Show It All: Charting the Week's Top Stories

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A man walks out of a booth with his ballot for the first US presidential primary at the town hall in Canterbury, New Hampshire, on Tuesday.JEWEL SAMAD / AFP - Getty Images

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A weeks-long anti-government occupation at an Oregon wildlife refuge came to an end this week — and so did two Republican presidential campaigns.

Here's a look back at those stories and other highlights — in the form of five handy charts:

Taiwan Earthquake

Southern Taiwan was struck by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake early Saturday, at about 4 a.m. local time. The quake struck about six miles underground and toppled at least two buildings in Tainan, rupturing water and gas utility pipes. At least 39 people were killed and more were missing.

New Hampshire Primaries

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders both scored huge victories in the closely-watched New Hampshire primaries Tuesday. And in a surprising turn of events, Ohio Gov. John Kasich came in second in the GOP race. The following day, former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie suspended their campaigns, whittling the Republican race down to seven contenders.

Supreme Court Blocks New EPA Air Pollution Rules

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked enforcement of the Obama administration's ambitious new plan for cutting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Announced last October, the plan seeks to shift the nation's energy production away from coal-burning power plants toward cleaner sources, including solar and wind power. The act was halted by the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision.

Remaining Oregon Occupiers Surrender

The four remaining occupiers at an Oregon wildlife refuge surrendered Thursday morning after hours of tense negotiations, bringing an end to the protest over land rights and personal liberties, which began on Jan. 2. Jeff Banta, Sean Anderson, Sandy Anderson and David Fry were taken in without incident after FBI agents surrounded Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Shortly after the surrender, Cliven Bundy — the father of the Bundy brothers who led the occupation — was arrested on charges stemming from a 2014 protest.

Syria Ceasefire Agreement

Major world powers reached an agreement on a nationwide "cessation of hostilities" in Syria and diplomatic talks aimed at ending the years-long conflict there. The deal announced in Munich in the early morning hours of Friday followed marathon talks with Russia and more than a dozen other countries. The ceasefire came as the number of Syrians vulnerable to government sieges and the number of refugees struggling to flee the country continued surge.

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