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The Week in Pictures | May 12 – 18, 2014

Each week we bring you the very best in visual journalism. This week 10 wildfires have charred thousands of acres in San Diego County. An unusual springtime combination of intense heat, Santa Ana winds and drought is fueling the fires. More photos

Los Angeles: An eventful fortnight came to an end for the Los Angeles Clippers as they were ousted from the NBA playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder. More photos

Los Angeles: A 20-inch above-ground oil pipeline burst in an industrial area of Atwater Village, sending a geyser 20 to 50 feet into the air.

Carson: Hayley Williams, lead singer of Paramore, performs onstage at KIIS-FM’s annual Wango Tango concert at StubHub Center in Carson.  More photos

San Bernardino: Long a fixture on Route 66, the iconic Wigwam Motel glows in the evening light as customers come and go in this time exposure. Route 66 continues to attract motorists and tourists from around the world who want to experience the legendary nostalgia of the old roadside attractions. More photos

Hartmannswiller, France: A mine-clearance expert shows an unexploded ordnance dating from World War I that was found on the battlefield of the Vieil-Armand, formerly called Hartmannswillerkopf, at the foot of the Vosges mountain range.

New York: People embrace on the plaza of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum as they watch the telecast of its dedication ceremony. More photos

Washington, D.C.: A Department of Interior employee wears a Washington Monument costume as he waves at photographers at the Washington Monument, ahead of a ceremony to celebrate its re-opening. The monument, which sustained damage from an earthquake in August 2011, is reopening to the public Monday.

Abuja, Nigeria: A vigil marks one month since the kidnapping of girls from the government secondary school Chibok.

Mariupol, Ukraine: Workers in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol clear away debris after pro-Russia insurgents retreated from government buildings they had seized. More photos

Cannes, France: French actor and master of ceremonies Lambert Wilson and actress Nicole Kidman dance in the aisle during the opening ceremony of the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

Manisa, Turkey: An injured miner is carried by rescuers after an explosion. More than 200 miners were killed.

Add stops in Israel, Scotland, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Indonesia and the Gaza Strip to round out the report.