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The Week in Pictures: Jan. 9 - 16

Blue eyes in Berlin fashion, a teacher shows her inner child, a racer’s dreams dashed, baby bats escape the heat and more.

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Damage assessment

Egyptian police assess damage after an explosion at the Imbaba courthouse in Cairo, Egypt, on Jan. 14. Egyptians began voting on a draft for a new constitution, representing a key milestone in a military-backed roadmap put in place after President Mohammed Morsi was overthrown in a coup last July. The courthouse was not a polling station and there were no reported injuries.

Khalil Hamra / AP
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Image: A school teacher, who wished to stay unidentified, attempts to catch snowflakes while leading her students to a library from school in the Harlem neighborhood of New York

Inner child

A Harlem school teacher attempts to catch snowflakes while leading her students to a library, on Jan. 10 in New York City.

Adrees Latif / X90022
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Image: A worker stuffs a toy bear with cotton at a toy factory in Wuhan

Bear stuffing

A worker stuffs a toy bear with cotton at a toy factory in Wuhan, China, on Jan. 15.

Darley Shen / X02935
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Sinabung smolders

Mount Sinabung in Indonesia spews hot ash and lava in Karo on Jan. 14. More than 25,000 people have fled their homes following a series of eruptions from the volcano in North Sumatra.

Sutanta Aditya / AFP
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Cooling off

Heat-stressed baby Flying Foxes, a type of bat, are lined up to feed at the Australian Bat Clinic in Queensland, Australia on Jan. 9. Thousands of bats near Brisbane and the Gold Coast have succumbed to extreme heat, falling out of trees and dying during a recent heat wave which is setting record high temperatures in Australia.

Trish Wimberley / Australian Bat Clinic
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Image: BESTPIX Marines Leave Camp Pendleton As Part Of Last Major Marine Deployment To Afghanistan

Deployment day

HM2 Herbert Robertson shares a moment with his wife Janet, son Oliver, 7, and daughter Jovi, 5, before deploying to Afghanistan on Jan. 13 at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Marines and sailors are making a final year long deployment to the Helmand province area of Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Marines will join troops currently in the region and help support the Afghan National Security Forces.

Sandy Huffaker / Getty Images North America
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Bold in blue

A blue contact lens is placed on a model before the Patrick Mohr presentation at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Berlin, on Jan. 14.

Markus Schreiber / AP
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Balls in the air

People play soccer during sunset on Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Jan. 9.

Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP
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New leader

Central African Republic interim President Alexandre-Ferdinand Nguendet greets people at the Isamo gendarmerie camp in Bangui on Jan. 13 as members of the gendarmerie and military return to register in their regiments. Many had fled their units for fear of being killed, but heeded a call from the army chief of staff to return to barracks by Jan. 13. The interim president declared on that day "the party is over" after weeks of deadly sectarian violence as deserting troops and police returned to duty.

Eric Feferberg / AFP
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Burning dreams

Paulo Goncalves of Portugal watches his bike on fire during the fifth stage of the Dakar Rally in Argentina, on Jan. 9.

Franck Fife / AFP
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Delicate balance

A young man balances a bed as he walks through empty streets and destroyed buildings in the provincial capital of Bentiu, in Unity State, South Sudan on Jan. 12. Clashes between government and rebel forces have led to more than three weeks of intense fighting in Bentiu.

Mackenzie Knowles-coursin / AP
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