Week in Photos: Feb. 23, 2013

From Libya’s Arab Spring commemoration to London’s catwalks, see the most striking images of the week.

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Lunar New Year, Beijing, China

Feb. 16, 2013
Migrant workers take a lunch break on bags of soft toys dismantled from stores after the end of the Lunar New Year temple fair.

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Lanterns over Benghazi, Libya

Feb. 17, 2013
Libyans release lanterns into the air, at Nasr Square, during the second anniversary of the uprising that toppled longtime dictator Muammar Gadhafi.

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Soldiers view model rocket, Pyongyang, North Korea

Feb. 17, 2013
North Korean soldiers ride an escalator past a model of their country's Unha rocket and a display of Kimjongilia flowers, named after the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, as they enter an exhibition.

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Public housing, Hong Kong

Feb. 19, 2013
A view of a public housing estate in Choi Hung, Hong Kong; with a population of over 7.1 million inhabitants in an area of 1,100 square kilometres, it is one of the most densely populated places in the world.

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Syrian woman in refugee camp, Azaz, Syria

Feb. 17, 2013
A Syrian  woman is seen between a line of tents in a refugee camp near Azaz, north of Aleppo province, Syria.

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Aftermath of bombing, Damascus, Syria

Feb. 21, 2013
Burned cars dot the scene of a powerful car bomb near the headquarters of Syria's ruling Baath party. The blast sent thick smoke billowing across the capital's skyline, killing dozens of people and causing widespread destruction, before a nearby military headquarters came under mortar attack.

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Aircraft crash, Sanaa, Yemen

Feb. 19, 2013
Yemeni firefighters douse the site where a military aircraft crashed in a residential neighborhood, killing at least nine people.

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Rural Women Conference, Brasilia, Brazil

Feb. 18, 2013
Women bathe in mud in a presentation for the inaugural National Meeting of Rural Women, convened to discuss the issues of violence against women and exploitation of women in rural areas.

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Papal blessing, Vatican City

Feb. 17, 2013
A pigeon flies next to Pope Benedict XVI as he waves to the faithful during the Angelus noon prayer. He celebrated from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, for the first time since announcing his resignation.

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Children in refugee camp, Azaz, Syria

Feb. 21, 2013
Displaced Syrian children are reflected in a puddle as they walk through an olive tree field near the Azaz camp for displaced people, north of Aleppo province, Syria.

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Ready for Purim, Tel Aviv, Israel

Feb. 19, 2013
A costume-shop employee takes a lunch break while dressed in costume to advertise the shop, ahead of the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim, which will take place Sunday, Feb. 24.

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Tear gas return at protest, Ramallah, West Bank

Feb. 19, 2013
A masked Palestinian throws back a gas canister shot by Israeli forces, not pictured, during a protest to support Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike.

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Demonstrators detained, Jenin, West Bank

Feb. 22, 2013
Israeli soldiers detain Palestinian demonstrators following clashes at the entrance of the Jalama checkpoint, near the West Bank city of Jenin.

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Funeral for bombing victims, Quetta, Pakistan

An elderly Pakistani man mourns next to the body of his grandson, Mohammed Javaid, a victim of Saturday's bombing which killed 81 people.

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Funeral for bombing victims, Quetta, Pakistan

Feb. 17, 2013
The body of a baby lies in a coffin at a mosque during a funeral ceremony for victims of a bomb attack in a Shi'ite Muslim area, which killed 81 people.

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The faces of slain activists, Port Said, Egypt

Egyptian men inspect posters of slain men. The placards show their picture and, in Arabic, their names—"Ahmed el-Syyed, Mohammed Ali Ibrahim, Islam, Osama el-Sherbiny, Ahmed el-Shahat"—at a protest camp in front of the provincial government headquarters, during the fifth day of a general strike.

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Pistorious faces court, Pretoria, South Africa

Feb. 22, 2013
Photographers take photos of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius as he stands in the dock, prior to being granted bail at a hearing in the magistrates court. Pistorius faces murder charges following the shooting death of his girlfriend in his home on Feb. 14.

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Syrian children in refugee camp school, Azaz, Syria

Feb. 20, 2013
Displaced Syrian children attend school in a makeshift classroom in the Azaz camp for displaced people, north of Aleppo province, Syria.

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Danica Patrick prepares for Daytona 500, Daytona Beach, Florida

Feb. 22, 2013
Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, prepares to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

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Sri Lanka Myanmar Boat Surviors, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Feb. 20, 2013
Rescued Myanmar ethnic Rohingya Muslims spend time at a Sri Lankan immigration detention center, after attempting to flee to Malaysia. The 33 survivors refuse to return to Myanmar, saying "our government will kill us," and blame the Thailand navy for their casualties. They were forced to remove the engine of their boat, left to float adrift for 21 days without food, creating a predicament that killed 97, before being rescued by Sri Lanka navy on Saturday.

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All Scotland Irish Dancing Championships, Glasgow, Scotland

Feb. 22, 2013
Dancers attend the 29th All Scotland Irish Dance Championship, one of the world's largest Irish dancing competitions.

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Vivienne Westwood presentation, London Fashion Week

Feb. 17, 2013
Designer Vivienne Westwood walks the runway with her models during the finale of the Vivienne Westwood Red Label show during London Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013/14 at the Saatchi Gallery.

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Female police officers, Pyongyang, North Korea

Feb. 16, 2013
Female North Korean traffic police officers gather in front of bronze statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il to commemorate what would have been the 71th birthday of Kim Jong Il, who died on Dec. 17, 2011.

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Military convoy, Gao, Mali

Feb. 19, 2013
Malian teenagers watch a convoy of French military vehicles pass through Gao, northern Mali.

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Memorial at bombing site, Hyderabad, India

Feb. 22, 2013
Flowers are placed in memory of more than a dozen killed by bicycle bombs, at one of the two blast sites, following India's worst bombing in more than a year.

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Umbrella vendor, Islamabad, Pakistan

Feb. 22, 2013
A Pakistani vendor displays umbrellas on a roadside during a rainfall.

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Flood surge, Athens, Greece

Feb. 22, 2013
A woman shelters from the rain and flooding at a bus stop by standing on a bench, by a flooded highway linking Athens with the port of Piraeus, during a heavy rainstorm.