The Week in Pictures

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    Zimbabwe worms

    In this photo taken Sunday, Amalinda Ndlovu shows her catch while harvesting mopane worms in Gwanda, Zimbabwe. In Zimbabwe as well as most parts of southern Africa, mopane worms are a staple part of the diet in rural areas and are considered a delicacy in the cities. They can be eaten dry, as crunchy as potato chips, or cooked and drenched in sauce.

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    Mariel Hemingway

    Actress Mariel Hemingway from the film "Running From Crazy" poses for a portrait during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on Sunday in Park City, Utah.

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    Beyoncé

    Beyoncé sings the National Anthem at the ceremonial swearing-in for President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th presidential inauguration in Washington, Monday.

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    Algeria

    Algerian firemen carry a coffin containing a person killed during the gas facility hostage situation at the morgue in Ain Amenas, Algeria, Monday. At least 81 people have been reported dead, including 32 Islamist militants, after a bloody, four-day hostage situation at Algeria's remote Ain Amenas natural gas plant.

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    Dakota Fanning

    Dakota Fanning from the film "Very Good Girls" poses for a portrait during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival at the Fender Music Lodge, on Tuesday in Park City, Utah.

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    Sri Lanka

    Opposition activists demonstrate against proposed legislation that gives police powers to detain and question a suspect for two days in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday.

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    Jordan election

    A Jordanian woman shows her inked finger after voting at a polling station in Amman, Jordan, Wednesday. Jordan's monarchy has touted Wednesday's parliamentary election as a watershed in the kingdom's democratization. It is the first after last year's constitutional amendments that see King Abdullah II gradually relinquishing much of his powers in running the daily affairs of the state to the legislature, although he will continue for now to set broader foreign and security policies.

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    Lakers

    Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) pushes Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) away from a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday in Chicago. The Bulls won 95-83.

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    Serbia

    A Serbian guard of honour army officer carries a wooden cross with the name of Peter II Karadjordjevic during a solemn ceremony after the remains of Yugoslavia's last king were flown back to Serbia in Belgrade, Serbia, Tuesday. The former king fled the Nazi occupation of Yugoslavia at the start of World War II and never returned, as Communists took over at the end of the war. He died in exile and was buried at a Serbian Orthodox monastery in Libertyville, Ill.,— the only European monarch buried on U.S. soil.

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    First lady Michelle waves across the aisle at the ceremonial swearing-in for President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.

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    Egypt

    Egyptian protesters try to tear down a cement wall built to prevent them from reaching parliament and the cabinet building near Tahrir Square, in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday. Egypt’s black-clad riot police fired tear gas in fierce dawn clashes with dozens of protesters. The violence, which was soothed hours later in central Cairo, comes on the eve of the second anniversary of Egypt’'s Jan. 25 uprising, which toppled longtime authoritarian president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

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    David Cameron

    British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses a panel session of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday.

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    Silvio Berlusconi

    Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi at a meeting with candidates in upcoming elections in Rome Friday. Berlusconi outlined his latest "contract" with Italians on Friday as he pressed his latest comeback bid, promising a host of reforms and measures to give relief to Italians suffering through a deep recession and youth unemployment at a record 37 percent.

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    Gay rights Russia

    A gay rights activist holds a banner during a protest near the State Duma, Russia's lower parliament chamber, in Moscow Friday. A controversial bill banning "homosexual propaganda" has been submitted to Russia's lower house of parliament for the first of three hearings on Friday.

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    Mihai Alexandru Bitu

    Daniela Dede, lawyer for Mihai Alexandru Bitu, speaks to the media in Bucharest, Romania, Friday. Lawyers for three Romanians, Mihai Alexandru Bitu, Radu Dogaru and Eugen Darie, charged with stealing valuable paintings from a museum in the Netherlands last year, including works by Picasso, Monet and Matisse say there is insufficient evidence to charge them.

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    Japan world markets

    A woman walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Friday.

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    New York Knicks

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) backs down on Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce, left, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Thursday.

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    Denis McDonough

    Current Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough smiles in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, as President Barack Obama announced that he will name McDonough as his next chief of staff.

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    James Franco

    James Franco, producer of the documentary film "kink," makes a point during an interview at the premiere of the film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, in Park City, Utah.

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    Roger Federer

    Roger Federer of Switzerland looks on in his semifinal match against Andy Murray of Great Britain during day 12 of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Friday in Melbourne, Australia.

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    Tad and Loreen, "The Return"

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    Hannah and Adam, "Role-Play"

    While it’s not quite a full-on, all-out sex scene, Hannah and Adam’s attempt at role play in Season 3 is certainly an intimate encounter to behold (or not). Hannah dons a blond wig and gets a little too into her role, giving a melodramatic performance that ends with a passerby punching Adam in the face. So there’s that.

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    As Shoshanna and Ray near the end of their relationship, we can see their sexual chemistry getting worse and worse. It’s no more evident than when Ray is penetrating a clothed and visibly horrified Shoshanna from behind, who ends the encounter by asking if her partner will just “get out of me.”

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    Hannah and Adam, "Vagina Panic"

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