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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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Iraqi soldiers of the 17th Division carry a wounded comrade shortly after a mortar fell in an area where the troops were gathering to advance towards the Islamic State group held village of Ganus, Iraq.

Omar Sanadiki / Reuters

A member of forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad attempts to erect the Syrian national flag inside the Umayyad mosque, in the government-controlled area of Aleppo, Syria.

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A riot police officer bearing a white flower on his bulletproof vest takes part in a public servants' protest against austerity measures in front of the Rio de Janeiro state assembly in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On Monday, Rio's lawmakers began voting the measures promoted by the governor Luiz Fernando Pezao pushing budget cuts.

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Demonstrators clash with military police during a protest against the approval of the measure to cap government spending over the next 20 years, in Brasilia, Brazil. Congress in Brazil approved the spending cap measure that was opposed by many sectors, but justified as way to revive a struggling economy.

Adriano Machado / Reuters

A man lights his cigarette with the flames of a bus burned by anti-government demonstrators during a protest against the constitutional amendment PEC 55, which limits public spending, in front of Brazil's National Congress in Brasilia, Brazil.

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A man wipes a policeman's tears as he stands guard next to the coffins of martyred policemen Osman Borkluoglu and Yasin Ike, in Kayseri, Turkey. At least 38 people, including 7 civilians, were killed and 155 people were injured in two separate bomb attacks in the Besiktas district of Istanbul.

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Marines stand guard at the casket of the John Glenn as he lies in repose, in Columbus, Ohio. Glenn's home state and the nation began saying goodbye to the famed astronaut as he lies in state at Ohio's capitol building. Glenn, 95, the first American to orbit Earth, died last week.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

President Barack Obama hugs Kate Grubb, and Vice President Joe Biden hugs her husband David Grubb, before the president signed the 21st Century Cures Act in the South Court Auditorium of the White House complex in Washington. The Grubb family, from Charleston, West Virginia, lost their daughter Jessie Grubb in the spring of 2016 after a long battle with substance abuse. Grubb's story gained recognition after Obama visited Charleston in Oct. 2015, focusing on the drug epidemic.

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A combination of two images shows the Eiffel Tower with its lights on and off in Paris, France. The Eiffel Tower's lights were extinguished this evening in solidarity with those caught up in ongoing violence in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Mario Tama / Getty Images

Juan Pedro, who has microcephaly and turned 1 year old on Dec. 4, is held by his godmother Sinthia in Recife, Brazil. As many of the babies with microcephaly, believed to be linked to the Zika virus, turn 1 year old in Recife, doctors and mothers are adapting and learning treatments to assist and calm the children. Many of the children are suffering a plethora of difficulties including vision and hearing problems with doctors now labeling the overall condition as "congenital Zika syndrome." Authorities have recorded thousands of cases in Brazil in which the mosquito-borne Zika virus may have led to microcephaly in infants. Microcephaly results in an abnormally small head in newborns and is associated with various disorders.

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Pilgrims arrange a crown on a Virgin of Guadalupe statue as they make their way towards the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the country converge on Mexico's holy Roman Catholic site, many bringing with them images or statues of Mexico's patron saint to be blessed, marking the Virgin's Dec. 12 feast day.

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Chinese people attend the state memorial ceremony for the Nanjing Massacre at Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall in Nanjing, China. The state ceremony is to mourn the Nanjing Massacre victims whose lives were taken by Japanese invaders.

Leo Correa / AP

Two women kiss during the Gay Pride Parade at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. People took part in Rio de Janeiro's 21st Gay Pride Parade to fight for more justice and an inclusive society which recognizes equal rights for the gay community.

Chris Pizzello / AP

Actor Kirk Douglas, center, gets a kiss from his son Michael Douglas, left, and Michael's wife Catherine Zeta-Jones during his 100th birthday party at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

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A woman casts her vote in Sintesti, Romania. Romanians vote in a parliamentary election, a year after a massive anti-corruption drive forced the last Socialist prime minister from power in a country of about 19 million, one of the poorest in the European Union.

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Violet Webster, who has a hole in the heart and is aged 2, helps Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, decorate the Clarence House Christmas Tree at Clarence House in London, England. The Duchess of Cornwall invited children from the charity and children supported by Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity to decorate the Christmas tree and join Her Royal Highness for lunch.


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