The Week in Pictures

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    Ben Affleck

    Ben Affleck poses backstage with the award for best cast in a motion picture for "Argo" at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

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    Egypt

    Sunday, a protester prepares to throw a rock while surrounded by tear gas and smoke during clashes with security forces near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. Police have fired tear gas at rock-throwing protesters in Cairo marking the fifth consecutive day of street violence in Egypt and clashes continue a day after Egypt's president declared a state of emergency in three provinces hit hardest by political violence.

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    Trevi fountain

    Tourists gather at Trevi Fountain, in Rome, Monday. The Fendi fashion house is financing a 2.12 million euro ($2.8 million) restoration of Trevi Fountain, famed as a setting for the film "La Dolce Vita'' and the place where dreamers leave their coins. The 20-month project on one of the city's most iconic fountains was being unveiled at a city hall press conference Monday.

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    Cabaret anniversary

    This 1972 photo released by Warner Bros. Home Video shows Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles, left, and Joel Grey as Master of Ceremonies in a scene from "Cabaret." The landmark film, starring Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey and Michael York, has turned 41. All three actors will be attending an anniversary celebration screening Thursday, at the Ziegfeld Theatre, where the movie first premiered in 1972.

    (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

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    Dieter Kosslick

    Dieter Kosslick, director of the International Film Festival Berlin, Berlinale, poses for media prior to the annual program press conference in Berlin, Monday. The Berlinale will take place at the German capital from Feb. 7-17, 2013.

    (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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    Karl Lagerfeld

    Designer Karl Lagerfeld poses for photographers prior to the start of a press conference, in Rome, Monday.

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    Belgium steelworkers

    Steelworkers from ArcelorMittal in Liege, Belgium, run for cover as police use a water cannon during a protest near the Walloon Minister President's office in Namur, Belgium, Tuesday. The world's leading steel and mining company ArcelorMittal announced Thursday it will close a coke plant and six production lines in Belgium, in a move that threatens 1,300 jobs.

    (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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    Chris Culliver

    San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver talks with teammates during a media availability Wednesday, in New Orleans. The 49ers said Wednesday they have addressed anti-gay remarks made by Culliver during a Super Bowl media day interview Tuesday. The 49ers are scheduled to play the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game on Feb. 3.

    (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

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    Alicia Keys

    Singer Alicia Keys, the global creative director of BlackBerry, appears Wednesday, in New York. The maker of the BlackBerry smartphone is promising a speedy browser, a superb typing experience and the ability to keep work and personal identities separate on the same phone, the fruit of a crucial, long-overdue makeover for the Canadian company.

    (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

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    Pakistan polio

    A Pakistani man holds his son as a health worker prepares to give the child a polio vaccine, in a neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan, Jan. 30, 2013. Some Islamic militants oppose the vaccination campaign, accuse health workers of acting as spies for the U.S. and claim the polio vaccine is intended to make Muslim children sterile. Pakistan is one of the few remaining places where polio is still rampant.

    (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

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    Bangladeshi clash

    Bangladeshi government supporters kick a Jamaat-e-Islami activist on a street during a march by the Islamist party to garner support for Thursday'€™s nationwide strike, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday. Bangladesh's main Islamist party has been demanding a halt to the trials of its top leaders facing charges of crimes against humanity involving the nation's 1971 independence war against Pakistan.

    (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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    France gay marriage

    Opponents to gay marriage pray during a demonstration in Paris, Tuesday. The French government has presented a plan for debate in Parliament to legalize gay marriage and adoption.

    (AP Photo/Harouna Traore)

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    Mali

    People in colorful dress walk near the Sankore Mosque, a United Nations world heritage cultural site, which would not be allowed under the rule of Islamic militants who ruled the city until French troops took control, in Timbuktu, Mali, Thursday. Many things have changed in Timbuktu since French troops parachuted in several days ago to take control of the area from Islamic militants, and now there is a growing sense of freedom.

    (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

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    PEMEX

    A worker belonging to Mexico's state-owned oil company PEMEX keeps journalists away after an explosion at an adjacent building to the executive tower of PEMEX in Mexico City, Thursday. An explosion at the main headquarters of Mexico's state-owned oil company in the capital Thursday left at least several workers injured, blew out windows and damaged the building, the company said.

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    Shooting Atlanta

    Mother and daughter embrace as Tiffany Myricle, 37, leads her daughter Xavia Denise Myricle away from her school bus when parents and children are reunited at Emmanuel Baptist Church after a shooting at an Price middle school in Atlanta on Thursday. A 14-year-old boy was wounded outside the school Thursday afternoon and a fellow student was in custody as a suspect, authorities said. No other students were hurt.

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    Beyoncé

    Beyoncé answers questions during an NFL football Super Bowl XLVII news conference at the New Orleans Convention Center, Jan. 31, 2013. in New Orleans.

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    Cambodia

    Mourners gather in front of the Royal Palace and light incense sticks as offerings to the late Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk ahead of Sihanouk's funeral, Thursday, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The body of Sihanouk, who died on Oct. 15, 2012, at age 89, is scheduled to be cremated on Feb. 4, 2013.

    (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

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    David Beckham

    Sports Director Leonardo, left, British soccer player David Beckham, center, and Paris Saint Germain's President Nasser Al-Khelaifi, right, pose with Beckham's jersey during a press conference, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Thursday. David Beckham will join Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday, opting for a move to France after mulling over lucrative offers from around the world since leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy.

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    Kyrgyzstan

    Kyrgyz orphans look on in an orphanage in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Thursday. Americans were in the process of adopting 65 orphans from Kyrgyzstan when it suspended international adoptions in 2008 due to allegations of fraud. Some of the Americans gave up, some of the children were placed in domestic adoptions, and last summer nine of the remaining children finally were allowed to go to America. There are now 16 U.S. families still waiting, five year later.

    (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

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    Puerto Rico pensions

    People protest outside the government pension headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday. Puerto Rico is confronting what economists and financial analysts say is a ticking fiscal time bomb: a public pension system with a $37.3 billion unfunded liability that must be addressed soon.

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