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The week in 34 photos

Updated 0206 GMT (1006 HKT) March 15, 2014
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From left, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev look at their watches before the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics on Sunday, February 23, in Sochi, Russia. DMITRY ASTAKHOV/ITAR-TASS/Landov
A leopard leaps near a furniture market in the Degumpur area of Meerut, India, on Sunday, February 23. The big cat sparked panic in the city when it strayed inside a hospital, a cinema and an apartment block, an official said. It evaded capture and has not been seen in the city since. STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images
Russian newlyweds Alexander Emereev, left, and Dmitry Zaytsev are showered with rice as they pose with their marriage book in Buenos Aires on Tuesday, February 25. The two men planned to apply for political asylum from Russia after their marriage ceremony at the civil registry. Victor R. Caivano/AP
A sticker depicting Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych is placed on a burned military truck in Kiev, Ukraine, on Sunday, February 23. Following deadly clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces in Kiev, the country's Parliament voted to oust Yanukovych and start shaping a new government. Marko Drobnjakovic/AP
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, was captured Saturday, February 22, at a beach resort in Mazatlan, Mexico. Guzman, considered one of the most powerful drug traffickers in the world, had eluded capture for more than a dozen years before he was caught in a joint Mexican and U.S. operation, authorities said. Mexican Law Enforcement
Activist Pranab Boro sets himself on fire Monday, February 24, during a protest demanding land rights for people in various regions of India's eastern Assam state. Police extinguished the flames, but Boro died after being hospitalized with burns covering more than 90% of his body. CHINMOY ROY/AFP/Getty Images
A supporter of the far-right English Defence League stands by a replica of hangman's noose and gallows during a protest outside the Old Bailey courthouse in London on Wednesday, February 26. Two Islamic converts convicted of killing a British soldier on a London street last year were sentenced Wednesday, one to life in prison and the other to a minimum of 45 years. Toby Melville/Reuters
Dead bodies of militants are seen on the ground after they carried out an attack on Somalia's presidential palace Friday, February 21, officials and eyewitnesses said. Terror network Al-Shabaab, al Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia, claimed responsibility for the attack that killed at least 12 people, seven of them militants, Somalia's national security minister said. Farah Abdi Warsameh/ap
Juventus striker Carlos Tevez, left, celebrates with teammate Andrea Pirlo after scoring against Torino during a Serie A soccer match in Turin, Italy, on Sunday, February 23. GIORGIO PEROTTINO/REUTERS/LANDOV
Visitors walk past a Samsung stand Monday, February 24, during the first day of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The annual Mobile World Congress hosts some of the world's largest communication companies, with many unveiling their latest phones and gadgets at the event. David Ramos/Getty Images
Cyclists with neon costumes participate in the opening of the Track Cycling World Championships in Cali, Colombia, on Wednesday, February 26. About 350 athletes from 35 countries will compete through March 2. Christian Escobar Mora/EPA/Landov
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, right, celebrates as he watches the televised broadcast of Canada's Olympic win over the United States in the men's hockey semifinals Friday, February 21. Canada went on to win the gold medal. AARON HARRIS/REUTERS/LANDOV
A young Rothschild's giraffe winks to the camera at a zoo in Leipzig, Germany, on Friday, February 21. The giraffe, born on January 18, was named Jamal, which means "beauty" in Arabic. SEBASTIAN WILLNOW/EPA/LANDOV
Riot police in Ankara, Turkey, disperse demonstrators trying to march to Parliament to protest Turkey's ruling party on Wednesday, February 26. Audio recordings that sound like Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan giving his son money laundering tips over the phone have become a social media rage that poured out into the streets. Erdogan denounced the recordings, calling them "immoral edited material." Umit Bektas/REUTERS
An anti-government demonstrator throws a burning tire as he builds a barricade Friday, February 21, at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine. BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images
A U.S. Army soldier gets ready to patrol through a village near Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Thursday, February 27. The Obama administration has announced the possible withdrawal of all U.S. troops by the end of the year because of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai's refusal to sign a security agreement. Scott Olson/Getty Images
Masked revelers pose during the Venetian Carnival in Venice, Italy, on Sunday, February 23. Colorful carnival celebrations are under way in cities around the world. STRINGER/ITALY/reuters/LANDOV
Paula Deen rides fellow celebrity chef Robert Irvine during the South Beach Wine & Food Festival on Sunday, February 23, in Miami Beach, Florida. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Food Network SoBe Wine & Food Festival
Musicians playing drums cast their shadows on a graffiti-painted wall as they perform during a carnival celebration in Athens, Greece, on Sunday, February 23. Kostas Tsironis/ap
An Afghan policewoman searches a burqa-clad resident at a voter registration center in Herat province on Wednesday, February 26. Afghanistan is due to hold elections in April. Aref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images
A Russian warship docks at a harbor in Havana, Cuba, on Thursday, February 27, a day after Russia's defense minister announced plans to expand the country's worldwide military presence. The Vishnya-class ship is generally used for intelligence gathering. Franklin Reyes/AP
Wingsuit jumper Joby Ogwyn glides through the air during a practice jump near Perris, California, on Wednesday, February 26. In May, he plans to attempt the first wingsuit jump off the summit of Mount Everest, soaring down to his base camp 10,000 feet below and reaching speeds of up to 150 miles per hour. David McNew/Reuters
First lady Michelle Obama participates in a yoga class with children in Miami on Tuesday, February 25. This week marked the fourth anniversary of her Let's Move campaign, which fights childhood obesity. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
A cow stands in front of a backdrop while it's prepped to have its picture taken during a two-day milker competition in Verden, Germany, on Thursday, February 27. Ingo Wagner/dpa/Landov
An ice diver swims in Russia's freezing Lake Baikal on Thursday, February 27. Diving under the ice requires special equipment and advanced training. ANDREY NEKRASOV/MD/Landov
A Nuer woman rests on a bed with her son in a camp for internally displaced people in Bor, South Sudan, on Thursday, February 27. Violence has quickly spread throughout the country since rebels loyal to ousted Vice President Riek Machar tried to stage a coup in mid-December. JM LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Body armor for paramilitary police is seen at the end of a drill in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, February 26. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images
Dyson Heppell of Essendon tackles Matt White of Port Adelaide during an Australian rules football match in Melbourne on Tuesday, February 25. Michael Dodge/Getty Images
Professional tennis players Eugenie Bouchard, right, and Grigor Dimitrov play on a floating court Monday, February 24, in Acapulco, Mexico. Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images
A Syrian man runs for cover following an alleged bombing attack by government forces in the Hanano district of Aleppo, Syria, on Thursday, February 27. Syria carried out "egregious human rights violations" last year, according to a State Department assessment released this week. MOHAMMED AL-KHATIEB/AFP/Getty Images
Palestinian civilians carry an injured boy during clashes with Israeli security forces near the eastern border of Gaza on Friday, February 21. MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images
Volunteers use a pontoon to move a car that has been cut off by floodwaters in Somerset, England, on Thursday, February 27. Matt Cardy/Getty Images
A demonstrator protects himself with an old mattress during clashes with police in Valencia, Venezuela, on Saturday, February 26. For weeks, anti-government protesters -- unhappy with the economy and rising crime -- have been fighting with security forces in the country. Rodrigo Abd/ap
An elephant gets up after being hit with a dart Wednesday, February 23, at Zakouma National Park in Chad. Once sedated, the elephant was fitted with a radio collar that can relay its position in the future and increase the chances it won't be poached. See last week in 26 photos. MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images