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The week in pictures
A look at some of the major events of the week February 13 – 19 from all over the globe.
Libyans in Benghazi wave flags as they celebrate the first anniversary of the uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi.
19 Feb 2012
In Comayagua, Honduras, relatives prepare graves for their family members who died in a prison fire. The blaze, which claimed the lives of 356 inmates, was the deadliest prison fire in the last century.
Supporters of Nicolas Sarkozy, France(***)s current president, wave French national flags as they attend a political rally. Sarkozy declared his candidacy for a second term this week and opened his official campaign with the promise to get the unemployed back to work.
Palestinians hold pictures of Khader Adnan to demand the release of Palestinian prisoners held in Israel. Adnan has been on hunger strike for 64 days as of February 19 to protest what he calls his unjust detention and mistreatment by Israeli authorities.
A young Senegalese woman injured in violent clashes between police and anti-government protesters is transported to an ambulance by emergency responders in Dakar.
Revellers walk in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on their way to Carnival. The celebrations began Saturday with millions set to take to the streets for days of rowdy, joyous parades and festivities, bringing the nation to a halt for its annual wild party.
The headquarters of the Bank of Greece were vandalised following violent protests which took place against the government(***)s austerity plans in Athens. Thousands of demonstrators clashed with police as the Greek parliament approved drastic and unpopular austerity measures.
In Los Angeles, CA, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping sits at a US-China Economy and Trade Cooperation Forum. The current vice president, who is expected to replace Hu Jintao as president and head of the Chinese Communist party, is currently visiting the US to meet officials across the country.
Riot police armored vehicles advance in an attempt to clear the streets on the outskirts of Manama, the Bahraini capital, as heavy clashes continued between pro-reform protesters and police continued.
People walk in a park with sign "For Putin" written on snow in downtown St Petersburg, Russia. Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in support of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in cities across Russia two weeks before the country(***)s presidential election.
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