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Best Pix Of The Week
From Damascus to St. Petersburg, here are some of the most arresting images from around the world during the last week. 
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A Palestinian masked member of the 'Ezz Al-Din Al Qassam' militia, the military wing of Hamas, holds his weapon during a march along the streets of Gaza City, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Arabic read on a headband "No God but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet, Ezz Al-Din Al Qassam brigade". (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
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A woman feeds pigeons near the Alexander Nevsky Monastery in St. Petersburg, Russia on Tuesday Sept. 3, 2013. The Alexander Nevsky Monastery complex, which is currently under renovation, is home to some of the oldest buildings in the city. The complex also has two cemeteries which contain the graves of some of the giants of Russian culture, including Tchaikovsky, Dostoevsky, and Glinka. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
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A fan wears flip-flops decorated with tennis balls while watching a doubles match during the third round of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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U.S. swimmer Diana Nyad, 64, greets her support team before her swim to Florida from Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Endurance athlete Nyad launched another bid Saturday to set an open-water record by swimming from Havana to the Florida Keys without a protective shark cage. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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Black smoke billows from a burning car moments after a bomb attack targeted the convoy of Egypt's Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim, in Nasr City, Egypt, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. It was the first attack on a senior government official since a coup toppled the country's Islamist president July 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Ahmed Soliman)
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A Indian woman arranges fish for drying at a harbor in Chennai, India, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. India's new central bank chief Raghuran Rajan kicked off his first day in office Wednesday by announcing short-term measures to boost confidence as the troubled Indian economy slows and the currency tumbles. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K.)
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A clay idol of elephant headed Hindu god Ganesh is carried onto a passenger train before being transported to a place of worship in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Sept.1, 2013. Ganesh Chaturthi, celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ganesha, begins Sept. 9. The idols will be immersed in water bodies at the end of the festival. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
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Nick Vujicic, right, is accompanied by a life guard as he treads water in an acrylic enclosure keeping safe while diving among sharks, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 in Singapore. Vujicic, a Serbian Australian evangelist and motivational speaker born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs, is in the city-state to give a motivational talk and was visiting "The Shark Encounter at Marine Life Park" at one of Singapore's main tourist attractions in Resorts World Sentosa. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
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Palestinian children sit and watch the sunset at Shati Refugee Camp in Gaza City, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. (AP photo/Hatem Moussa)
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A man peddles rubber flip-flops on his motorcycle in Manila, Philippines on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
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A police drives past in a three-wheeled Segway-like scooter in front of the hotel where the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board meeting and the 125th IOC session is being held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. During the Sept. 4-10 meeting, members will elect the host city for the Summer Olympics Games of 2020, with candidates being Madrid, Istanbul and Tokyo, as well as choose a new IOC president and add a sport to the 2020 program. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
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Human remains are seen at the site where the remains of at least 22 people have been unearthed in a mass grave in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. The human remains that police believed were part of a mass grave thought to date back to 1991, when Saddam Hussein's regime quenched a Shiite uprising in the south. (AP Photo)
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Catholic clerics wearing scarves depicting Monsignor Vladimir Ghika attend his beatification religious service in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Thousands gathered for the beatification of a Romanian prince who died after being tortured in a Communist prison. Pope Francis approved the beatification in March of Monsignor Vladimir Ghika who was declared a martyr for his Christian faith.(AP Photo/Grigore Popescu/Agerpres)
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Pancho the Pelican stands on a rocking chair inside the home of Magela Guerrero where he lives in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. The bird was brought to Guerrero's home in 2011 when a neighbor fishing along Havanas Malecon seawall found Pancho near death, practically featherless and without any appetite. A veterinarian prescribed a regimen of medicine and curative creams, and Guerrero nursed him through what seemed an unlikely recovery. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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An employee stands inside a cabin of the Palace on Wheels train in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. The luxury tourist train departed Wednesday on its first commercial journey for 2013-2014 to Rajasthan and Agra. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)
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Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi, run for cover from tear gas fired by police, not seen, during a protest in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. Tens of thousands of protesters and Muslim Brotherhood supporters rallied Friday throughout Egypt against a military coup and a bloody security crackdown, though tanks and armored police vehicles barred them from converging in major squares. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
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Workers inspect the bell during the annual maintenance at the Gloriosa bell in the Mariendom (Cathedral of Mary) in Erfurt, central Germany,Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. T The tulip-shaped bell, has a diameter of 2.57 meters (8.4 feet) and was made by Dutch Gherardus de Wou in July 1497. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men pray ahead of the Jewish New Year at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem's old city, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Israelis happily welcomed the Jewish New Year late Wednesday despite uncertainty and turmoil brewing on both its northern and southern borders. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
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U.S. President Barack Obama, left, walks away after shaking hands with Russia's President Vladimir Putin during arrivals for the G-20 summit at the Konstantin Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. The threat of missiles over the Mediterranean is weighing on world leaders meeting on the shores of the Baltic this week, and eclipsing economic battles that usually dominate when the G-20 world economies meet. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
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Afghan youths sit on a material at a shop selling used metals in Kandahar province, southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)
