A Look Back: Week in Photos

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'Blade Runner' scandal

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Oscar Pistorius awaits the start of court proceedings in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Feb. 19. Pistorius, a double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, was applying for bail after being charged in court with shooting dead his girlfriend, 29-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp, in his Pretoria house.

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Mass wedding

Couples take part in a mass wedding ceremony at Cheongshim Peace World Center in Gapyeong-gun, South Korea, on Feb. 17. More than 3,500 couples from 200 countries around the world exchanged wedding vows at the ceremony.

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The fine print

A member of the ultra-Orthodox Tholdot Avraham Yizhak Hasidic dynasty uses a quill to write the last letters of a Torah scroll during an inauguration ceremony for the holy book in Jerusalem on Feb. 17. The Torah consists of the first five books of the Jewish bible.

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Workers protest in Spain

Riot police pull at a worker from Spanish airline Iberia protesting during a rally against job cuts at Barajas airport in Madrid on Feb. 18. It was the first day of a five-day strike held by Iberia cabin crew, maintenance workers and ground staff in response to the planned loss of 3,800 jobs.

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Go Danica

Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 20.

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Tower Bridge in the fog

People photograph Tower Bridge as it emerges from early morning fog on the Thames in London on Feb. 19. Heathrow was forced to cancel a number of flights and London City airport suffered distruptions as a result of poor visibility due to fog.

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A major collection

Italian baroque masterpiece "The Rape of Europa" by Guido Reni hangs at the National Gallery in London on Feb. 19. The painting is one of 57 baroque masterpieces bequeathed by the late Sir Denis Mahon from his private collection, and will be distributed to museums and galleries across the U.K.

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Jackson pleads guilty

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 20. Jackson pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges after he spent more than $750,000 in campaign cash on personal expenses.

AP Photo: Bernat Armanque
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Masked Palestinians

Masked Palestinians use a back car seat as a shield during a protest to support Palestinian prisoners, outside Ofer, an Israeli military prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah on Feb. 19. Protesters and Israeli soldiers clashed over four imprisoned Palestinians on hunger strike, as hundreds of inmates said they were refusing food for the day in solidarity with the fasting inmates.

Reuters: Max Rossi
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Portraits of popes

Russian painter Natalia Tsarkova poses next to a copy of a portrait of Pope Benedict XVI and one of Pope John Paul II in her studio in downtown Rome on Feb. 14. Tsarkova painted the official portrait of Pope Benedict in 2007 and the official portrait of Pope John Paul II for the 2000 Jubilee.

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London Fashion Week

A model poses for a photograph backstage before the Zoe Jordan Autumn/Winter 2013 collection during London Fashion Week on Feb. 15.

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Firefighters help in Yemen

A firefighter reacts as he works to extinguish a fire at the site of a military aircraft crash in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Feb. 19. The plane crash killed at least 11 people and wounded 15, security sources said.

Reuters: Petar Kujundzic
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A frigid dip

A swimmer dives into the icy water of Houhai Lake in central Beijing on Feb. 16.

Reuters: Muzaffar Salman
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Militant women

Women who are part of the Sawt al-Haq (Voice of Rights) stand with their weapons as they undergo military training in Aleppo, Syria, on Feb. 17.

Reuters: Rupak De Chowdhuri
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Tough grip

Wrestlers fight at a permanent mud-wrestling ring at Sia Ram bhajan samati akhaara, a traditional Indian wrestling training center, on the banks of the river Ganges in Kolkata on Feb. 17. India's government seeks the support of other countries where wrestling is popular to help the sport remain an Olympic discipline.

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Piggy-basket ride

The first signs of spring are emerging, with daffodils in bloom and the birth of the first farrow of miniature pigs at Pennywell Farm in Devon, England, on Feb. 16.

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Double take

Members of the La Salud brotherhood, known as "costaleros," are reflected in the glass wall of a shop as they carry a weighted structure for Christ, traditionally known as "paso," during training for the upcoming Holy Week processions in Ronda, near Malaga in southern Spain, on Feb. 17. Hundreds of Easter processions take place around the clock between March 24 and 31 in Spain during Holy Week, drawing thousands of visitors.

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Flying James

NBA All-Star LeBron James of the Miami Heat dunks as Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers looks on during the 2013 NBA All-Star game in Houston, Texas, on Feb. 17.

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Duchess shows off her baby bump

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrives at Hope House addiction treatment center in south London on Feb. 19 as part of an official visit, resuming her royal duties.

Reuters: Sivaram V
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Trying to keep up

A farmer loses control of his pair of oxen as they race through a paddy field during the Kakkoor Kalavayal festival in the village of Kakkoor, located on the outskirts of the southern Indian city of Kochi, on Feb. 18. The post-harvest festival is celebrated by the farmers of Kakkoor and the surrounding villages.

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Police take position

Israeli border police take position during clashes with Palestinian stone-throwers that broke out after a rally to show solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails in the West Bank city of Hebron on Feb. 18.

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Morning stretch

A coach helps a girl stretch in a gymnastics hall in Alexandria, Egypt, on Feb. 18.

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Portrait of a monk

A monk is seen through an incense burner inside a temple as snow falls in Jiaxing, a city in China's Zhejiang province, on Feb. 19. 

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Taking a closer look

President Barack Obama uses a magnifying glass to play a game with children in a pre-kindergarten classroom at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center in Decatur, Ga., on Feb. 14. Obama flew to Georgia to push his plan to ensure high-quality preschool, unveiled during his State of the Union address.

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