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The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia came to an end with a fireworks-filled closing ceremony.


In this image taken with a slow shutter speed, a piano player performs during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David J. Phillip / Associated Press

Police and activists struggle in Moscow at a demonstration that arose after a judge convicted antigovernment protesters of rioting during a 2012 protest against Vladimir Putin.


A memorial in Kiev, Ukraine commemorates the deaths of antigovernment demonstrators who were killed in clashes with police last week.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images

A star-spangled night sky is seen over the river Havel in Guelpe, Germany.


A Belarus Interior Ministry special forces officer offers encouragement during a competition marking the Defenders of the Fatherland Day outside of Minsk.


A man injured by a gunshot during a raid more than two weeks ago waits to be cleaned and dressed in the main ward of a dispensary run by Germany-based humanitarian organization Sign of Hope, in Nyal, South Sudan.


A motorcycle driver, left, argues with an antigovernment demonstrator in Caracas, Venezuela.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rodrigo Abd / Associated Press

Two tourists sit and feed rabbits at Okunoshima Island in Takehara, Japan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chris McGrath / Getty Images

A protester seems to enjoy a rally intending to shutdown work at the Ministry of Science and Technology in Bangkok, Thailand.


Michael Anthony Jr. strikes a pose while being photographed standing on the Smithsonian Channel's Aerial America display, which features a bird's-eye view of the Grand Canyon in a 3-D pavement artwork series, as artist Kurt Wenner works on his latest sidewalk creation at the Grove in Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Justirio Camacho, 67, of Echo Park protests in front of Los Angeles City Hall, where several organizations gathered Saturday to advocate immigration reform.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times

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