Photo Essay

  • Clouds of tear gas float in the air around French CRS riot police after clashes clashes broke out with protesters at a march in Nantes, western France, to demonstrate against the construction of a new airport in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, some 30 kilometres (19 miles) away, Feb. 22, 2014.
  • Paint covers the shields of French CRS riot police during a protest march in Nantes, western France, to demonstrate against the construction of a new airport in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, some 30 kilometres (19 miles) away, Feb. 22, 2014.
  • Despite the agreement between the opposition and the government, anti-government protesters keep holding the Independence Square on Feb. 22, 2014.
  • A man carries a woman affected by tear gas launched by riot police at anti-government protesters in Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 22, 2014.
  • Anti-government protesters take cover during clashes with riot police in Caracas, Venezuela on Feb. 22, 2014.
  • Masked protesters are sprayed by a water canon during clashes with French CRS riot police at a march in Nantes, western France, to demonstrate against the construction of a new airport in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, some 30 kilometres (19 miles) away, Feb. 22, 2014.
  • A Jammu and Kashmir government employee shouts slogans from a police van after being detained during a protest in Srinagar, India, Feb. 22, 2014.
  • An open casket with the body of Bogdan Solchunuk, 28, lays in St. Paul and Peter church, during his funeral service in Lviv, western Ukraine, Feb. 22, 2014.
  • Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman is escorted by soldiers during a presentation at the Navy’s airstrip in Mexico City Feb. 22, 2014.
  • Newly elected cardinal Beniamino Stella of Italy waits as he receive guests in the Apostolic palace at the Vatican Feb. 22, 2014.
  • A protester is kicked by a French CRS riot policman after clashes during a march in Nantes, western France, to demonstrate against the construction of a new airport in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, Feb. 22, 2014.
  • Oakland Athletics center fielder Coco Crisp heads to the field during the team’s photo day before a spring training baseball practice Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.
  • Performers take part in the closing ceremony for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Feb. 23, 2014.
  • People wave a large Ukrainian flag in Independence Square on Feb. 23, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine.
  • Participants during a performance called “Freedom” to support Ukrainian anti-government protesters, who held rallies in Independence Square in Kiev, in front of the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood in central St. Petersburg Feb. 23, 2014.
  • A woman walks past burnt trucks near parliament house in Kiev on Feb. 23, 2014.
  • A man, who was injured in bomb blast in Kohat, Pakistan is carried out of an ambulance after he was brought to the Lady Reading hospital for treatment in Peshawar.
  • A leopard leaps across an under-construction structure near a furniture market in the Degumpur residential area as a bystander moves out of the way in Meerut, India on Feb. 23, 2014.
  • African Parks staff scramble to help an elephant who fell on a dangerous position after being darted at the Zakouma National Park on Feb. 23, 2014 during a collaring operation aimed at preserving elephants in the park.
  • Ukranian riot police unit “Berkut” enters a regional administration building during rallies by anti- and pro-Yanukovich supporters in the eastern city of Donetsk.
  • A demonstrator holds a street sign to shield himself as he stands amid a cloud of tear gas during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 22, 2014.
  • A group of protesters block an entrance to the Ukrainian parliament on Feb. 24, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine.
  • A model poses backstage ahead of Massimo Rebecchi show during Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Autumn/Winter 2014 on Feb. 24, 2014 in Milan, Italy.
  • Policemen stand guard on Feb. 24, 2014, at the Nantes courthouse, western France, as five protesters are judged two days after a demonstration against plans to build the Notre-Dames-des-Landes airport for the French city of Nantes.
  • Yosubon, the father of siblings killed in a bomb blast near an anti-government protest site on Feb. 24, mourns next to their bodies in Bangkok.
  • Police officers detain protesters outside Zamoskvoretsky district court in Moscow, on Feb. 24, 2014, during a protest against the trial of eight people accused of instigating mass riots after an opposition rally on Moscow’s on Bolotnaya square turned violent on the eve of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration as president in 2012.
  •  U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel departs after answering questions at a press conference at the Pentagon on Feb. 24, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia.
  • Maidan (Independence Square) self-defence protesters arrive on Independence Square in Kiev in an armored vehicle on Feb. 24, 2014.
  • A man checks the contents of a cupboard in the house of Ukraine’s former prosecutor general Viktor Pshonka in the village of Gorenichy outside Kiev, Feb. 24, 2014.
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Ryan Newman (31), Austin Dillon (3), Cole Whitt (26), Parker Kligerman (30), Terry Labonte (32) wreck during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.
  • Ghulam Hussain, father of Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier Amir Hussain, one of 21 Afghan army soldiers who were killed in a deadly Taliban attack, cries at a ceremony at a military hospital in Kabul on Feb. 24, 2014.
  • A Free Syrian Army fighter plays on a slide in the Jabal al-Akrad area in Syria’s northwestern Latakia province on Feb. 24, 2014.
  • A model backstage before the Christine Phung show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2014-2015 at Lafayette Maison on Feb. 25, 2014 in Paris, France.
  • Visitors at the Washington Monument take a photograph of Canada Geese flying through the winter storm Feb. 25, 2014.
  • People walk over a crosswalk, painted to read: “No more bullets”, at Chacao in Caracas, Venezuela, on Feb. 25, 2014.
