21 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of This Week

Here are the most moving pictures from the first week of 2016.

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A silhouetted woman watches fireworks just after New Years at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on January 1st, 2016.

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Participants enter the water during the Coney Island Polar Bear Club’s annual New Year’s Day swim at Coney Island in the Brooklyn, New York.

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People dressed up wait to perform before the traditional Epiphany parade in Malaga, Spain. Children in Spain traditionally receive their Christmas presents delivered by the Three Wise Men on the morning of January 6th, during the Christian holiday of the Epiphany.

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A tear swells in President Barack Obama’s eye as he speaks about the youngest victims of the Sandy Hook shootings, while speaking on Tuesday about the steps his administration is taking to reduce gun violence.

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LaTonya Jones stands over her mother Bettie Jones during her funeral at New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois. Bettie Jones, 55, and Quintonio LeGrier, 19, were both killed last month during a police involved shooting where officers were responding to a domestic dispute call after LeGrier pulled a bat on his father. Police later issued a statement saying Jones was accidentally killed.

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Ryan Lemm, age 4, salutes as he watches the casket of his father, NYPD officer Joseph Lemm, who was killed on duty in Afghanistan, following funeral services in New York City. Lemm was one of six U.S. troops killed by a suicide bomber near Bagram air base in Afghanistan.

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Dwayne Ehmer carries an American flag as he rides his horse on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon. An armed anti-government militia group continues to occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Headquarters as they protest the jailing of two ranchers for arson.

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A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange sits exhausted during the afternoon of January 4th in New York City. Monday marked the first day of trading for the New York Stock Exchange; the market dove over 350 points upon opening and closed more than 275 points down.

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A child sits next to an empty toy displays at the Toys R Us store in New York’s Times Square. Fourteen years after it began wowing millions of tourists with its indoor 60-foot Ferris wheel and a growling 20-foot Tyrannosaurus, the giant Toys R Us flagship store in Times Square closed its doors for good.

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Fireworks light the sky above the medieval St. Mary’s Cathedral and St. Severi’s Church shortly after midnight during the New Year celebrations in Erfurt, Germany.

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Ko Yun-hwa (left), Administrator of Korea Meteorological Administration, points at where seismic waves observed in South Korea came from, during a media briefing at Korea Meteorological Administration in Seoul, South Korea, on January 6th.

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South Korean protesters attend an anti-North Korea rally on January 7th in Seoul, South Korea. North Korea announced this week that they had successfully carried out its first test of a hydrogen bomb.

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Astronaut Tim Peake took this photograph over the west coast of Canada from the International Space Station. The photograph shows Canada’s Coast Range of mountains, with King Island and Burke Channel in the center. The Pacific Ocean is visible at the bottom.

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MSF and Greenpeace set up a giant peace symbol made of life vests used by migrants in Lesbos near Molivos, Greece. Lesbos, the Greek vacation island in the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece, continues to face massive refugee flows from the Middle East countries.

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A Syrian refugee child looks on, moments after arriving on a raft with other Syrian refugees on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos on January 4th.

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Zookeeper Collene Gibbings peers into a tank of moon jellyfish during the annual stocktake of animals at ZSL London Zoo in London, England. The zoo’s annual stocktake requires keepers to check on the numbers of every one of the 800 different animal species, including every invertebrate, bird, fish, mammal, reptile, and amphibian.

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An Orthodox faithful kisses a wooden crucifix retrieved from the water during Epiphany day celebrations in the southern suburb of Faliro in Athens, Greece.

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Spectators await the start of play as rain delays the cricket match during day three of the third Test match between Australia and the West Indies at Sydney Cricket Ground.

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A man paddles with his dog on a surf board as people take part in the traditional New Year’s sea plunge at Malo-Les-Bains beach in Dunkirk, northern France.

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People with colorful bonnets taking part in the traditional New Year’s dive, Nieuwjaarsduik, on the beach of Scheveningen, Netherlands. Tens of thousands of participants dip into the cold North Sea water every year in a Dutch tradition that started in the 1960s, after a swim club decided to start the year with a plunge in the sea.

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Pakistani children play in front of the final sunset of 2015 in Lahore.

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