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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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28 year old Rupa has her hair shaven to donate to the Gods at the Thiruthani Murugan Temple in Thiruttani, India. Rupa donated her hair with the wish that her daughter's illness is cured. The process of shaving ones hair and donating it to the Gods is known as tonsuring. It is common for Hindu believers to tonsure their hair at a temple as a young child, and also to celebrate a wish coming true, such as the birth of a baby or the curing of an illness. The "temple hair", as it's known, is then auctioned off to a processing plant and then sold as pricey wigs and weaves in the US, Europe and Africa.

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People attempt to climb a wall as part of a competition in the Bishara El Huri region of Beirut, Lebanon, using bullet holes created the Lebanese civil war.

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A pile of 5,250 illegal weapons are burned by Kenyan police in Ngong, Kenya. The weapons consisted of both confiscated and surrendered firearms that had been stockpiled over almost a decade and were destroyed by police as a message to the public to surrender others.

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A car bomb explodes next to Iraqi special forces armored vehicles as they advance towards Islamic State held territory in Mosul, Iraq. Troops have established a foothold in the city's east from where they are driving northward into the Tahrir neighborhood.

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Iraqi 18-month-old Jassem is comforted by an army medic while being treated for shrapnel head injuries at an open air field clinic in the Samah neighborhood of Mosul.

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A displaced Iraqi woman cries after she finds out that her 15-year-old son Maitham was killed by an Islamic State mortar in Samah neighborhood of Mosul.

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A pair of women embrace each other in front of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, France. France marked the anniversary of the Islamic extremists' coordinated attacks on Paris with a somber silence on Sunday and the reciting of the 130 names of those murdered.

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Protesters hold candles during an anti-government rally in central Seoul. Pressure on South Korea's scandal-hit president to resign escalated sharply with organizers claiming a million-strong turnout at one of the largest anti-government protests the country has ever witnessed.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The groups National Nurses United and Progressive Democrats of America held the "People's Rally" to "demand economic and social justice and equality".

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Tala Rahal (left), age 14, and Ariana Echols (right), also 14, right, both from Lowell High School, pose for a photo while attending a protest of against Republican Donald Trump as President of the United States, in San Francisco, California.

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A woman is pepper sprayed in Rio de Janeiro as state public servants protest against austerity measures in front of the Rio de Janeiro state Assembly.

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A young girl adds a message written on a post-it note to a display in New York City that was started in reaction to the election of President-elect Donald Trump.

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Members of a U.S. Army carry team move the flag-draped transfer case holding the remains of Army Pfc. Tyler R. Lubelt of Tamaroa, Illinois, during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware. Lubelt, age 20, who was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division in Fort Hood, Texas, died on Nov. 12 of injuries sustained from a suicide bomb attack at Bagram Airfield near Kabul in Afghanistan.

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Lt. Benny White, a Vietnam Veteran in the Marines, portrays a member of the 54th as he salutes during a Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony for the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment in front of the Shaw Memorial across from the Mass. State House in Boston. The 54th was the first black regiment of soldiers in the US Army, as they fought in the Civil War.

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A visitor touches a painting created using a relief printing technique that adds volume and texture, part of and exhibition titled "Making the Invisible Visible" at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. The painting is one of six copies of works by masters such as Pablo Picasso and Sandro Botticelli made for the country's first ever exhibition for the blind. This exhibition allows the blind, or those with limited vision, a chance to create a mental image of a painting by feeling it.

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People take photos as an Ariane 5 space rocket with a payload of four Galileo satellites lifts off from ESA's European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

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A Scottish red deer grazes following the end of the rutting season in Glen Etive, Scotland. The rutting season sees the large dominant red deer stags compete against each other for mating rights and can be heard roaring and bellowing in an attempt to attract the hinds. The rut draws to a close in early November when the stags spend the winter feeding to regain strength for the following season.


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