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22 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of This Week

Here are the most moving, sorrowful, and beautiful pictures from the past week.

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A police car burns during a demonstration against police brutality in Paris, France. Around 200 people demonstrated despite the event being forbidden by the police department.

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A representative of Makinarium Production, a company that specializes in special visual effects, displays a latex mask designed for a horror film during the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.

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President Barack Obama reaches up to present Los Angeles Police Department Officer Donald Thompson with the Medal of Valor, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The Medal of Valor is awarded to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect others from harm.

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Students at Rutgers University attend the 250th anniversary commencement ceremony in New Brunswick, New Jersey. President Barack Obama was the first sitting president to speak at the school's commencement.

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Female Naval Academy plebes perform sit-ups with a log on top of them during the annual Sea Trials at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. During the Sea Trials, the Naval Academy freshman class endures 14 hours of rigorous physical and mental challenges as part of the culmination of their freshman year at the academy.

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A little child rides his toy bike towards Belgian prison officers demonstrating at the Saint-Gilles prison. Guards have been on strike for three weeks in a protest over pay cuts and working conditions in Brussels, Belgium.

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A Kenyan riot policeman stomps a protester as he lies in the street after trying to flee from them, during a protest in downtown Nairobi, Kenya. Kenyan police tear-gassed and beat opposition supporters during a protest demanding the disbandment of the electoral authority over alleged bias and corruption.

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Volunteers of the Azov Civil Corps are shrouded in smoke from flares as they march in the center of Kiev, Ukraine, protesting against holding local elections in the occupied eastern territories of Ukraine. As part of an internationally brokered peace agreement, Ukraine must hold local elections in two eastern regions controlled by Russian-backed rebels, but there are major concerns about ensuring the vote takes place in a secure and safe atmosphere.

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The Imam of al Thawrah Mosque in Cairo, Egypt, gives condolences to film director Osman Abu Laban, who lost four relatives in Thursday's EgyptAir plane crash. The Airbus A320 plane was flying from Paris to Cairo when it disappeared early Thursday over the sea.

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Mourners gather outside a Brooklyn school with the coffin of Isaac Rosenberg, during his funeral procession in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Rosenberg, a real estate developer and leader of the Brooklyn-based Satmar Hasidic congregation, died Tuesday during a swimming accident in Miami.

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Members of the South Sudan Wheelchair Basketball Association play at their weekly training session in Juba, South Sudan. The SSWBA, created after South Sudan's independence in July 2011, were formed by around 20 war victims who had lost their legs due to land mines and bullet wounds. The association wants to expand their activities and compete in international events, such the Paralympics.

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Sandboarder Tyrese Hugo gets airborne at the Atlantis area on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa. Every Friday afternoon, South African boys head for the sand dunes that surround Atlantis, a poor area on Cape Town's outskirts where drug gangs operate and shootings occur regularly.

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Eritrean Christian Orthodox migrant women attend a mass at a makeshift church in Tel Aviv, Israel. With its walls bedecked with Christian paraphernalia, it is an unlikely scene in the heart of the Jewish state, hidden in a nondescript building in south Tel Aviv.

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Two-year old Maria al-Ali, a Syrian refugee child, holds a debit card provided by the World Food Program, to partially take care of the family's groceries in the city of Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey. Known as e-food, this voucher system has emerged as an innovative and easily scalable tool of humanitarian aid.

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Destin Cramer, left, and Noah Rice place a new sticker on the door at the ceremonial opening of a gender neutral bathroom at Nathan Hale high school in Seattle. President Obama's directive ordering schools to accommodate transgender students has been controversial in some places, but since 2012, Seattle has mandated that transgender students be able to use bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice. Nearly half of the district's 15 high schools already have gender neutral bathrooms, while one high school has had a transgender bathroom for 20 years.

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Performers prepare backstage to take part in rehearsals ahead of the First World Conference on Tourism, held in Beijing, China. State leaders and tourism ministers from various countries are attended the four-day conference with the theme, "Tourism for Peace and Development".

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