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President Barack Obama talks with Akira Cooper during a visit to a classroom at the Community Children's Center, one of the country's oldest Head Start providers, in Lawrence, Kansas, January 22, 2015. Obama is on the second day of a two-day, two state trip to Idaho and Kansas following his State of the Union address.

Photo Credit: Saul Loeb, AFP/Getty Images

Priests take pictures of Pope Francis (far L) as he arrives to lead a mass in Manila on January 16, 2015. Pope Francis is on a five-day visit to the Philippines.

Photo Credit: Giuseppe Cacace, AFP/Getty Images

A Russian Orthodox believer bathes in the icy water on Epiphany at a pond in Tyarlevo village outside St. Petersburg, Russia, early Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Thousands of Russian Orthodox Church followers plunged into icy rivers and ponds across the country to mark Epiphany, cleansing themselves with water deemed holy for the day. Water that is blessed by a cleric on Epiphany is considered holy and pure until next year's celebration, and is believed to have special powers of protection and healing.

Photo Credit: Dmitry Lovetsky, AP Photo

Residents of the besieged rebel town of Douma, 13 kilometres (eight miles) northeast of Damascus, ride through the street at night during an electricity shortage, on January 19, 2015.

Photo Credit: Abd Doumany, AFP/Getty Images

A barn called the Energy Barn, which was built by anti-pipeline activists directly on the route of the Keystone XL pipeline, stands in a snowy corn field near Bradshaw, Neb., Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. The White House has threatened to veto several bills the Republicans have prioritized, including approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Photo Credit: Nati Harnik, AP Photo

A man on crutches walks past deteriorating buildings along the Malecon oceanfront drive January 21, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. Cuba and the United States are holding historic talks this week to try and restore diplomatic ties and mark the end of more than 50 years of of Cold War-era hostility between the two countries.

Photo Credit: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images

Kenyan school pupils and activists challenge riot police during a protest against the removal of their school's playground, at the Langata Road Primary School, in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Kenyan police tear-gassed schoolchildren demonstrating against the removal of their school's playground, the land of which has been allegedly grabbed by a powerful politician, according to a Kenyan human rights activist.

Photo Credit: Brian Inganga, AP Photo

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, bottom, takes a selfie with members of the media during a roundtable interview, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md. O'Malley leaves office Wednesday after two four-year terms and is considering seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.

Photo Credit: Patrick Semansky, AP Photo

People dressed as Star Wars character Darth Vader and other characters attend the Epiphany holiday celebration near the seashore in Odessa, Ukraine on January 19, 2015.

Photo Credit: Maksim Voytenko, Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Hyundai Motor Co. vehicles sit parked at a delivery center at the company's factory in this aerial photograph taken in Asan, South Korea, on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Hyundai, South Korea's largest automaker, is scheduled to announce fourth-quarter earnings on Jan. 22.

Photo Credit: SeongJoon Cho, Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Russian backed separatist rebel takes cover in a shelter from shelling in the Kievsky district, 3 km from the Airport, in Donetsk, Ukraine, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. A mortar shell hit a bus in the eastern Ukrainian rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Thursday, killing at least 13 people, the separatist leader in the city said. It was unclear immediately which side was responsible for the attack, which killed passengers instantly and blew out the windows of a nearby building.

Photo Credit: Manu Brabo, AP Photo

A man rides a horse through a bonfire as part of a ritual in honor of Saint Anthony the Abbot, the patron saint of domestic animals, in San Bartolome de Pinares, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) west of Madrid, Spain on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, hundreds ride their horses through the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome during the "Luminarias," a tradition that dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires and protect them for the year to come.

Photo Credit: Andres Kudacki, AP Photo

Pope Francis (R) wears a plastic poncho as he waves to well wishers after a mass in Tacloban on January 17, 2015. Pope Francis will spend an emotional day in the Philippines on January 17 with survivors of a catastrophic super typhoon that claimed thousands of lives, highlighting his concern over climate change.

