The Week in Pictures: Feb. 6 - 13

Snow days, 2,500 couples tie the knot, a giraffe is missed, Olympic dreams dashed, the horse in the room and more.

A girl sticks out her tongue as snow falls on a street in Hefei, Anhui province, China, on Feb. 13, 2014.

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Couples watch a performance during a mass wedding event held by the Unification Church in Gapyeong on Feb. 12. Unification Church members forming 2,500 couples from 52 countries were married in a mass wedding in South Korea -- only the second such event since the death of their "messiah" and controversial church founder Sun Myung Moon.

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Russia's Sergey Volkov crashes during the men's freestyle skiing moguls qualification round at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games in Rosa Khutor, Russia on Feb. 10.

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Stephanie Arndt watches her Arabian horse Nasar enter the living room of her old farm house in Holt, Germany on Feb. 10. Arndt, a medical doctor, took the three-year-old horse inside the house while hurricane "Xaver" swept over the region. Since then Nasar likes to stay indoors.

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Flooded homes remain occupied where residents still have electricity as night falls on Feb. 11 in Wraysbury, England. Some insist that they will stay in their houses even though they have been offered help to evacuate as flood water rises.

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People look at the carcass of Marius the giraffe after it was killed at the Copenhagen Zoo on Feb. 9. The Copenhagen Zoo went ahead with a plan to shoot and dismember a healthy giraffe on Sunday and feed the 18-month-old animal's carcass to lions -- an action the zoo said was in line with anti-inbreeding rules meant to ensure a healthy giraffe population.

The zoo's plans had sparked an outcry from animal rights activists. A British zoo had offered to give Marius a home and even started an online petition to save the giraffe, gathering more than 25,000 signatures.

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Shaun White of the U.S. reacts after the men's snowboard halfpipe final at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, in Rosa Khutor on Feb. 11.

White did not receive a medal in this year’s games, finishing fourth in the competition on Tuesday and ending his winning streak dating back to the 2006 Olympics in Turin.

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Civilians carry their belongings as they walk towards a meeting point to be evacuated from a besieged area of Homs, Syria, on Feb. 7. Syria evacuated three busloads with dozens of civilians from the besieged area on Friday, the first stage of a planned three-day humanitarian ceasefire in the city which has suffered some of the worst devastation of Syria's three-year conflict.

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People cry after losing all of their belongings in a fire at a slum at Mirpur in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Feb. 11. According to local media, at least 200 shanties and 20 shops were destroyed in the fire on Tuesday, which was caused by an electric short circuit at a slum in the Mirpur area.

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A worker is seen inside the Cuncas II tunnel near the city of Mauriti in Ceara state, Brazil on Jan. 28. The tunnel will link canals being built to divert water from the Sao Francisco river for use in four drought-plagued states, a project that is three years behind schedule and has doubled in cost from the original estimate of $3.4 billion.

This image was received by NBC News on Feb. 10

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An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man prays while sitting in a cave at the site where religious men say Jewish graves are located in ancient tombs during a demonstration in Beit Shemesh, Israel, on Feb. 12. Hundreds of Ultra-Orthodox Jews protested against the removal of the ancient tombs due to construction plans in the city.

Abir Sultan / EPA

People make snow angels in front of the Lincoln Memorial as a heavy snow storm hit Washington D.C. on Feb. 13. The eastern U.S., in the grips of one of the most brutal winters in recent memory, braced for what forecasters warned could be the worst broadside yet -- a massive storm with the season's heaviest snowfall.

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