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The Most Breathtaking Photos From Around The World This Week

02/06/2014 03:29 pm ET | Updated Mar 05, 2014

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 Flying Fox in Australia.
    A wildlife carer releases a Grey Headed Flying Fox in Centennial Park in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Each year thousands of native wildlife are rescued by volunteers when anti bird netting thrown loosely over fruit trees entangles birds, bats, and reptiles. The Grey Headed Flying Fox is classified as Vulnerable to extinction by the NSW Department of Environment & Heritage. (Rob Griffith / AP)
  • 2 This holy dip in India.
    A Naga Sadhu, or Hindu holy naked man, takes holy dips at Sangam, the confluence of the Hindu holy rivers of Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, for a ritual dip, on the auspicious occasion of “Basant Panchami” at the annual traditional fair of Magh Mela in Allahabad, India, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Basant Panchami, the fifth day of spring is celebrated by worshipping Hindu Goddess of knowledge and wisdom, Saraswati. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus bathe at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as “Magh Mela.” (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)
  • 3 This snow ball fight in Iran.
    An Iranian man throws a snowball at his wife in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Tehran and many parts of Iran were blanketed with snow on Tuesday as heavy snowfall trapped thousands on the road and cut off water and power supply in northern Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
  • 4 This powerful crowd of soldiers in the Central African Republic.
    Members of the Central African Armed Forces (FACA) listen to interim president Catherine Samba Panza's speech on February 5, 2014, in Bangui during a military ceremony. The ceremony ended in violence after soldiers lynched a man to death who they suspected of being a former rebel, according to AFP journalists. Minutes after the departure of officials from the ceremony in the capital Bangui, the soldiers attacked a young man in civilian clothes, hitting, stabbing and throwing stones at him. His body was then dragged though the streets as African Union troops looked on. (Issouf Sanogo / AFP / Getty Images)
  • 5 This portrait of Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania.
    Punxsutawney Phil relaxes in his cage after he saw his shadow predicting six more weeks of winter during 128th annual Groundhog Day festivities on February 2, 2014 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Groundhog Day is a popular tradition in the United States and Canada. A smaller than usual crowd this year of less than 25,000 people spent a night of revelry awaiting the sunrise and the groundhog's exit from his winter den. If Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his den. Early spring arrives if he does not see his shadow, causing Phil to remain above ground. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
  • 6 This harrowing image of a body covered in ash in Indonesia.
    Rescuers arrive to recover the body of a victim covered in volcanic ash at a village in Karo district following eruptions of Mount Sinabung located in Indonesia's Sumatra island on February 1, 2014. Fourteen people, including four schoolchildren, were killed February 1 after they were engulfed by scorching ash clouds spat out by Indonesia's Mount Sinabung in its biggest eruption in recent days, officials said. (Sutanta Aditya / AFP / Getty Images)
  • 7 This horticulturist in England.
    Ellie a horticulturist at Kew stands on a step ladder as she makes final adjustments during a media pre-view of an Orchid festival at Kew Botanical Gardens in London,Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. The exhibition of orchids is open to the public from Feb. 8 to March 9, 2014, and it includes a new new Phalaenopsis hybrid 'Diamond Sky' that has not ben seen before. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
  • 8 This photo of a family near protests in Ukraine.
    A family is photographed near to a barricade as opposition supporters warm themselves around the fire near Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Ukraine, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. Ukraine's embattled president Viktor Yanukovych is taking sick leave as the country's political crisis continues without signs of resolution. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
  • 9 These snow sculptures in Japan.
    Huge snow sculptures are lit up during the 65th annual Sapporo Snow Festival on February 5, 2014. The week-long festival started with a total of 198 snow statues on display. (Toshifumi Kitamura / AFP / Getty Images)
  • 10 This royal salute in Scotland.
    Gunners from 105th Regiment Royal Artillery fire a 21-Gun Royal Salute at Edinburgh Castle on on February 6, 2014 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.The 21-Gun Royal Salute was fired to commemorate the Accession to the throne of Her Majesty The Queen. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
  • 11 This collapsed pier in England.
    Brighton's West Pier in southern England is divided into two parts after rough seas caused a section on the east side to collapse February 5, 2014. More than 8,000 homes were without power in southwest England on Wednesday after fresh storms battered the region, sending huge waves crashing onto the coastline and damaging sea defences. (Glyn Kirk / AFP / Getty Images)
  • 12 This baby panther in Russia.
    A two-month-old Black Panther cub looks on during a presentation in a zoo in St. Petersburg, on February 5, 2014. (Olga Maltseva / AFP / Getty Images)
  • 13 These pedestrians enjoying snowy weather in New York.
    Pedestrians trudge through dirty snow and slush as they pass through Union Square Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, in New York. Another winter storm bears down on the eastern U.S., only a day after temperatures soared into the 50s. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
  • 14 These steeple chasers in England.
    Runners in The Betfred 'Double Delight' Novices' Limited Handicap Steeple Chase clear a fence at Sandown racecourse on February 01, 2014 in Esher, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
  • 15 This Super Bowl huddle in New Jersey.
    Members of the Seattle Seahawks huddle before the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

This story appears in Issue 85 of our weekly iPad magazine, Huffington, in the iTunes App store, available Friday, February 7.

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