinals attend a mass in St. Peter's Basilica  on March 12 to pray for the election of the new pope.

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Getting the shot

Reuters photographers Dylan Martinez, right, and Tony Gentile test a 1200-1700mm super-telephoto zoom lens, trained on the balcony of Saint Peter's Basilica where the  new pope will appear after his election.

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A new pope

Newly elected Pope Francis, the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, center,  appears on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica after being elected by the conclave of cardinals on March 13. White smoke rose from the Sistine Chapel chimney and the bells of St. Peter's Basilica rang out on Wednesday, signaling that Roman Catholic cardinals had elected a successor to Pope Benedict XVI.        

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Look of hope

Nuns from the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara react to the black smoke from the chimney in St Peter's Square on March 12

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Heavy load

A woman carries baskets to sell in a market near Lapdaung mountain in Sarlingyi township, Myanmar,  on March 13.

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Kenya's Kenyatta

Kenya's President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta, center, and his running mate William Ruto, left, at the Catholic University in Nairobi as they celebrate winning the presidential election after official results were released on March 9.


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Dirty dive

A man bathes in the Yamuna River in New Delhi, India, March 9. Yamuna  is almost dead, mainly due to high ammonia levels from discharge of industrial pollutants.

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Devoted traditions

A Balinese Hindu devotee in a trance stabs himself with a traditional dagger called a 'keris' in Bali, Indonesia, on March 9.The Melasti ritual is held annually ahead of the Nyepi Day of Silence, a ceremony intended to cleanse and purify the souls of the Balinese Hindu participants. The national holiday is one of self-reflection and meditation; activities such as working, watching television or travellng are restricted. 

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Portrait of a bride

A groom  and bride wait for their Eastern Orthodox church wedding on the Saxon old town square in Brasov, Romania, on March 9.

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Secretary landing

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel returns a military salute as he steps off a Blackhawk helicopter to transfer to an aircraft on his way to Washington  in Kabul, Afghanistan on March 11. Hagel ended his three-day visit to Afghanistan on Monday, his first as secretary of defense. 

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Republican agenda

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), right, and Sen. Kelly Ayott (R-N.H.), left, listen during a news briefing after the weekly Senate Republican Policy Luncheon March 12 in Washington, D.C.

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Indonesia's sandalwood horses

Riders perform during the pasola rice-planting festival at Wainyapu village, Sumba Island, Indonesia, on March 7. Sandalwood pony horses are native to the island of Sumba and have an important role in all aspects of daily life, including transportation and culture.  Pasola involves two teams of men on horseback charging towards each other. 

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Senator hearing

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), left, confers with Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) before a hearing on sexual assaults in the military on  March 13.  The hearing  was before the Senate Armed Services Committee's Personnel Subcommittee, chaired by  Gillibrand. 

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A trip to Capitol Hill

President Barack Obama leaves the U.S. Capitol after a meeting with the House Republican Conference March 13. The president traveled to Capitol Hill in an effort to improve relations with House Republicans. 

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Police guard

Police guard Tiananmen Square as delegates attend a plenary session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference during severe pollution  in Beijing March 8. Clearing urban air pollution has become a big concern during the conference. 

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A mother's tears

The mother of Ram Singh, the man accused of driving the bus on which a 23-year-old student was gang raped in December 2012, cries as she speaks to journalists inside the family's home in New Delhi, India, on March 11. Indian police said Ram Singh committed suicide in an Indian jail Monday, but his lawyer and family allege he was killed.

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Self-immolation in Tunisia

A young Tunisian man sets himself on fire in the main street of the capital Tunis March 12. The man's  gesture recalled the December 2010 self-immolation of street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi, whose death ignited a revolt in Tunisia that echoed across the Arab world. Security forces and bystanders tried to extinguish the flames before the man was rushed to hospital.

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Mourning a brother

Lesleigh Coyer, 25, of Saginaw, Mich., mourns at the grave of her brother, Ryan Coyer, who served with the Army in Iraq and Afghanistan, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia March 11. Ryan Coyer died of complications from an injury sustained in Afghanistan.

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Shades of red

Security personnel wait for delegates to arrive ahead of the closing ceremony of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference  at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing March 12.

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Pushing united

People help a driver move his bus after activists of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party set fire to it during a nationwide strike in Dhaka March 12. Police on Monday arrested more than 200 opposition leaders, including BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, following a violent clash in front of the party office. The BNP announced a nationwide dawn-to-dusk shutdown on Tuesday, claiming Monday's raid on the BNP office was an attack on the opposition 18-party rally.

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Jordan visit

Britain's Prince Charles and wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, speak with a traditional Jordanian troop during their visit to the ancient Roman ruins in Jaresh near Amman March 13.

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Political statement

European deputies hold placards with exclamation marks to protest a modification of the Hungarian constitution tending to reinforce the power of the government, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, March 12.

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Rodman chaperoned

Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman walks near Saint Peter's Square in Rome March 13. Rodman, chaperoned by representatives of an Irish betting firm, traveled to Rome in support of a black pope.

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Juggling act

Afghan children from the Mobile Mini Circus Children perform at the French Culture Center in Kabul March 13. 

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Short program

Vanessa James, top, and Morgan Cipres of France perform their pairs short program at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in London March 13. 

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