  • A model presents a creation by designer Anthony Vaccarello as part of his Fall/Winter 2014-2015 women’s ready-to-wear collection during Paris Fashion Week.
  • Buildings are shrouded in heavy smog on Feb. 25, 2014, in Qingdao, Shandong Province of China.
  • Rescuers stand next on to the bodies of two unidentified women in the streets of the downtown of Guatemala City on Feb. 24, 2014.
  • Riot police take cover as protesters use fireworks against them during a demonstration against the opening of a new road including a part of the Middle East Technical University campus in Ankara, Turkey on Feb. 25, 2014.
  • A model presents a creation from the Fall/Winter 2014/15 Ready to Wear collection by American designer Corrie Nielsen during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, 25 Feb. 2014.
  • A Palestinian woman argues with Israeli security forces standing guard at an alleyway leading to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Feb. 25, 2014 in the Old City of Jerusalem.
  • Zakouma National Park anti-poaching team patrols on Feb. 25, 2014 in the park in Zakouma, Chad.
  • A multiple exposure image shows a model presenting a creation from the Fall/Winter 2014/15 Ready to Wear Collection by German designer Damir Doma during the Paris Fashion Week, in Paris, France, Feb. 26, 2014.
  • A man sits on a chair as a group of Maidan activists lead by journalist Tetyana Chornovol visit a lavish log house belonging to multimillionaire businessman Sergey Kurchenko in search for documents connecting his business to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych family on Feb. 25, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine.
  • Security forces stand guard as the Crimean people and the supporters of Russia gather in front of the Parliament building in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea’s capital Simferopol, Ukraine, on Feb. 26, 2014.
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is seen from behind a curtain as he takes a question during a town hall meeting in Sterling, N.J. on Feb. 26, 2014.
  • Syrian refugee girls from Hama city, Hana Farhan, 10, second left, and Mona Aboud, 11, second right, play in a makeshift tent in an unofficial refugee camp on the outskirts of Amman, Jordan on Feb. 26, 2014.
  • Doctors provide medical assistance to Maidan protesters wounded during recent clashes with police, inside a makeshift hospital in the Mykhaylo Gold Domes cathedral in Kiev, on Feb. 26, 2014.
  • Thai police commandos take part in an anti-terrorism drill at the Crime Suppression Department headquarters in Bangkok Feb. 26, 2014.
  • The cruise liner Costa Concordia is seen outside Giglio harbor, Feb. 26, 2014.
  • A flare is ignited among the Wanderers fans during the AFC Asian Champions League match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Ulsan Hyundai at Parramatta Stadium on Feb. 26, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.
  • Riot police use tear gas to disperse demonstrators as they try to march to the Turkish Parliament during a protest in Ankara, Turkey, Feb. 26, 2014.
  • A woman mourns for a close relative killed in recent violence in Kiev’s Independence Square Feb. 26, 2014 during a funeral ceremony.
  • An old man stands with a Ukrainian flag on Kiev’s Independence square on Feb. 26, 2014.
  • Anti-Yanukovych protesters riding on top of an army armored vehicle drive though a street in central Kiev, Ukraine, Feb. 27, 2014.
  • Soldiers with the U.S. Army’s 2nd Cavalry Regiment stand guard outside the Daman District governor’s office during a during a shura at the district center on Feb. 27, 2014 near Kandahar, Afghanistan.
  • The carcass of a horse lies by a road on a flooded area near Trinidad, in the northeast region of Beni department in Bolivia, Feb. 27, 2014.
  • A couple stands next to their car trapped between barricades set up by anti-government protesters, in Valencia, Venezuela, Feb. 27, 2014.
  • Palestinian protesters carry an injured man during an operation by Israeli troops in the West Bank town of Bir Zeit, Feb. 27, 2014.
  • Eurozone from the Bart & James Cummings stable relaxes after being washed down after trackwork at Flemington Racecourse on Feb. 27, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Members of the Nepalese army demonstrate their skills during Army Day celebrations, which falls on the same day as the Shivaratri festival, in Kathmandu Feb. 27, 2014.
  • A Mexican marine lifts a bathtub that leads to a tunnel and exits in the city’s drainage system at one of the houses of Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman in Culiacan Feb. 27, 2014.
  • A demonstrator with a Venezuelan flag returns a teargas canister to the Bolivarian National Guard dispersing protesters to keep them from blocking a major highway in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.
  • Cpt. Ryan Yuan (L) and his Afghan linguist with the U.S. Army’s 4th squadron 2nd Cavalry Regiment patrols on a mission to search caves for weapons caches on Feb. 28, 2014 near Kandahar, Afghanistan.
  • Pro-Russian Cossacks share a laugh next to a war monument at a gathering of pro-Russian supporters outside the Crimean parliament building on Feb. 28, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine.
  • Photographs of missing people are covered with rose petals during a march in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Feb. 28, 2014.
  • The H-2A Launch Vehicle No. 23 carrying the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) core observatory onboard lifts off from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Tanegashima Space Center on Feb. 28, 2014 in Minamitane, Japan.
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This Week in Pictures: Feb. 22-28

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From Fashion Week in Paris, to the closing ceremonies of history’s most expensive Winter Olympics in Sochi; from political unrest, to the capture of the drug kingpin “El Chapo”, these images reflect the various extremes and quieter moments over the past week around the globe.