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Week in Photos: February 22, 2014

From civil strife and turmoil in Caracas and Bangkok to Olympic struggles in Sochi, a visual look at the highlights of the past week.

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Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

Bangkok, Thailand

February 19, 2014

An anti-government protester stands near Thai soldiers guarding a Defense Ministry compound, which is serving as a temporary office for Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Protesters seeking to oust Yingluck rallied at her temporary office on Wednesday, but the premier stayed away from the potential flashpoint a day after five people were killed in gunbattles in Bangkok. 

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Kiev, Ukraine

February 20, 2014

Protesters catch fire as they stand behind burning barricades during clashes with police. Ukraine's embattled leader announced a "truce" with the opposition as he prepared to be questioned by visiting European Union diplomats over clashes that killed 26 and left the government facing diplomatic isolation. The shocking scale of the violence three months into the crisis brought expressions of grave concern from the West and condemnation of an "attempted coup" by the Kremlin.

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Caracas, Venezuela

February 19, 2014

An anti-government protester holds up a national flag during a demonstration in the Altamira neighborhood of Caracas.

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Kiev, Ukraine

February 20, 2014

An anti-government protester shoots an improvised device during clashes with riot police in Independence Square. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich accused pro-European opposition leaders on Wednesday of trying to seize power by force after at least 26 people died in the worst violence since the former Soviet republic gained independence. 

David Goldman/AP

Sochi, Russia

February 20, 2014

A visitor to Olympic Park is silhouetted while walking past the Olympic cauldron at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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Sochi, Russia

February 19, 2014

Adelina Sotnikova of Russia competes in the women's short program figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Pool photo by Fayez Nureldine

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

February 18, 2014

Britain's Prince Charles, wearing traditional Saudi attire, attends the Saudi dance known as 'Arda,' which was performed during the Janadriya culture festival at Der'iya.

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London

February 17, 2014

A model has make up applied backstage at the Roksanda Ilincic Autumn/Winter 2014 show during London Fashion Week.

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Bangkok, Thailand

February 19, 2014

A soldier stands guard as anti-government protesters gather at a Defense Ministry compound in north Bangkok, which is serving as a temporary office for Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. A Thai court ordered the government on Wednesday not to use force against protesters who are attempting to oust the prime minister, a day after violent clashes between riiot police and demonstrators left five people dead and dozens injured. 


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Bangkok, Thailand

February 17, 2014

Soldiers stand guard at the temporary office of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra during a protest. Hundreds of unpaid Thai rice farmers swarmed around the office on Monday, threatening to storm the building if the beleaguered premier did not come out and speak to them. The escalation of the protest by farmers (who have not been paid for crops sold to the government under a state rice-buying scheme that helped sweep Yingluck's Puea Thai Party to power) came as thousands of demonstrators seeking to unseat the prime minister surrounded the government's headquarters. 

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Gaza

February 17, 2014

Palestinian Hamas militants march during a training exercise.

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Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province, China

February 21, 2014

A customer jumps on piles of steel coils at a steel market. Global steel production fell slightly in January as the Chinese New Year holiday slowed industrial activity in the top steel producing country and as steelmakers in China and elsewhere responded to depressed demand and softer prices.

Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Jerusalem

February 19, 2014

Ultra-orthodox Jewish bride Rivka Hannah Krois watches her groom dance after their traditional wedding ceremony in the Mea Shearim neighborhood.

Alexander Demianchuk/Reuters

Sochi, Russia

February 20, 2014

China's Li Zijun competes during the figure skating women's free skating program at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

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Sochi, Russia

February 21, 2014

Sweden's goaltender Henrik Lundqvist reacts after a men's semifinal ice hockey game against Finland at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Sweden won 2-1 to advance to the gold medal game.