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01/16/2014 04:16 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

The Most Breathtaking Photos From Around The World This Week

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 unbelievable face-plant in England.
    Alan Crowhurst / Getty Images
    Brendan Powell falls from Flaming Charmer at the last in The Higos Insurance Services Street Novices' Limited Handicap Steeple Chase at Wincanton racecourse on January 16, 2014 in Wincanton, England.
  • 2 This ash-covered landscape in Indonesia.
    Ulet Ifansasti / Getty Images
    Villagers evacuate their cows in an area covered by ash after their village hit by ash and mud from eruption of Mount Sinabung following further eruptions of Mount Sinabung on January 11, 2014 in Sigarang Garang, Karo District, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The number of displaced people has increased to around 25,000 in Western Indonesia as Mount Sinabung continues to spew ash and smoke after a series of several eruptions since September. Eleven deaths have now been recorded as a result of the eruptions with hundreds more falling ill. Officials expect the number of evacuees to rise as volcanic activity remains high.
  • 3 This stunning desert shot in Chile.
    Victor R. Caivano / AP
    Mini driver Stephane Peterhansel and co-pilot Jean Paul Cottret, both of France, race through the dunes during the ninth stage of the Dakar Rally between the cities of Calama and Iquique, Chile, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.
  • 4 This startling image in Afghanistan.
    Johannes Eisele / AFP / Getty Images
    Nine year old Afghan boy, Zubair Ahmad plays with a plastic gun on a roof top in the old quarters of Kabul on January 16, 2014. Economic development is considered a vital weapon to stop the country from sinking back into civil war and to stem Islamist extremism after 100,000 international combat troops pull out.
  • 5 This ostrich on the run in South Sudan.
    Mackenzie Kowles-Coursin
    An ostrich runs through empty streets and past destroyed buildings, after government forces on Friday retook from rebel forces the provincial capital of Bentiu, in Unity State, South Sudan, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. On Sunday senior South Sudanese government officers inspected the recaptured town of Bentiu, in northern Unity State, that was the scene of intense fighting between government and rebel forces, while a South Sudanese government official claimed rebels had badly damaged petroleum facilities in the state.
  • 6 These community fishermen in India.
    Anupam Nath / AP
    Indian villagers participate in community fishing as part of the Bhogali Bihu celebrations at the Goroimari Lake in Panbari village, some 50 kilometers (31 miles) east of Gauhati, India, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. “Bhogali Bihu” marks the end of the harvesting season in the north eastern state of Assam.
  • 7 This young laborer in Pakistan.
    Muhammed Muheisen / AP
    Pakistani youth Chaudary Rizwan, who skipped school three years ago to work and help his family, sits on his mandarin cart waiting for customers on a roadside in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014.
  • 8 These hungry "river rats" in the Czech Republic.
    Frantisek Vicek / Isifa / Getty Images
    People feed wild nutria (Myocastor coypus or Coypu) in the middle of a village on January 8, 2014 in Kamenny Privoz, Czech Republic. A colony of nutria comprising at least of 20 individuals invaded a small village and became the major attractions for the local people.
  • 9 These playful children in Nepal.
    Niranjan Shreshtha / aP
    Nepalese Muslim boys peek out from a vehicle as they participate in a rally to mark Milad-un-Nabi, the festival that commemorates the birthday of Prophet Muhammad in Katmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. Muslims are a minority in this predominantly Hindu Himalayan nation.
  • 10 This portrait of a firefighter in Barcelona.
    Josp Lago / AFP / Getty Images
    A firefighter protests aginst government's cuts outside Catalonia's parliament during a vote for a petition to the national parliament, in Barcelona on January 16, 2014. Catalonia's lawmakers voted today to demand the right to hold a referendum on declaring independence from Spain, flying in the face of outright opposition in Madrid. With 87 votes in favour, 43 against, and three abstentions, Catalan lawmakers agreed to submit a proposed law to the national parliament in Madrid.
  • 11 This military parade in the Palestinian territories.
    Mahmud Hams / AFP / Getty Images
    Hamas security forces show their skills during a military parade in Gaza city on January 13, 2014, marking the fifth anniversary of the three-week Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip in which more than a thousand Palestinians were killed between the late 2008 and early 2009.
  • 12 This beautiful celebration in India.
    Gagan Nayar / Hindustan Times / Getty Images
    Children perform Surya Namaskar organised a day after, birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda on January 13, 2014 in Bhopal, India. The programme was simultaneously organised in all government schools of the Madhya Pradesh.
  • 13 This lone cyclist in New York City.
    Spencer Platt / Getty Images
    A cyclist rides through Brooklyn's Prospect Park on a morning with dense fog on January 15, 2014 in New York City. Travel delays were reported for commuters due to the fog as were delays at airports from Washington to New York City.
  • 14 This picturesque winter scene in Germany.
    Thomas Niedermueller / Getty Images
    The sun creates a halo over skiers at Fellhorn on January 15, 2014 in Oberstdorf, Germany. Also called a nimbus or icebow, a sun halo is a natural phenomenon created by refractions from ice crystals suspended in the air.
  • 15 These haunting silhouettes in the Palestinian territories.
    Hatem Moussa / AP
    Palestinians inspect damages of their home after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. Israel's military says it has carried out air strikes in the Gaza Strip after militants there launched five rockets toward Israel. A Gaza health official says five Palestinians were lightly wounded in the Israeli air strikes.
  • 16 This goal-scoring moment in England.
    Jan Kruger / Getty Images
    John Ruddy of Norwich City fails to stop the free kick by Kevin Mirallas of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Norwich City at Goodison Park on January 11, 2014 in Liverpool, England.

This story appears in Issue 83 of our weekly iPad magazine, Huffington, in the iTunes App store, available Friday, January 17.

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