Week in Photos: February 1, 2014

From the firestorm engulfing Ukraine to birds from hell making doves cry at the Vatican, a look at the most striking images from the last seven days.

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Bangui, Central African Reupblic

January 30, 2014
Women and children are seen in an airplane hangar at the airport of the capital city. The hangar is used to shelter internally displaced Muslims fleeing the continuing sectarian violence and those waiting to be evacuated by air to various countries in Africa.

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Aleppo, Syria

January 29, 2014
A girl cries near a damaged car at a site hit by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by government forces in the Dahret Awwad neighborhood.

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Kiev, Ukraine

January 25, 2014
Clashes spread from Ukraine's embattled capital to nearly half of the country. Huge fireballs lit up the night sky in central Kiev and plumes of thick black smoke rose from burning tires at giant barricades erected by protesters.

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January 31, 2014
People pray for good fortune as they hold burning incense on the first day of the Lunar New Year at Yonghegong Lama Temple.

Eduard Korniyenko/Reuters

Stavropol, Russia

January 30, 2014
People walk amid a snowstorm, with the air temperatures around minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit).

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Vatican City

January 26, 2014
A dove released during an Angelus prayer conducted by Pope Francis, is attacked by a seagull in Saint Peter's Square.

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Somerset, England

January 29, 2014
Trees are reflected in floodwaters on the Somerset Levels. As weather forecasters predict more stormy weather, many English villages have faced weeks of flooding, with the town of Muchelney cut off because of flooded roads for almost a month.

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January 27, 2014
The Emirates Airline cable car runs between North Greenwich and Royal Victoria Docks. The cable car, which was built in time for the 2012 Olympic Games, is seeing 35 percent lower visitors than predicted.

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Washington, D.C.

January 25, 2014
German Meraz attempts to hit Rau'shee Warren in their bantamweight match at the DC Armory. Their fight was an undercard before the main event, betweem Lamont Peterson and Dierry Jean, for the IBF Junior Welterweight World Championship.

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January 30, 2014
Toronto's Chief Budget Officer Frank Di Giorgio (L) shares a moment with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford during a budget meeting at City Hall.

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Hong Kong

January 28, 2014
Health officers in full protective gear wait to cross a road near a wholesale poultry market. Hong Kong began culling 20,000 chickens and suspended imports of fresh poultry from mainland China for 21 days after the discovery of the H7N9 bird flu virus in a batch of live chicken from the southern province of Guangdong.