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24 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 performer from Indonesia relaxes backstage before taking part in the Chingay Parade in Singapore. The Chingay Parade started in 1973 and was originally a neighborhood event, but over the years has evolved into one of the biggest street parades in Asia.

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Decorated lanterns surround a lake in Seremban, Malaysia, during Chap Goh Mei festivals that mark the end of Chinese New Year celebrations. In Hokkien dialect, "Chap Goh Mei" means the "15th night of Chinese New Year" and is celebrated with prayers and offerings.

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A group of half-naked men make their way into the Saidaiji Temple in Okayama, Japan, as part of the the Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival. As part of tradition, some 9,000 men battle to grab a pair of lucky sticks thrown by the temple's priests.

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A woman processes and dries a sea of red chili peppers near the Jamuna river in Gaibandha, Bangladesh. Everyday, women as this one earn less than $1 after working 10 hours a day. Red chili is the main source of income in the area and mostly women are engaged in its production and processing.

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A stray dog stands amid boat motors that were used by refugees and migrants to reach the Greek northern island of Lesbos. Athens has expressed its "displeasure" to the EU over tougher border controls by Balkan countries that have left thousands of migrants stranded in Greece, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' office said on Tuesday.

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106 year-old Virginia McLaurin watches the video of her with the Obamas in Washington, DC. The video of McLaurin dancing with President and First Lady Obama last week at the White House has been viewed more than 60 million times.

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Republican candidates Donald Trump, Senator Marco Rubio, and Senator Ted Cruz, exchange heated remarks during a Republican presidential primary debate at The University of Houston in Texas.

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An elephant adorned in an elaborately decorated cloth walks in the annual Navam Perahera street parade in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Over 50 elephants are participating in the street parade for Gangaramaya Temple's annual festival, along with a nightly procession of traditional dancers, fire twirlers and traditional musicians.

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Iranian women stand in line at a polling station during the parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections in Qom, Iran. Friday's parliamentary elections are the country's first since its landmark nuclear deal with world powers last summer.

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Indian army soldiers take position near the site of a gun battle in the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. A handful of rebels exchanged fire with government forces last sunday after being holed up in a building for the second straight day.

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A police officer sports a Guy Fawkes mask he confiscated during continued government raids on illegal wildcat gold mining operations in La Pampa, in Peru's Madre de Dios region. More than 1,000 police and soldiers dynamited and dismantled mining machinery valued at $3 million, including dredges and motors used to separate gold flecks from sand in crude sluices, the government said.

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People pray at a funeral for 8 victims of the February 17 car bombing at the Kocatepe Mosque in Ankara, Turkey. At least 28 people were killed and 61 injured in Turkey's capital Ankara, when a car bomb exploded beside a convoy of military vehicles stopped at a traffic light.

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A Syrian woman hugs her mother after their arrival with other refugees and migrants from the Turkish coast to Mytilene, Greece. Greece's government is ordering authorities on islands near Turkey to reduce the number of migrants allowed to travel by ferry to the mainland so more temporary shelters can be set up.

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Police pallbearers carry Associate Justice Antonin Scalia's flag-covered casket between rows of Catholic clergy and out of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, following his funeral in Washington, DC. Scalia passed away on February 13 while on a hunting trip in Texas.

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Musical artist Kesha cries at the Manhattan Supreme Court as she learns she will not be released from her record label contract. A judge said she would not allow Kesha to leave her record label despite Kesha's accusations that label producer Dr. Luke had sexually assaulted her.

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An artist's impression of the galaxies found in the Zone of Avoidance behind the Milky Way is shown in this illustration provided to Reuters by the International Center for Radio Astronomy Research. An Australian telescope has found hundreds of new galaxies hiding behind the Milky Way using an innovative receiver that measures radio waves.