Week in pictures

The conflict in Syria continued this week as a rover landed on Mars and Olympians thrilled the world

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    (AP/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

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    A Somali soldier stands guard as Somalis gather in a stadium in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on Monday. Somalis took to the streets to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the ouster of al Shabab militants, the culmination of years of warfare by African Union and Somali forces that has allowed Mogadishu to bask in a year of relative peace.

    (AP/Eric Risberg)

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    Smoke pours from a fire at the Chevron Richmond Refinery, seen at left behind Alcatraz Island, as a catamaran sails by in San Francisco, on Monday. The fire, first reported at 6:40 p.m. Monday, is burning in a process unit at the refinery, officials said.

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    This Aug. 26, 2003, image, made available by NASA, shows Mars photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope on the planet's closest approach to Earth in 60,000 years. NASA’'s robotic rover Curiosity landed safely on Mars late on Aug. 5, 2012, to begin two years of exploration. The mission cost $2.5 billion.

    (AP/Charles Dharapak)

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    Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney pushes a shopping cart after buying groceries at Hunter's Shop and Save supermarket in Wolfeboro, N.H., on Monday.

    (AP/Jerome Delay)

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    Internally displaced people find refuge in an empty building in an impromptu refugee camp in Kibati, north of Goma in eastern Congo, on Monday. Doctors Without Borders (MSF)'s Christian Masudi said the lack of hygiene and the overpopulation of the area created by the influx of internally displaced people were key factors in the potential explosion of diseases such as cholera.

    (AP/Charles Krupa)

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    Athletes struggle for control during a men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday in London.

    (AP/ Manish Swarup)

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    Indian Sikhs are pictured here during a protest in New Delhi, India, on Monday against Sunday's killing of six people at a Sikh temple in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Monday that he was shocked and saddened by the shooting attack, which killed six people.

    (AP/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Alex J. Berliner)

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    Marvin Hamlisch, a conductor and award-winning composer best known for the torch song "The Way We Were," died Monday in Los Angeles. He was 68.

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    German gymnast Marcel Nyugen at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, in London.

    (AP/Andy Wong)

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    Tuesday, cyclists passed by a screen owned by Chinese state media Xinhua News Agency in Beijing broadcasting a CCTV news report showing China's Liu Xiang sitting after falling in a men's 110-meter hurdles heat during the 2012 London Olympic. Chinese at home shed tears after the former world-record holder crashed into the first hurdle in his first heat of the 110-meter hurdles at the London Games.

    (AP/Seth Perlman)

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    Pat Martens Balke of St. Louis rallies with other supporters of The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) at a vigil on Thursday in St. Louis. The LCWR, the largest U.S. group for Roman Catholic nuns, is meeting to decide how they should respond to a Vatican rebuke and order for reform. The organization represents about 80 percent of the 57,000 U.S. sisters.

    (AP/Mark J. Terrill)

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    Great Britain competes during the synchronized swimming team free routine final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Friday.

    (AP/ Khalil Hamra)

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    A Syrian man chants slogans during the funeral of 29-year-old Free Syrian Army fighter Husain Al-Ali, who was killed during clashes in the town of Marea on the outskirts of Aleppo city, Syria, on Thursday.

    (AP/Felix Marquez)

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    Vendors that were caught unprepared try to recover their chairs after high waves dragged their beach stalls into the sea in Veracruz, Mexico, on Thursday. Tropical Storm Ernesto headed into Mexico's southern Gulf coast as authorities in the flood-prone region prepared shelters, army troops and rescue personnel for drenching rains.

    (AP/Nati Harnik)

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    Jerry Johnson of Ashland uses his antique 1957 Ford tractor to mow vegetation around his drying pond in Ashland, Neb., Thursday, which he hopes will keep the critters away. The latest U.S. drought map shows that excessively dry conditions are continuing to worsen in the Midwest states that are key producers of corn and soybeans.

    (AP/Chuck Burton)

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    Tiger Woods watches his drive from the fifteenth tee during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament on the Ocean Course of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, S.C., Thursday.

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    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory logo is seen on a full-resolution image of the Martian surface from the navigation cameras on NASA's Curiosity rover, which are located on the rover's "head," or mast. The pictures are downloaded at the Surface Mission Support Area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., Thursday. The rim of Gale Crater can be seen in the distance beyond the pebbly ground.

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