This Week in Pictures: April 11-17

  • Women lie on the grass to listen to Hozier at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., April 11, 2015.
  • Mourners look on as the casket of Walter Scott is removed from a hearse for his funeral at W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center, April 11, 2015, in Summerville, S.C. Scott was killed by a North Charleston police officer after a traffic stop on April 4, 2015. The officer, Michael Thomas Slager, has been charged with murder.
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) and his wife Sara (R) attend the Mimona ceremony at the Israeli town of Or Akiva near Caesarea, April 11, 2015. Mimona is traditionally celebrated by Jews from North Africa at the end of the Passover holidays.
  • Young gymnasts practice pull-up on a bar at a gymnasium in a sports school in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, April 11, 2015.
  • Ethiopian Orthodox worshippers pray during the Holy Fire ceremony at the Ethiopian section of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City, April 11, 2015.
  • Students take an examination on an open-air playground at a high school in Yichuan, Shaanxi province, April 11, 2015. More than 1,700 freshmen students took part in the exam on Saturday, which was the first attempt by the school to take it in open-air. The school said the reason was due to the insufficient indoor space and also that it could be a test of the students’ organizing capacity, local media reported.
  • A handout photo issued by the Russian Emergency Ministry shows a police officer and residents at the scene of a fire in Khakassia, Russia, April 12, 2015. Fifteen people were injured after a forest fire broke out in the Khakasiya region of southern Siberia, the Interfax news agency reported on April 12, citing the Russian civil defense minister.
  • On a rainy day in Beit Hanoun town in the northern Gaza Strip, Palestinian schoolgirls walk past the rubble of a house that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war in 2014 summer, April 12, 2015. 
  • An Andalusian man acknowledges the crowd next to his horse, during the Sacab Andalusian Horse Show in Coin, southern Spain, April 12, 2015.
  • A Ukrainian serviceman reads a book at a dug-out on a checkpoint not far from Mariupol, Ukraine, April 12, 2015. 
  • A Yemeni girl waits for her family to fill out their entry forms after being stranded outside of Yemen, at Sana’a International Airport in Sana’a, Yemen, April 12, 2015. According to reports, more than 10,000 Yemeni travelers have been stranded for the past two weeks as a Saudi led coalition has continued to carry out airstrikes against Houthi targets in the restive country.
  • The pack in action during the 113th Paris Roubaix cycling race, which covers more than 253.3 km from Compiegne to Roubaix, France, April 12, 2015.
  • A Myanmar punk rests on the grass during a gathering ahead of the Thingyan water festival in Yangon, Myanmar, April 12, 2015. The annual water festival is celebrated with large groups of people congregating to celebrate the traditional New Year in countries such as Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.
  • Nigel Farage, the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, wears Union Jack-themed socks as he reaches for a drink during a visit to a community centre in Clacton, Essex, April 13, 2015.
  • Sikh devotees participate in the Baisakhi festival at Panja Sahib shrine in Hassan Abdel, April 13, 2015. Hundreds of Indian Sikh pilgrims arrived into Pakistan to celebrate the Baisakhi festival with Pakistani Sikhs at the shrines of Panja Sahib and Nankana Sahib, the birth place of Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev.
  • A boy is silhouetted against the spotlight as devotees try to erect a “lingo,” a long wooden pole representing a phallus (unseen), during the Bisket festival in Bhaktapur, April 13, 2015. The festival, which runs for more than a week and coincides with the Nepalese New Year, involves devotees offering prayers and the pulling of two chariots, one bearing the idol of God Bhairab and the other with the idol of Goddess Bhadrakali, around the ancient city of Bhaktapur.
  • Workers await clients at a liqour store on April 13, 2015 in Baghdad, Iraq. Nightlife has returned to Baghdad following the February lifting of the 12-year-old evening curfew. Despite the continued risk of terror attacks and an escalating military offensive with ISIS extremists not far from the capitol, Baghdadis have taken to the streets throughout the city at night. 
  • A foreign man feeds his young child in Isipingo, south of Durban, April 13, 2015. Several hundred foreign nationals have sought refuge in the tents after xenophobia-driven violence forced them to flee their homes and businesses.
  • England’s Joe Root and Ian Bell look on as girls dance in the background of the West Indies vs. England cricket game at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua, April 13, 2015.
  • A Bulgarian Roma boy from the close-knit Kalaidjii clan sits inside his parents’ car as they attend a so-called “bride fair” in a suburb of the city of Plovdiv, April 13, 2015. Each year Roma families from the close-knit Kalaidjii clan gather during what they call a “bride fair,” an event offering parents a chance to meet and to arrange marriages for their children.
