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May 17, 2013. A Tibetan woman (bottom) prostrates near Labrang monastery in Xiahe, Gansu province, a flashpoint for many Tibetan protests against Chinese authorities.Ed Jones—AFP/Getty Images
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Spectators wrapped in blankets wait the start of a beach front cinema screening on the Croisette during the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes
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Wave Gothic Festival in Leipzig
Men sit blindfolded after being rounded up by the Somali Police Force, to be screened during an operation aimed at improving security in Mogadishu
Herndon Monument Climb Challenges "Plebes" At US Naval Academy
APTOPIX North Korea Child Health Day
BESTPIX Two Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan Buried At Arlington Nat'l Cemetery
Western Wall in Jerusalem
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APTOPIX India Sufi Festival
People pass time in a mosque, where they were evacuated to shelter from cyclone Mahasen when it landed, outside of Sittwe
Koshi looks through the window of her house in the ethnically divided town of Mitrovica
Policemen and people check the scene of a collision on a highway leading to a border crossing between Yemen and Saudi Arabia
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A Free Syrian Army fighter is seen with his weapon in a damaged house in Deir al-Zor
People run down a street in Deir al-Zor
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Woman looks from a window of her family's tent at a camp for internally displaced persons in al-Mazraq of the northwestern Yemeni province of Hajja
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Feast of St. Rita of Cascia in Manila
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Coumba Faye fixes her headscarf in her house in the village of Ndande
People watch a man descend into a large former well during a traditional ceremony in the village of Ndande
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USAF officers hold onto their hats in wind gusts from Air Force One as President Obama departs in foggy conditions, for travel to Atlanta from Joint Base Andrew
The funnel of a tornadic thunderstorm almost touches the ground near South Haven
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***BESTPIX*** Tornado Outbreak Slams Through Oklahoma
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Visually impaired children enter the waiting room of an airline before boarding a plane in the international airport of La Aurora in Guatemala City
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Russia Riot Police Demonstration
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Afghan girls play in Kabul
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Customs And Border Protection Agents Detain Immigrants On Mexican Border
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Deadly tornado strikes Moore, Oklahoma, USA
Relatives of victims attend prayer after paying tribute to Building collapse victims
Chakala Dangol, 75, holds a coconut on his hand before throwing it towards the devotees from the top of the chariot of Rato during the chariot festival in Lalitpur
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A house built on a rock on the river Drina is seen near the western Serbian town of Bajina Basta
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A Brazilian army soldier wearing a chemical suit participates in an anti-terror simulation exercise as part of the preparation for the upcoming 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brasilia
BESTPIX  Indonesian Factory Uses Traditional Techniques To Produce Mie Lethek Noodles
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children stand on a balcony as they watch the wedding ceremony of Rokeach, the grandson of the Chief Rabbi of Belz, and his bride Penet, in Jerusalem
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The beauty contest for disabled people 'Miss Independence 2013’
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U.S. first lady Obama reacts with school children from Willow Springs Elementary School in Fairfax, Virginia
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I-5 Bridge Collapse
Tornado damage in Moore, Oklahoma
Camel market in Birqash
Queen Elizabeth II Visits Cambridge
People stand near a pair of army boots and floral tributes for Drummer Lee Rigby near the scene of his killing in Woolwich
Annual Flags-In ceremony in advance of Memorial Day - Arlington Cemetery
A sign reads "God Bless Moore" as workers make repairs to the Warren theatre after the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, Oklahoma which was left devastated by a tornado
May 17, 2013. A Tibetan woman (bottom) prostrates near Labrang monastery in Xiahe, Gansu province, a flashpoint for many Tibetan protests against Chinese authorities.
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Pictures of the Week: May 17 - May 24

May 24, 2013

From deadly tornadoes in the Midwest and the final week of the Cannes Film Festival to a wheelchair beauty contest in Moscow and the U.S. Naval Academy's storied freshman initiation, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

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