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A child walks past tents of a Syrian refugees camp in Yayladagi, Turkey, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. The civil war in Syria has forced over 2 million people out of the country and over 4 million others are displaced within its borders, making Syrians the nation with the largest number of people torn from their homes, U.N. officials said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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Women talk in front of a painting by Jonas Burgert from the Blain Southern gallery during a private viewing of the ART Rio-International Art Fair in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Over 100 galleries from more than a dozen countries are taking part in the five-day event, which opens on Thursday to the general public. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
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A migrating stork is held in a police station after a citizen suspected it of being a spy and brought it to the authorities in the Qena governorate, some 450 kilometers (280 miles) southeast of Cairo, Egypt. Officials say the man suspected the bird was an undercover agent because it carried an electronic device. (AP Photo)
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A performer rests before a carnival show at the International Garden Expo park in Beijing, China, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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In this June 13, 2013 photo, Aquilina Cardenas, right, and her sister Luciana look into the coffin containing the remains of their father in a forensic laboratory in Ayacucho, Peru. Their father is one of the Chaca residents tortured and killed on Jan. 8,1988 by Shining Path militants in retaliation for forming a self-defense committee. The remains of the victims were exhumed in 2012 from a mass grave and released to family members on June 13, 2013. A mass burial was held in Chaca two days later. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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Actress Dakota Fanning poses for photographers on the red carpet for the screening of the film Night Moves at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival held from Aug. 28 through Sept. 7, in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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A burned tree remains as smoke rises up, background, in a forest area devastated by a wildfire in Serra de Caramulo, Teixo, north Portugal, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Wildfires burned a large portion of one of the main green regions in the country, and have taken the life of five Portuguese firefighters since beginning of August. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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Rubber farmers shield themselves from the sun during a protest in Surat Thani province, southern Thailand, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. At least 12,000 rubber farmers have staged protests and blocked another road in Thailand's south to try to force the government to boost declining rubber prices. (AP Photo/Sumeth Panpetch)
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David Ferrer, of Spain, returns a shot Richard Gasquet, of France, during the quarterfinals of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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A donkey stands on the beach of the Mediterranean sea in Gaza City, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
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Lebanese young adults prepare to jump into the Mediterranean Sea off the Corniche, or waterfront promenade, in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
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"Bedroom in Arles", painted by Dutch master Vincent Van Gogh, is put on display next to another version of the same painting, at the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday Sept. 3, 2013. Van Gogh is known to have painted three treatments of the same subject, his bedroom at 2, Place Lamartine, in Arles, France. On the left is the first version, painted in October 1888, which belongs to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands. On the right is the second version, from September 1889, on loan from its usual home at the Art Institute of Chicago. A third version, also painted in September 1889, hangs in the Musee dOrsay in Paris. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
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Manga artist Leiji Matsumoto is reflected on glass panels as he poses for portraits at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival held from Aug. 28 through Sept. 7, in Venice, Italy, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
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Iron Bandera, left, holds still as his father ties his shoe outside their home before walking to school in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. Cuban students began classes on Monday for the new school year. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)
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An Army carry team carries the transfer case containing the remains of Army Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis, of the Staten Island borough of New York, upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. The Department of Defense announced the death of Ollis who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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A Bahraini anti-government protester reacts to tear gas during clashes with riot police in Sehla, Bahrain, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Clashes erupted after a funeral for Sadeq Sabt, 22, who died Sunday of injuries sustained a month ago when he was struck by a vehicle during a protest. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
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An Indian wholesale fruit seller awaits customers at the Okhla Vegetable Market in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. India's economic growth slowed to 4.4 percent in the April-June quarter and the Indian rupee has lost more than 20 percent of its value since May. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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The largest free-flying American flag in the world flies over the George Washington Bridge Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, in Fort Lee, N.J. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says the flag will fly on Labor Day under the upper arch of the bridge's New Jersey tower. It's meant to honor working men and women across the country. The flag is 90 feet long by 60 feet wide, with stripes measuring about five feet wide and stars about four feet in diameter. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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Riot police try to put out a fire during clashes with a group of anarchists in Mexico City, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Teachers, anarchists and other groups protesting against the proposed energy and education reforms are marching separately towards the national congress as Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto sends his Interior Minister to congress to deliver the written version of his first State of the Nation and a day later, Pena Nieto will offer his State of the Nation address. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
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In this Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 photo, a Sadhu, or Hindu holy man, rests beside a cow in an alleyway in Varanasi, India. Narrow alleyways, known as gullies, leading to the banks of the Ganges River make up a large part of the city, sacred to Hindus and one of the oldest living cities in the world. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