  • Children choose toys at a shop in the Mansoor Mall on April 13, 2015, in Baghdad, Iraq. Nightlife has returned to Baghdad following the February lifting of the 12-year-old evening curfew. Despite the continued risk of terror attacks and an escalating military offensive with ISIS extremists not far from the capitol, Baghdadis have taken to the streets throughout the city at night.
  • Homes with swimming pools are seen in the Palm Springs area, Calif., April 13, 2015. The average daily water usage per person in Palm Springs is 201 gallons, more than double the California average. California’s cities and towns would be required to cut their water usage by up to 35% or face steep fines under proposed new rules, the state’s first-ever mandatory cutbacks in urban water use as California enters its fourth year of severe drought. Communities where residential customers use more than 165 gallons of water per person per day would have to cut back by 35%.
  • Hayden Lewis, of Norwalk, Conn., cousin of Sandy Hook School shooting victim Jesse Lewis, stands with family during a news conference at the Legislative Office Building, April 13, 2015, in Hartford, Conn. Connecticut’s congressional delegation is backing federal legislation that would honor Lewis and provide expanded support to train teachers in social and emotional learning.
  • Sudanese women leave after voting at a polling station, on the first day of Sudan’s presidential and legislative elections, in Izba, an impoverished neighborhood on the outskirts of Khartoum, Sudan, April 13, 2015.
  • A tank of Syrian opposition forces fire a rocket to Assad forces’ building during the clashes between Syrian oppositions and Assad regime forces near Air Intelligence building of Jamiat al-Zahra, Aleppo, Syria, on April 13, 2015. 
  • A member of the Sudanese security forces waits outside a polling station where he is registered to vote, in Khartoum, Sudan, April 13, 2015.
  • A surfer retreats behind a rock wall as a wave crashes onto Angourie Point on the far north coast of New South Wales, April 14, 2015. Large swells, generated by an offshore low pressure system, are hitting the coastline prompting official warnings of hazardous conditions for rock fishing, swimming and surfing.
  • Blood runs down the face of an injured anti-riot police officer as he is assisted by a colleague during clashes with opposition protesters during a demonstration in Conakry on April 13, 2015. Several protesters were wounded on April 13 as Guinean police opened fire during violent demonstrations across the capital Conakry against the regime of President Alpha Conde. 
  • On a sunny spring day in London, men walk past an image of the city shrouded in fog, April 14, 2015.
  • Ultra-orthodox Jews visit Yad Vashem’s Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem, April 14, 2015. Beginning Wednesday night, Israel marks its annual memorial day commemorating the six million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War II.
  • A woman protests during a forced eviction by police from a building that belongs to the soccer club Flamengo, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 14, 2015. Weeks ago a group of homeless people occupied the building. After their eviction, they expect a housing solution by government.
  • A man reacts as civilians inspect a site hit by what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo’s al-Fardous district, April 14, 2015.
  • A Sudanese woman pauses before casting her ballot at a polling station, on the second day of Sudan’s presidential and legislative elections, in Izba, an impoverished neighborhood on the outskirts of Khartoum, Sudan, April 14, 2015.
  • Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 14, 2015. Menendez took a business-as-usual approach Monday when he returned to Congress for the first time since his April 1 indictment on federal corruption charges. The New Jersey Democrat spoke with reporters in the Capitol about Iran’s nuclear program, and voted on a routine judicial nomination. He spent several minutes on the Senate floor, chatting amiably with colleagues.
  • Robert Durst leaves Federal Court in an Orleans Parish Sheriff’s vehicle after his arraignment, April 14, 2015, in New Orleans. Durst pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a federal charge of possessing a gun after a felony conviction.
  • The body of an unidentified man is seen after he was killed when a car bomb detonated at the gates of Somalia government office complex in the capital Mogadishu, April 14, 2015. Al Shabaab Islamist militants attacked a government building housing two ministries in the Somali capital on Tuesday, setting off two big blasts before gunmen stormed inside, killing at least 10 people, police and the rebels said.
  • Members of a Nepalese army rescue team try to douse a fire at a poultry farm in Bhaktapur, Nepal, April 14, 2015.
