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The vampire woman, riots and Carnival-prep make up the best pictures from around the world this week. 

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Mary Jose Cristerna known as The Vampire Woman poses for a photo at the 3rd annual Venezuela Tattoo International Expo in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. As many as 300 tattoo artists from a variety of countries are expected to attend the 4-day event, sharing their skills including under the skin implants and body piercings. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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An elderly man walks holding an umbrella, during a snowfall, back dropped by a large poster in Bucharest, Romania, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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A passenger plane lands as workers dismantle an abandoned aircraft at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. Nigerian aviation officials have begun trying to dismantle and remove the hulks of abandoned airplanes from airports around the country. Officials say there are least 65 abandoned planes at the country's airports, with at least 13 at Lagos' international airport. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
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Kashmiri Muslims react as they offer prayers as the head priest, unseen, displays a relic of Islam's Prophet Muhammad at the Hazratbal shrine, the week after the Prophet's birth anniversary in Srinagar, India, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. Thousands of Kashmiri Muslims thronged the Hazratbal shrine, which houses a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of Prophet Muhammad. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
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An Egyptian protester throws a tear gas canister back at riot police, not seen, during clashes near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. Clashes continued for the fourth successive day between protesters and police near Cairo's central Tahrir square, birthplace of the 2011 uprising. Police used tear gas, while the protesters pelted them with rocks. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
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US surfer Garrett McNanamara rides a wave during a surf session at Praia do Norte beach in Nazare, Portugal, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. McNamara is said to have broken his own world record for the largest wave surfed when he caught a wave reported to be around 100ft, off the coast of Nazare on Monday. If the claims are verified, it will mean that McNamara, who was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA, but whose family moved to Hawaii's North Shore when he was aged 11, has beaten his previous record, which was also set at Nazare, of 23.77 meters (78 feet) in November 2011. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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A woman holds up a black banner as people protest near the Kiss nightclub where a fire killed over 230 people in Santa Maria, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. The Rio Grande do Sul state forensics department raised the death toll Tuesday from 231 to 234 to account for three victims who did not appear on the original list of the dead. Authorities say more than 120 people remain hospitalized for smoke inhalation and burns, with dozens of them in critical condition, after the Sunday nightclub fire. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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Flowers lay on a slab of the Holocaust Memorial to commemorate the victims of the Nazi regime at the International Holocaust Rememberance Day in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. The International Holocaust Day marks the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp on Jan. 27, 1945. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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An Ivory Coast supporter strikes a pose on the stands ahead of their African Cup of Nations group D match with Algeria Wednesday, Jan. 30 2013, at the Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg, South Africa. The two other teams in group D are Tunisia and Togo. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
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In this Jan. 27, 2013 photo, snake handler Saintilus Resilus, with his face painted red, talks to his assistants as they get ready to perform during pre-Lenten Carnival season in Petionville, Haiti. Resilus sees himself as something of a performance artist, showing off with snakes and other animals that Haitians don't see every day, earning tips from impromptu audiences. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
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Contestants winners celebrate at the end of a local competition that elected them as the three main 2013 Carnival characters; Pepino, second left, Chola, second right, and Chuta, right, in La Paz, Bolivia, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. Bolivians compete annually in their various communities to be chosen as of the three main beloved characters that represent gaiety. The trio of Carnival royalty must be adept at spreading happiness and never tire of dancing. The three personalities assist in all official Carnival events. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
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Egyptian protesters clash with riot police near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. Intense fighting for days around central Tahrir Square engulfed two landmark hotels and forced the U.S. Embassy to suspend public services on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
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The attendants are silhouetted as they wait for the royal funeral procession of Cambodia's late former King Norodom Sihanouk Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in Phnom Penh. Thousands of mourners accompanied a gilded chariot carrying the body of former King Sihanouk - the dominant figure of modern Cambodia - in a funeral procession Friday to a cremation ground next to the palace where he was crowned more than 70 years ago. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
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A woman cries over the coffin of her boyfriend at a gymnasium where bodies were brought for identification in Santa Maria city, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. They were both at the Kiss nightclub when flames raced through the crowded club in southern Brazil early Sunday, killing more than 230 people as panicked partygoers gasped for breath in the smoke-filled air, stampeding toward a single exit partially blocked by those already dead. (AP Photo/Nabor Goulart)
