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The Week in Pictures: February 19 - 26

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A boat makes its way through ice on the East River in New York on Feb. 24, 2015. A wide swath of the country experienced record-breaking temperatures this week.

Seth Wenig / AP

Two men help a woman walk in a cemetery on Feb. 21 before the funeral for victims of a carnival stampede in Port-au-Prince. Haiti's president and prime minister attended a rare official funeral on Saturday for the victims of the stampede that killed 17 people earlier this week, accompanying relatives of the dead and hundreds of other mourners at the open air ceremony on a main city avenue.

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Finland's Janne Ahonen soars past judges windows during the normal hill HS100 mixed team ski jumping event of the Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun on Feb. 22.

Kai Pfaffenbach / X00446

Singer Madonna falls during her performance at the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London, on Feb. 25.

Toby Melville / X90004

Men cram into a temple waiting for priests to drop the sacred talisman at the Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival, at Saidaiji Temple in Okayama, Japan on Feb. 21. Some 9,000 men battle to grab a pair of lucky sticks thrown by priests in one of the most vibrant festivals in Japan.

Trevor Williams / Getty Images AsiaPac

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prays at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's old city, on Feb. 20. A heavy winter storm descended on parts of the Middle East on Friday, with snow forcing the closure of all roads leading in and out of Jerusalem and sprinkling Israel's desert with a rare layer of white.

Sebastian Scheiner / AP

A Russia-backed rebel rests as a dog eats from a can in Debaltseve, Ukraine, on Feb. 20. After weeks of relentless fighting, the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of Debaltseve fell Wednesday to Russia-backed separatists, who hoisted a flag in triumph over the town. The Ukrainian president confirmed that he had ordered troops to pull out and the rebels reported taking hundreds of soldiers captive.

Vadim Ghirda / AP

A former circus lion named "King" lays sedated as a veterinarian performs dental surgery, inside a temporary refuge for the lion on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, on Feb. 20. Vets from the Animal Defenders International (ADI) are operating on lions and monkeys rescued from traveling circuses in Peru and Bolivia. According to the vets, King was removed from a circus in Nov. 2014 and is unable to chew his food properly because most of his teeth had been pulled out, or partially pulled out by his circus owners. It is illegal to use wild animals in circuses in Peru.

Martin Mejia / AP

A performer providing a lion dance for a restaurant as part of celebrations of the Lunar New Year plays around with a customer having his lunch in Hong Kong on Feb. 23. Fortune tellers in Hong Kong said that the Year of the Sheep should be calmer in general than the previous Year of the Horse, which was characterized by catastrophic international air accidents, brutal terror attacks, global political upheaval, a resurgent Ebola virus and war.

Philippe Lopez / AFP

A man takes a nap on the Staten Island Ferry on a frigid day as it heads towards Manhattan on Feb. 19 in New York City.

Spencer Platt / Getty Images North America

Surfers enjoy the swell courtesy of Tropical Cyclone Marcia at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, on Feb. 20.

Dave Hunt / AAP

Alison Cragie (top), a member of a women's surf boat crew, is thrown from the boat by a breaking wave during a race in the Day of Giants Surf Boat Competition at Piha Beach, located west of Auckland, New Zealand on Feb. 21.

Stringer/new Zealand / X01244

An illegal immigrant from Ethiopia covers his face as he waits with others for a boat to cross into Yemen outside the town of Obock, north Djibouti on Feb. 22. The area, described by UNHCR as one of the most inhospitable areas in the world, is on a transit route for thousands of immigrants every year from Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia travelling via Yemen to Saudi Arabia in hope of work.

Goran Tomasevic / X90012

People stand on top of burned Ukrainian army tanks destroyed during fighting with the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic army in the town of Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine on Feb. 23.

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Viktor Polasek of the Czech Republic walks to the the jump during the Men Large Hill Individual ski jumping trial at the Nordic Skiing World Championships in Falun, Sweden, on Feb. 24.

Fredrik Von Erichsen / DPA