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Week in Photos: September 13, 2013

From Japan’s Olympic joy to the front lines of Syria’s civil war, see the most striking images of the week.

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Hannover, Germany

September 9, 2013
A worker places a new poster for the Christian Democratic Party, featuring an image of Chancellor Angela Merkel, ahead of Germany's federal election.

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Jersey City, N.J.

September 11, 2013
A woman looks out at New York's Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center from inside the 9/11 Empty Sky memorial at Liberty State Park.

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Düsseldorf, Germany

September 5, 2013
A cyclist rides along a dike beside the Rhine on a sunny day near Düsseldorf.

Muzaffar Salman/Reuters

Aleppo, Syria

September 11, 2013
A Free Syrian Army fighter carries his weapon as he takes a position inside a room near Hanano Barracks, which is controlled by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Oded Balilty/AP

Herzeliya, Israel

September 12, 2013
Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Hassidic sect Vizhnitz gather on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea as they participate in a Tashlich ceremony.

Bullit Marquez/AP

Zamboanga, Philippines

September 12, 2013
Philippine troops continue their assault on Muslim rebels after an attack near the southern port. Scores of residents are reportedly being held hostage by the extremists during a four-day standoff with government forces.

Hasan Jamali/AP

Sakhir, Bahrain

September 11, 2013
Oil pumps work at sundown in the desert oil fields.

Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

Mumbai, India

September 11, 2013
A laundryman dries clothes on railway tracks at a suburban station.

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Portland, Maine

September 11, 2013
A bolt of lightning strikes north of Macworth Island. According to the National Weather Service, there were more than 1,000 lightning strikes per hour at the height of the storm.

Jim Young/Reuters

Chicago

September 8, 2013
A worker deflates a  Bears mascot prior to the NFL football game between Chicago and the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Qinling, China

September 6, 2013
A rare giant panda with brown-and-white fur eats a carrot at a nature-conservation area. The four-year-old was found in Qinling in 2009, when it was a cub.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

September 7, 2013
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, along with members of the Tokyo bid committee, jump for joy as Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, announced Tokyo as the host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

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Wuhan, China

September 7, 2013
Parents of first-year students sleep on mats laid out on the floor of a gymnasium at Huazhong Normal University. According to local media, this is the eighth year the school set out mats for hundreds of parents who are accompanying freshmen on their first day of school.

Carlo Allegri/Reuters

New York City

September 6, 2013
Models smoke outside before the Rag & Bone show during Fashion Week in New York City.

Toby Melville/Reuters

London

September 11, 2013
A swimmer passes by a floating sculpture as he trains on the Serpentine Lake at Hyde Park.

Matt Sullivan/Reuters

Columbus, Ohio

September 10, 2013
American fans cheer on their team during a game against Mexico at the first half of their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match.

Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters

Bangkok, Thailand

September 8, 2013
Buddhist monks walk in lines past people who have gathered for a mass alms-offering ceremony. The event was organized to offer aid to 2 million monks across Thailand.

Houssam Abo Dabak/Reuters

Idlib, Syria

September 8, 2013
A girl stands in front of a building damaged by what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the northern town of Ariha in the Idlib Province.