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Week in Photos

The week in photos

Our pick of the wonderful and sometimes poignant pictures that shaped the week.

BRINGING HOME THE Bacon, a head count of a billion or more, naked festivals… and an elephant in the room (thanks to @janetravers and her 9-year-old daughter for that one): This is the week that was, in pictures.

The week in photos
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  • Naked ambition

    A crowd of men in "fundoshi'' loincloth scramble for good luck amulets at a 1000-year-old traditional naked matsuri festival, held in early February every year to wish for good harvest and health in Oshu, Japan.Source: PA Images/Miho Ikeya
  • Far from resigned

    Egyptians celebrate the news of the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak this evening after weeks of protest against 30 years of emergency rule.Source: PA Images/Tara Todras-Whitehill
  • Tutankhamun comes to town

    A curator examines one of the replica sarcophagus at the Tutankhamun: His Tomb and Treasures show which opens at the RDS Dublin next week.Source: PA Images/Julien Behal
  • Reflective mood

    British Trials Champion Gary MacDonald is pictured reflected in Loch Linnhe near Fort William in Scotland, during the launch of the tenth Fort William Mountain Festival.Source: PA Images/Danny Lawson
  • Bringing home the bacon

    Three studies for a portrait of Lucian Freud by Dublin-born artist Francis Bacon sold for €27m at Sotheby's, London yesterday.Source: PA Images/Anthony Devlin
  • Billion-plus head count

    Census workers take details of a Kashmiri family on the outskirts of Srinagar, India - the country has begun a mammoth effort to document every citizen in three weeks.Source: PA Images/Mukhtar Khan
  • Cork plane crash

    A lone investigator surveys the destruction at the scene of yesterday's plane crash at Cork Airport in which six people died.Source: PA Images/Niall Carson
  • Spring sunrise

    Trees are silhouetted against the early morning Kansas sky in the US - although the temperatures there are still sub-zero.Source: AP Photo/The Salina Journal, Tom Dorsey
  • Don't I know you?

    Aimee Hall lays out heads on sticks marking the seating plan for Sunday night's BAFTAs in London.Source: PA Images/Dominic Lipinski
  • Elephant in the room?

    As the political parties contesting General Election 2011 continued to argue over bank guarantees, budget cuts and the fiscal future of Ireland, the 9-year-old daughter of reader Jane Travers from Kildare paints it as it is...Source: @janetravers via Twitter
  • Slingshot hotshots

    Afghan men fight each other with slings in a traditional game in a park in the centre of Kandahar.Source: AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus
  • Yes, we're all looking at you

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, pictured centre-stage here making a speech last month, had to apologise this week for making jokes about "inebriated" Irish people. Source: PA Images/Seth Wenig
  • Grand, no more

    The grand hall of a 1000-year-old temple in Fuzhou city, China was gutted by fire this week. A 1,000-year-old building is believed to have been destroyed in a fire at a Buddhist temple in Fuzhou, capital of east Chinas Fujian Province, Monday (7 February 2011). Local authorities confirmed the fire engulfed the grand hall and one of the wooden chambers of the Fahai Temple in downtown Fuzhou at 3:12 a.m. and burnt for an hour, but they have yet to assess the damage. The fire prevention arm of Fuzhous public security bureau sent 21 fire engines and 147 firefighters to the scene, and the flames were put out at 4:11 a.m., a spokesman of the bureau said. He said no casualties were reported and all the temples cultural relics were unharmed. The Fahai Temple was built in 945 and houses a large number of ancient Buddhist scriptures that are recognized as national treasures.Source: PA Images/Zhang bin fj
  • Oh, the weather outside...

    A mountain cow looks out from her stable during a snowfall at the Skansen open air museum in central Stockholm, Sweden.Source: AP Photo/Fredrik Persson