The Week in Pictures: Nov. 13 - 20

A whale of an effort in Nicaragua, blizzard buries Buffalo, Jerusalem mourns slain rabbis, smoke rings in Syria and more.

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Image: Storm clouds and snow blows off Lake Erie in Buffalo, New York

Storm clouds and snow blow off Lake Erie in Buffalo, New York, on Nov. 18, 2014. An autumn blizzard dumped a year's worth of snow in three days on western New York.

Lindsay Dedario / REUTERS
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Image: A young military cadet releases a pigeon after an oath-taking ceremony at the Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery in Kiev

A young military cadet releases a pigeon after an oath-taking ceremony at the Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery in Kiev, Ukraine on Nov. 14. About 100 new young military cadets took part in the ceremony on Friday, according to officials.

Gleb Garanich / X00550
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Smoke rises from the Syrian city of Kobani, following airstrikes by the U.S. led coalition, seen from a hilltop outside Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border on Nov. 17. Kobani and its surrounding areas have been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and are being defended by Kurdish fighters.

Vadim Ghirda / AP
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Ultra-Orthodox Jews look at bullet holes in the window of a synagogue in Jerusalem on Nov. 19. The previous day two Palestinians armed with a gun and meat cleavers attacked Jews praying inside. Four rabbis and a policeman were killed in the attack.

Thomas Coex / AFP
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Image: Attack at synagogue in Jerusalem

Ultra-Orthodox Jews pray outside the yeshiva and synagogue where four rabbis were killed in the Har Nof religious neighborhood in Jerusalem, on Nov. 18.

•Gallery: Thousands Mourn Rabbis Slain in Jerusalem Attack

Jim Hollander / EPA
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Image: Flooding in Switzerland

Floodwaters caused by heavy rains surround a farm near the village of Magadino in Ticino, Switzerland, on Nov. 16.

Gabriele Putzu / TI-PRESS / KEYSTONE
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Residents and tourists try and push a whale back into the ocean on Popoyo beach in Rivas, Nicaragua, on Nov. 14. They were unable to help the beached whale discovered Friday morning.

•Gallery: The Struggle to Aid a Doomed Whale on a Nicaraguan Beach

Esteban Felix / AP
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Dried leaves rest on cracked ice on a pond in Salina, Kansas on Nov. 18.

Tom Dorsey / Salina Journal
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Image: Children exercise before a wrestling practice session at an old Basque ball gymnasium in downtown Havana

Jonatan Leliebre, 10, and Oscar Torres, 9, exercise before a wrestling practice session at an old Basque ball gymnasium in downtown Havana, Cuba on Oct. 30.

This image was released by Reuters on Nov. 18.

Alexandre Meneghini / X03465
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Image: A plume of smoke from Alaska's Pavlof volcano is pictured in this NASA handout satellite image

A plume of smoke from Alaska's Pavlof volcano on the lower Alaskan peninsula is seen from a satellite on Nov. 15. By Saturday, Pavlof was lofting ash plumes to an altitude of 30,000 feet, high enough to disrupt commercial airline flights.

Nasa / X00653
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Police and fire officials walk near a small twin-engine cargo plane that crashed into a home on Chicago's southwest side early on Nov. 18. The Aero Commander 500 that had taken off from Midway International Airport slammed into the front of the home and plunged into the basement. Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford says two occupants of the home were unhurt. The pilot was killed in the crash.

M. Spencer Green / AP
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A man digs out his driveway in Depew, N.Y., on Nov. 19. The Buffalo area found itself buried under as much as 5½ feet of snow Wednesday.

•Gallery: Aerial Photos Show Force of Buffalo Storm

Derek Gee
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Health workers wearing protective equipment dance as they try to cheer up an Ebola patient at the Kenama treatment center run by the Red Cross Society on Nov. 15. Ebola-hit Sierra Leone faces social and economic disaster as gains made since the country's ruinous civil war are wiped out by the epidemic, according to a study released on Thursday.

Francisco Leong / AFP
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Image: *** BESTPIX *** Presbyterian v Duke

The Cameron Crazis taunt Davon Bell of the Presbyterian Blue Hose as he prepares to inbound the ball against the Duke Blue Devils during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Nov. 14, in Durham, North Carolina.

Grant Halverson / Getty Images North America
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Image: Barack Obama, Aung San Suu Kyi

U.S. President Barack Obama and Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi walk back to her home following the conclusion of their joint news conference in Yangon, Myanmar on Nov. 14.

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Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP
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