Associated Press

Daily life in the Middle East, planets, skiing, more volcanos: Here are some of the best Associated Press photos of the past week.

11/23
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"This photo provided by NASA Friday Nov. 22, 2013, shows a collage that includes about 1,600 images submitted by members of the public as part of the NASA Cassini mission's "Wave at Saturn" campaign. On July 19, 2013, Cassini maneuvered into a special location to take a picture of the Saturn system backlit by the sun. Blocking out the sun's rays also enabled Cassini to take a picture of Earth, which would normally require looking almost directly at the sun and risking damage to the cameras' sensitive detectors. The "Wave at Saturn" event was the first to tell earthlings in advance that their picture was being taken from interplanetary distances. This collage uses as a base image the backlit mosaic that was obtained on that same day, July 19, 2013, by the imaging cameras aboard Cassini."-AP

11/23
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"In this picture taken with a long time exposure, Noriaki Kasai of Japan competes during the large hill team competition at the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Klingenthal, eastern Germany, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Japan placed 3rd."-AP

11/24
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"Libyan men fish at an abandoned dock near Tripoli's Old City district in Libya, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013."-AP

11/24
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"A Malian boy changes a light fixture at a polling station during Mali's parliamentary elections in Gao, Northern Mali, Sunday Nov. 24, 2013. Malians trickled in to vote in legislative elections amid heavy security highlighting fears the poll could be sabotaged by rebel attacks."-AP

11/25
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"Honor guard soldiers position a red carpet before the arrival of China's Premier Li Keqiang at the Henri Coanda airport, outside Bucharest, Romania, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. China's Premier will attend the China - Central and Eastern Europe meeting of heads of government, starting Tuesday in the Romanian capital."-AP

11/25
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"Afghan refugee children play in a field as the sun sets on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. Pakistan hosts over 1.6 million registered Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world, according to the U.N. refugee agency, with thousands living without electricity, running water and other basic services."-AP

11/26
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"A Palestinian stone cutter works in a factory in the West Bank village of Qabatyah near Jenin, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. Products of Qabatyah's stone industry are used for construction in the West Bank and are also exported to Israeli, European and U.S. markets."-AP

11/26
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"Five-year-old Jack Erickson, son of Eagle Fire Department Capt. Brandon Erickson, carries his father's helmet to his funeral at Meridian Cemetery on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, in Meridian, Idaho. Erickson, 36, died at home Thursday following back surgery on Wednesday."-AP

11/27
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"Pakistani girls enjoy jumping on a trampoline after paying for the owner each 10 Rupees (U.S. 16 cents) per ten minutes in a Christian neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013."-AP

11/27
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"In this Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 photo, an Afghan army soldier adjusts his helmet as he lines up with others at a training facility in the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s president Hamid Karzai might take a small step back from some of his demands on a security agreement with the United States, but again refused a commitment to sign it before the end of the year, a key demand from the Unites States. The Afghan National Security Forces depend exclusively on billions of dollars in funding from the United States and its allies, money that is now at risk."-AP

11/28
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"A giant Uncle Sam balloon is marched down 6th Avenue during the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, in New York. After fears the balloons could be grounded if sustained winds exceeded 23 mph, Snoopy, Spider-Man and the rest of the iconic balloons received the all-clear from the New York Police Department to fly between Manhattan skyscrapers on Thursday."-AP

11/28
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"In this late Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 photo taken using long exposure, star trails are seen over Mount Sinabung as it spews volcanic ash into the air as seen from Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Authorities raised the alert status of the volcano to the highest level on Sunday after it had a series of eruptions."-AP

11/29
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"Egyptian riot police move to disperse a protest against a new law regulating demonstrations in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. Egyptian security forces fired tear gas Friday to disperse hundreds of Islamist demonstrators defying a new protest law that has drawn widespread criticism from the international community and democracy advocates."-AP

11/29
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"A man stands amid the smoke from tear gas fired by Egyptian riot police in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, to disperse hundreds of Islamist demonstrators defying a new protest law that has drawn widespread criticism from the international community and democracy advocates."-AP