U.S. President Barack Obama places his hand on two bibles as held by first lady Michelle Obama as his recites the oath of office during swearing-in ceremonies on the West front of the U.S Capitol in Washington.  The first is the Bible used by former President Abraham Lincoln,  when he took the oath of office in 1861.  The second Bible is the so-called "traveling Bible" used by slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Jan. 21, 2013. U.S. President Barack Obama places his hand on two bibles as held by first lady Michelle Obama as his recites the oath of office during swearing-in ceremonies on the West front of the U.S Capitol in Washington. The first is the Bible used by former President Abraham Lincoln, when he took the oath of office in 1861. The second Bible is the so-called "traveling Bible," used by slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. From "Pictures of the Week: January 18 - January 25."Brooks Kraft—Corbis for TIME
U.S. President Barack Obama places his hand on two bibles as held by first lady Michelle Obama as his recites the oath of office during swearing-in ceremonies on the West front of the U.S Capitol in Washington.  The first is the Bible used by former President Abraham Lincoln,  when he took the oath of office in 1861.  The second Bible is the so-called "traveling Bible" used by slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey in his office at the State House in Trenton
Moscow Russia February 03 2013 Svetlana Zakharova, prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet, comes out for a curtain call with principal dancer Nikolai Tsiskaridze, who bows in the background, after a performance of Swan Lake on the historical stage of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on Feb. 3, 2013.
Fatima Hazazi stands in front of boxes of medicine she requires monthly to treat her kidney problem at home in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 2, 2013.   Like many families across Saudi Arabia who are barely scraping above the poverty line each month, Fatima and her family rely on the hope of the charity of others to survive. (Credit: Lynsey Addario/ VII)
Saudi Special Emergency Forces under the Ministry of Interior train at the Counter-terrorism Training School in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 4, 2013.  The Saudi government has been fighting terrorism within the Kingdom for decades, and has roughly 3,000 SEF in Riyadh, alone.  (Credit: Lynsey Addario/ VII)
9183.6_3702.6 001 -- Old American car from the 1940s and 50s are running through Cuba as they did 60 years ago. Still, sometimes they just can’t go anymore, like this one at Guanabo beach, 15 miles east of Havana city
CIUDAD BOLIVAR, VENEZUELA - APRIL 2013: "La guerrilla". This is the name of this area of the prison. It is a section of excluded inmates, normally due his drug addiction. This is the prison population which is living in extreme conditions. Those who break the codes of coexistence are confined to this site. (Photo by Sebastián Liste/ Reportage by Getty Images)
Kabul Afghanistan May 2013 Members of Afghan special forces during a training exercise on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan's army is training female special forces to take part in night raids against insurgents despite cultural taboos as foreign combat troops take the backseat ahead of their eventual departure at the end of 2014. In a country where women traditionally are expected to stay home, their participation in the special forces is breaking new ground in ultraconservative Afghanistan. Afghan women have been part of their nation's security forces for years, but they didn't start being recruited for the special forces until 2011.
President Obama hosts Turkish Prime Minister at the White House
The restraining chair and forced feeding apparatus on display in an empty room of the detainee hospital.
Burned trees and damaged buildings are seen through the window of a destroyed house in the Mingalar Zayyone Muslim quarter, that was razed by Buddhists in ethnic violence in March, in Meikhtila, Myanmar (Burma) on May 23, 2013. The now destroyed Mingalar Zayyone Madrassa where Abdul Razak, 15 (also called Ye Myin) was killed.  In the four days of ethnic violence starting on March 21st, 2013 over 43 people were killed in Meikhtila and nearly 13,000 people, mostly Muslims, were driven from their homes and businesses.
Mother of Poly Akther is weeping. Her daughter is died in the rubble. Rana Plaza, the 8- stored building where 5 garment factory was running, has collapsed on 24th April 2013 and 1131 workers dead so far.1st June 2013. Savar , Dhaka. Bangladesh
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2013. Humble, TX. USA. Bobby swims at a Motel 6 after visiting the father of Rodney McCandless. Rodney was killed in the IED explosion that injured Bobby. For years McCandless's family didn't know that anyone had survived the attack until Bobby was able to reach them by Facebook. It was their first meeting and Bobby wanted to pay his respects. Bobby Henline, 41, veteran of four tours to Iraq and sole survivor of an IED blast that killed the other four soldiers in his humvee in Iraq in 2007. He is now a standup comedian launching a new career with a routine built around his injuries. He received burns over 38% of his body in the blast.
Cairo Egypt July 05 2013:Backers of ousted President Mohamed Morsi helped an injured man near Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo
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Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, on his way to a procedural vote on the House floor, at the Capitol in Washington.   The Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate are at an impasse as Congress continues to struggle over how to prevent a possible shutdown of the federal government when it runs out of money.
People play by a fire in a neighbourhood destroyed by Haiyan Typhoon in Tacloban, The Philippines on November 16, 2013.
A young girl whose family member Fleuri Doumana, 21, was killed 2 days before by a grenade launched by a member of the Seleka. The rebel group that took power in March 2013 carries out numerous exactions such as murders, kidnapping, torture... Bangui.
Andrey is injecting the Krokodil to Zhanna in his apartment in Uralmash district.
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Jan. 21, 2013. U.S. President Barack Obama places his hand on two bibles as held by first lady Michelle Obama as his recites the oath of office during swearing-in ceremonies on the
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