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Photos of the Week: 1/16 - 1/23

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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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