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Week in Photos: March 2, 2013

From Israel’s Purim observance to a Trayvon Martin remembrance, see the most striking images of the week.

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From a Sandy Hook Elementary parent’s Senate testimony and a Trayvon Martin remembrance to Israel’s Purim observance, see the most striking images of the week.

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Lahore, Pakistan

February 26, 2013

Pakistani Kushti wrestlers warm up before attending their daily training session at a wrestling club. Kushti, an Indo-Pakistani form of wrestling, is several thousand years old and a national sport in Pakistan.

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Gao, Mali

February 28, 2013

A group of Malian gendarmes pose near the Niger River. The Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa occupied Gao for nine months before it was recaptured by French and Malian troops in a French-led offensive January 26.

Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty

Hyderabad, India

February 28, 2013

An Indian laborer sorts watermelons at the Gaddiannaram fruit market. India’s government on Thursday earmarked $1.9 billion for a program to combat malnutrition, a move viewed as a major vote winner for the ruling Congress party in elections next year.

David Goldman/"AP

Fort Myers, Florida

February 26, 2013

Barton Murray, 13, of Boston, sits atop the outfield wall waiting to catch a ball in the seventh inning of a spring-training baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Geelong, Australia

February 27, 2013

Tinstix of Dynamite perform their finale during the 2013 Australian International Airshow at Avalon Airport. The show opened to the public Thursday after industry insiders spent the week reviewing new aircraft.

Noel Celis/AFP/Getty

Manila

February 27, 2013

A resident looks at destroyed houses after a fire engulfed a slum area. According to local reports, some 400 homes were destroyed, leaving at least 500 families homeless. 

John Moore/AP

Daytona Beach, Florida

February 23, 2013

Kyle Larson (32) goes airborne before catching the fencing in a wreck including Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88), Parker Kligerman (77), Justin Allgaier (31), and Brian Scott (2) during the final lap of the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway.

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Chicago

February 26, 2013

Southwest Airlines employees guide a plane into the gate at Midway International Airport. Several flights were canceled or delayed due to a winter storm. 

Ariel Schalit/AP

Tel Aviv

February 27, 2013

A man exercises moments before swimming in the Mediterranean.

Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty

Jerusalem

February 25, 2013

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man lies on the sidewalk amid celebrations of the Jewish festival of Purim in the religious neighborhood of Mea Shearim. Purim marks the deliverance of the Jewish people from a genocidal plot in ancient Persia, as recorded in the biblical Book of Esther. 

Brian Blanco/Reuters, via Landov

Sanford, Florida

February 26, 2013

A supporter wears a hooded sweatshirt bearing the face of teenager Trayvon Martin as she joins other attendees in a candlelight vigil held at the exact moment when Martin was shot one year earlier by neighborhood-watch volunteer George Zimmerman. The fatal encounter between Martin and Zimmerman put the spotlight on gun control and Florida’s much-criticized “stand your ground” statute, also known as a “shoot first” law, which was signed into law by former governor Jeb Bush in 2005. The attendees symbolically wore hooded sweatshirts, as Martin was wearing one at the time of his death.

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Vatican City

February 27, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives at Saint Peter’s Square for his last weekly audience. The pope resigned Friday as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

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Washington

February 27, 2013

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke listens with his staff while he testifies before the House Committee on Financial Services on Capitol Hill.

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Washington

February 27, 2013

Neil Heslin, the father of 6-year-old Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim Jesse Lewis, holds a picture of himself with Jesse as he testifies during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee held a hearing on the assault-weapons ban.