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The Week in Photos: Conflict

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The Week in Photos: Conflict
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    Human-rights-campaigning ballet dancers wait to cross a road to protest outside the Russian Embassy in London calling for an end to Russian President Putin's crackdown on human rights and demanding the end to his assault on freedom of expression and gay rights in Russia.Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    Anti-government protesters chant slogan next to line of barbed wire during a rally outside the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand's government has announced it will go ahead with an election this weekend despite an opposition boycott, months of street protests and the likelihood of more violence in the country's political crisis. Source: Wason Wanichakorn
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    A protester guards the barricades in front of riot police in Kiev, Ukraine. The text reads 'War to palaces peace to home'. Ukraine's parliament is considering measures to grant amnesty to those arrested during weeks of protests in the crisis-torn country, but possibly with conditions attached that would be unacceptable to the opposition. Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    Dan Lyle, of Payson, shows his supports during a rally for the opponents of gay marriage at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. Opponents and supporters of gay marriage held twin rallies at the Utah State Capitol – the opposing gatherings are the latest square-off over gay marriage, an issue that took Utah by surprise over the past month. Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    Supporters of gay marriage gather for a rally at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Opponents and supporters of gay marriage held twin rallies at the Capitol on Tuesday. More than 1,000 gay couples rushed to get married when a federal judge overturned Utah's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in late December 2013. In early January the US Supreme Court granted Utah's request for an emergency halt to the weddings. Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    An Indian gay rights activist holds up a placard to protest against a recent Supreme Court verdict that upheld section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminaliSes homosexuality in New Delhi, India. The Supreme Court ruled that only lawmakers could change a colonial-era law that bans same-sex relations and makes them punishable by up to a decade in prison. Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    Pakistani children, whose families were displaced from Pakistan's tribal areas due to fighting between the Taliban and the army, hold booklets of Urdu alphabets and verses of the Quran, and repeat after their teacher, during their daily Madrassa, or Islamic school, at a mosque on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    Protesters clash with police in central Kiev, Ukraine. As riots spread from Ukraine's embattled capital to nearly half of the country, President Viktor Yanukovych promised Friday to reshuffle his government and make other concessions, but a top opposition leader said nothing short of his resignation would do. Hours after the president's comments, huge fireballs lit up the night sky in central Kiev and plumes of thick black smoke rose from burning tires at giant barricades erected by protesters. Source: Sergei Chuzavkov
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    A Femen activist protests against the visit of Russia's President Vladimir Putin, in front of the European Council building in Brussels. Russian President Vladimir Putin and European Union leaders are weighing the future of their common relationship at a summit that was abridged amid stark differences over Ukraine's future and other issues. Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    Afghan refugee girl Gul Bibi Shamra, 3, poses for a picture, while playing with other children in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the world's largest refugee communities: hundreds of thousands of Afghans who have fled the repeated wars and fighting their country has undergone. Since the 2002 US-led invasion of Afghanistan, some 3.8 million Afghans have returned to their home country, according to the UN'’s refugee agency. Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    Doctors and medical students protest against a new law criminaliSing medical malpractice in Quito, Ecuador. Doctors nationwide have threatened to resign their positions at public hospitals.Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    A soldier looks on during a parade marking the 70th anniversary of the battle that lifted the Siege of Leningrad in St Petersburg, Russia. The Nazi German and Finnish siege and blockade of Leningrad, now known as St Petersburg, was broken on Jan. 18, 1943 but finally lifted Jan. 27, 1944. More than 1 million people died, mainly from starvation, during the 900-day siege. Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    Children swimming in a river near the Central African village of Bobangui, some 50 kms (30 miles) south-west of the capital Bangui, in an area controlled by anti Balaka Christian militias, wave and smile at the photographer. Thousands of African and French peacekeepers have been unable to stop mounting sectarian attacks between Christian and Muslim militias and civilians. Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    A resident cries as a SWAT member of the Philippine National Police searches for residents who allegedly threw rocks at them as they enforce the demolition of their shanties at the sprawling community of informal settlers at suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. The demolition, which saw the injury of at least four people, was carried out by the city government to pave the way for the commercial development of the area. Source: Bullit Marquez
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    A placard with a photo of legal scholar Xu Zhiyong is raised by a demonstrator protesting against a Chinese court's decision to sentence him in prison outside the Chinese liaison office in Hong Kong. Xu was sentenced Sunday to four years in prison on the charge of disturbing order in public places. Xu's fledgling campaign became a target after it inspired people across the country to gather for dinner parties to discuss social issues and occasionally to unfurl banners in public places in small rallies. The placard reads: "Release Xu Zhiyong immediately, shame on political trial." Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    A protestor shouts slogans during a demonstration in support of Ukraine's protests against Viktor Yanukovych's government in Madrid. The protests began in late November in Ukraine after President Viktor Yanukovych shelved a long-awaited agreement to deepen ties with the European Union, but they have been increasingly gripped by people seeking more radical action even as moderate opposition leaders have pleaded for a stop to violence. In the past week, demonstrators have seized government administration buildings in a score of cities in western Ukraine, where Yanukovych's support is weak and desire for European ties is strong. Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    A woman sits on a toilet on Ipanema beach to protest water pollution in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Water pollution has become a hot-button issue because much of the city's sewage flows untreated into the city's waterways and with just over two years to go before the start of the 2016 Olympic games. Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    Protester clashes with police in central Kiev, Ukraine. As riots spread from Ukraine's embattled capital to nearly half of the country, President Viktor Yanukovych promised Friday to reshuffle his government and make other concessions — but a top opposition leader said nothing short of his resignation would do. Hours after the president's comments, huge fireballs lit up the night sky in central Kiev and plumes of thick black smoke rose from burning tires at giant barricades erected by protesters. Source: Sergei Grits

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