The Week in Pictures: February 12 - 19

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People rush to plant the first joss stick of the Lunar New Year at the stroke of midnight at the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho temple in Singapore on Feb. 19, 2015. Each year, at the stroke of midnight, hundreds of people vie to be the first to place joss sticks in an urn at the temple to mark an auspicious start to their year. The Chinese Lunar New Year on February 19 welcomed the Year of the Sheep (also known as the Year of the Goat or Ram).

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Benjamin Miller, 20, is gored by a bull during the "Carnaval del Toro" in Ciudad Rodrigo, Spain on Feb. 14. The American from Georgia suffered several wounds, including a 16-inch goring in the thigh, a spokesman from the Clinic Hospital in western Salamanca said.

VIDEO: Ben Milley Is Gored by Bull in Spain

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An injured Myanmar Red Cross volunteer lies on ground after vehicles of a rescue convoy were attacked by Kokang rebels near the self-administered Kokang capital Laukkai, northern Shan State, Myanmar, on Feb. 17.

Myanmar President Thein Sein declared a state of emergency and imposed martial law in a region near the Chinese border after more than 70 people were killed in fighting between the Myanmar army and a rebel group.

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Bulgarian Muslims Azim Liumankov and his bride Fikrie Bindzheva pose in front of their house during their wedding ceremony in the village of Ribnovo, in the Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria on Feb. 15. The remote mountain village of Ribnovo in southwest Bulgaria has kept its traditional winter marriage ceremony alive despite decades of Communist persecution, followed by poverty that forced many men to seek work abroad.

The wedding ritual was resurrected with vigour among the Pomaks - Slavs who converted to Islam under Ottoman rule. The highlight of the ceremony is the painting of the bride's face, where in a private rite open only to female in-laws, her face is covered in thick, chalky white paint and decorated with colourful sequins.

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A partially frozen American Falls in sub freezing temperatures is seen in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada on Feb. 17.

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A slum that hosts Afghan refugees and internally displaced Pakistanis from tribal areas is visible through the windshield and mirrors of a rickshaw on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, on Feb. 15.

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An elderly patient in costume from the Nise de Silveira mental health institute dances during the institute's carnival parade, coined in Portuguese: "Loucura Suburbana," or Suburban Madness, in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Feb. 12. Patients, their relatives and institute employees held their parade one day before the official start of Carnival.

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Emma Rogers, 11, from Columbus, New Jersey, kisses Joy, a Great Dane, in the benching area on the second day of competition at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City on Feb. 17.

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A Syrian child sits in the back of a truck loaded with furniture as residents collect what's left of their belongings from their apartments on Feb. 13, following months of shelling by regime forces in the besieged rebel held area of Douma, north east of the capital Damascus, Syria.

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Philadelphia firefighters work the scene of an overnight blaze in west Philadelphia, on Feb. 16 as icicles hang from where the water from their hoses froze. Bone-chilling, single digit temperatures have gripped the region, prompting the closure of all parish and regional Catholic elementary schools in the city of Philadelphia.

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Women cook in the local Palace of Culture which is used as a bomb shelter in Mironovka village, in eastern Ukraine, on Feb. 17.

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Members of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic army collect parts of a destroyed Ukrainian army tank in the town of Vuhlehirsk, in eastern Ukraine on Feb. 16. Separatists continued attacks on the strategic railway junction of Debaltseve despite a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine and witnesses reported heavy shelling in the area.

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A Palestinian man inspects a burnt classroom at a UN-run school sheltering Palestinians in Biet Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, on Feb. 17. Palestinian health officials said Izz eldeen Al-Kafarana, 9 months old, died when a fire erupted sparked by an electrical failure inside a classroom where his family had taken shelter since the end of the summer war between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

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Dozens of pilot whales lie beached at Farewell Spit on the northern tip of New Zealand's South Island, on Feb. 13. About 140 pilot whales that stranded themselves on a remote stretch of New Zealand beach died, but conservation workers and volunteers helped refloat the remaining 60 or so with hopes they will survive.

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A Kurdish female fighter of the People's Protection Units looks on at a training camp in al-Qahtaniyah, known to Kurds as al-Darbassiyah, near the Syrian-Turkish border on Feb. 13.

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A Chinese security guard checks his smartphone as fireworks explode during celebrations of the Lunar New Year early on Feb. 19, in Beijing, China. The Year of Sheep also known as the Spring Festival, is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with Lantern Festival on the Fifteenth day.

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