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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 bride gets her make-up done before the start of a mass marriage ceremony in Kolkata, India. A total of 150 tribal Hindu, Muslim, and Christian couples from various villages across the state took their wedding vows on Sunday.

Nasser Nasser / AP

Two siblings in mourning take a last look at their brother, Naim Safi, age 17, during his funeral in the West Bank village of Abadiya, Bethlehem, after he was shot dead last Sunday by Israeli security forces following a reported stabbing attack.

Shakil Adil / AP

Pakistani acid victim Sidra Kamwal looks at herself in a mirror in Karachi, Pakistan. She had left her abusive husband and moved back in with her mother when another man proposed to her. The man refused to take no for an answer, eventually throwing acid in her face in an effort to deter other men from wanting her as well.

Sebastian Copeland for Arctica: The Vanishing North (teNeues 2015)

On a recent expedition to Nunavut in the Canadian Arctic, photographer Sebastian Copeland captured this striking photo of a deceased polar bear, which he believed was “likely starved to death” due to climate change. While his opinion is not definitive, Andrew Derocher, a professor at the University of Alberta, tells BuzzFeed News that polar bear scientists are "getting more reports and seeing more cases of [starvation]”.

Ben Curtis / AP

A Ugandan riot policeman runs past a burning barricade that was left by angry supporters of opposition leader Kizza Besigye, after he was prevented by police from reaching one of his campaign rallies in Kampala, Uganda. Ugandan police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to break up the crowd and briefly arrested Besigye himself on Monday, raising tensions ahead of elections.

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An art installation by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei consists of life vests worn by refugees and is bound to the columns of the concert house in Berlin, Germany. The life vests were among the thousands discarded by migrants and refugees after they crossed the sea from Turkey to Greece. Up to 80,000 refugees currently live in Berlin and the city is preparing for the likely arrival of 30,000 more in 2016.

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A monkey sits in a cage outside a restaurant advertising exotic cuisine in Mong La, Myanmar. Mong La is considered a mostly lawless area where Chinese tourists are able to cross the border for exotic poached animals, gambling, and prostitution.

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A member of the Christie's auction house staff poses with an unglazed terracotta plate entitled "Visage aux grands yeux" by Pablo Picasso in London, England. Forming part of the "Queen Anne's Gate: Works from the Art Collection of Sting and Trudie Styler" auction on February 24th, it is expected to fetch between 1,200-1,800 GBP.

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Whirling Dervishes perform a Sema ceremony in Konya, Turkey. Despite the Mevlevi order, more commonly known as the "Whirling Dervishes," being shut down and made illegal in 1925 by the new Turkey republic, today they are a symbol of Turkey's tourism campaigns and in 2008 the Sema ceremony was confirmed by UNESCO as amongst the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

Navesh Chitrakar / Reuters

Devotees holding water pots wait to fill them with water from the Triveni River during the Swasthani Brata Katha festival in Panauti near Kathmandu, Nepal. During the month-long festival, devotees go on pilgrimages to various temples, perform religious rituals, take a holy bath in the rivers and fast for a month.

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Australian dog trainer and former surfing champion Chris de Aboitiz rides a wave with his dogs off Sydney's Palm Beach. Aboitiz is using the discipline of surfing as a way of teaching owners to build healthy relationships with their pets.

Eugene Hoshiko / AP

Participants dressed as Minions assemble at the start of the "Minions Run" charity event in Tokyo, Japan. Some 10,000 runners enjoyed a one-kilometer run for various children's charities.