The Week in Pictures

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    Ex-presidential candidate John Edwards speaks outside a federal courthouse after his campaign finance fraud case ended in a mistrial.

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    ABC host Robin Roberts, left, speaks with first lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday. Obama discussed a variety of topics, including her new book"American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America."

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    On Tuesday, a worker shovels cacao beans as they dry in the sun in San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic. Conservationists are using Dominican cloud forests to establish a sanctuary that blends sustainable agriculture with forest preservation.

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    On Sunday, Nepal's Brahmins and Chhetri society members hold a demonstration in Katmandu, as they demand that states proposed in the new constitution should not be determined on the basis of ethnicity.

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    Doc Watson, the Grammy-award winning folk musician whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world for more than a half-century, died Tuesday. He was 89.

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    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event at the Veterans Museum & Memorial Center, Monday in San Diego.

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    Canadian singer Justin Bieber, right, is under investigation for criminal battery after a physical altercationwith a paparazzi photographer Sunday.

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    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks to reporters on Wednesday. With a recall election looming, a poll released Wednesday showed Walker with a narrow lead over Democratic challenger Tom Barrett.

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    Workers chat while sitting on the scaffolding of a modern commercial building in Beijing on Wednesday. China is rolling out a mini-stimulus to fight its economic slump but is moving cautiously after its massive response to the 2008 global crisis left a painful hangover of inflation and debt.

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    Queen Elizabeth II kicks off a long weekend of celebrations of her 60-year reign by going to the races. Racegoers celebrate on an open-top bus during Investec Ladies' Day at Epsom Racecourse on Friday.

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    Afghans walk by a damaged vehicle that was hit by a roadside bomb east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday. Three government employees were killed by a roadside bomb as they were traveling to work Wednesday morning in the district.

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    President Obama speaks at a Jewish American Heritage Month reception at the White House, Wednesday.

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    Inmates wait in line for lunch in San Pedro Sula Central Corrections Facility in Honduras, on Sunday. Inside one of Honduras' most dangerous and overcrowded prisons, inmates sell everything from iPhones to prostitutes.

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    A Liberal Libertario party member offers one dollar for 5 Argentine pesos to protest the lack of freedom, such as the right to freely dispose of their own money, in Buenos Aires, Monday. President Cristina Fernandez is cracking down to keep hard currency from flowing out of Argentina, which needs the dollars to maintain its central bank reserves and pay debts.

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    French journalist Romeo Langlois, newly freed by Colombian rebels, gives a thumbs up as he arrives at Paris Roissy airport, Friday. The 35-year-old journalist was accompanying Colombian soldiers on a cocaine-lab destruction mission on April 28 when rebels attacked.

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    The trophy for the 2012 National Spelling Bee sits onstage before the start of the second round, Wednesday, in Oxon Hill, Md.

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    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday. Fearing a financial rupture in Europe, investors around the world fled from risk. In the United States, where concerns about Europe have already wiped out most of this year's gains for stocks, major averages fell more than 1 percent.

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    Victor Chikelu, a university student from Nigeria, describes a racist attack he suffered on a subway train two years ago in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Friday. With a week to go until the Euro 2012 soccer tournament, Ukraine has been rocked by accusations of rampant racism after a British documentary showed thugs violently beating dark-skinned soccer fans during a domestic league match.

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    A woman walks past the Brazilian Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, Wednesday. Roger Pinto, an opposition senator, took refuge in the embassy and asked Brazil for political asylum.

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    Audrey Tautou and others arrive for the awards ceremony at the 65th international film festival in Cannes, France, on Sunday.

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    Jonny and Ali, who both declined to give their last names, comfort each other on Friday where a gunman killed four people and severely wounded another in a cafe the day before, in Seattle.

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    Currency traders work under a screen indicating the exchange rate of the euro against Japanese yen and the Nikkei 225 index, in Tokyo, Wednesday.

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    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez talks to reporters Thursday during a tour and briefing at a fire base camp near Reserve, N.M. Fire officials said Friday that the massive blaze in the Gila National Forest scorched an additional 39 square miles in the previous day. The fire has burned nearly 217,000 acres in an isolated mountainous area of southwestern New Mexico.

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