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  Northeast hit by snow, bitter cold
Freezing temperatures and up to 15 inches of snow caused havoc for millions, but some braved the cold to make the most of the winter weather.
  Thousands evacuate as Colby Fire burns
The Colby Fire destroyed homes, damaged structures, and casted an eerie haze over Los Angeles as more than 3,700 people had been ordered to evacuate.
  The Week in Pictures
Snow snarls the South, avalanches isolate Alaska town, snakes cause a stink, angry birds attack peace doves, and more.
  Harbin Ice Festival
China’s Harbin Ice Festival is famous for its large, dazzling sculptures — all made from ice and snow — in Harbin, which has colder weather and longer winters than any other major Chinese city.
  Year in Pictures: 2013
See the best news pictures from 2013.
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  Festive holiday lights
Colorful light displays banish the gloom around the world
  New Year's celebrations ring in 2014
Cities around the world welcome 2014 with fireworks.
  Crisis in Ukraine
Thousands of people have been protesting against the government since a decision by Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich to suspend a trade and partnership agreement with the European Union in favor of incentives from Russia.
  Syria uprising
A look back at the conflict that has overtaken the country.
  Nelson Mandela's final journey
Nelson Mandela made his final journey past adoring crowds to his childhood home of Qunu, South Africa, for burial.
  Nelson Mandela: A revolutionary's life
View images of civil rights leader Nelson Mandela, who went from anti-apartheid activist to prisoner to South Africa's first black president.
  Car parts, scrap metal: DIY weapons in Syria
With Western countries reluctant to arm the opposition forces, a cottage industry has sprung up to supply Syrian opposition fighters with ammunition for the battlefield, using whatever materials are available.
  Metro-North train derails in the Bronx
At least four people were killed and 63 others were injured when a Metro-North train jumped the tracks as it was rounding a curve about 100 yards from a stop.
  Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
A colorful cast of characters takes part in the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
  Deadly storms sweep the Midwest
A storm system spun off multiple tornadoes killing several people and flattening an entire neighborhood.
  World reacts to Nelson Mandela's death
Mourners pay tribute to South Africa’s revered anti-apartheid icon, who died on Dec. 5, 2013.
  John F. Kennedy's legacy
John F. Kennedy was the youngest man ever to serve as U.S. president. Click on the gallery for photos detailing key moments in his campaign for the White House, his brief time in office, and his untimely death.
  On display: Confiscated ivory in the U.S.
The U.S. is the second largest market for ivory in the world, according to activists. In the lead-up to the destruction of six tons of confiscated ivory, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service opened the vaults of the National Wildlife Property Repository in Denver, Colo.
  Art looted by Nazis
More than 20 percent of the art of Europe was looted by the Nazis under Hitler, and as many as 100,000 works are still thought to be missing, according to the U.S. National Archives.
  NYC Marathon 2013
Runners participate in the New York City marathon amid increased security and after a year's hiatus due to Hurricane Sandy.
  Typhoon Haiyan batters Philippines
One of the most powerful storms ever recorded killed thousands of people in the central Philippines, with huge waves sweeping away entire coastal villages and devastating the region's main city.
  Pakistan: Nation in turmoil
Images of daily life, political pursuits, religious rites and deadly violence.
  Palestinian shepherds' precarious livelihoods threatened
For years Palestinian shepherds and Israeli settlers near the West Bank town of Hebron have clashed. Now tensions are only getting worse, according to Palestinians and activists, especially as the settlement issue remains a major roadblock to U.S.-sponsored peace talks.
  Faces of the Israeli settlements
Residents of two West Bank settlements talk about their reasons for moving to the Israeli-occupied territories, and whether they feel their presence is a hindrance to peace.
  Scenes from Sochi: 100 days before 2014 Olympics
Take a glimpse at the latest preparations underway in Sochi, Russia.
  Fall colors
As the warm summer fades, a crisp autumn takes hold with an imaginative palette.
  Schoolgirl attacked by Taliban in Pakistan
Sixteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban for speaking out against Pakistani militants and promoting education for girls.
  Drug tunnels under the US border
Drug cartels build elaborate tunnels, some with rail tracks and lighting, under the Mexican border to smuggle drugs into the U.S.
  Broken lives of Fukushima
The earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011 crippled the Fukushima nuclear power plant, forcing some 300,000 people to evacuate their homes. Two and a half years later photographer Damir Sagolj toured the exclusion zone, encountering a scene he likened to "a silent horror movie".
  Government shutdown
The federal government reopened after lawmakers passed a late night bill that ended the first government shutdown in 17 years and prevented the government from defaulting on its debt.
  Capitol car chase puts DC on edge
The U.S. Capitol was placed on lockdown following a car chase involving a woman who attempted to ram a security fence at the White House.
  Gunmen attack mall in Kenya
Gunmen stormed a crowded shopping mall frequented by Westerners in a brazen midday attack
  Deadly floods swamp Colorado
Days of heavy rainfall flooded Colorado mountain towns, obliterating roads and leaving many people stranded.
  Afghanistan at a crossroads
Twelve years after the beginning of the war, Afghanistan faces external pressure to reform as well as ongoing internal conflicts.
  12th anniversary of 9/11
Ceremonies at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pa., mark 12 years since the attacks.
  Washington Navy Yard shooting
A gunman opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington D.C., killing 12 people.
  Western wildfires
Dry conditions fuel blazes in the U.S.
  Wildfire threatens Yosemite
The Rim Fire has scorched hundreds of square miles near Yosemite National Park.
  Deadly violence erupts in Egypt
Security forces backed by bulldozers forcefully closed pro-Morsi sit-ins, setting off clashes that killed hundreds of people.
