THE WEEK IN PICTURES

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    Feb. 4: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. William Lambert, 30, from Plainview, Ark., shares his rations with an Iraqi boy in Beijia village in Arab Jabour, south of Baghdad, Iraq.

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    Feb. 4: Swimmers start a heat of the women's 100-meter butterfly at the Good Luck Beijing 2008 Swimming China Open at the National Aquatics Center, known as the Water Cube, in Beijing. The event was one of a series of events held to test the venues for the 2008 Olympic Games.

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    Feb. 4: A Palestinian woman holds her identification as she shouts at a Hamas security officer while trying to cross back from Egypt at the border crossing in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip. The two Palestinian homicide bombers who attacked the Israeli town of Dimona on Monday, killing at least one Israeli and wounding others, were from the Gaza Strip, Palestinian militants said. The Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a violent group loosely affiliated with President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, said it had carried out the bombing with a smaller faction.

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    Feb. 4: A carnival float depicting Usama bin Laden taking a bath in blood is seen during the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, Germany. Street spectacles in the carnival strongholds of Duesseldorf, Mainz and Cologne are watched by millions of revelers, marking the highlights in Germany's carnival season.

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    Feb. 4: Percussion queen Juliana Paes performs along her samba school Unidos de Viradouro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during carnival celebrations.

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    Feb. 4: Firefighters inspect a burnt-out house in Ludwigshafen, Germany. At least nine people, including five children, died in the fire at a four-story apartment building in southwest Germany. Police found eight bodies inside the building and one woman died in a hospital.

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    Feb. 4: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center, surrounded by officials, stands under a research rocket in Tehran, Iran. Iran launched a research rocket Monday and unveiled its first major space center that will be used to launch research satellites, state-run television reported.

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    Feb. 4: Orangutans peer into a giant 'Red Packet' filled with green tea melon seeds given as Chinese New Year gifts to these primates at the Singapore Zoo in Singapore, where its predominantly Chinese population will be celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year early February.

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    Famed World War II war correspondent Ernie Pyle shortly after he was killed by a Japanese machine gun bullet on the island of Ie Shima in April 1945. Sixty-three years after the most celebrated war correspondent of World War II was killed by the Japanese, this photo surfaced.

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    Feb. 4: Marie Uwimama, 53, lies in a bed as he is treated for head injuries and a broken arm at Gihundwe Hospital in Cyangugu, Rwanda, after an earthquake. Two earthquakes struck hours apart in Rwanda and neighboring Congo early Sunday, killing at least 39 people, including some who were in a church that collapsed. Nearly 400 were injured.

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    Feb. 5: Local school girls take part in a children's race before the annual Olney Pancake Race to mark Shrove Tuesday in the town of Olney in Buckinghamshire, England. According to legend, Olney Pancake Race began on Shrove Tuesday in 1445. When U.S. magazine Time did a feature on the Olney race in 1950, Liberal, Kansas, challenged the town to a friendly trans-Atlantic competition. It has been a rivalry since, and the event has turned into a four-day celebration in Liberal.

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    Feb. 5: Sadr City's council officials prepare to hoist the new Iraqi flag in Baghdad, Iraq. Earlier this month, Iraq's parliament voted to remove Saddam-era emblems from the banner, including the stars thought to represent the three objectives of Saddam's now-dissolved party: unity, freedom and socialism. The new Arabic script across the middle of the flag reads 'God is Great.'

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    Feb. 5: Former New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens, left, followed by attorney Lanny Breuer, arrives at the offices of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, where he was to be interviewed by committee lawyers about alleged use of illegal steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs in professional baseball.

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    Feb. 5: Dog walkers on the beach look out at the Irish ferry 'Riverdance' that ran aground in rough weather off Blackpool, England, last week. Attempts to move the stricken ferry were being hampered by weather conditions.

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    Feb. 5: Defensive end Michael Strahan, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, coach Tom Coughlin and MVP quarterback Eli Manning, at the front of the float, from left, show off the Vince Lombardi Trophy to a throng of fans as the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants receive a ticker tape parade in Lower Manhattan through the ‘Canyon of Heroes’ in New York.

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    Feb. 5: A funnel cloud of the tornado that touched down in Atkins, Ark., is seen around 5 p.m. outside Atkins High School. Tornadoes across four Southern states tore through homes, ripped the roof off a shopping mall and blew apart warehouses in a rare spasm of violent winter weather that killed at least 31 people and injured dozens more.

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    Feb. 5: The glow of the fire at a Columbia Gulf pumping station near the Trousdale-Sumner county line could be seen from miles away at Hartsville Pikes Cumberland River bridge. The massive fire erupted at the natural gas pumping station, shooting flames hundreds of feet in the air and rattling windows for miles. Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Mike Browning said the station could have been damaged by a line of severe storms that moved through Tennessee shortly before the fire broke out.

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    Feb. 5: A strand of beads flies from the King's Jesters float during the Rex Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. Carnival revelers were greeted with warm weather for Fat Tuesday.

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    Feb. 5: Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., right, reacts with her husband, former President Bill Clinton, left, and their daughter, Chelsea, at her Super Tuesday primary night party in New York.

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    Feb. 5: Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and his wife, Michelle, wave to supporters at a Super Tuesday primary rally in Chicago, Ill.

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    Feb. 5: Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and his wife, Cindy, arrive at their Super Tuesday primary election night party in Phoenix, Ariz.

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    Feb. 5: Republican presidential hopeful former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann Romney, take the stage at his Super Tuesday primary watch party in Boston, Mass.

