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    23 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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    Despite blizzard conditions, military veterans march in support of the "water protectors" at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Over the weekend a large group of military veterans joined native Americans and activists from around the country who have been at the camp for several months trying to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. On Dec. 4, the US Army Corps of Engineers announced that it will not grant an easement for the pipeline to cross under a lake on the Sioux Tribes Standing Rock reservation.

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    Activists dressed as brides and wearing bandages hold a protest in downtown Beirut against article 522 in the Lebanese penal code. The article shields rapists from prosecution on the condition that they marry their victim, a phenomenon that is still practiced in the country, especially among conservative families whose chief aim is to preserve the family's so-called honor.

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    A girl holds up a campaign poster as President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

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    Security guards hold a protester as they remove a group from the House of Representatives after they began chanting slogans regarding the offshore detention of asylum seekers during Question Time at the Parliament House in Canberra, Australia.

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    A demonstrator is arrested by police outside the state legislature during a protest against austerity measures being discussed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Legislators were voting on measures to address the state's deepening financial crisis, in which thousands of state employees and retirees have not been paid or have been paid months late.

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    People attend a protest calling for South Korean President Park Geun-hye to step down in central Seoul, South Korea. On Dec. 9, Park Geun-hye was effectively impeached.

    Omar Sanadiki / Reuters

    Smoke rises after air strikes on rebel-controlled besieged eastern Aleppo, Syria.

    Mohammed Salem / Reuters

    The dead body of an Islamic State militant is seen tied after it was dragged by Iraqi soldiers, in Shayyalah al-Imam, near Mosul, Iraq.

    Ammar Abdullah / Reuters

    Civil Defense members look for survivors under rubble of damaged buildings after air strikes on the northern neighborhood of Idlib city, Syria.

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    A child's wounds are tended to at an Iraqi aid-station after fleeing the heavy fighting in Mosul.

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    Pakistani sit beside the wreckage of the crashed PIA passenger plane Flight PK661 near the village of Saddha Batolni, Pakistan. A Pakistani aircraft carrying 47 people issued a Mayday call before losing radar contact and crashing into a mountain, killing everyone on board.

    Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

    Mourners embrace near the site of a warehouse fire in Oakland, California. The death toll from a fire that tore through a warehouse hosting a late-night dance party climbed as firefighters painstakingly combed through rubble for others believed to still be missing.

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    A burned vehicle sits in a heavily damaged neighborhood above Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The resort town reopened to the public for the first time since wildfires on Nov. 28.

    Adnan Abidi / Reuters

    People cry as the body of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaraman is carried during her funeral procession in Chennai, India.

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    Maj. Gen. James Kraft, Jr. presents Cynthia Moriarty with a flag during the burial service for her son, US Army Staff Sgt. James F. Moriarty, 27, of Kerrville, Texas, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Staff Sgt. Moriarty was one of three U.S. Service members killed in a shooting incident in Jordan. Moriarty died of wounds sustained when their convoy came under fire entering a Jordanian military base.

    Mohammed Salem / Reuters

    An Iraqi father mourns the death of his son, who was killed during clashes in the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, Iraq.

    Anupam Nath / AP

    A flower petal is placed on the eye of a wild Asiatic male elephant at Amgaon, near Gauhati, the capital of the northeastern Indian state of Assam. According to forest officer R.K. Das, the elephant died after it was electrocuted by a high tension electric wire when it was searching for food on the border of Amchang wildlife sanctuary.

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    Displaced Iraqi groom Jassim Mohammed walks with his bride, Amena Ali, during their wedding ceremony at a camp for internally displaced people, in Khazir, near Mosul, Iraq.

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    Runners dressed as Santa Claus take part in the 3rd edition of the "Athens Santa Claus Run" in central Athens, Greece.

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    Participants dressed in traditional costumes walk from house to house during the traditional St. Nicholas parade in village of Francova Lhota, Czech Republic. This type of parade is one of the most popular age-old traditions in the Czech Republic. St. Nicholas and company roam the streets going from house to house, for two or three days as St. Nicholas gives sweets and tiny gifts as a present to children.

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    President Barack Obama waves as he and first lady Michelle Obama attend the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington.

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    Kathleen Chavez, left, talks with her father Ray Chavez, age 104, the oldest living survivor from the Pearl Harbor attacks. Survivors of the Japanese attack, dignitaries and ordinary citizens attended a ceremony at Kilo Pier in Honolulu to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the naval harbor.

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    A sign that reads "GODSPEED JOHN GLENN" is displayed in honor of the American astronaut at a local supermarket in his hometown of New Concord, Ohio. Glenn was the first American to orbit Earth, piloting Friendship 7 around the planet three times in 1962. Glenn, as a U.S. senator at age 77, also became the oldest person in space by orbiting Earth with six astronauts aboard shuttle Discovery in 1998.

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