The Week in Pictures: Jan. 16 - 23

Violent clashes in Kiev, a moment of poor sportsmanship, a fiery ride for Saint Anthony, a Naked Cowboy braves the snow and more.

Riot police officers gather in the center of Kiev on Jan. 22. Ukrainian police stormed protesters' barricades as violent clashes erupted leaving three protesters dead, two of them from gunshot wounds.The move by police increased tensions to a new peak after two months of protests over President Viktor Yanukovych's failure to sign a deal for closer ties with the EU.

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Protesters suround two police officers at Independence Square on Jan. 19 in Kiev. The protests were spurred in part by recent laws passed by the Verkhovna Rada that toughen requirements to carry out mass meetings and restrict journalist's activity.

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Protesters throw rocks at police in central Kiev on Jan. 22.

Efrem Lukatsky / AP

A Northern Cardinal sits on a tree branch in falling snow in Nyack, N.Y. on Jan. 21. A fast moving winter storm dumped as much as a foot of snow on the northeastern United States on Tuesday.

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A homeless man naps in front of a mural painted by artist Ruben Soto on Jan. 17 in Los Angeles. The county’s homeless population has increased 15 percent from 2011 to 2013, according to a recent report released by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

Jae C. Hong / AP

The following image contains an obscene gesture.

Sjinkie Knegt of the Netherlands' team makes an obscene gesture towards Victor An, left, of the Russian team who was celebrating after Russia won the men's 5000m relay final race of the ISU European Short Track speed skating Championships in Dresden, Germany, on Jan. 19. Russia won the race ahead of the Netherlands in second place and Germany.

Robert Michael / AFP

A man rides a horse through a bonfire as part of a ritual in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals, in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain on Jan. 16. On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, hundreds ride their horses through the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village during the "Luminarias," a tradition that dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires and protect them for the year to come.

Emilio Morenatti / AP

Robert Burck also known as the original 'Naked Cowboy', performs in a snow storm on the streets of Times Square, New York on Jan. 21. A winter storm packing snow and Arctic cold slammed the northeastern United States on Tuesday, grounding 3,000 flights, shutting down governments and schools and making travel a potential nightmare for millions. Burck, who started performing in Times Square in 1998, claims to make up to $150,000 a year in tips alone.

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Anti-Balaka fighters pose at their base in the Boeing district of the Central African Republic's capital Bangui on Jan. 16. An anti-balaka spokesman on Thursday said that his group of around 15,000 Christian militia might again resort to violence if the country's transitional assembly is not reworked to boost its members and reduce the number of Seleka representatives.

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The sun illuminates windblown snow as a man walks under elevated train tracks on Jan. 22 in Philadelphia. A winter storm stretched from Kentucky to New England and hit hardest along the heavily populated Interstate 95 corridor between Philadelphia and Boston.

Matt Rourke / AP