Photo Essay

  • A Syrian refugee family from Aleppo stay under a shelter during a rainy day on March 8, 2014, at Uskudar, in Istanbul. More than 136,000 people have been killed in Syria's brutal war since March 2011, and millions more have fled their homes.
  • Israeli soldiers take up position during clashes with Palestinian stone-throwers following a rally marking International Woman's Day at Qalandiya checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah, March 8, 2014.
  • Tyler Walker of the U.S. crashes as he takes a jump during the men's sitting skiing downhill at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, March 8, 2014.
  • Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic (R) is challenged by Tottenham Hotspur's Jan Vertonghen during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge in London, March 8, 2014.
  • A Police officer behind a riot shield is pushed backward by a crush of demonstrators during the March of the Empty Pots, in Caracas, Venezuela, on March 8, 2014, which coincided with International Women's Day.
  • A relative (woman in white) of a passenger onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 cries as she talks on her phone at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, March 8, 2014. The Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew lost contact with air traffic controllers early on Saturday en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
  • Models wait backstage during a fashion show organized by designer and stylist Sonia Bafonga to celebrate International Women's Day with the theme of promoting peace, in the capital of Bangui, in the Central African Republic, March 8, 2014.
  • Two women wearing nun outfits drink beer while watching the playoff draw between Quebec and Manitoba at the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier curling championships in Kamloops, British Columbia, March 8, 2014.
  • A general view of the stadium without light due to a power outage prior to the Spanish Liga's Primera Division match between Valencia and Athletic Bilbao at Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain, March 9, 2014. The match started several minutes later than expected due to the power outage.
  • Relatives of Chinese passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane wait on a bus driving to Exit and Entry Administration of the Public Security Bureau, a police department in charge of issuing passports, to get their passport applications processed in order to get visas to enter Malaysia, in Beijing, China, March 9, 2014.
  • An Iditarod musher crosses a frozen pond between the Shaktoolik and Koyuk checkpoints during the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on March 9, 2014.
  • A boy rides a bicycle along a street on a rainy day in Arbeen, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria, March 9, 2014.
  • A local resident delivers bread and coffee to student protesters at dawn on March 9, 2014 in San Cristobal, the capital of Tachira state, Venezuela. Local residents and students have manned barricades throughout the nights, clashing with security forces for almost a month, while protesting against the federal government. Tachira, which borders Colombia, has been a focal point for anti-government protests nationwide.
  • Cuba's Yarisley Silva competes in the Women Pole Vault Final event at the IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships in the Ergo Arena in the Polish coastal town of Sopot, on March 9, 2014.
  • A pro-Islamist student flashes the four-finger sign, referring to the sit-in dispersed by security forces in August, next to a burning vehicle that was allegedly set ablaze by protesting students outside Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, March 9, 2014.
  • Hindu men from the village of Nangaon throw colored powder at each other as they play holi before the procession for the Lathmar Holi festival, the legendary hometown of Radha, consort of Hindu God Krishna, in Barsana, 71 miles from New Delhi, India, Sunday, March 9, 2014.
  • A model presents an Autumn/Winter 2014-2015 collection creation by Portuguese designer Filipe Faisca during the 42nd edition of Moda Lisboa Fashion Week at the Patio da Gale on Terreiro do Paco Square in Lisbon on March 9, 2014.
  • Worshippers pray after attending a mass in The Ukrainian Cathedral of the Holy Family in Exile, part of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, led by Father Mykola Matwijiwskij, in Mayfair on March 9, 2014, in London, England.
  • A rower on a training run during the AON North Island Secondary School Championships at Lake Karapiro on March 9, 2014 in Cambridge, New Zealand.
  • An electoral staff member is pictured at a polling station in San Salvador during the run-off election on March 9, 2014. Voters in El Salvador get to decide whether to keep the ruling leftist party in power or return to conservative right-wing party rule as balloting for the presidential run-off vote got under way in the Central Amercan nation on Sunday.
  • Irish Setters rest during the final day of the Crufts dog show in Birmingham, England, March 9, 2014.
  • A competitor has tanning lotion applied during the 10th South Asian bodybuilding championship in Lahore, March 9, 2014. Around 40 bodybuilders from Afghanistan, Nepal and Pakistan participated in the competition.
  • A big pro-Russian show in Lenin Square, Simferopol, Ukraine, on March 9, 2014.
  • An aerial view shows cross-country skiers climbing a hill during the 46th Engadin Ski Marathon near the Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz, March 9, 2014.
  • Anti-government protesters clash with police during a protest at Altamira square in Caracas, March 10, 2014.
  • Pakistani children walk through a dust storm on the banks of the Ravi River on the outskirts of Lahore on March 10, 2014. Heavy rain and stormy weather has hit parts of northern Pakistan.
  • People look out from a public bus in the Crimean city of Simferopol as the work day begins on March 10, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine.
  • Pro-Russian forces dubbed the "military forces of the autonomous republic of Crimea" stand before their swearing-in ceremony in the Republican military enlistment complex in Simferopol on March 10, 2014.
