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The week in photos

The poignant, the beautiful, the stunning – and the plain bizarre – moments of the week, in pictures.

TDs SETTLED INTO the rituals (and the geography) of Leinster House, Libya and Tunisia still struggled with unrest and some people were just looking at the stars… This is the week that was, in pictures:

The week in photos
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  • In the swim

    Trainee lifeguards from El Salvador's Red Cross take part in the event in La Libertad which requires them to swim 21km in the ocean to graduate. Pic: AP Photo/Edgar Romero.
  • Take a parachute and...

    British RAF personnel practise parachute jumps by using virtual reality goggles. Pic: PA Images
  • Edge of reason

    A Tunisian riot police officer kicks a anti-government protester during ongoing demonstrations there this week. Pic: AP Photo / Hassene Dridi.
  • What are they looking at?...

    People take photos of Tokyo Sky Tree, a new landmark tower still under construction in Tokyo and aiming to be 634 metres tall when it's completed later this year. Pic: AP Photo/Koji Sasahara.
  • ...Ah, that's what they're looking at

    The Tokyo Sky Tree, a new landmark tower still under construction in Tokyo and aiming to be 634 metres tall when it's completed later this year. Pic: AP Photo/Koji Sasahara.
  • Creeping burn

    A few of the homes spared from flames in the Amarillo area of Texas are seen from the air this week - the dark patch in the photo is where wind-driven wildfires have scorched some 190 square miles. Pic: AP Photo/The Amarillo Globe News, Stephen Spillman.
  • All eyes on the beardy guy

    Christian Bale and Reese Witherspoon face a barrage of press photographers' flashes backstage at the 83rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Pic: AP Photo/Matt Sayles.
  • TDs: Know your entitlements.

    The folder carried by new Louth Fine Gael TD Peter Fitzpatrick as he arrives for his first day at Leinster House, as Labour and Fine Gael continue talking about a coalition. Pic: PA Images/Niall Carson.
  • Driving ambition

    New Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O'Connor puts a brave face on for photographers after driving across the plinth and down the steps of Leinster House on her first day at the Dail this week. Pic: PA Images/Julien Behal
  • Mideast Libya

  • White-out

    Excited journos and Apple fans crowd around the iPad2 at its UK launch at the BBC Television Centre in London. Pic: PA.
  • Clinging on

    A major landslide in Christchurch, New Zealand caused the earthquake on February 22. Pic: AP/Kyodo
  • I feel like I'm invisible sometimes.

    A group of Victorian 'ghosts' were first in line for tickets to London Dungeon's Vengeance - the UK's first 5D Laser Ride, which is set to open in May. Pic: PA images
  • Day bed

    An Indian worker takes a rest on rice bags at a warehouse in Gauhati, India. Pic: AP Photo/Anupam Nath
  • Poignant markers

    The shoes of victims of an accident during a carnival parade lie on the street in Bandeira do Sul in Brazil. They were electrocuted and 60 others were injured when a high voltage cable broke and hit a carnival float. Pic: Alex de Jesus/Agencia Estado via AP Images.
  • Ring of fire

    A long exposure photo shows a child spinning a ball of fire to ward off evil spirits during Bulgaria's Shrovetide festival. Pic: AP Photo/Valentina Petrova.

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