An instructor smashes a bottle over a female recruit's head during a training session for China's first female bodyguards in Beijing. The 20 female recruits will undergo 8-10 months of training and the top trainee will go on to attend the International Security Academy in Israel. Click through for a look at more of the week's most startling images from around the world.
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