  • Vietnam Air Force Col. Le Huu Hanh of Division 918 is reflected on the navigation control panel onboard a flying Soviet-made AN-26 during a search operation for the missing Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 over the South China Sea, March 10, 2014.
  • The 13 Syrian Greek Orthodox nuns, who were seized by rebels battling to overthrow the Syrian regime from their convent of Mar Takla in the village of Maloula, north of Damascus on Dec. 6, arrive at Jdaidet Yabous on the Syrian-Lebanese borders on March, 10 2014.
  • A Pakistani health worker, left, checks with a teacher if schoolchildren need a polio vaccine, at a makeshift school on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, March 10, 2014.
  • A Buddhist woman offers prayers as Nepalese policemen walk at Boudhanath Stupa in Katmandu, Nepal, March 10, 2014. Police are also keeping a close watch on the Boudhanath area in Katmandu where most Tibetan refugees live on Monday's anniversary of a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet.
  • Members of the media and Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) employees, wearing protective suits and masks, stand near a banner reading "Decrease 0.01 mSv par a day for a person" inside the No. 5 reactor building at TEPCO's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture, March 10, 2014.
  • A Pakistani schoolgirl, who was displaced with her family from Pakistan's tribal area of Bajur due to fighting between the Taliban and the army, receives a vaccine against polio by a health worker at her makeshift school on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, March 10, 2014.
  • Mourners gather under a giant picture of late Afghan Vice President Field Marshal Mohammed Qasim Fahim outside his house in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 2014.
  • A winter swimmer prepares to dive in the sea with an air temperature of around 47 Fahrenheit at Alimos beach in southern Athens, on March 10, 2014.
  • Israel's Linor Abargil, who was the 1998 Miss World, reacts during a gathering as part of Women's Day celebrations in New Delhi, India, March 10, 2014. Abargil, who was raped in Milan two months before she was crowned Miss World, is currently in India as a global advocate in the fight against sexual violence.
  • An Afghan honor of guard stands next to Afghan men who arrived to mourn the death of late Afghan Vice President Field Marshal Mohammed Qasim Fahim outside his house in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 10, 2014.
  • The mother of a missing passenger on the Malaysia Airlines plane (R) is comforted by a relative as they wait for the news of the missing plane at their house in Medan, Indonesia, March 10, 2014. Her son, Firman Chandra Siregar, was one of 239 people on board of missing Malaysia Airline plane.
  • An Alpine Skiing athlete (R) and his guide use the ski lift to go up the mountain for a training session at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, March 10, 2014.
  • This picture taken aboard a Vietnamese Air Force Russian-made MI-171 helicopter shows a crew member checking a map during a search flight some 200 km over the southern Vietnamese waters off Vietnam's island Phu Quoc on March 11, 2014 as part of continued efforts aimed at finding traces of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370.
  • Relatives of Chinese passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 wait for new information at a hotel ballroom in Beijing, China, March 11, 2014.
  • Air Force One, with President Barack Obama aboard, is saluted by military personnel as it prepares to depart from Andrews Air Force Base, March 11, 2014.
  • A man holds a placard in the Andalusian capital of Seville, March 11, 2014. The placard reads, "The priests who pay them for their business: the church (not the state). My taxes for social services."
  • People pray on the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami near a coast damaged by the disaster in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, March 11, 2014.
  • An Afghan refugee girl looks at men trying to clear sewage paths so rainwater can drain, in an attempt to avoid flooding during a heavy rainfall, in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, March 11, 2014.
  • A woman prays in the snow fall for the deceased of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami at a place where she was employed at a photo studio at the time, in Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture, Japan.
  • Afghan men run to to get a better view as they attend the burial of Afghanistan's influential Vice President Mohammad Qasim Fahim during his funeral in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 11, 2014. Fahim, a leading commander in the alliance that fought the Taliban who was later accused with other warlords of targeting civilian areas during the country's civil war, died on Sunday, March 9, 2014. He was 57.
  • Dallas Seavey and his lead dog are surrounded by reporters after securing a second Iditarod win just after 4 a.m. during the Iditarod dog sled race in Nome, Alaska, March 11, 2014.
  • A boy stands between Palestinian militants from the Islamic Jihad's armed wing, the Al-Quds Brigades, during the funeral of their three comrades in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, who were killed in an Israeli airstrike, on March 11, 2014.
  • The picture of a young woman is seen at a memorial site for the victims of the March 11 train bombings at the same spot where a train was bombed ten years ago outside Madrid's Atocha station March 11, 2014.
  • Riot police use water cannon to disperse demonstrators during an anti-government protest in the Kadikoy district of Istanbul, March 11, 2014. Protesters clashed with police in cities across Turkey on Tuesday after the death of a 15-year-old boy who was hit in the head by a tear-gas canister during anti-government demonstrations last summer.
  • A victim is evacuated by emergency personal near an apparent building explosion and collapse in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City, March 12, 2014.
  • Daniel Davis is covered in snow and ice while clearing a sidewalk during a snow storm in Detroit, March 12, 2014.
