The Week in Pictures

From election fights in the Ukraine to unrest in Syria, here's what dominated the headlines this week SLIDE SHOW

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    (AP Photo/Miraflores Press Office, Francisco Batista)

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    Nicolas Maduro

    Venezuela's Vice-President Nicolas Maduro, center, accompanied by other members of the cabinet, delivers a speech at the presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday. Maduro said on Venezuelan television Chavez was recovering in Cuba after an operation targeting an aggressive cancer that has defied multiple treatments. The operation was "complex" but was completed "correctly and successfully," he said.

    (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca)

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    Sandy relief concert

    This image released by Starpix shows Bruce Springsteen, left, and Jon Bon Jovi performing at the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden in New York on Wednesday. Proceeds from the show will be distributed through the Robin Hood Foundation.

    (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

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    Poland

    Opponents of Poland's last communist leader Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski attend an annual rally in front of his house in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday to mark the anniversary of the martial law he imposed on Poland 31 years ago, a repressive crackdown against Lech Walesa's Solidarity movement in an attempt to crush the proponents of democracy.

    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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    Nancy Pelosi

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California gestures as she meets with reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday. Pelosi questions why the fiscal cliff negotiations are going to the last minute.

    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

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    Leon Panetta

    U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, center, talks with Army Maj. Gen. Robert Abrams, right, and Command Sgt. Maj. Edd Watson, left, during a visit to Kandahar Airfield in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Thursday.

    (AP Photo/SANA)

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    Syria

    Syrian citizens gather next to cars that were destroyed by a car bomb in Qatana, (25) kilometers (15 miles) southwest of Damascus, Syria, Thursday. A bomb blast near a school in a Damascus suburb killed more than a dozen people, at least half of them women and children, the state news agency reported.

    (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

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    Chavez

    A woman places flowers in front of an image of Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in preparation for a mass in support of him in Managua, Nicaragua, Wednesday. Venezuela's Information Minister Ernesto Villegas expressed hope about Chavez's returning home for his Jan. 10 swearing-in for a new six-year term after his cancer surgery in Cuba, but said in a written message on a government website that if Chavez doesn't make it, "our people should be prepared to understand."

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    Turkey protests

    Police push back hundreds of protesters trying to enter a courthouse where prosecutors are scheduled to deliver final arguments in the case against 270 people accused of plotting to overturn the Islamic-leaning government, in Silivri near Istanbul. Turkey, Thursday.

    (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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    Egypt protests

    A protester injured in his eye from recent clashes looks on in front of the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday. Egypt's opposition called on its followers to vote "no" in a crucial referendum on a disputed constitution drafted by Islamist supporters of President Mohammed Morsi.

    (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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    Vladimir Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during a state-of-the-nation address in Moscow, Wednesday. Putin on Wednesday angrily rejected what he described as attempts to enforce foreign patterns of democracy on Russia and vowed to preserve the nation's identity against interference from abroad.

    (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

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    Ukraine lawmakers

    Ukrainian lawmakers fight around the rostrum during the first session of Ukraine's newly elected parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday.

    (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, File)

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    Avigdor Lieberman

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman speaks to the media during an event of his political party in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Friday. Lieberman has announced he is resigning a day after an indictment for breach of trust was filed against him by the country's attorney general.

    (AP Photo/Pier Marco Tacca)

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    Lara Gut

    Switzerland's Lara Gut celebrates at the finish line after winning a women's Alpine Ski World Cup downhill race, in Val d'Isere, France, Friday.

    (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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    Terry Kramer

    Terry Kramer, head of the U.S. delegation, right, listens to a speech at the final day of World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday. Envoys in Dubai signed a new U.N. telecommunications treaty Friday that a U.S.-led delegation says endorses greater government control of the Internet. The U.S. and more than 20 other countries refused to ratify the accord by the 193-nation International Telecommunications Union.

    (AP Photo / Manu Brabo)

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    Free Syrian Army

    A Free Syrian Army fighter fires at Syrian Army positions in Tal Sheer village, north of Aleppo province, Syria, Thursday.

    (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)

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    Tom Watson

    This image released by NBC shows co-host Matt Lauer, left, with PGA of America president Ted Bishop, center, and golfer Tom Watson on NBC News' "Today" show, Thursday in New York. Watson was announced as the captain for the U.S. Ryder Cup team.

    (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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    New York Knicks

    New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) defends Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Thursday. The Knicks defeated the Lakers 116-107.

    (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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    Slide 17

    Visitors watch waves crash on a cliff in Pescadero, Calif., Thursday. The National Weather Service says so-called King Tides caused by a rather unique combination of how the sun, the moon and the earth align will bring the highest tides of the year on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings.

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