Nov. 4, 2012. Water is discharged at the Shirakawa-go World Heritage site in Shirakawa, Gifu, Japan. This annual drill is held to prevent fire. (The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
From President Obama’s reelection and Superstorm Sandy’s aftermath to a deadly earthquake in Guatemala and a train cemetery in Bolivia, TIME presents the best photographs of the week.
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