  • An attendant puts clamps on a curtain inside the Great Hall of the People during the closing ceremony of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing, March 12, 2014.
  • Firefighters work to put out a fire at a construction site in the central business district in Sydney on March 12, 2014.
  • Police and passersby are pictured close to the entrance of the fenced area in East Harlem where an explosion caused the collapse of two apartment buildings. Authorities say the explosion was caused by a gas leak. New York, March 12, 2014.
  • Riot police use water cannons and tear gas to disperse thousands of people marching for Berkin Elvan during his funeral in Istanbul, Turkey, March 12, 2014.
  • Family members cry as people carry the coffin of Berkin Elvan, a Turkish teenager who was in a coma since being hit in the head by a tear gas canister fired by police during the summer's anti-government protests, in Istanbul, Turkey, March 11, 2014.
  • A dead suicide bomber lies on the street in the center of Kandahar, Afghanistan, March 12, 2014, after an attack on the former Afghan intelligence headquarters.
  • A girl, whose family moved to Islamabad from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, collects grass in Islamabad on March 12, 2014.
  • People walk with masks near the scene of an apparent building explosion and collapse in the Harlem neighborhood of New York, March 12, 2014.
  • Demonstrators walk through a cloud of tear gas fired by the Bolivarian National Police during clashes in Caracas, Venezuela on March 12, 2014.
  • A small dam (L) containing water is seen in a dry paddock next to another that has been affected by a recent fire on the outskirts of Melbourne, March 12, 2014. Australia endured its hottest year on record in 2013, the Bureau of Meteorology said earlier this year, with average temperatures 34.2 degrees Fahrenheit above the long-term average of 71.2 degrees Fahrenheit, breaking the previous record set in 2005.
  • Kermit the Frog gives a salute to the children of U.S. military families as he, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey and first lady Michelle Obama introduce a showing of the new movie "Muppets Most Wanted" at the White House, March 12, 2014.
  • A frozen stairwell is seen at the site of a building collapse in Harlem, New York, March 13, 2014.
  • A crew member from the Royal Malaysian Air Force looks through the window of a Malaysian Air Force CN235 aircraft during a search and rescue operation to find the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, in the Straits of Malacca, March 13, 2014.
  • Members of The 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland stand among World War I headstones in Loos British Cemetery in Northern France. Private William McAleer, from the 7th Battalion the Royal Scottish Fusiliers, was found with his identity disc, but others found with him remain unidentified and will be buried as soldiers unknown unto God’.
  • An Islamic Jihad militant stands guard near a military base that was targeted in an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, March 13, 2014.
  • The Sunrise Orient, a 2,500-ton cargo ship, is pictured beached at Cheung Chau in Hong Kong, March 13, 2014. Local media said that the 90-meter Sunrise Orient was listing when its crew abandoned it and refused to return to turn off the engine for fear of being trapped if it sank, leaving the ship to break down and drift onto the rocky beach at Tung Wan Tsai, Cheung Chau, on February 21, 2014.
  • Muslims perform a special prayer for passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane at the departure hall of the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on March 13, 2013.
  • Russian cossacks participate in a rally to support Russian speakers living in Crimea and Ukraine, in the center of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, March 13, 2014.
  • Protesters shout slogans during a demonstration after the death of Berkin Elvan, the 15-year-old boy who who died nine months after he was hit by a tear gas canister while going to buy bread during the protests in Istanbul last year, during a demonstration in Athens on March 13, 2014.
  • Shazia, a 6-year-old girl, plays with street dogs on bamboo sticks at a timber market in Mumbai, March 13, 2014.
  • A Turkana woman poses in Koriabok, north of Lodwar, in the Turkana region of Kenya, on March 13, 2014. A first downpour relieved pastoralists in the drought stricken Kenyan Turakana region after a twelve month span that pushed livestock and communities to the brink of another looming humanitarian crisis.
  • Revelers in costumes are sprayed with foam during a parade for the Jewish holiday of Purim outside the Bialik Rogozin school in south Tel Aviv, March 14, 2014.
  • People carry an injured person to a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, March 14, 2014. Pakistani officials said a suicide attacker has blown himself up near a police armored vehicle outside the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing several people.
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This Week in Pictures: March 8-14

Updated

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and its 269 passengers dominated the headlines this week. Nearly a week after the aircraft’s disappearance somewhere between Kuala Lampur and its destination, Beijing. The mystery has seemingly stumped investigators, as they remained – as of Friday morning – unable to offer answers as to what, exactly, happened after the airliner vanished early last Saturday morning.

An explosion in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York collapsed two buildings on Wednesday, injuring several people and killing at least eight.

Tuesday marked the third anniversary of the devastating Japan earthquake and tsunami. The bloody civil war in Syria marks its third year this weekend.

The funeral for a 15-year-old boy killed when he was hit in the head by a tear gas canister last summer sparked anti-government protests in Istanbul, Turkey; clashes continued in Caracas; and tensions between Ukraine and Russia continue to play out throughout the region. The week ended with a deadly blast in Pakistan. But dog shows, body-building contests, and the Iditarod provided lighter moments to the generally solemn week.

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