The Week in Pictures

From construction in Brazil to explosions in Syria, here's a look at what dominated the headlines this week. SLIDE SHOW

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    Charlie Batch

    Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch passes against the Cleveland Browns in the second quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, in Cleveland.

    (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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    Obama and Pena Nieto

    President Barack Obama and Mexico's President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto smile before making remarks prior to their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday.

    (AP Photo/Mohammed Abu Zeid)

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    Amr Moussa

    Former Egyptian foreign minister Amr Moussa leads one of many anti-Morsi protest marches heading to Tahrir Square Tuesday. At least a hundred thousand Egyptians have been protesting in a central square in Cairo, challenging the decision by Egypt's president to grant himself sweeping new powers.

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    Liya Kebede

    Ethiopian model Liya Kebede smiles during a press conference launching the 2013 Pirelli Calendar in Rio de Janeiro Tuesday.

    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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    First Lady Michelle Obama

    First lady Michelle Obama decorates a lollipop during a holiday decoration preview at the White House in Washington, Wednesday. Obama joined schoolchildren as they decorated holiday treats.

    (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

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    Angela Merkel

    Angela Merkel in Berlin Wednesday.

    (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

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    Ronaldo

    Ronaldo, Brazil's former soccer player and a member of the local organizing committee for the 2014 World Cup, visits the Corinthians' stadium, which is under construction and will host the opening match of the World Cup in 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday. Officials are revising the construction work being done at stadiums ahead of the Confederations Cup soccer tournament in 2013 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament.

    (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

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    Jose Manuel Barroso

    European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso addresses the media as he presents a blueprint for a deep and genuine economic and monetary union, at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday.

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    Valentino

    Italian designer Valentino poses for photographers during the Valentino: Master of Couture Photocall at Somerset House in central London, Wednesday. Celebrating a 50-year career, the exhibition showcases over 130 hand-crafted designs worn by Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Gwyneth Paltrow.

    (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Bob Self)

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    Jordan Davis shooting

    A Wolfson High School classmate of Jordan Davis breaks down outside the funeral home where the visitation with Davis' family was taking place at the Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home in Mandarin area of Jacksonville, Fla., late Wednesday afternoon. Michael David Dunn has been charged with fatally shooting Davis outside a Jacksonville convenience store following an argument that was triggered because the music coming from the teen's car was too loud.

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    Syria

    In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian helps a man who was injured after two car bombs exploded, at Jaramana neighborhood, in the suburb of Damascus, Syria, Wednesday.

    (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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    Bradley Manning

    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, center, is escorted to a security vehicle outside of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Tuesday, after attending a pretrial hearing. Manning is charged with aiding the enemy by causing hundreds of thousands of classified documents to be published on the secret-sharing website WikiLeaks.

    (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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    Microsoft

    Microsoft Corp. retail store employees and guests mingle at a pop-up Microsoft Store during Microsoft's annual meeting of shareholders, Wednesday, in Bellevue, Wash.

    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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    Erskine Bowles

    Former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, is pursued by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, following a closed-door meeting with House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.

    (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

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    Palestinian schoolgirls hold pictures of President Mahmoud Abbas with Yasser Arafat, flowers and olive branches during a rally supporting the Palestinian U.N. bid for observer state status, in the West Bank city of Nablus, Wednesday. The Palestinians will request to upgrade their status on Thursday.

    (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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    A bulldozer removes snow in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, early Thursday. A snowfall hit Moscow on Wednesday with temperatures falling to about 0 Centigrade, 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

    (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

    Members of the Palestinian delegation react as they surround Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, center, during a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly after a vote on a resolution on the issue of upgrading the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member observer state passed in the United Nations in New York, Thursday.

    (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

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    Italian steel plant workers

    Ilva workers participate in a rally outside the Italian parliament, in Rome, Thursday. Ilva, a steel plant in southern Italy at the center of an environmental scandal, announced that it plans to close after police acting on prosecutors' warrants sequestered recent steel products bound for the market.

    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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    Obama

    President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at the Rodon Group, which manufactures over 95% of the parts for K’NEX Brands toys, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Hatfield, Pa. The visit comes as the White House continues a week of public outreach efforts, while also attempting to negotiate a deal with congressional leaders.

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