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23 Of The Most Powerful Photos Of This Week

From the confirmation hearing of William Barr for US attorney general to a devastating terrorist attack in Nairobi, Kenya, these are the most striking and memorable pictures from this past week.

Posted on January 18, 2019, at 2:40 p.m. ET

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Snow from Winter Storm Gia falls over the White House on Jan. 13, as the partial government shutdown becomes the longest in US history.

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William Barr testifies at the start of the US Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on his nomination to be attorney general of the United States on Jan. 15 in Washington, DC.

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President Donald Trump presents fast food to be served to the Clemson Tigers football team to celebrate their championship at the White House on Jan. 14.

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Tents belonging to a group of over 500 Mexicans, who have recently been deported from the US, are set up on a rainy afternoon in Tijuana, Mexico, Jan. 14. Like members of the migrant caravan, the deportees, many of whom have lives and families back in the United States, are waiting to try to cross back into America.

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Civilians flee as security forces aim their weapons at a hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya, on Jan. 15. Extremists launched a deadly attack on the luxury hotel in Kenya’s capital, sending people fleeing as explosions and heavy gunfire reverberated through the complex.

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People are evacuated by a member of security forces at the scene of a terrorist attack at the Dusit hotel compound in Nairobi, Kenya, on Jan. 15.

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An Afghan girl who was injured in a bombing a day earlier poses for a photograph at the scene of the truck bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Jan. 4.

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A specialist works on a damaged statue from Palmyra, Syria, at Syria’s National Museum of Damascus, on Jan. 9.

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Students and teachers on strike push past a police blockade in front of the Greek parliament in Athens on Jan. 17, during a rally to call for the withdrawal of legislation making changes to the way educators are appointed in the public school system.

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An arrested man is seen injured at a hospital following protests over food and fuel shortages in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Jan. 16.

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Elisabeth Mitchell, right, a kindergarten teacher in South Los Angeles, joins fellow teachers as they picket on the second day of the Los Angeles school teachers strike Jan. 15.

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Britain’s Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, presents Angela Midgley with a baby basket as she and Prince Harry officially open a citizens supermarket and community café in Birkenhead, England, on Jan. 14.

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Notes from supporters are placed outside the office of US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Washington, DC, on Jan. 16.

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Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, smiles after a press conference in Toronto at the offices of COSTI, a refugee resettling agency, on Jan. 15.

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Serena Williams prepares to return serve against Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard during their women’s singles match on Day 4 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan. 17.

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Bloodstained Team Katusha Alpecin rider Marco Haller of Austria reacts after he crashed near the finish in Angaston, Australia, during stage two of the Tour Down Under cycling race Jan. 16.

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A veterinarian examines a Sumatran orangutan rescued from a plantation in South Aceh, Indonesia, on Jan. 14.

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A shark known as “Deep Blue,” one of the largest recorded individuals, swims offshore Hawaii, on Jan. 15.

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A man rides a horse through a bonfire during Las Luminarias Festival on Jan. 16, in San Bartolomé de Pinares, Spain. In honor of Saint Anthony the Abbot, the patron saint of animals, horses are ridden through the bonfires on the night before the official day of honoring animals in Spain.

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People clear snow from inside the Hotel Säntis in Schwägalp, Switzerland, on Jan. 11, after an avalanche.

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A large, circular ice floe spins slowly in the Presumpscot River in Westbrook, Maine, on Jan. 16.

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This picture released Jan. 11 by the China National Space Administration shows the Yutu-2 moon rover, taken by the Chang’e 4 lunar probe on the far side of the moon.

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People interact with and take selfies with the “Submergence” installation, a large work incorporating strings of hanging lights by arts collective Squidsoup, on Jan. 14 in London.


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