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Hindu holy men of the Juna Akhara sect participate in rituals that is believed to rid them of all ties in this life and dedicate themselves to serving God as a 'Naga' or naked holy men, after taking dips at Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna River during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad, India, early Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. The significance of nakedness is that they will not have any worldly ties to material belongings, even something as simple as clothes. This ritual that transforms selected holy men to Naga can only be done at the Kumbh festival. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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Models wear creations from "TCN" during a 080 Barcelona fashion show in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Jan. 29,2013. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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In this Jan. 8, 2013 photo, a plane approaches the Mariscal Sucre airport for landing, seen through a glass wall inside the Eloy Alfaro school in Quito, Ecuador. Landing at Ecuadors capital can be a white-knuckle affair. High altitude, a cramped runway and towering, active volcanos nearby make it one of Latin Americas most challenging aiports for pilots. And the constant roar of the planes has tormented those on the ground as well. Mariscal Sucre airport sat amid cornfields when it was christened in 1960, and on Feb. 19, the airport will close and a new airport will be built in an agricultural setting 12 miles (20 kilometers) northeast of the capital. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
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Eduardo Rasberge, 48, known as Suitcase Woman paints his face as he prepares for the Banda de Ipanema block parade, a pre-Carnival event, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. The Suitcase Woman has been a Carnival regular for the past 30 years, honoring women and inspired by singer Carmen Miranda. According to Rio's tourism office, Rio's street Carnival this year will consist of 492 block parties, attended by an estimated five million Carnival enthusiasts. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
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Demonstrators march down Lisbon's main Liberdade avenue during a protest by Portuguese teachers national front union, FENPROF, against the austerity economic measures taken by the government, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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A couple sit by the Tagus river bank at sunset in Lisbon, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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Ultra Orthodox Jewish men stand at a train station in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
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Bangladeshi workers inspect the damage inside a two-storied garment factory that caught fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, Jan.26, 2013. The fire killed at least six female workers and injured another five, police and fire officials said. The latest fire occurred more than two months after a deadly fire killed 112 workers in another factory near the capital city, raising questions about the safety measures in Bangladesh garment industry. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
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In this Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 photo, protesters clash with security forces near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. Police have fired tear gas at rock-throwing protesters in Cairo marking the fifth consecutive day of street violence in Egypt and clashes continue a day after Egypt's president declared a state of emergency in three provinces hit hardest by political violence. (AP/Virginie Nguyen Hoang)
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Will Carter, 15, surveys the damage to his house upon arriving home from school following a tornado, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Adairsville, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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A newly initiated Hindu monk of the Shri Panchayati Naya Udasin "akhara" or sect, puts on a turban during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. Millions of Hindu pilgrims are expected to attend the Maha Kumbh festival, which is one of the world's largest religious gatherings that lasts 55 days and falls every 12 years. During the festival pilgrims bathe in the holy Ganges River in a ritual they believe can wash away their sins. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
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A Hindu devotee takes a holy bath at "Sangam," the meeting point of Indian holy rivers of Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, on occasion of "Paush Purnima," considered to be very auspicious according to Hindu calendars, during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad, India, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims are expected to take a ritual dip at Sangam on Sunday. Millions of Hindu pilgrims are likely to attend the Maha Kumbh festival, which is one of the world's largest religious gatherings that lasts 55 days and falls every 12 years. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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Eduardo Rasberge, 48, known as Suitcase Woman paints his lips while standing on his balcony as he prepares for the Banda de Ipanema block parade, a pre-Carnival event, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Rasberge said inspired by singer Carmen Miranda, the Suitcase Woman has been a Carnival regular for the past 30 years. According to Rio's tourism office, Rio's street Carnival this year will consist of 492 block parties, attended by an estimated five million Carnival enthusiasts. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
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A man dressed as a 'Momotxorro' a natural entity made of bones and sheep skin walks to take part on a Carnival in the Basque village of Zubieta, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013.In one of the most ancient carnivals in Europa , dating from before the Roman empire, companies of Joaldunak (cowbells) and Momotxorros parade between the villages of Zubieta and Ituren.(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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Jonathan Cassar competes in the senior men's free skate program at the U.S. figure skating championships in Omaha, Neb., Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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Matt Gone who is known as The Checkered Man poses for a photo at the 3rd annual Venezuela Tattoo International Expo in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. As many as 300 tattoo artists from a variety of countries are expected to attend the 4-day event, sharing their skills including under the skin implants and body piercings. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
