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Photograph by William Daniels—Panos for TIME

Two months after hundreds of people were killed during street fighting between mainly Muslim rebels and Christian vigilantes in Central African Republic, photojournalist William Daniels bears witness to a violent shift in the ground dynamic gripping the fragile nation.

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Photograph by Issouf Sanogo—AFP/Getty Images

From the LightBox spread in this week’s issue of TIME: Central African Republic soldiers lynch a man suspected of being a Muslim former rebel on Feb. 5. Sectarian attacks carried out by armed militias have displaced one-fourth of the country.

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Photograph by Jason Alden—Bloomberg/Getty Images

Jan. 22, 2014. An attendee watches a virtual presentation of a bomb explosion in Syria, using a head-mounted visual display, on the opening day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.

From protests turning deadly in Ukraine and a controversial dolphin hunt in Japan to the icy Orthodox Christian rituals of Epiphany and glow-in-the-dark couture at Paris Fashion Week, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

Photograph by Maxim Dondyuk

Jan. 20, 2014. A protester set fire a Molotov cocktail during clashes with police in central Kiev, Ukraine.

From protests turning deadly in Ukraine and a controversial dolphin hunt in Japan to the icy Orthodox Christian rituals of Epiphany and glow-in-the-dark couture at Paris Fashion Week, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

Photograph by David Turnley

RIP Nelson Mandela —Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Turnley, who spent 28 years photographing South Africa’s struggles of apartheid, pays tribute to the hero who passed away today at the age of 95 in photos and a first person account of his release from prison on LightBox.

Photograph by Phil Sears—AP

July 17, 2013. Under portraits of former Florida Governors Bob Graham and Reuben Askew, protestors sit on the floor outside Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s office at the Capitol in Tallahassee.

From the Trayvon Martin verdict and a deadly school meal poisoning in India to Mariano Rivera’s final All Star game and Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

Themba Hadebe—AP

From female fighters in Syria and smugglers under Gaza to the second anniversary of Libya’s uprising and a 100-year-old hospital for dolls, TIME presents the best images of the week. 

Feb. 22, 2013. Photographers take photos of Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius as he stands in the dock during his bail hearing at the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa.

Photograph by Paul Hansen—Dagens Nyheter

Today, the winners of the prestigious 56th annual World Press Photo competition were announced in Amsterdam. Paul Hansen from Sweden received the prize for World Press Photo of the Year 2012. See all of the winners here.

Pictured: 20 November 2012, Gaza City, Palestinian Territories. Two-year-old Suhaib Hijazi and her three-year-old brother Muhammad were killed when their house was destroyed by an Israeli missile strike. Their father, Fouad, was also killed and their mother was put in intensive care. Fouad’s brothers carry his children to the mosque for the burial ceremony as his body is carried behind on a stretcher.

June 6, 2012. A man paraglides behind the lines of another paraglider off the Torrey Pines Gliderport in San Diego.

More than 200 years ago, the silhouette was the foremost way to document one’s appearance, but it’s still widely used in photographic frames today. From capturing the world’s protests and politicians to wildfires and war zones, LightBox looks at the use of silhouettes on the wires this month.

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June 26, 2012. Drug addicts watch a performance to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking at a drug addiction rehabilitation center in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China.

From the health care ruling and the U.S. Olympic trials to the Colorado wildfires and baby giant pandas, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week.

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