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The Week in Photos: Earth

This is the week that was, in photos…

THIS IS THE week that was, in photos…

The Week in Photos: Earth
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    A Hindu woman devotee makes her way towards the Kathajodi River in a prostrating position as part of rituals during Chhath Puja festival near Cuttack. Chhath prayers, an ancient Hindu festival popular amongst the working class, is performed to thank the Sun God for sustaining life on earth. Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    An Afghan Shiite beats himself with chains and blades in a ritual ahead of the Ashura holiday outside the Abul Fazel Shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan. At this shrine two years ago during the same celebration, a suicide bomber killed scores of worshippers. Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    Indian camel herders sit near their camels during the annual cattle fair in Pushkar, in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. Pushkar, located on the banks of Pushkar Lake, is a popular Hindu pilgrimage spot that is also frequented by foreign tourists who come to the town for the annual cattle fair and camel races. Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    Syrian refugee girls walk past a dead olive tree field, at Zaatari Refugee Camp, in Mafraq, Jordan. Zaatari, a desert camp near Jordan's border with Syria, is the largest camp of its kind in the region. It is home to more than 100,000 people who have fled the bloody Syrian civil war that continues to rage. Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    A young survivor uses a plastic cover to protect him from rain as he passes by a damaged Boy Scout statue at typhoon ravaged Tacloban city, Leyte province, central Philippines. Four days after Typhoon Haiyan struck the eastern Philippines, assistance is only just beginning to arrive. Authorities estimated the storm killed 10,000 or more across a vast swath of the country, and displaced around 660,000 others. Source: Aaron Favila
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    Afghan refugee Hasanat Mohammed, 5, poses for a picture while standing outside his home in a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistan hosts over 1.6 million registered Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world, according to the U.N. refugee agency, thousands of them still live without electricity, running water and other basic services. Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    An Indian Air force official waits for helicopters to perform a display as signal smoke raises behind during raising day celebrations of the Sainik School in Goalpara, Assam state, India. The Sainik Schools are a system of schools established with the objective of preparing students to lead as officers in the Defense Services of the country. Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    An Afghan drug addict smokes opium in a foul smelling river bed in the centre of Kabul. More than 1 million Afghans are addicts, living in squalor in its cities, sleeping on the street, in garbage-filled dried river beds reeking of human waste. Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    The bow and arrow competition during the indigenous games in Cuiaba.Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    A victorious Surui Indian lies exhausted on the field of a tug of war competition during the indigenous games in Cuiaba, Brazi.Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    Iranian Shiites cover themselves with mud, during Ashoura, marking the death anniversary of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, at the city of Bijar, west of the capital Tehran, Iran. Hussein, one of Shiite Islam's most beloved saints, was killed in a 7th century battle at Karbala, Iraq. Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    Source: Wally Santana
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    A Pataxo Indian celebrates after his tribe defeated their competitors in a tug of war competition during the 12th Indigenous Games in Cuiaba, Brazil. More than 1,500 participants from 48 Brazilian tribes, as well as from more than a dozen other nations, descended this week on Cuiaba, the capital of Mato Grosso state, for the games that end Saturday. All participants will earn "medals" carved from wood, seeds and other natural items. Source: AP/Press Association Images

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