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Week in Photos: May 10, 2014

From women in Lagos demanding the release of the kidnapped Nigerian girls to landslide victims in Afghanistan and burning wreckage in Mariupol, Ukraine, the week’s most striking images.

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Homs, Syria

May 8, 2014
Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad supervise the evacuation process of rebel fighters from the old city. After holding the area for nearly two years, about 1,200 rebel fighters and trapped civilians boarded buses that took them out of the “capital of the revolution” in convoys on Wednesday and Thursday, activists said. On Thursday, Syrian forces took full control over the city, once associated with scenes of joyous pro-democracy crowds but now famed for images of ruin that epitomize the brutality of Syria’s civil war.

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Caracas, Venezuela

May 8, 2014
An anti-government protester attempts to catch a gas canister thrown by police during a protest against President Nicolas Maduro’s government. Venezuelan security forces on Thursday rounded up hundreds of youth activists and dismantled camps set up as part of protests against Maduro, leading angry residents to stage demonstrations against the move. Pre-dawn raids by National Guard troops broke up four tent camps maintained by student activists as part of a three-month wave of protests that have steadily waned over recent weeks, even as sporadic clashes continue.

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Lagos, Nigeria

May 5, 2014
Women holding signs take part in a protest demanding the release of more than 200 abducted secondary school girls from the remote village of Chibok, in northeast Nigeria. The Islamist militant group Boko Haram claimed responsibility on Monday for the attack, the French news agency AFP reported, citing a video it had obtained. Boko Haram stormed the school on April 14, then packed the teenage girls, who had been taking exams, onto trucks and disappeared into a remote area along the border with Cameroon.

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Lagos, Nigeria

May 8, 2014
A man works in his hair salon at night. Makoko is slum neighborhood, with a population thought to be in the thousands but not officially counted. The slum is seldom visited by anyone from the outside.

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Aab Bareek, Afghanistan

May 5, 2014
Afghan landslide-affected villagers gather near tents during aid distribution in the Argo district of Badakhshan. Afghan officials said they plan to build new houses for hundreds of families made homeless by a landslide that entombed a northeastern village and killed at least 300 people.

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Argo District, Afghanistan

May 6, 2014
Displaced Afghan villagers gather near the site of a landslide in Badakhshan province.

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Argo District, Afghanistan

May 5, 2014
Displaced Afghans wait for aid near the site of the landslide. Grief-stricken and desititute villagers vented anger at their government as they scrambled for emergency aid, three days after deadly landslides engulfed their homes. Some 300 homes in Aab Bareek, a village in the remote and mountainous northeastern province of Badakhshan, were buried under up to 50 meters of earth and debris.

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Rome, Italy

May 4, 2014
Pope Francis greets the crowd as he leaves at the end of a Mass for the Polish community at St. Stanislaw Church.

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Mariupol, Ukraine

May 9, 2014
A masked man jumps over a burning barricade in front of the police headquarters in the southeastern port city. Ukrainian forces attacked the police headquarters on Friday in an attempt to drive out pro-Russian militants, and the building caught fire, according to a Ukrainian parliamentary deputy.

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Montmelo, Spain

May 9, 2014
Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren drives during practice ahead of the Spanish F1 Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya.

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Seville, Spain

May 7, 2014
Women wearing Sevillana dresses take part in the traditional Feria de Abril, or April fair, in the Andalusian capital. The fair runs until May 11.

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Berlin, Germany

May 9, 2014
Nne-day-old Bine licks another giraffe, named Andrea, in Friedrichsfelde zoo.