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The Week in Pictures: January 8 - 15

Yosemite hikers complete historic ascent, Paris unites for Charlie, the Ducks get shot down and more.

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Image: Oregon players walk off the field after the NCAA college football playoff championship

Oregon players walk off the field after the NCAA college football playoff championship game on Jan. 12, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. Ohio State won 42-20.

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Image: A Syrian refugee girl stands behind a door at a makeshift settlement in the village of Ketermaya, south of Beirut

A Syrian refugee girl stands behind a door at a makeshift settlement in the village of Ketermaya, south of Beirut, Lebanon, on Jan, 8. A storm buffeted the Middle East with blizzards, rain and strong winds on Wednesday, keeping people at home across much of the region and raising concerns for Syrian refugees facing freezing temperatures in flimsy shelters. Snowfall and gales in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley destroyed some refugee tents.

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Tommy Caldwell completing historic Dawn Wall free climb

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American rock climber Tommy Caldwell pulls himself atop the ledge of the 3,000-foot vertical wall of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in the glow of the afternoon sun, followed minutes later by Kevin Jorgeson.

Caldwell, 36, and Jorgeson, 30, became the first to free-climb the rock formation's Dawn Wall, a feat that many had considered impossible. They used ropes and safety harnesses to catch themselves in case of a fall, but relied entirely on their own strength and dexterity to ascend by grasping cracks as thin as razor blades and as small as dimes.

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Kevin Jorgeson embraces his girlfriend, Jacqui Becker, after summiting Dawn Wall on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park with fellow climber Tommy Caldwell on Jan. 14.

Years of practice, failed attempts and the last 19 grueling days scaling by their fingertips culminated at last in success.

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A fisherman works aboard a trawler passing House Island in Casco Bay of Portland, Maine, where the temperature at dawn was minus-9 degrees, Jan. 8. Sea smoke is a fog formed by extremely cold air moving across warmer water.

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Image: *** BESTPIX *** Mass Unity Rally Held In Paris Following Recent Terrorist Attacks

A woman pauses during a mass unity rally Jan. 11 in Paris following the recent terrorist attacks. More than a million people surged through the boulevards of Paris behind dozens of world leaders walking arm-in-arm Sunday in a rally for unity described as the largest demonstration in French history. Millions more marched around the country and the world to repudiate three days of terror that killed 17 people and changed France.

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Image: Pallbearers carry the coffin of late satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo cartoonist after a tribute at the Montreuil town hall

Pallbearers carry the coffin of late satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Bernard Verlhac, known as Tignous, after a tribute at the Montreuil town hall, near Paris, on Jan. 15.

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Image: Mother of victim of attack on a Paris grocery comforted during a procession near Tel Aviv

The mother of Yoav Hattab, killed in an attack on a Paris grocery on Friday, is comforted during a procession in Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv before his funeral Jan. 13. The bodies of four French Jews, one of them Hattab, killed in the attack on the Paris kosher grocery were flown to Israel for burial in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

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Image: French President Francois Hollande is surrounded by heads of state attends the solidarity march (Marche Republicaine) in the streets of Paris

More than 40 world leaders headed a somber procession through the streets of Paris on Jan. 11 setting aside their differences with a common rallying cry: We stand together against barbarity, and we are all Charlie.

Pictured above, left to right: Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French President Francois Hollande, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Council President Donald Tusk and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

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Image: *** BESTPIX *** Snow And High Winds Hit The UK

Pro surfer Alastair Mennie makes his way towards the beach at Portrush on Jan. 14 in Antrim, Northern Ireland. The province experienced heavy snowfall as a cold weather front hit the northern part of the United Kingdom causing major traffic disruption and school closures.

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Paddy, a bearded collie, sits on a windy day in Lengenfeld, Germany on Jan. 10.

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Image: Divers take a part in an effort to recover a ship brought inland by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban

Divers take a part in an effort to recover a ship brought inland by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, Philippines on Jan. 15. On his first visit to Asia's largest Catholic nation, Pope Francis will visit the central province of Leyte, which is still struggling to recover from Typhoon Haiyan that killed 6,300 people in 2013. About two million people are expected to attend an open-air mass on Saturday at Tacloban City airport, which was almost completely destroyed by Haiyan.

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Afghan children who work as water vendors search for customers at the Kart-e-Sakhi cemetery in Kabul on Jan. 12. Thousands of victims of the country's civil war which raged from 1992 to 1996 are buried in cemetries across the Afghan capital.

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Image: An abandoned department store is seen flooded in Bangkok

An abandoned department store is seen flooded in Bangkok on Jan. 13. Staff from Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) office were catching fish on Tuesday at the ground floor of the roofless New World department store that was closed down in 1997. Thousands of fish such as catfishes, fancy carps as well as black and red tilapias were released into the ground floor of the building, flooded with rainwater, as local vendors tried to control mosquitoes in the area, local media reported. BMA recently decided to remove the fish and release the water.

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Image: ***BESTPIX*** Rio Residents Swarm To Beaches To Escape Summer Heat

A man slacklines between the rocks at Arpoador on Jan. 11, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rio residents flocked to the beach this weekend as summer temperatures soared.

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