  • An aerial view of flower fields is seen near the Keukenhof park, also known as the Garden of Europe, in Lisse, The Netherlands, April 15, 2015. Keukenhof, employing some 30 gardeners, is considered to be the world’s largest flower garden displaying millions of flowers every year.
  • A protester jumps on the table in front of the European Central Bank President Mario Draghi during a news conference in Frankfurt, April 15, 2015. The news conference was disrupted on Wednesday when a woman in a black T-shirt jumped on the podium.
  • Dead fish are pictured next a rowing paddle of the Vasco da Gama club during a training session at the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, in Rio de Janeiro, April 13, 2015. About 500 Kg of fish have been removed from the lagoon since last week after sea cold water got into the lagoon, authorities said, according to local media. Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon will host the rowing and canoe sprint competitions in the 2016 Olympic Games.
  • Relatives of victims of the Sewol ferry disaster weep as they stand on the deck of a boat during a visit to the site of the sunken ferry, off the coast of South Korea’s southern island of Jindo, April 15, 2015.
  • Groomers cut hair of pet dogs as they attend a pet barber qualification test in Changsha, Hunan province, April 15, 2015.
  • An aerial view shows an Asiana Airlines airplane which ran off the runway after landing at Hiroshima airport in Mihara, Hiroshima prefecture, western Japan, April 15, 2015. An investigation has been launched after the Asiana Airlines passenger jet skidded off the runway after landing at Japan’s Hiroshima airport on Tuesday, local media reported. The Airbus A320 jet was arriving from the South Korean capital of Seoul when it ran off the runway and slid onto an embankment shortly after 8pm local time.
  • Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton poses for photos as she leaves the Iowa State Capitol after meeting with Democratic lawmakers in Des Moines, April 15, 2015. Ever since Sunday, when Clinton announced she would run for president to be a “champion” for “everyday Americans” and hopped into a van to make the two-day trip to Iowa, her campaign has emphasized how down-to-earth it would be. 
  • A relative of a victim of the Sewol ferry disaster sits on the deck of a boat during a visit to the site of the sunken ferry, off the coast of South Korea’s southern island of Jindo, April 15, 2015.
  • Labour parliamentary candidate Sophy Gardner speaks with a potential voter as she canvasses on the streets of Gloucester ahead of the general election, on April 15, 2015, in Gloucester, England. The ex-RAF wing commander, who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, is standing in a seat currently held by the Conservatives, which, in the Labour Party’s list of 106 seats that hold the key to winning power is ranked as 38th.
  • A local taxi driver holds bricks in his hands during a confrontation with foreign nationals in the Johannesburg Central Business District on April 15, 2015.
  • A Palestinian man plays with his son outside their damaged house in Biet Lahiya town in the northern Gaza Strip, April 15, 2015.
  • Families of victims of a mine disaster arrive at the trial in Akhisar, Turkey, April 15, 2015. Forty-five managers and employees of a mine in the western Turkish town of Soma went on trial on Wednesday accused of causing the deaths of 301 miners who perished in a fire last year in Turkey’s worst mining disaster.
  • A Marine Corps helicopter lifts off from the beach after it made an emergency landing, April 15, 2015, in Solana Beach, Calif. The helicopter landed on the shore shortly after 11:30 a.m. after a low oil-pressure indicator light went on in the cockpit, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar said in a statement.
  • An anti-establishment protester tries to attack riot police during a protest against high security prisons in Athens, April 16, 2015. 
  • Snow falls on flowers shortly after the arrival of a spring storm, in Boulder, Colo., April 16, 2015. The storm moving slowly across Colorado is expected to dump more than 2 feet of snow in parts the mountains by the end of Friday. 

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Hillary Clinton officially launched her presidential campaign this week, announcing her candidacy on Sunday and heading straight to Iowa to start meeting with potential voters.

In the West, Revelers descended on the California desert near Palm Springs for the Coachella music festival.

In South Carolina, hundreds of mourners gathered at W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center in Summerville for the funeral of Walter Scott, who was video taped being shot in the back and killed by North Charleston police officer Michael Slager.

South Koreans marked the one year anniversary of the Sewol ferry disaster, in which 304 people, mostly students, were killed when the ferry sank off Jindo Island. Many family members of the victims continue to accuse the South Korean government and President Park Geun-hye of blocking an independent investigation into the failures surrounding the tragedy.

Israelis marked Holocaust Remembrance Day this week, as well.

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