November 22 – 29, 2014: The Week in Protests

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German riot police officers are pictured through a soap bubble after a demonstration of Blockupy protesters against the opening of the new European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt, November 22, 2014. (Photo by Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters)

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November 22 – 29: The Week in Photos, Part 3

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Ellicott Creek rages on Mill St. Tuesday, November 25, 2014, in Amherst, N.Y. The creek has crested to flood stage Tuesday. Authorities on Tuesday kept an eye on rising creek levels a week after the region was hit by record-breaking lake-effect storms. (Photo by Gary Wiepert/AP Photo)

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November 22 – 29: The Week in Photos, Part 2

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A fisherman rows a raft under a bridge in the Sabarmati River, in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, November 25, 2014. (Photo by Amit Dave/Reuters)

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November 22 – 29: The Week in Photos, Part 1

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An elderly Kashmiri vendor sells Kangris or fire pots, on a cold morning in Srinagar, India, Monday, November 24, 2014. A kangri is an age-old device for keeping warm, consisting of a decoratively woven wicker case housing an earthen pot in which charcoal is burned. Many families make their living making and selling kangris, which cost from $3 to $32 each, depending on quality. Kashmiris usually buy a new one each year, and visitors also buy them as souvenirs, along with the samovar, a traditional Kashmiri tea pot. (Photo by Mukhtar Khan/AP Photo)

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“Cast your cares upon the Lord, for he cares about you.”

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un applauds as he provides field guidance to the flight drill of female pilots of pursuit planes of the KPA Air and Anti-Air Force in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang November 28, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)

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Miss Wheelchair India

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Competitors watch a performance from backstage during the Miss Wheelchair India beauty pageant in Mumbai November 26, 2014. Seven women from across India participated in the country’s second wheelchair beauty pageant, which aims to open doors for the wheelchair-bound in modelling, film and television, according to organisers. (Photo by Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

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The Many Lives of Darth Vader

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Darth Vader, Sith Lord, stands alone in a rainstorm in Berlin, Germany. (An actor waits for tourists who want to be photographed together with him, in front of the Brandenburg Gate during a thunderstorm in Berlin on June 14, 2011.) (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

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November 15 – 22: The Week in Pictures, Part 3

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A couple wearing masks pose for a portrait as they participate in the Argentina Zombie Walk in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, November 16, 2014. The procession of the “living dead” is an annual solidarity event in which every participant is asked to bring food that will be donated to a common dinning room from a Buenos Aires shantytown. (Photo by Natacha Pisarenko/AP Photo)

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November 15 – 22: The Week in Pictures, Part 2

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The art piece “Human”, a live dog and one of the live elements of French artist Pierre Huyghe’s first major retrospective, is seen at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in Los Angeles, California November 19, 2014. (Photo by Jason Redmond/Reuters)

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November 15 – 22: The Week in Pictures, Part 1

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Mr Art , whose full name is “King of Ink Land King Body Art The Extreme Ink-Ite”, displays his tattoos at a book launch in London, Wednesday, November 19, 2014. The “Ripley’s Believe it or Not! 2015 Annual, Reality Shock”, published by Random House, is a compendium of strange but true facts and stories. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Photo)

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“I come to you hungry and tired. You give me food and let me sleep.”

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the Korean People’s Army’s (KPA) February 20 Factory, which produces foodstuff, in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on November 15, 2014. (Photo by Reuters/KCNA)

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Kenya Women March for Right to Wear Mini-Skirts

“The grainy mobile phone video shows a mob of Kenyan men surround a woman and grab, grasp and yank her clothes until she is naked. Several such videos have emerged recently of attacks by males who deem a woman to be provocatively dressed. The attacks have created a groundswell of anger that saw mostly women protesters flood downtown Nairobi Monday. The hashtag #MyDressMyChoice is trending in Kenya’s social media, as this East African country sees a clash between new, Western lifestyles and traditional African ways. Rachel Machua wore what she called “a little black dress … my normal outfit” to Monday’s protest. She views the recent attacks as stemming from socio-economic conditions: Lower income men are attacking successful, well-dressed women. The attacks are not overtly religious in nature, though this is a conservative, mostly Christian country. The women at the march described “normal” levels of sexual harassment over the years and said that peers will warn other women that “you’re gonna get undressed” for wearing a particular outfit. Women play an active role in Kenyan society. The country’s foreign minister is a woman, though few women hold high-ranking elected office. Parliament is a virtual men’s club, unlike in neighboring Rwanda, where more than half of parliament is female”. – Jason Straziuso via The Associated Press.

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Kenyan women protest for the right to wear whichever clothes they want, at a demonstration in downtown Nairobi, Kenya Monday, November 17, 2014. A recent incident in which a mob of men surrounded a woman and tore her clothes off, leaving her naked on the street in front of a bus stop after alleging that she was improperly dressed, is one of several such videos that have surfaced online in recent days leading to a groundswell of anger that on Monday prompted around 1000 demonstrators, including a number of men supporting the women’s cause, to march through the capital and protest online using the hashtag #MyDressMyChoice. (Photo by Ben Curtis/AP Photo)

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November 8 – 15: The Week in Protests

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A person in a disguise sits on a sidewalk holding a candle during a protest denouncing the apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers in Mexico City late November 8, 2014. Protesters tried to set the wooden door of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s ceremonial palace on fire in the historic center. The group, carrying torches, broke away from what had been a mostly peaceful protest demanding justice for the students, who were abducted six weeks ago and apparently murdered and incinerated by corrupt police in league with drug gang members. The sign reads “Ayotzinapa, state terrorism”. (Photo by Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

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November 8 – 15: The Week in Photos

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A vegetable seller pushes his cart at a slum area in Mumbai, India’s financial capital and largest city, Tuesday, November 11, 2014. A whopping 41 percent of households in Mumbai were located in overcrowded shantytowns, where most residents are squatting illegally and many have little access to basic sanitation, according to a 2013 census report with India’s first complete count of its vast slum population. (Photo by Rafiq Maqbool/AP Photo)

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Earthquake Drill in Santiago

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Students participate in an earthquake drill in their school in Santiago, November 13, 2014. Around one million people, which included students, teachers and parents, took part on Thursday in a drill that simulated a fictitious earthquake of a magnitude of 8.8 on the Richter scale, according to organizers. (Photo by Ivan Alvarado/Reuters)

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