The Week in Pictures

From the U.S. elections to protests in Argentina, here's a look at what dominated the headlines this week

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    NCAA

    Oregon running back Kenjon Barner (24) scores a touchdown as Southern California safety Jawanza Starling (29) attempts to make the stop during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Nov. 3, 2012, in Los Angeles. Oregon won 62-51.

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    Cuba storm

    Students salute as they sing their national anthem before classes begin in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Monday. Classes resumed Monday in a sign of some return to normalcy after the passing of Hurricane Sandy, but more than 100 schools remain shuttered due to storm damage.

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    Roger Federer

    Roger Federer of Switzerland arrives on court to play Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia during their ATP World Tour Finals singles tennis match at the O2 Arena in London, Tuesday.

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    Joe Biden

    Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by his wife, Jill Biden, and son Beau Biden, waves to members of the media after casting his ballot at Alexis I. duPont High School, Nov. 6, 2012, in Greenville, Del.

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    Nelson Mandela bank notes

    Reserve bank governor Gill Marcus displays bank notes bearing the image of former President Nelson Mandela, in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday. New South African banknotes featuring the image of former President and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela are going into circulation.

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    Puerto Rico election

    Voters wait in line to cast their ballots outside a polling station during elections in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tuesday. Puerto Ricans are electing a governor as the U.S. island territory does not get a vote in the U.S. presidential election. But they are also casting ballots in a referendum that asks voters if they want to change the relationship to the United States.

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    Linda McMahon

    Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Linda McMahon walks with her ballot in hand while voting in Greenwich, Conn., Tuesday. McMahon and Democratic opponent Chris Murphy were vying for the Senate seat now held by Joe Lieberman, an independent who's retiring. McMahon was defeated.

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    Argentina protest

    Protesters demonstrate against Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez in front of the Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday. Angered by rising inflation, violent crime and high-profile corruption, and afraid Fernandez will try to hold onto power indefinitely by ending constitutional term limits, the protesters banged pots and marched in Argentina's capital.

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    Syria displaced children

    On Wednesday, Amina Al Sado, 5, who fled with her family from the violence in their village, poses for a photograph inside a tent at a displaced camp, in the Syrian village of Atmeh, near the Turkish border with Syria. Most of the displaced people in the tent camp rising near this village on the Syrian-Turkish border are children. All have fled the violence of Syria's civil war further south.

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    John Boehner

    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, talks about the elections and the unfinished business of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday. President Barack Obama is slating a White House appearance on Friday, Nov. 9, to set the tone for upcoming talks with congressional Republicans on avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff. Republicans are drawing a line in the sand against higher tax rates for upper-income earners, seeking to topple the conventional wisdom that the freshly reelected Democrat has the whip hand in upcoming negotiations.

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    Marijuana Colorado

    Marijuana plants flourish under the lights at a grow house in Denver, on Thursday. Marijuana legalization votes this week in Colorado and Washington state don't just set up an epic state-federal showdown on drug law for residents. The measures also opens the door for marijuana tourism.

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    NBA

    Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) as Russell Westbrook (0) watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, in Chicago.

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    La Paz, Bolivia

    People arrive in the chapel of the Cementerio General with decorated human skulls on metal platters, to offer a prayer before attending the Natitas Festival at the largest cemetery in La Paz, Bolivia, Thursday. "Natitas" are human skulls from unnamed, abandoned graves that are cared for and decorated by faithful who use them as amulets, believing they serve as protection from thieves.

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    Radhouane Nouicer

    Radhouane Nouicer, the U.N.'s regional humanitarian coordinator for Syria, briefs the media during a news conference at the headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday.

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    Ireland children

    Posters decorate the street scene outside government buildings in Dublin, Ireland, Friday, before the historic referendum on an upcoming Saturday to decide on increasing legal protection for children in Ireland. Ireland's government is asking voters to agree to insert stronger rights for children into the constitution, a measure designed to make it easier for state agencies to protect children from abuse and for neglected kids to be adopted.