Photo Credit: Johannes Eisele, AFP/Getty Images

Men wearing only loincloths splash hot water each other at minus 3 degrees Celsius during the Yukake (Hot water splashing) Festival at Kawarayu Hot Spring district on January 20, 2015 in Naganohara, Gunma, Japan. The festival, having more than 400 years history, is taken place at a new site as the original site was closed and will be sunk under a newly constructed Yanba Dam.

Photo Credit: The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images

A flamingo hides its head in its feathers on a cold Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at the zoo in Cologne, Germany.

Photo Credit: Martin Meissner, AP Photo

Filipinos raise their image of the Santo Nino (Holy Child) during the final papal mass of Pope Francis at Quirino Grandstand in Manila, Philippines, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015. Millions filled Manila's main park and surrounding areas for Pope Francis' final Mass in the Philippines on Sunday, braving a steady rain to hear the pontiff's message of hope and consolation for the Southeast Asian country's most downtrodden and destitute.

Photo Credit: Ron Soliman, AP Photo

International Monetary Fund's Research Department Director Olivier Blanchard pauses during a press briefing at a hotel in Beijing, China Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. The IMF lowered its forecasts for global growth over the next two years, warning Tuesday that weakness in most major economies will trump gains from lower oil prices. The IMF's report was released as China reported its slowest growth in 24 years.

Photo Credit: Andy Wong, AP Photo

Vladimir Bovrichev, 30, cries next to the body of his son Artiam, 4, killed in a Ukrainian army artillery strike, during his funeral in Kuivisevsky district on the outskirts of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. At least three civilians were killed in shelling Tuesday in eastern Ukraine as fighting continued between government and rebel forces in the separatist-held city of Donetsk.

Photo Credit: Manu Brabo, AP Photo

Israeli soldiers take position near the Israel-Lebanon Border, northern Israel, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Israel is on high alert for possible attacks from the Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah following an airstrike on Hezbollah fighters in Syria, Israeli defense officials said Tuesday. Israel has boosted deployment of its "Iron Dome" anti-missile aerial defense system along its northern frontier, which borders Lebanon and Syria, and has increased surveillance activities in the area, the officials said. Israel's Security Cabinet is scheduled to meet to discuss a potential escalation in violence, they said.

Photo Credit: Ariel Schalit, AP Photo

People cross a multicolored water fountain at the Revolution Square Monument in Mexico City on January 17, 2015.

Photo Credit: Yuri Cortez, AFP/Getty Images

An employee passes coils of flat rolled steel produced by the Zelezara Smederevo doo steel plant in Smederevo, Serbia, on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Esmark Europe BV submitted the only valid bid out of two in a tender for 80 percent of Zelezara Smederevo doo, Finance Minister Dusan Vujovic told reporters in Belgrade.

Photo Credit: Oliver Bunici, Bloomberg via Getty Images

In this file photo dated Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, a young boy jumps over a puddle by the Tagus riverbank, in Lisbon. At the background is the April 25th bridge, whose name was given after the Carnations revolution that restored the democracy in Portugal in April 1974.

Photo Credit: Francisco Seco, AP Photo

Syrian people inspect the buildings after Syrian air forces' air strike which killed at least 5 people and injured 60 others in opposition held city Douma, Syria on January 21, 2015.

Photo Credit: Yousef Albostany, Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Reflected in a motorcycle mirror, independent vegetable vendors pull their cart into a busy intersection in Centro Habana, the neighborhood with the highest population density in the capital city, January 21, 2015 in Havana, Cuba. The United States hopes that historic normalization talks this week with the Cuban government will help reestablish a positive working relationship with the island nation and encourage small business people.

Photo Credit: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images

Britain's Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge walks past pupils with flags during a visit to formally open Kensington Aldridge Academy in London, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015.

Photo Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth, AP Photo

A teen dives off the rocks at Arpoador on January 18, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. U.S. government scientists reported that 2014 was the hottest year on record, with temperatures globally measuring 1.24F (0.69C) higher than the 20th-century average.