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    Feb. 5: Republican presidential hopeful former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and his wife, Janet, look over the ballot after he voted in the presidential primary election at a polling place in North Little Rock, Ark.

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    Feb. 6: A car sits in what was once the sanctuary of Sharon Baptist Church in Savannah, Tenn. Residents in five Southern states tried to salvage what they could Wednesday from homes reduced to piles of debris, a day after the deadliest cluster of tornadoes in nearly a decade tore through the region, snapping trees and crumpling homes. At least 50 people were dead.

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    Feb. 6: Being held by his grandfather Docie Svarda, Walter Aidan Schneider, 14 months old, receives ashes from Monsignor Paul Metzger during Ash Wednesday services at the Holy Trinity Church in Middletown, Ohio.

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    Feb. 6: A firefighting airplane drops water on the burning Turkish ship Undadriyatik in the waters near town of Rovinj, northern Adriatic. The ship carrying 200 trucks caught fire and nine passengers and 22 crew members were rescued by a Greek ship, local media reported.

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    Feb. 6: Nyabingi drummers perform at a function to celebrate what would have been the 63rd birthday of reggae singer Bob Marley in Kingston, Jamaica. Bob Marley died of cancer in 1981.

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    Feb. 6: The Tungurahua volcano is hidden by its own vapor and ashes as it erupts near Cotalo village in Ecuador's Tungurahua province.

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    Feb. 6: Rising water from the Wabash River starts to cover the dog park signs at Shamrock Park in Lafayette, Ind. The National Weather Service was predicting a crest of 25.1 feet sometime Thursday night.

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    Feb. 7: Smoke rises from a home in Los Angeles where Los Angeles police battled a barricaded gunman. Police say five people, including one SWAT officer and the gunman, were dead after a nightlong standoff at the home.

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    Feb. 7: The space shuttle Atlantis crew, from left, European Space Agency astronaut Leopold Eyharts of France; mission specialist Stanley Love; European Space Agency astronaut Hans Schlegel of Germany; mission specialist Rex Walheim; mission specialist Leland Melvin; pilot Alan Poindexter; and commander Stephen Frick wave as they leave the Operations and Checkout Building on their way to board the shuttle at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

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    Feb. 7: Kyson Stowell, 11 months old, rubs his eyes in a hospital in Nashville, Tenn. Kyson was found in a field about 100 yards from his house after a severe storm went through Castalian Springs, Tenn., on Tuesday. His mother, Kerri Stowell, was killed.

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    Abu Hamza al-Masri, a Muslim cleric, talks during a press conference in central London in this Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1999, file photo. Britain's Home Office on Thursday said al-Masri will be extradited to the United States to face terror charges after already being sentenced to seven years' imprisonment in Britain for fomenting racial hatred and urging his followers to kill non-Muslims.

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    Feb. 7: A Ghana soccer team supporter is seen prior to the African Cup of Nations semi-final soccer match between Ghana and Cameroon in Accra, Ghana.

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    Feb. 8: Firefighters battle a fire at the Imperial Sugar Co. after an explosion Thursday night ripped apart the plant on the Savannah River in Port Wentworth, Ga. Six people were missing and more than 50 were taken to local hospitals with injuries after the blast, some severe.

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    Feb. 8: A man wades through a flooded street in Trinidad in northern Bolivia. A rainy season aggravated by La Nina, a periodic cooling of waters in the Pacific Ocean, has hit hard all across the country.

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    Feb. 8: Flowers are seen on the stairs leading to Kirkwood City Hall as the flag outside is at half staff in Kirkwood, Mo. A gunman opened fire at a meeting of the Kirkwood City Council in suburban St. Louis Thursday night, killing five people before being shot and killed by police.

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    Feb. 8: Denver Water employees work to remove a section of a 66-inch cement water main pipe that broke Thursday in Denver, Colo., on Interstate 25 north of downtown. The water created a massive sinkhole and buckled a large section of the highway. Workers were making a temporary fix to the road so that traffic could use two lanes of the six-lane interstate highway.

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    Feb. 8: A Chadian child is seen in the destroyed central market in N'Djamena, Chad. Residents of the capital took stock Friday of the damage from fierce fighting that brought rebels to the doorstep of Chad's presidential palace.

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    Feb. 8: Firefighters stand in front of a retirement home in Egg, Austria. A fire that engulfed a home for the elderly in western Austria killed 11 people and injured six others, a local government spokesman said. When the blaze broke out in the town of Egg, there were 23 residents and two supervisors in the building, which also functioned as a nursing home, said Thomas Mair, a spokesman for Vorarlberg province government.

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    Feb. 9: Theron Kissinger of Southbury, Conn., left, walks during the first lap of the 50-kilometer race walk U.S. Olympic team trials at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, Fla.

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    Feb. 9: In this image from video provided by NASA TV, international space station Astronaut Peggy Whitson, the station's first female commander, is seen speaking to ground controllers on her 48th birthday aboard the space station. Atlantis maneuvered toward a rendezvous with the international space station on Saturday, bringing a new $2 billion lab that European scientists can't wait to see installed.

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    Feb. 9: Members of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi cremation committee surround the body of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, also seen on portrait at right, at Tapo Ashram, on the outskirts of Allahabad, India. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the leader of the Transcendental Meditation movement and Beatles guru died at his Dutch home on Feb. 5.

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    Feb. 9: Friends and family of the late Hollywood actor Heath Ledger gather at The Indiana Tea House, where his wake was being held in Perth, Australia.

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    Feb. 9: Supporters of Pakistan's slain opposition leader Benazir Bhutto's party clap to greet her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, unseen, upon his arrival to address a rally for election campaign in Thatta, Pakistan.

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