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    Jazmine Fenlator

    USA's pilot Jazmine Fenlator with brakewoman Lolo Jones races to a second-place finish in the women's bobsled World Cup competition on Nov. 9, 2012, in Lake Placid, N.Y.

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    Referendum 74

    Supporters of Referendum 74, which would uphold the state's new same-sex marriage law, cheer at a news conference Wednesday, in Seattle. Supporters of gay marriage in Washington state declared victory Wednesday, saying they don't see a way for their opponents to prevail as votes continue to trickle in on Referendum 74.

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    Patrick Murphy

    Patrick Murphy, the Democratic candidate for Florida's 18th Congressional District, talks to supporters during a "thank you" tour of his district, Thursday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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    Cara Jennings

    Cara Jennings joins the demonstration outside the Palm Beach Circuit Court building where people are demanding U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., stop his battle to keep his congressional seat, in West Palm Beach, Fla., Thursday.

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    Colombia slain workers

    The coffins of slain farmworkers stand in a row during a funeral ceremony in Santa Rosa de Osos in Colombia's Antioquia state, Friday. On Wednesday, a drug-trafficking paramilitary group killed 10 peasants on a farm in northern Colombia, authorities said Thursday.

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    Ten spectacular graphic novels from 2014

    Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascoët
    Kerascoët's lovely, delicate pen-and-watercolor art -- all intricate botanicals, big eyes and flowing hair -- gives this fairy story a deceptively pretty finish. You find out quickly, however, that these are the heartless and heedless fairies of folk legend, not the sentimental sprites beloved by the Victorians and Disney fans. A host of tiny hominid creatures must learn to survive in the forest after fleeing their former home -- a little girl who lies dead in the woods. The main character, Aurora, tries to organize the group into a community, but most of her cohort is too capricious, lazy and selfish to participate for long. There's no real moral to this story, which is refreshing in itself, beyond the perpetual lessons that life is hard and you have to be careful whom you trust. Never has ugly truth been given a prettier face.

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    Climate Changed: A Personal Journey Through the Science by Philippe Squarzoni
    Squarzoni is a French cartoonist who makes nonfiction graphic novels about contemporary issues and politics. While finishing up a book about France under Jacques Chirac, he realized that when it came to environmental policy, he didn't know what he was talking about. "Climate Changed" is the result of his efforts to understand what has been happening to the planet, a striking combination of memoir and data that ruminates on a notoriously elusive, difficult and even imponderable subject. Panels of talking heads dispensing information (or Squarzoni discussing the issues with his partner) are juxtaposed with detailed and meticulous yet lyrical scenes from the author's childhood, the countryside where he takes a holiday and a visit to New York. He uses his own unreachable past as a way to grasp the imminent transformation of the Earth. The result is both enlightening and unexpectedly moving.

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    Here by Richard McGuire
    A six-page version of this innovative work by a regular contributor to the New Yorker first appeared in RAW magazine 25 years ago. Each two-page spread depicts a single place, sometimes occupied by a corner of a room, over the course of 4 billion years. The oldest image is a blur of pink and purple gases; others depict hazmat-suited explorers from 300 years in the future. Inset images show the changing decor and inhabitants of the house throughout its existence: family photos, quarrels, kids in Halloween costumes, a woman reading a book, a cat walking across the floor. The cumulative effect is serene and ravishing, an intimation of the immensity of time and the wonder embodied in the humblest things.

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    Kill My Mother by Jules Feiffer
    The legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist delivers his debut graphic novel at 85, a deliriously over-the-top blend of classic movie noir and melodrama that roams from chiaroscuro Bay City to Hollywood to a USO gig in the Pacific theater of World War II. There's a burnt-out drunk of a private eye, but the story is soon commandeered by a multigenerational collection of ferocious women, including a mysterious chanteuse who never speaks, a radio comedy writer who makes a childhood friend the butt of a hit series and a ruthless dame intent on making her whiny coward of a husband into a star. There are disguises, musical numbers and plenty of gunfights, but the drawing is the main attraction. Nobody convey's bodies in motion more thrillingly than Feiffer, whether they're dancing, running or duking it out. The kid has promise.