Photo Credit: Mario Tama, Getty Images

A photograph taken from Suruc district of Sanliurfa, Turkey, near Turkish-Syrian border crossing shows smoke rising from the Syrian border town of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab) following the US-led coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets on January 16, 2015.

Photo Credit: Halil Fidan, Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Afghan refugee children chase a balloon on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015.

Photo Credit: Muhammed Muheisen, AP Photo

A Bahraini anti-government protester watches clashes between protesters and police firing tear gas and shotguns Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Bilad al-Qadeem, Bahrain. Nabeel Rajab, one of Bahrain's best-known human rights activists, was sentenced to six months in jail Tuesday after being found guilty of insulting government ministries on Twitter. The move came a day after formal charges were filed against Sheikh Ali Salman, head of the largest opposition society, whose picture is seen on the wall, for allegedly trying to overthrow the government.

Photo Credit: Hasan Jamali, AP Photo

An Indian Hindu devotee prays at the Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna, on "Mauni Amavasya," or new moon day, the third and the most auspicious date of bathing during the annual month long Hindu religious fair "Magh Mela" in Allahabad, India,Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims take dips in the confluence, hoping to wash away sins during the festival.

Photo Credit: Rajesh Kumar Singh, AP Photo

A person uses a cell phone to take a photograph of a large fire at an apartment complex, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Edgewater, N.J. Authorities had not determined the cause of the fire.

Photo Credit: Julio Cortez, AP Photo

This Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 photo made with a long exposure shows the glow from a Noctiluca scintillans algal bloom along the seashore in Hong Kong. The luminescence, also called Sea Sparkle, is triggered by farm pollution that can be devastating to marine life and local fisheries, according to University of Georgia oceanographer Samantha Joye. Noctiluca itself does not produce neurotoxins like other similar organisms do. But its role as both prey and predator tends can eventually magnify the accumulation of toxins in the food chain, according to R. Eugene Turner at Louisiana State University.

Photo Credit: Kin Cheung, AP Photo

Men get out of the ice cold water after plunging into it to mark Epiphany in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Thousands of Russian Orthodox Church followers will plunge into icy rivers and ponds across the country to mark Epiphany, cleansing themselves with water deemed holy for the day.

Photo Credit: Sergei Grits, AP Photo

Smog arrives at the banks of Songhua River due to the lowest temperature rises to minus 14 degrees celsius on January 22, 2015 in Jilin, Jilin province of China. The Air Quality Index in north China's Jilin province has risen to 260, indicating high pollution.

Photo Credit: ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images

Thousands march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge along with members of the cast of the movie 'Selma' in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 18, 2015 in Selma, Alabama. In 1965, King led thousands of nonviolent protestors on a march through Selma to the state capitol in a historic Civil Rights demonstration.

Photo Credit: Sean Gardner, Getty Images



It was a busy week in news, so now that it's all over, take a moment to look back at some of the most memorable photos from the last seven days.

After delivering the State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama took off on a brief trip to Idaho and Kansas to promote his plan to assist working Americans in affording child care. During a stop at the Community Children's Center in Lawrence, Kansas, the President met 4-year-old student Akira Cooper and shared a sweet moment that was captured by a Getty photographer. The Community Children's Center is one of the country's oldest Head Start providers, providing care and assistance to children of working families.

In world news, several photos in this week's roundup came from Pope Francis' five day trip to the Philippines, including the unusual sights of the Pope in a bright yellow poncho, and of excited priests who couldn't resist grabbing their phones and snapping some photos prior to a mass. Elsewhere, Ukranian citizens dressed up as characters from Star Wars gathered on the beach to commemorate the Epiphany holiday.

Click through the gallery above to see photos from these stories and more, including ongoing conflicts and destruction in the Middle East, a selfie from Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, and how Spaniards celebrate the patron saint of domestic animals.

Be sure to check back next weekend for's selection of the best photos from the next seven days.

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