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The week in photos

This is the week that was, in pictures.

THE LAST SEVEN days have brought us clown conventions, bee beards and surprised cabinet ministers – and we also learnt that even the Taliban like to doodle. Time to round up the week in photos…

The week in photos
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  • Purple haze

    The sun sets behind the Washington Monument as seen from the US Capitol as negotiations over America's debt levels continue. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)
  • In training

    Palestinian Islamic Jihad fighters train at the Nusseirat refugee camp in central Gaza Strip. (AP Photo / Ashraf Amra)
  • Born snippy

    Anti-circumcision protesters outside a courthouse in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
  • Waiting for food

    A woman sits at a feeding and treatment centre in Lokori, Kenya during an ongoing drought in the Horn of Africa. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
  • Twisted wreckage

    Overturned carriages lie damaged after a long freight train derailed in the high desert of northern Los Angeles County. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
  • At the market

    A woman shops for food in preparation for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)
  • Leaps and bounds

    A month-old cheetah cub steps outside for the first time at Chester Zoo. (Dave Thompson/PA Wire)
  • Building bridges

    Qingdao Jiaozhou bay bridge in Qingdao, China. The 42km structure is the longest cross-ocean bridge in the world (Zang Lei/ChinaFotoPress)
  • A river runs through it

    Vehicles are submerged in floodwater after heavy rain in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
  • Here I am

    A female protester tries to get the attention of her friend in Sanaa, Yemen. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
  • Tragic trail

    Rescuers at the site of a plane crash near Guelmim, southern Morocco. Some 78 people were killed. (AP Photo)
  • Blanket objection

    A young orang-utan plays at the zoo in Dortmund, Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Summit special

    Mountains at Pangong Lake, near the Chinese border in Kashmir, India. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)
  • Water mess

    Motorists pass by a car which was washed downstream as they negotiate a flooded road in Legazpi city, Philippines. (AP Photo)
  • Hosed down

    Smoke pours from a fire at the huge Macro Plastics plant in Fairfield, California. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
  • On air

    Journalists inside the Voice of Free Libya radio station in the rebel-held town of Benghazi. (AP photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
  • Clowning around

    Conejta Pinta Caritas holds her daughter as they watch the Latin American Clown Congress parade in Guatemala City. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
  • Ruffled feathers

    Minister Jimmy Deenihan keeps clear as he releases red kites into the wild in Donabate, Dublin (Julien Behal/PA Wire)
  • Food for thought

    A woman carries an oil tin donated by the World Food Program in Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Ahmad Nazar)
  • Monk-y business

    Young Buddhist monks play a virtual game of football at a video game parlor in Katmandu, Nepal. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
  • Rising damp

    A security guard sits under an umbrella during monsoon rains in New Delhi, India. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
  • Beauty is only skin deep

    A man walks past cosmetic advertising in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
  • Eye to eye

    An Indian artist gets made up during a Bonalu festival in Hyderabad. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A)
  • Holding on

    Wilson, 4, receives treatment for cholera symptoms in Mirebalais, Haiti. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
  • Dangerous doodles

    Graffiti painted by Taliban soldiers at a disused base in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  • In memory

    People in Oslo pay tribute to the victims of Norway's bomb attack and shooting massacre. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
  • To bee, or not to bee

    Beekeepers Barbara Lindberg and 12-year-old Jordan Hiemstra show off their 'bee beards' in Aylmer, Ontario. (AP Photo/DAVE CHIDLEY, The Canadian Press)
  • All a blur

    Revellers dance around a central point to honour Saint Ana, in Tudela, northern Spain. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
  • Back to Tahrir

    Thousands of Egyptian protesters returned to Tahrir Square despite rifts over key issues between liberal activists and Islamist groups. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
  • Hug it out, Taoiseach

    Enda Kenny is greeted by Dr Joe Mulholland at the 31st Annual MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal. (Photo Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland)
  • Fair play

    A couple have their photo taken at the Denver County Fair in Colorado. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

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