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Eduardo Rasberge, 48, known as Suitcase Woman wears a decorative suitcase on his head while posing for a photo during the Banda de Ipanema block parade, a pre-Carnival event, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Rasberge said inspired by singer Carmen Miranda, the Suitcase Woman has been a Carnival regular for the past 30 years. According to Rio's tourism office, Rio's street Carnival this year will consist of 492 block parties, attended by an estimated five million Carnival enthusiasts. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
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A makeshift memorial that include pictures of the victims of the Kiss nightclub fatal fire is seen inside the gymnasium where a collective funeral was held a day earlier, in Santa Maria, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. A fast-moving fire roared through the crowded, windowless nightclub, early Sunday, killing more than 230 people. The first funeral services were held Monday for the victims. Most of the dead were college students 18 to 21 years old, but they also included some minors. Almost all died from smoke inhalation. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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An Egyptian protester covers his face during clashes with riot police, not seen, near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. Health and security officials say a protester has been killed in clashes between rock-throwing demonstrators and police near Tahrir Square in central Cairo. The officials say the protester died Monday on the way to the hospital after being shot. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
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Anti-government protesters gather outside Egypt's presidential palace in Cairo, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. Thousands of protesters denouncing Egypt's Islamist president marched on his palace in Cairo on Friday, clashing with security forces firing tear gas and water cannons in the eighth day of the country's wave of political violence. (AP Photo/Mostafa El Shemy)
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Revelers stand amid a bounty of balloons at a local competition to elect the three main Carnival characters, Chuta, Pepino and Chola, in La Paz, Bolivia, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. Bolivians compete annually in their various communities to be chosen as of the three main beloved characters that represent gaiety. The trio of Carnival royalty must be adept at spreading happiness and never tire of dancing. The 3 personalities assist in all official Carnival events. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
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A Chinese girl plays hide and seek with her friends, unseen, at the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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Police block the streets around the Popular Party headquarters to prevent demonstrators getting close to it, in Madrid, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. Spain's governing Popular Party insists its financial accounts are totally legal and denies a newspaper report of regular under-the-table payments to leading members, including current Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. The scandal first broke when after the National Court reported that former party treasurer Luis Barcenas amassed an unexplained euro 22 million ($30 million) in a Swiss bank account several years ago. In a statement Thursday Jan. 31, 2013, the party denied the existence of "hidden accounts" or "the systematic payment to certain people of money other than their monthly wages. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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A Hayward Gallery employee poses for photographers inside artist Anthony McCall's installation entitled 'You and I, Horizontal' at the gallery in London, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013. The exhibition 'Light Show' featuring 25 illuminated installations and sculptures by artists from the 1960's to the present, will run from Jan. 30, 2013 to April 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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Actress Marion Cotillard, of France, center, the Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year, is kissed by Harvard University theatrical students Renee Rober, left, and Ben Moss, right, as they ride in the back of a convertible during a parade through Harvard Square, in Cambridge, Mass., Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. The award was presented to Cotillard by Hasty Pudding Theatricals, a theatrical student society at Harvard University. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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Indian paramilitary forces march during the annual Republic Day parade on Rajpath in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Indians across the country celebrated Republic Day, which commemorates the 1950 adoption of its constitution. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
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People photograph the Roman numerals for NFL Super Bowl XLVII as they are silhouetted against the morning sky Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in New Orleans. The city will host the football game between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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A masked Egyptian protester part of the Black Bloc, flashes the victory sign during clashes with riot police, background, near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. An unpredictable new element has entered Egypts wave of political unrest, a mysterious group of black-masked young men calling themselves the Black Bloc. They present themselves as the defenders of protesters against the rule of President Mohammed Morsi, but Islamists have used them to depict the opposition as a violent force wrecking the nation. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
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Homeless Indian men and laborers stand in the fog as they wait by the side of the road in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
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Best Pix of the Week

The vampire woman, riots and Carnival-prep make up the best pictures from around the world this week. 

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