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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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Campers set structures on fire in preparation of the Army Corp's 2 p.m. deadline to leave the Oceti Sakowin protest camp in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, on Feb. 22. Activists and protesters have occupied the Standing Rock Sioux reservation for months in opposition to the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Worshippers wait for the priest to throw the sacred batons during the annual Naked Man Festival, or Hadaka Matsuri, at Saidaiji Temple in Okayama, Japan, on Feb. 18. With only a skimpy loincloth to protect their modesty, thousands of men brave freezing temperatures to fight for lucky charms thrown by a priest during the ceremony.

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An Indian Hindu man dressed as Lord Shiva holds a lit candle in his mouth as he takes part in a religious procession ahead of the Maha Shivratri Festival in Jalandhar, India, on Feb. 22. Hindus mark the Maha Shivratri festival by offering special prayers and fasting to worship Lord Shiva, the lord of destruction.

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Chinese workers shovel the steps after a snowfall on the Great Wall outside of Beijing, China, on Feb. 22.

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Police move in to take over Oceti Sakowin encampment in Cannonball, North Dakota, as authorities clear the protest camp on Feb. 23.

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Delia Baliantz, of Florence, South Carolina, voices her concerns during a town hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Tom Rice, a South Carolina Republican, at the Florence County Library on Feb. 23. Hundreds of constituents attended the event to ask questions and voice their opinions with the Republican lawmaker.

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Milo Yiannopoulos arrives for a news conference in New York on Feb. 21. The technology editor at Breitbart News came under fire from other conservatives after a video emerged showing him making comments on sexual relationships between boys and older men.

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A member of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent runs as he searches for victims following a reported government airstrike on the rebel-held town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus on Feb. 19.

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Devotees walk on a blood-stained floor after a suicide blast on Thursday, at the tomb of Sufi saint Syed Usman Marwandi, also known as the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine, in Sehwan Sharif, Pakistan, on Feb. 17.

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Refugees and migrants are seen on deck of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms rescue vessel Golfo Azzurro sailing toward the Italian port of Pozzallo after being rescued off Libyan coast north of Sabratha, Libya, on Feb. 19.

Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters

Service members of the Belarussian Interior Ministry's special forces unit perform during Maslenitsa celebrations on Feb. 19. Maslenitsa is a pagan holiday marking the end of winter and celebrated by eating pancakes and shows of strength.

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Iraqi army service members launch a rocket toward ISIS militants near Ghozlani military complex, south of Mosul, Iraq, on Feb. 23.

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A fighter from Jaish al-Islam aims a Russian-made sniper rifle in the rebel-held area of Harasta, on the northeastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, on Feb. 21.

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An injured Iraqi Emergency Response Division soldier hit by a mortar is held by another officer on Feb. 23, as they wait for medics to arrive at the Islamic State occupied Mosul Airport in west Mosul, part of the offensive to retake the city some two years after it fell to the hardline jihadist group. Iraqi forces encountered stiff resistance with improvised explosives, heavy mortar fire, and snipers hampering their advance before they successfully took the airport.

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A civilian kisses a federal police officer after escaping ISIS territory in the town of Abu Saif on Feb. 21.

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Riot police clash with taxi drivers and street sellers during a demonstration in Rome on Feb. 21. A weeklong strike by taxi drivers that has crippled transport in Rome, Milan, and Turin is heating up, with cabbies marching through the eternal city to protest legislation they say will favor Uber and other car-hire services.

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A man holds his South African identity document after being attacked by a mob in Pretoria, South Africa, on Feb. 24. Police fired tear gas, water cannons, and rubber bullets to disperse rival marches by hundreds of protesters in Pretoria after mobs looted stores this week believed to belong to immigrants.

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A woman wearing a US flag hijab is pictured during an "I Am Muslim Too" rally in Times Square, New York, on Feb. 19.

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Volunteers from a local monument company help to reset vandalized headstones at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery on Feb. 22, in University City, Missouri. Since the beginning of the year, there has been a nationwide spike in incidents including bomb threats at Jewish community centers and reports of anti-Semitic graffiti.

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A vet feeds a cheetah cub born on Feb. 1 at the Safari Beekse Bergen in Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands, on Feb. 21.

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A masked reveler poses during the Venice Carnival in Venice, Italy, on Feb. 17.

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In this undated picture, a couple holds hands under the Northern Lights in Iceland's Thingvellir National Park as flashes of green can be seen in the sky.

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