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The Most Breathtaking Photos From Around The World This Week

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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 extremely cold seal in China.
    A spotted seal swims in an open-air zoo at Dongpaotai Park on February 10, 2014 in Yantai, Shandong Province of China. Workers helped break the ice on the lake surface to save trapped spotted seals. (ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
  • 2
    This beautiful almond tree in Cyprus.
    A prematurely blossoming almond tree is seen in a field near Krini village in the Turkish occupied area of the north part of the island of Cyprus, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. The island is experiencing a prolonged period of drought with rainfall at just over a third of normal levels in February. (Petros Karadjias/AP)
  • 3
    This masked protester in Brazil.
    A masked girl shouts while sitting on the street, in protest against the increase on bus fares in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. Anti-government protests erupted across Brazil last June, hitting their peak as 1 million Brazilians took to streets on a single night, calling for better schools and health care and questioning the billions spent to host this year's World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. The protests have since diminished in size, but remain violent. (Leo Correa/AP)
  • 4
    This mysterious light installation in England.
    Visitors enjoy the 'United Visual Artists: Momentum' installation at The Curve at the Barbican Centre on February 12, 2014 in London, England. The installation consists of 12 pendulums suspended overhead along the 90m length of the Curve. Each pendulum projects a horizontal plane of light, plus a vertical spotlight on a darkened environment filled with water-based smoke. (Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)
  • 5
    Yards of saris in India.
    Indian women dry their saris after taking a dip at Sangam, the confluence of the Rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati on Maghu Purnima, or the full-moon day of the month of Magh during the annual traditional fair of “Magh Mela” in Allahabad, India, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP)
  • 6
    This weather data portrait in Georgia, U.S.
    Weather data is projected on the face of Clint Perkins director of state operations for the Georgia Emergency Management as he works in the emergency operations center Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Atlanta. Georgia is bracing for a winter storm. (John Bazemore/AP)
  • 7
    This colossal wave in the United Kingdom.
    Waves break over the harbour wall during high tide as people watch on February 9, 2014 in Porthcawl, United Kingdom. (Stu Forster/Getty Images)
  • 8
    This well organized huddle in Russia.
    The Russian women's ice hockey team huddles around the net before their game against Germany at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (Matt Slocum/AP)
  • 9
    These tightrope walkers in Brazil.
    People practice slacklining on Copacabana Beach on February 8, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazil is ramping up to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)
  • 10
    This tragic snapshot of a woman in mourning in South Africa.
    A family member weeps during a memorial service to honour the lives of mineworkers at Harmony's Doornkop gold mine, Gauteng, South Africa, on February 12,2014. Nine mineworkers lost their lives when a fire broke out on level 192, which is roughly 1700 metres underground, after a seismic event triggered a rock fall , in the process damaging electric cables. (AFP/Getty Images)
  • 11
    This murky street in England.
    A warning stop sign is submerged in a flooded road in Egham, England, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. The River Thames has burst its banks after reaching its highest level in years, flooding riverside towns upstream of London. (Sang Tan/AP)
  • 12
    This farmer-protester in the Philippines.
    Presidential security arrest a farmer-protester after their group was able to sneak into the tight security to hold a "lightning rally" right at the gates of Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines to demand the President award them the farmlands allegedly promised them through the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program of the government Tuesday Feb. 11, 2014. The protesters were also calling for the extension of the Agrarian Reform Program which ends in four months time. (Bullit Marquez/AP)
  • 13
    This iron worker in Nepal.
    Nepalese worker Raju Tamang, 20, works on the iron frame of a pillar during a bridge expansion project in Kathmandu on February 12, 2014. Labourers such as Tamang are paid 300-500 Nepalese rupees (3-5 USD) a day. (Prakash MathemaAFP/Getty Images)
  • 14
    This seaside scene in Germany.
    A person passes groynes near Koserow , Germany, on the Baltic Sea island of Usedom, Wednesday Feb. 12, 2014. Weather forecasts predict changeable weather . (Stefan Sauer/dpa/AP)
  • 15
    This flooded home in England.
    Matt Beesley looks out of the window in his flooded living room that faces onto the River Severn on February 12, 2014 in Worcester, England. The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for dozens of areas along the River Severn. With heavier rains forecast for the coming week people are preparing for the water levels to rise. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

This story appears in Issue 86 of our weekly iPad magazine, Huffington, in the iTunes App store, available Friday, February 14.

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