Image: Swimmers prepare to get into the water during the UK Cold Water Swimming Championships at Tooting Bec Lido in south London

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The Week in Pictures: January 22 - 29

Blizzard blows through New England, algae blooms blue, Syrian city is recaptured and more.

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Jennifer Rice and Mike Femia battle wind-driven snow as they make their way to their jobs at a pharmaceutical lab, as seen through a window, on Jan 27, 2015, in downtown Portland, Maine.

Its winds howling at more than 70 mph, the Blizzard of 2015 slammed Boston and surrounding parts of New England on Tuesday piling up more than 2 feet of snow.

•Gallery:Blizzard Pummels New England

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Dexter Newcomb begins cleanup at his house in Scituate, Mass., on Jan. 28, the day after a winter storm left his neighborhood coated in frozen sea spray and sand.

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A person stands in the middle of snow-covered Avenue A in the East Village neighborhood of New York, early on Jan. 27. Forecasters had warned that Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey could get 1 to 2 feet of snow. But in the end, they didn't even see a foot.

Big Digs: New York's Top Five Snowstorms

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Image: Housing rights defenders shout from window as they arrive to the appeals court in Phnom Penh

Housing rights defenders shout from a window as they arrive to the appeals court in Phnom Penh, on Jan. 26. Ten housing rights defenders and a Buddhist monk, all jailed after peaceful protests in Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh in November last year, heard their appeal verdict after authorities accused them last year of obstructing public traffic and insulting public officials.

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A Kurdish man stands in a destroyed building in the center of the Syrian city of Kobani, on Jan. 28. Kurdish forces recaptured the strategic town on the Turkish frontier on Jan. 26 in a symbolic blow for the jihadists who have seized swathes of territory in a brutal onslaught across Syria and Iraq.

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A glow produced by a Noctiluca scintillans algal bloom is seen along the seashore in Hong Kong on Jan. 22. The luminescence, also called Sea Sparkle, is triggered by farm pollution that can be devastating to marine life and local fisheries, according to University of Georgia oceanographer Samantha Joye. Noctiluca itself does not produce neurotoxins like other similar organisms do. But its role as both prey and predator tends can eventually magnify the accumulation of toxins in the food chain, according to R. Eugene Turner at Louisiana State University.

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Image: Swimmers prepare to get into the water during the UK Cold Water Swimming Championships at Tooting Bec Lido in south London

Swimmers prepare to get into the water during the UK Cold Water Swimming Championships at Tooting Bec Lido in south London on Jan. 24.

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A flock of colored pigeons fly during a pigeon-breeding competition in the southern Spanish village of Bollullos de la Mitacion, on Jan. 27.

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Mourners gather around the grave of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah at the Al-Oud cemetery in Riyadh on Jan. 23 following his death in the early hours of the morning. Foreign leaders gathered in the Saudi capital for the funeral of the ruler of the world's top oil exporter and the spiritual home of Islam.

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Air Force One flies over the desert as they prepare to land at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Jan. 27. Obama left New Delhi following a three-day trip centered around the annual Republic Day festivities, and arrived in Saudi Arabia to meet with the newly appointed King Salman.

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Image: Anti-tank missile hits Israeli army vehicle near Lebanon border

Smoke rises next to the village of Ghajar on the Israeli-Lebanese border on Jan. 28. A Hezbollah attack killed two Israeli soldiers at the Lebanese border Wednesday, sparking clashes that also killed a United Nations peacekeeper. Seven other Israel Defense Force soldiers were wounded in the incident, in which their vehicle was hit by an anti-tank missile.

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A pro-Russian separatist lies on the ground during Ukrainian army artillery fire near Debaltseve, in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukrainian on Jan. 28. Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko made a personal plea to Russia's Vladimir Putin and Washington threatened tougher measures should Moscow fail to rein in separatists mounting a new offensive in the east of the ex-Soviet republic.

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Image: Swans swim over a lake as steam ascends above the water during sunset near the village of Urozhainy, Sovetsky district of Altai region

Swans swim over a lake as steam ascends above the water during sunset near the village of Urozhainy, Russia on Jan. 26. About 600 swans annually migrate to the lake, which is heated by warm springs, where they spend their winter feeding on yagers which helps them to survive severe cold.

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