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Protesters of the gay and lesbian activist group AllOut demonstrate opposite Downing Street, in central London Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 about the treatment of LGBT people in Russia and a law adopted by Russia's parliament in June making "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors" illegal. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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In this Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013 photo, participants of the band of the Royal Netherlands Navy perform during the "Spasskaya Tower" International Military Orchestra Music Festival at the Red Square in Moscow, Russia. The festival started on Sunday, Sept. 1 in Moscow and would last until Sunday, Sept. 8. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)
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Bahraini anti-government protesters react to tear gas fired by riot police Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in Jidhafs, Bahrain. Clashes erupted when demonstrators marched toward demolished Pearl Square trying to reach a heavily guarded site that was once the hub of their uprising. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
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A worker rows a boat past a giant yellow rubber duck created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman as an art piece floating in an enclosed branch of the Yongding river in Beijing, China, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. The 18-meter tall inflatable duck resembling a popular yellow rubber toy made its debut in Beijing on Friday after attracting wide attention in previous appearances in eight major cities around the world. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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A car and buildings are reflected on an art installation outside a shopping mall in Beijing Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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Jia Jia, a female Giant Panda hides behind her birthday treat of bamboo, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at the River Safari, part of the Wildlife Reserves and the Singapore Zoo in Singapore. Week-long celebrations were held to mark the first year anniversary of the arrival of two Giant Pandas from China, Kai Kai, and Jia Jia, who incidentally are celebrating their 6th and 5th birthdays, respectively this month. These Giant Pandas are on loan for 10-years as part of a collaboration between China and Singapore to raise awareness for the conservation of these critically endangered species.(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
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Welsh international soccer player Gareth Bale is backlit by a TV light on his arrival for his official presentation at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 after signing for Real Madrid. The Spanish club announced Sunday that Bale has signed a six-year contract, and a person familiar with the deal said the fee was a world-record euro100 million ($132 million). (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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Supporters of Pakistani religious party Jamaat-e-Islami hold a rally to observe the World Hijab (veil) Day in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Scores of the party's female supporters wearing veils gathered to advocate the necessity of veil for the Muslim women. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
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A Chinese Army Z-10WZ attack helicopter, designed and manufactured by China, makes an aerobatic flight demonstration during the 2nd China Helicopter Expo in Tianjin, China Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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Indian fishermen carry baskets of fish at a harbor in Chennai, India, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. India's new central bank chief Raghuran Rajan kicked off his first day in office Wednesday by announcing short-term measures to boost confidence as the troubled Indian economy slows and the currency tumbles. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K.)
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Relatives of Palestinian prisoners being held in Israeli jails protest demanding their release in front of the Red Cross office in Gaza City, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
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A bleeding protester shouts as she is being taken away by a riot policeman during a march in Mexico City, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Teachers, anarchists and other groups protesting against the proposed energy and education reforms are marching separately towards the national congress as Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto sends his Interior Minister to congress to deliver the written version of his first State of the Nation and a day later, Pena Nieto will offer his State of the Nation address. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
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Actress Madalina Ghenea poses for photographers during the red carpet for the film The Wind Rises at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival held from Aug. 28 through Sept. 7, in Venice, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/David Azia)
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An inhabitant uses a bucket with water to fight against a wildfire in Santiago de Besteiros, near Tondela, north Portugal, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. Portuguese officials said a woman firefighter died in a forest blaze, becoming the fifth fatality among emergency crews in a month as summer wildfires scorch large areas of parched countryside. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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A masked Bahraini anti-government protester holds petrol bombs during clashes with riot police in Sehla, Bahrain, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Clashes erupted after the traditional third day mourning procession for Sadeq Sabt, 22, who died Sunday of injuries sustained a month ago when he was struck by a vehicle during a protest. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
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Melanie Vervaeke of Belgium works on her Bedlington Terrier dog in the scissoring open class at the German international dog grooming championships in Stadtroda, central Germany, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
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In this Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 photo, students at Washington Elementary School in Monticello, Ill., walk past a large fan used to help cool the school. The school, built in 1894, has air conditioning in only a few spots and has been sending students home early this new school year as temperatures push into the 90s every day. (AP Photo/David Mercer)
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Workers from a nearby factory play soccer in the middle of a main avenue near the Benito Juarez International Airport, which is empty due to protesting teachers blocking the roadway, in Mexico City, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. Teachers angry over the passage of a national education reform partially blocked the main approach to the airport, forcing many passengers to leave their cars and rush through the streets on foot to catch their flights. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
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In this Wednesday, Sept .4, 2013 photo, an Indian Kathakali artist is reflected on a mirror as he dons make up prior to a performance in Chennai, India. Kathakali is a classical dance that was created in the ancient kingdoms that now make up Kerala, a state on India's southwestern coast some 400 years back. The roots are in Sanskrit temple theater, which, like Japan's Kabuki or Hollywood's silent films, had a glossary of hand gestures and exaggerated movements of the facial muscles to express emotion. Dancers are swathed in robes and yards and yards of petticoat, encrusted with ribbons, tassels and embroidery, ropes of brass chain and plastic beads. (AP Photo/Arun Sankar K)
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Best Pix Of The Week

From Damascus to St. Petersburg, here are some of the most arresting images from around the world during the last week. 

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