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The Most Breathtaking Photos From Around The World This Week

12/12/2013 03:25 pm ET | Updated Dec 17, 2013

Welcome to "Moving Image," our roundup of the best photos from around the world this week.

The following images tell the story of the past seven days' most compelling events, capturing happenstance moments and monumental occurrences all over the globe.

Our picks for this week are:

1. This protest in Israel.

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Ultra Orthodox Jewish men and Rabbis gather during a demonstration to support Ultra-Orthodox Jews who were detained for refusing to report to a military recruitment center in front of the Israeli military prison 6 near Haifa, Israel, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. Israeli police say more than a thousand people have protested in support of ultra-Orthodox Jews who were detained for refusing to report to a military recruitment center. (Ariel Schalit/AP)

2. This blockade in Ukraine.

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Ukrainian protestors continue to protest on Kiev's Independence Square on December 9, 2013. As the weather gets colder some protesters are leaving and some others still waiting and blocking the roads which leads to the parliements. (Onur Coban/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

3. This bull racing tactic in India.

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A contestant bites the tail of one of the bulls to make it run faster, as he races a pair of bulls at an oxen race competition held at a paddy field in Malappuram, Kerala state, India, Sunday, Dec.8, 2013. (T.Mohandas/AP)

4. This Santa riding a fish in Japan.

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A Sunshine International Aquarium staff member dressed in a Santa Claus costume embraces a Zebra shark as he swims with fish inside the aquarium in Tokyo, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. (Shizuo Kambayashi/AP)

5. These starlings in Romania.

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A large flock of starlings fly illuminated by the setting sun near Bacau, north eastern Romania, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. Large numbers of starlings populate the vast cereal growing agricultural lands in eastern Romania, feeding on the seeds already laid in the ground. (Vadim Ghirda/AP)

6. This typhoon wreckage in the Philippines.

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A typhoon survivor walks past damaged trees at typhoon-ravaged Tolosa town, Leyte province, central Philippines, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. One month since Typhoon Haiyan, signs of progress in this shattered Philippine city are mixed with reminders of the scale of the disaster and the challenges ahead. Tens of thousands are living amid the ruins of their former lives, underneath shelters made from scavenged materials and handouts. (Aaron Favila/AP)

7. This snowfall in Maryland.

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Michael Palmisano pulls his 2-year-old son, Blake, in a wagon as a light snow falls in Baltimore, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. Residents along the East Coast and in the Appalachians woke up to snow Tuesday, but by mid-morning the National Weather Service had canceled its winter storm warning for the Eastern Seaboard, including Baltimore. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

8. These fireworks in Argentina.

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A fan of Argentina's Lanus climbs a fence as fireworks explode outside the stadium before the Copa Sudamericana final soccer match against Brazil's Ponte Preta in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. (Victor R. Caivano/AP)

9. These shadows in Thailand.

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Thai anti-government protester wave Thai national flags after removing barbed wire over the fence of Prime Minister's office known as Government House in Bangkok, Thailand Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. Protesters waging a surreal political fight to oust Thailand's elected prime minister are trying to establish what amounts to a parallel government - one complete with "security volunteers" to replace the police, a foreign policy of their own and a central committee that has already begun issuing audacious orders. (Wason Wanichakorn/AP)

10. This art installation in China.

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Shoppers are reflected on an art installation on display at a shopping mall in Beijing, China Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. (Andy Wong/AP)

11. This harrowing scene in the Central African Republic.

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A Christian man chases a suspected Seleka officer in civilian clothes with a knife near the airport in Bangui, Central African Republic, Monday Dec. 9, 2013. Both Christian and Muslim mobs went on lynching sprees as French Forces deployed in the capital. The Seleka man was taken into custody by French forces who fired warning shots to disperse the crowds. (Jerome Delay/AP)

12. This silhouetted hand clapper in Thailand.

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An anti-government protester uses a hand clapper as they listen to a speaker while camping at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. The main opposition Democrat Party resigned from parliament on Sunday to protest what it called "the illegitimacy" of a government with which it can no longer work. The move deepens the country's latest political crisis one day before new street demonstrations that many fear could turn violent. (Manish Swarup/AP)

13. This monkey in Thailand.

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A pet monkey grabs a Thai national flag at Democracy Monument where protesters camp in, in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Dec 8, 2013. The main opposition party announced it was resigning from parliament to protest what it called "the illegitimacy" of the government. The move deepens the country's latest political crisis a day before new street demonstrations that many fear could turn violent. (Vincent Thian/AP)

14. These riot police in Turkey.

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Turkish riot police officers take cover as Kurdish protesters shoot fireworks at them during clashes in central Istanbul on December 7, 2013. Two protesters were killed on December 6 in armed clashes with Turkish police that erupted over claims that Kurdish rebel cemeteries had been destroyed, local media reported. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

15. This snowy landscape in Jerusalem.

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Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock, some of the holiest sites for for Jews and Muslims, are covered in snow in Jerusalem, Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. Early snow has surprised many Israelis and Palestinians as a blustery storm, dubbed Alexa, brought gusty winds, torrential rains and heavy snowfall to parts of the Middle East. (Dusan Vranic/AP)

Let us know your favorite photos in the comments section and check back next week to see new images.

This story appears in Issue 79 of our weekly iPad magazine, Huffington, in the iTunes App store, available Friday, Dec. 13.

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