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Russia Strikes Hard; Xi Gears Up for New Term: The Political Week in Photos

Moscow escalated its missile attacks against Ukraine, days after a blast damaged a key bridge linking Russia to annexed Crimea and drawing condemnation as civilian areas of cities were hit. President Vladimir Putin had blamed the bridge explosion on Kyiv, which has not claimed responsibility.

China made final preparations ahead of a once-a-five-year Communist Party Congress where President Xi Jinping is expected to get a norm-busting third term in power. Days before the meeting started, he was again named at the “core” of the party.