This Week in Pictures: March 15-21
The search for Malaysian Airlines flight 370 continued this week, nearly two weeks since it disappeared on March 8. A glimmer of hope surfaced on Thursday, when two large objects were spotted off the western coast of Australia. But by Friday morning there remained no physical trace of the missing airliner.
Crimeans voted in a referendum on Sunday to break away from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation, a move that has been condemned by the U.S. and Europe. The West ratcheted up sanctions against Russia this week. Russia’s annexation of Crimea marks the first time since World War II that the country has expanded its borders, heightening tensions with the West.
But the week was also marked by celebrations across the globe, as people celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in the U.S. and Ireland; India errupted in color during Holi celebrations, which mark the beginning of spring and the triumph of good over evil; Jews celebrated Purim, the commemoration of rescue from genocide in ancient Perisa; and Afghan children reveled in new year celebrations.