Photos of the Week: 2/20 - 2/27

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Acrobatic pilots perform on the first public day of the Australian International Airshow at the Avalon Airfield near Lara southwest of Melbourne on February 27 2015. Some 180,000 patrons were expected through the gates over three public days of the event. AFP PHOTO / Paul CROCK (Photo credit should read PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - FEBRUARY 20: Pro Russian separatists seen through a broken window in Debaltsevo about 50 km away from Donetsk on February 20, 2015 in Debaltsevo, Ukraine. (Photo by Pavel Kassin/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images).
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Eddie Redmayne speaks onstage after winning his award for best Actor in a Leading Role during the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
The shadow of National Governors Association Chairman, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is seen on the stage backdrop as he participates in the opening news conference at the National Governors Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
OKAYAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 21: Men cram into the temple waiting for priests to drop the sacred talisman at the Hadaka Matsuri, or Naked Festival at Saidaiji Temple on February 21, 2015 in Okayama, Japan. Some 9,000 men battle to grab a pair of lucky sticks thrown by priests in this one of the most vibrant festivals in Japan. (Photo by Trevor Williams/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Snow and ice covers Central Park on a frigidly cold day February 20, 2015 in New York City. New York, and much of the East Coast and Western United States is experiencing unusually cold weather with temperatures in the teens and the wind chill factor making it feel well below zero. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
DAMASCUS, SYRIA - FEBRUARY 23: A Syrian opposition member is seen at a street where many buildings are destroyed after Assad regime forces' barrel bomb attack hit the Syrian opposition controlled area in Daraa district of Aleppo, Syria on February 23, 2015. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
KARO, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 21: A general view of spewing pyroclastic and thunderbolt during Mount Sinabung volcano eruption, seen from Tiga Pancur village on February 21, 2015 in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Areas of Tiga Pancur village and Payung village are covered with volcanic ash. (Photo by Tibt Nangin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Local revelers celebrate Clean Monday with a flour war, a unique colorful flour fight marking the end of the carnival season in the port town of Galaxidi, some 200 kilometers (120 miles) west of Athens, on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. The flour fight, on the coastal road lining Galaxidi'€™s old harbor, takes place on Clean Monday, the beginning of the 40-day Christian Lent fast that ends on Easter Sunday. Although Clean Monday ceremonies abound across Greece, the most common being kite-flying, Galaxidi'€™s flour-fight is unique, and is thought to have been influenced by similar goings-on in Sicily in the 19th century. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
NUANQUAN, CHINA - FEBRUARY 23: Chinese blacksmiths man a furnace as they prepare to throw the molten metal against a cold stone wall to create sparks in Nuanquan, Hebei Province on February 23, 2015, China. The throwing of ladles-full of molten iron against brick walls creates a shower of sparks that looks like fireworks. It has been a tradition in Nuanquan Town for over 300 years, and is believed to have come about because of the many blacksmiths of the town. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
A visitor watches the sunrise behind the Golden Gate Bridge from a lookout point in the Marin headlands, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Firefighters walk past refracted light and a building covered in ice from their water canons as they battle a blaze, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. The fire started in a building housing retail shops, no injuries were reported. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A US Airways Express plane is de-iced at the Indianapolis International Airport, early Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Indianapolis. The early morning temperature at the airport was below zero. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 24: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry testifies before the Senate State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee February 24, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Kerry testified on the situation in Ukraine, the ongoing conflict with the Islamic State, negotiations with Iran and other topics during the hearing. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
A cyclist rides in between cars in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. A public bike rental scheme was inaugurated last year but there are still few cycling lanes in the Spanish capital. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Firefighters protest during a 24 hour strike outside Methodist Central Hall Westminster on February 25, 2015 in London, England. Firefighters across the country are parcipitating in the strike over changes to their pensions. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
In this photo provided by Maine State Police And Maine Emergency Management, emergency personnel respond to a multi vehicle pileup along Interstate 95 in Etna, Maine, about 20 miles west of Bangor, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. State police spokesman Steve McCausland said the pileup happened early Wednesday in heavy snow and involved many cars, a school bus and a tractor trailer. No fatalities were immediately reported but McCausland said some of the injuries were serious. (AP Photo/Maine State Police And Maine Emergency Management, Stephen McCausland)
Fatima Saidi, 45, reaches out for Ylang-Ylang flowers, on February 24, 2015 on the slopes of the Karthala volcano, where she and other members of her family grows the rare flowers whose distilled oil is used as a base in the perfume industry. AFP PHOTO//MARCO LONGARI (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)
Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny sits in a court room in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Navalny was detained earlier this month for 15 days for distributing leaflets for an anti-government march, which he will miss if he remains in prison. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
A Palestinian boy lies on a mattress admist the rubble of buildings that were destroyed during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the summer of 2014, in Gaza City's al-Shejaiya neighbourhood on February 26, 2015. More than 100,000 homes in the Gaza Strip were damaged or destroyed in Israeli bombardment during the 50-day conflict. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED (Photo credit should read MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images)
SALISBURY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: The Very Revd. June Osborne, Dean of Salisbury takes a selfie holding a modern day copy of the Magna Carta in Salisbury Cathedral's Cloisters and Chapter House on February 27, 2015 in Salisbury, England. To celebrate the 800th anniversary of the historic charter, Salisbury Cathedral - which boasts to have the best preserved of the four originals - is opening a new interactive exhibition which tells the story of its creation and enduring legacy. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A house is covered with snow from an avalanche in the Paryan district of Panjshir province, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. The death toll from severe weather that caused avalanches and flooding across much of Afghanistan has jumped to more than 200 people, and the number is expected to climb with cold weather and difficult conditions hampering rescue efforts, relief workers and U.N. officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
Hindu men from the village of Nandgaon throw colored powder at each other as they play holi at the Ladali or Radha temple before taking out a procession for the Lathmar Holi festival at the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of Hindu God Krishna, in Barsana, 115 kilometers (71 miles) from New Delhi, India, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. During Lathmar Holi the women of Barsana beat the men from Nandgaon, the hometown of Krishna, with wooden sticks in response to their teasing. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - FEBRUARY 26: Demonstrators march during a protest in Mexico City, on February 26, 2015 to demand justice for 43 students from Ayotzinapa College who went missing in Iguala, Guerrero five months ago. (Photo by Daniel Cardenas/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

We've reached the end of the week and the end of the month, so take some time to look back on some of this week's biggest stories in photos.

One of the most captivating photos we found this week came from the Australian International Airshow, where acrobatic pilots performed among billowing clouds of flames, much to the delight of the crowds below. The airshow will be continuing in Melbourne over this weekend.

Around the world, heavy snow and deep freezes stayed in the headlines this week, and supplied us with striking photos from a tragic avalanche in Afghanistan to a scary pileup on a Maine highway. Around the world people celebrated various festivals, including the colorful Holi festival in India, and the Hadaka Matsuri -- or "Naked Festival" -- in Japan.

Click through the slideshow above to see photos from those stories and more, and be sure to check back next weekend for our selection of the best photos from the next 7 days.

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