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  Living without lights
While people in developed nations spent Earth Day focused on issues like conserving energy, over a billion people in the developing world live without electricity. View a case in point: northern Ghana.
Image: Thousands of Mexican and Central American migrants are returned to their home countries each year by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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  Deportation: The flip side of immigration
Experience what it's like to be deported, from the plane and bus rides to thoughts of leaving loved ones behind and heading to a birth country that may not feel like home.
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  Rhinos: Flight for survival
Feb. 2010: The last four breeding Northern White Rhinos are moved from Europe to Africa in hopes of keeping the subspecies alive. Learn about the debate over the move and the logistics of transporting such large animals.
Ladies Ski Jumping 100m Hill - FIS Nordic World Ski Championship 2009
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  Female ski jumpers frozen out of Olympics
Even though a Canadian court said the omission was discrimination, women will not compete in this year’s Olympic ski jumping.
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Picturing Climate Change
Dec. 2009: See images of the causes and consequences of climate change from around the world.
Image: The Wessenberg family
  Mom’s death is only relief from medical debt
Oct. 2009: After battling breast cancer and medical bills for years, a Texas mother dies, finally allowing her family to pay their debts and get insured
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  Taking mementos into battle
Aug. 2009: From a lucky rock to photos of loved ones, U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan share the mementos that help remind them of home
Alaska Fire Service - BLM
  Behind the scenes – Week in Pictures
Aug. 2009: Learn how The Week in Pictures started, see highlights from its first decade, and find out how we pick the pictures.
A Georgian man cries near the body of his relative after a bombardment  in Gori
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  10 years of The Week in Pictures
Aug. 2009: Look back at the most important images in the slideshow's history
Image: Border crossing in Zambia
  HIV's dangerous path
March 2009: Sex workers, truckers at an African border town key to HIV’s spread.
Image: Frank and Joe get ready for their second marriage ceremony
  Rocky road to marriage for Calif. gays
Oct. 2008: Frank and Joe Capley-Alfano who wed for the second time this year, anxiously await a verdict from voters in a statewide referendum.
  Dad's slide into dementia
Oct. 2008: When Herbie Winokur began to slide into dementia, his daughter and her family  knew they would care for him in their home. What they didn’t know is that it would change everything.
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  The Hubble Story
Sept. 2008: What’s it like to hang in space and fix the Hubble Space Telescope? Click to see images of Story Musgrave and other astronauts at work, and hear him describe the experience, from scary liftoffs to figuring out which way is up.
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Black market
July 2008: The wildlife trade is the third largest illegal trade in the world after guns and drugs. Learn who is buying and selling and see the species put at risk by the trade.
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Voices from the flood zone
June 2008: Meet residents of riverside towns — and the volunteers on hand to aid them — as they battle the rising waters of the Mississippi River.
Shades of experience
May 2008: Six multiracial families from around the country discuss their challenges, triumphs.
Gideon Mendel / Corbis for UNICEF
Stopping HIV at birth
Dec. 2007: Three HIV-positive mothers in the African nation of Lesotho share their concerns about passing the deadly HIV virus to their children.
restavek children- Haiti
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Lost children of Haiti
Aug. 2007: Amid widespread poverty, thousands of kids are forced to become indentured servants in Haiti
The Gulf Coast's struggle back
Aug. 2007: Two years after Hurricane Katrina, a lifelong Gulf Coast resident revisits areas that had been devastated by the storm.
’The salary was very, very discouraging’
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Frontier: Europe
June 2007: Struggling financially in Africa, Kingsley crosses a continent in hopes of finding financial opportunity in Europe
Wounded Marine Returns Home to Wed
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Scars from Iraq
March 2007: Three U.S. troops share how the visible and invisible wounds of war changed their lives and impacted their loved ones.
© Kadir van Lohuizen / Agence VU Diamond matters 2004 Diamond found at the Sewa river, Sierra Leone (sélection livre) N°12084
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A diamond's journey
Dec. 2006: From the mines in Africa, to polishers in India, to retailers in the West, follow a diamond's global path to market.
MediaStorm.org
Life in Iraqi Kurdistan
Nov. 2006: Click to view photojournalist Ed Kashi's unique presentation of daily life in Iraqi, Kurdistan. Produced by MediaStorm.org
A Casualty of the War on Terror
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Killed in action
Oct. 2005: Families of National Guardsmen killed in Iraq tell their stories of loss. Click to play the audio slide show.
AIDS: Lost generation
July 2005: Orphans are left to care for themselves, and grandparents become parents again, due to AIDS.
US Cotton Subsidies Impact Farmers in West Africa
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Subsidizing poverty?
June 2005: Flip between images of American and African cotton growers, and learn how trade policies impact them.




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  Living without lights
April 22, 2010: While people in developed nations spent Earth Day focused on issues like conserving energy, over a billion people in the developing world live without electricity. View a case in point: northern Ghana.
  Haiti's amputees
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  Tough trek for a new leg
A young boy and his parents travel to a remote hospital that's offering hope to Haiti's earthquake amputees.
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  First steps for young amputee
After days of examinations and waiting, the young boy tries out his new prosthetic leg for the first time.
Image: Image: Chistela Eliance, 20, walks with her prosthetic leg for the first time with Jay Tew of Hanger Orthopedics, on right, in Cange, Haiti.
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Haiti's amputees: Building a life worth living
Follows one prosthetic team's efforts to help the victims of January's devastating quake in Haiti.
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Snow snarls the South, avalanches isolate Alaska town, snakes cause a stink, angry birds attack peace doves, and more.

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