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    The Motherless Oven by Rob Davis
    This is a weird one, but in the nervy surreal way that word-playful novels like "A Clockwork Orange" or "Ulysses" are weird. The main character, a teenage schoolboy named Scarper Lee, lives in a world where it rains knives and people make their own parents, contraptions that can be anything from a tiny figurine stashable in a pocket to biomorphic boiler-like entities that seem to have escaped from Dr. Seuss' nightmares. Their homes are crammed with gadgets they call gods and instead of TV they watch a hulu-hoop-size wheel of repeating images that changes with the day of the week. They also know their own "death day," and Scarper's is coming up fast. Maybe that's why he runs off with the new girl at school, a real troublemaker, and the obscurely dysfunctional Castro, whose mother is a cageful of talking parakeets. A solid towline of teenage angst holds this manically inventive vision together, and proves that some graphic novels can rival the text-only kind at their own game.

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    NOBROW 9: It's Oh So Quiet
    For each issue, the anthology magazine put out by this adventurous U.K.-based publisher of independent graphic design, illustration and comics gives 45 artists a four-color palette and a theme. In the ninth issue, the theme is silence, and the results are magnificent and full of surprises. The comics, each told in images only, range from atmospheric to trippy to jokey to melancholy to epic to creepy. But the two-page illustrations are even more powerful, even if it's not always easy to see how they pertain to the overall concept of silence. Well, except perhaps for the fact that so many of them left me utterly dumbstruck with visual delight.

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    Over Easy by Mimi Pond
    When Pond was a broke art student in the 1970s, she took a job at a neighborhood breakfast spot in Oakland, a place with good food, splendid coffee and an endlessly entertaining crew of short-order cooks, waitresses, dishwashers and regular customers. This graphic memoir, influenced by the work of Pond's friend, Alison Bechdel, captures the funky ethos of the time, when hippies, punks and disco aficionados mingled in a Bay Area at the height of its eccentricity. The staff of the Imperial Cafe were forever swapping wisecracks and hopping in and out of each other's beds, which makes them more or less like every restaurant team in history. There's an intoxicating esprit de corps to a well-run everyday joint like the Imperial Cafe, and never has the delight in being part of it been more winningly portrayed.

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    The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew
    You don't have to be a superhero fan to be utterly charmed by Yang and Liew's revival of a little-known character created in the 1940s by the cartoonist Chu Hing. This version of the Green Turtle, however, is rich in characterization, comedy and luscious period detail from the Chinatown of "San Incendio" (a ringer for San Francisco). Hank, son of a mild-mannered grocer, would like to follow in his father's footsteps, but his restless mother (the book's best character and drawn with masterful nuance by Liew) has other ideas after her thrilling encounter with a superhero. Yang's story effortlessly folds pathos into humor without stooping to either slapstick or cheap "darkness." This is that rare tribute that far surpasses the thing it celebrates.

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    Shoplifter by Michael Cho
    Corinna Park, former English major, works, unhappily, in a Toronto advertising agency. When the dissatisfaction of the past five years begins to oppress her, she lets off steam by pilfering magazines from a local convenience store. Cho's moody character study is as much about city life as it is about Corinna. He depicts her falling asleep in front of the TV in her condo, brooding on the subway, roaming the crowded streets after a budding romance goes awry. Like a great short story, this is a simple tale of a young woman figuring out how to get her life back, but if feels as if it contains so much of contemporary existence -- its comforts, its loneliness, its self-deceptions -- suspended in wintery amber.

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    Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
    This collection of archetypal horror, fairy and ghost stories, all about young girls, comes lushly decked in Carroll's inky black, snowy white and blood-scarlet art. A young bride hears her predecessor's bones singing from under the floorboards, two friends make the mistake of pretending to summon the spirits of the dead, a family of orphaned siblings disappears one by one into the winter nights. Carroll's color-saturated images can be jagged, ornate and gruesome, but she also knows how to chill with absence, shadows and a single staring eye. Literary readers who cherish the work of Kelly Link or the late Angela Carter's collection, "The Bloody Chamber," will adore the violent beauty on these pages.

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