The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia came to an end with a fireworks-filled closing ceremony.
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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.
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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.
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A memorial in Kiev, Ukraine commemorates the deaths of antigovernment demonstrators who were killed in clashes with police last week.
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A star-spangled night sky is seen over the river Havel in Guelpe, Germany.
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A Belarus Interior Ministry special forces officer offers encouragement during a competition marking the Defenders of the Fatherland Day outside of Minsk.
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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.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: TONY KARUMBA / AFPLink
A motorcycle driver, left, argues with an antigovernment demonstrator in Caracas, Venezuela.
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Two tourists sit and feed rabbits at Okunoshima Island in Takehara, Japan.
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A protester seems to enjoy a rally intending to shutdown work at the Ministry of Science and Technology in Bangkok, Thailand.
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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 TimesLink
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