The Week in Pictures

From a school bus strike in NYC to a hostage crisis in Algeria, a look at what dominated the headlines this week SLIDE SHOW

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    Kentucky shooting

    Hazard Community and Technical College president Dr. Stephen Greiner addresses the media Tuesday following a shooting on campus in Hazard, Ky. Authorities say two people were shot and killed and a teen was wounded in the parking lot of the eastern Kentucky community college.

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    School bus strike

    A school bus arrives to drop off students in New York, Tuesday. A strike by New York City school bus drivers that had been threatened for weeks will start Wednesday morning, affecting 152,000 students, the president of the union representing the drivers announced Monday.

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    South Korean girl group T-ara poses for photographers as they arrive on the red carpet ahead of the 27th Golden Disk Awards at Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia, Wednesday.

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    Bangladesh left party activists carry an activist injured during a rally on a rickshaw in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday. Police used pepper spray, water cannons and batons to disperse dozens of activists trying to march through the streets of Bangladesh's capital as part of a nationwide general strike on Wednesday to protest a government fuel price hike.

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    Tokyo stocks

    Women walk past an electronic stock indicator in Tokyo, Japan, Wednesday.

    (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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    Wednesday, Jim Howard of Cooper City, Fla., walks along a levee in the Florida Everglades in search of pythons as part of the month long "Python Challenge." Wildlife officials say more than 1,000 people signed up for the competition that began Saturday and ends Feb. 10. The state hopes the hunters will help researchers collect more information about the pythons. The large snakes are an invasive species and are considered a menace to Florida's swamplands.

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    Mohammed Morsi

    In this image released by the Egyptian presidency, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, center, meets with Republican Sen. John McCain, center left, at the Presidential Palace in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday. Morsi met with McCain in Cairo on Wednesday, for a visit expected to last three days. The meeting comes after the Obama administration on Tuesday gave a blistering review of remarks that the Egyptian president made almost three years ago about Jews and called for him to repudiate what it called unacceptable rhetoric.

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    Kenya protests

    A demonstrator wears a mask in the colors of the Kenyan flag as he stands next to mock coffins, on which are written "State Burial, Ballot Revolution," before demonstrators carried the coffins to the Parliament and burned them, in Nairobi, Kenya Wednesday.

    (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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    Wisconsin's Ben Brust (1) and Jared Berggren (40) react after defeating Indiana 64-59 in an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, in Bloomington, Ind.

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    Leung Chun-ying

    Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying arrives at the Legislative Council before delivering his policy address in Hong Kong Wednesday. Leung focused on the social problems such as housing, pollution and economic development for the next five years.

    (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

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    Francois Hollande

    French President Francois Hollande delivers his speech, during the New Year wishes ceremony, to media in Paris, Wednesday. Hollande launched the surprise operation in Mali, a former West African colony, on Friday, with hopes of stopping al-Qaida-linked and other Islamist extremists he believes pose a danger to the world.

    (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

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    Georges Papakonstantinou

    Former finance minister Georges Papakonstantinou addresses the Parliament in Athens on Thursday. Greece's Parliament is debating whether to investigate four former senior members of the government including Papaconstantinou, over how leaked data on Greeks who banked in Switzerland was handled. All four deny wrongdoing.

    (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan, File)

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    Lance Armstrong

    The IOC has stripped Lance Armstrong of his bronze medal from the 2000 Sydney Olympics because of his involvement in doping. Two officials say the IOC sent a letter to Armstrong on Wednesday night, asking him to return the medal.

    (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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    Tiger Woods

    Tiger Woods from the U.S. plays a bunker shot on the 7th hole during the second round of Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday.

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    Nigeria troops

    Nigeria battalion 1 troops, part of the African-led international support mission to Mali, sing before their departure, at the peacekeeping center in Jaji, Kaduna, Nigeria, Thursday. The federal government has approved the immediate deployment of 900 troops as part of the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) force to push for the emancipation of Northern Mali from the grip of Islamists.

    (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    Leon Panetta

    U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta speaks about the situation in Algeria, at the start of his remarks during a visit to King's College in London on Friday, saying there will be "no quarter for terrorists in North Africa."

    (AP Photo/Ouahab Hebbat)

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    Algeria kidnapping

    Algerian men look at national newspapers headlining the terrorist attack and kidnapping in Amenas at a newsstand in Algiers, Thursday. Algerian forces raided a remote Sahara gas plant on Thursday in an attempt to free dozens of foreign hostages held by militants with ties to Mali’'s rebel Islamists, diplomats and an Algerian security official said. Information on the Algerian assault in the remote area was wildly varying: Islamic militants claimed that 35 hostages and 15 militants died in a strafing by Algerian helicopters, while Algeria’s official news service claimed hundreds of local workers and half the foreigners were rescued.

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    England weather

    A woman walks along a snowy path in Bristol, western England, as snow shut roads and disrupted train travel Friday Jan. 18, 2013. Snow is expected to fall over a large part of Britain on Friday.

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    Jean-Claude Juncker

    Luxembourg's Prime Minister and head of the eurogroup Jean-Claude Juncker, center right, and Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, center left, speak with the media in Luxembourg on Friday. The outgoing leader of the group of finance ministers from the 17 European Union countries that use the euro is meeting with Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Friday, another indication the Dutch finance minister will take the post next week.

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    Pond de l'Archeveche - hundreds thousands of padlocks locked to a bridge by random couples, as a symbol of their eternal love. After another iconic Pont des Arts bridge was cleared of the padlocks in 2010 (as a safety measure), people started to place their love symbols on this one. Today both of the bridges are full of love locks again.

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    A bird's view of tulip fields near Voorhout in the Netherlands, photographed with a drone in April 2015.

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    Angalamman Festival is celebrated every year in a small town called Kaveripattinam in Tamil Nadu. Devotees, numbering in tens of thousands, converge in this town the day after Maha Shivratri to worship the deity Angalamman, meaning 'The Guardian God'. During the festival some of the worshippers paint their faces that personifies Goddess Kali. Other indulge in the ritual of piercing iron rods throughout their cheeks.

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    Kit Mikai is a natural rock formation about 40m high found in Western Kenya. She goes up the rocks regularly to meditate. Kit Mikai, Kenya

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    On a weekend trip to buffalo from Toronto we made a pit stop at Niagara Falls on the Canadian side. I took this shot with my nexus 5 smartphone. I was randomly shooting the falls themselves from different viewpoints when I happened to get a pretty lucky and interesting shot of this lone seagull on patrol over the falls. I didn't even realize I had captured it in the shot until I went back through the photos a few days later

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    Incredibly beautiful and extremely remote. Koehn Lake, Mojave Desert, California. Aerial Image.

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    Lucky timing! The oxpecker was originally sitting on hippo's head. I could see the hippo was going into a huge yawn (threat display?) and the oxpecker had to vacate it's perch. When I snapped the pic, the oxpecker appeared on the verge of being inhaled and was perfectly positioned between the massive gaping jaws of the hippo. The oxpecker also appears to be screeching in terror and back-pedaling to avoid being a snack!

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    The Yetis of Nepal - The Aghoris as they are called are marked by colorful body paint and clothes

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    Taken from a zodiac raft on a painfully cold, rainy day

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    This wave is situated right near the CBD of Sydney. Some describe it as the most dangerous wave in Australia, due to it breaking on barnacle covered rocks only a few feet deep and only ten metres from the cliff face. If you fall off you could find yourself in a life and death situation. This photo was taken 300 feet directly above the wave from a helicopter, just as the surfer is pulling into the lip of the barrel.

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