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22 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of This Week

Warning: Several of these images may be disturbing to some viewers.

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Secretary of State John Kerry watches as Marines raise the American flag at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba. This was the first time an American Secretary of State has visited Cuba since 1945, a symbolic act after the the two former Cold War enemies reestablished diplomatic relations in July.

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Demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, marking the one-year anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown, march along West Florissant Street in the driving rain. There are reports that two people were shot when gun fire broke out during protests later in the evening. Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9, 2014. His death sparked months of sometimes violent protests in Ferguson and drew nationwide focus on police treatment of black suspects.

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Smoke billows from the site of an explosion that reduced a parking lot filled with new cars to charred remains in northeastern China's Tianjin municipality. Huge explosions in the warehouse district sent up massive fireballs that turned the night sky into day in the Chinese port city of Tianjin.

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An 81-year-old man set himself on fire in front of the Japanese embassy where a weekly rally with about 1000 people were being held for Korean women who were kept as sex slaves during World War II.The man was taken to a hospital for treatment, and is not in a critical condition.

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Relatives gather around the body of a civilian, Bilal Ahmad Bhat, at Padgampora village, south of Srinagar. Bhat was killed on Tuesday after Indian security forces allegedly opened fire on protesters who were protesting against the killings of two suspected militants in an encounter with Indian security forces.

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Cyclists perform a guard of honor with their bike wheels as the coffin of great-grandfather Don Lock arrives at Worthing Crematorium in Worthing, West Sussex, England. 79-year-old Lock, a keen cyclist, was stabbed to death in an alleged road rage attack following a collision involving his car and another vehicle on the A24 at Findon, near Worthing, West Sussex.

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Women migrants and children from Syria take a rest as they arrive on a beach of the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing on an inflatable boat with 35 people. Some 124,000 people, almost all of them fleeing war and persecution in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, have come ashore since the beginning of the year.

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Shinta Ratri, a leader of a Pesantren boarding school for transgender people known as 'Waria', prays during a Syawalan tradition in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. 'Waria' is a term derived from the words 'wanita' (woman) and 'pria' (man).

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Policemen try to disperse hundreds of migrants by spraying them with fire extinguishers, during a registration procedure which was taking place at the stadium of Kos town, on the southeastern island of Kos, Greece. Fights broke out among migrants on the Greek island of Kos, where overwhelmed authorities are struggling to contain increasing numbers of people arriving clandestinely on rubber dinghies from the nearby Turkish shore.

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Palestinian protesters holding Palestinian flags react to tear gas fired by Israeli troops during clashes at a protest against Jewish settlements in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.

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A government employee is hit by dyed water from a water cannon used by Indian police to disperse protesters during a demonstration in Srinagar. Indian police on Monday detained dozens of protesting government employees in Srinagar who were demanding their long pending arrears and a regularisation of temporary jobs.

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The world's oldest living twin brothers, Paulus and Pieter Langerock from Belgium, 102, toast while sitting in their living room at the Ter Venne care home in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium. Born on July 8th, 1913, they never married and until this day sleep side by side in the same room. Eating in moderation, drinking a glass of good wine every day and avoiding chasing women are the secrets of a long life, Pieter and Paulus say.

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A flamingo and flamingo chicks are seen before being fitted with identity rings in the Fuente de Piedra natural reserve, Spain. Around 600 flamingo chicks were tagged and measured before being placed in the lagoon, one of the largest colonies of flamingos in Europe.

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Police stand next to a crater created by gold miners during a police operation to eradicate illegal mining in an area known as La Pampa, in Peru's Madre de Dios region. This past week, Peruvian security forces cleared out nearly six square miles in a crater-pocked jungle zone where gold was illegally extracted from the sandy soil.

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A motorcyclist rides among trees uprooted by strong winds from Typhoon Soudelor in Taipei, Taiwan. A powerful typhoon battered Taiwan on Saturday with strong wind and torrential rain, cutting power to nearly 3 million households and killing four people.

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The Perseid Meteor Shower, caused by particles of dust and ice from the Swift-Tuttle comet, is visible over Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, U.K.

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A young lion looks towards the Nairobi skyline at the Nairobi national park, Kenya. With all the attention on the cruel slaughter of Cecil the Lion by a US trophy hunter in Zimbabwe, the first international campaign to protect the imposing "king of beasts" kicked off in Kenya on World Lion Day to draw attention to the silent extermination of the big cats around the world.