Photo Essay

  • A general view shows a fire in Valparaiso, 110 km west of Santiago, Chile, on April 12, 2014. Authorities decreed a red alert for the area after the fire consumed more than 100 houses.
  • A woman looks as pilgrims walk past ahead of Orthodox Palm Sunday in Bucharest, Romania, April 12, 2014. Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem, a week before his crucifixion. Romania's Christian Orthodox majority will celebrate Easter on April 20 together with Catholic believers.
  • A detained man lies in a truck during a joint patrol of Central African Republic gendarmes, French gendarmes and French soldiers in Bangui, Central African Republic, April 12, 2014.
  • Demonstrators clash with members of National Bolivarian Police (PNB) during a protest at Bello Monte area in Caracas, Venezuela, April 12, 2014.
  • Early beach goers lay on the sand at Coney Island on April 12, 2014 in New York City.
  • A man uses a garden hose in an attempt to extinguish the flames at a destroyed house during a fire in the city of Valparaiso, Chile, early April 13, 2014.
  • People wave leaves during celebrations marking the Christian feast of Palm Sunday in Laguna on the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerifeon April 13, 2014.
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men burn leavened items in final preparation for the Passover holiday in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish town of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, Israel, April 14, 2014. Jews are forbidden to eat leavened foodstuffs during the Passover holiday that celebrates the biblical story of the Israelites' escape from slavery and exodus from Egypt.
  • A penitent receives a kiss before the Palm Sunday procession of the "Estudiantes" brotherhood in Oviedo, northern Spain April 13, 2014.
  • Runners pass under a pedestrian bridge in central Pyongyang during the running of the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon in Pyongyang, North Korea on Sunday, April 13, 2014. The annual race, which includes a full marathon, a half marathon, and a 10-kilometer run, was open to foreign tourists for the first time this year.
  • A Christian worshipper prays in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City during the Palm Sunday procession April 13, 2014.
  • Burmese celebrate the first day of their new year water festival called Thingyan in Yangon, Myanmar April 13, 2014. Water-throwing is the distinguishing feature of this important festival during the first four days.
  • A resident whose home was destroyed by a major fire pours water on ashes amid the destruction in Valparaiso, April 13, 2014.  Devastated Chileans surveyed damage to their homes in Valparaiso on Monday as a massive fire that burned poor neighborhoods of the coastal city over the weekend began to die down.
  • A nun holds a cross made of palm fronds during the Palm Sunday procession in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City April 13, 2014.
  • China's Bao Yixin (L) and Tang Jinhua (2nd L) play against Denmark's Christinna Pedersen (2nd R) and Kamilla Rytter Juhl (R) during their women's doubles finals match at the Singapore Open badminton tournament April 13, 2014.
  • Competitors in the 11/12 Girls Ceili Category wait to perform backstage at the World Irish Dance Championship on April 13, 2014 in London, England.
  • The Chinese Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) vessel Hai Xin 01 is seen from a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P-3K2 Orion aircraft in the southern Indian Ocean, as the search continues for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 April 13, 2014.
  • In this photograph taken on April 13, 2014, an Afghan day laborer poses for a photograph at a coal yard on the outskirts of Kabul.
  • A World War II veteran sits at a table during a celebration for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Simferopol, Crimea from German troops during World War II on Sunday, April 13, 2014.
  • Bell ringers of Utrera perform on Palm Sunday at the beginning of Holy week in Santa Marta de la Mesa Church on April 13, 2014 in Santa Marta de la Mesa Church on April 13, 2014 in Utrera, Spain.
  • First Paris Color Run, April 14, 2014, in Paris, France.
  • A house burns after soldiers set it ablaze after suspected militants took refuge in it during a gun battle between Indian government forces and suspected militants on April 14, 2014, in Ahmad Nagar, in Kashmir, India.
  • A man walks between debris at a building affected by recent earthquakes, in Managua, Nicaragua, April 14, 2014.
  • Thousands of police officers and firefighters stand at attention as the coffin of fallen New York Police Department (NYPD) officer Dennis Guerra is brought out of St. Rose of Lima Church in Far Rockaway, Queens on April 14, 2014 in New York City. Guerra died last week from injuries suffered in an arson blaze at a Coney Island public housing apartment building.
  • A woman covers her face with a scarf as she crosses a street amid strong wind in Shenyang, Liaoning province, China, April 14, 2014.
  • Visitors look at the paintings as part of the exhibition of paintings "Hogarth, Reynolds, Turner" English Painting towards Modernity" at Palazzo Sciarra Museum in Rome on April 14, 2014.
  • Ukrainian troops ride tanks on the way toward Slovyanks on April 14, 2014 in Ukraine. Tension has been rising in Ukraine, with pro-Russian activists occupying buildings in more eastern towns and a Russian fighter jet making passes over a U.S. warship in the Black Sea.
  • Bystanders react as victims of a bomb blast arrive at the Asokoro General Hospital in Abuja, Nigeria, April 14, 2014. A morning rush-hour bomb killed at least 71 people at a Nigerian bus station near the capital on Monday, raising concerns about the spread of an Islamist insurgency after the first such attack on Abuja for two years.
  • Residents remove debris from their burned house after a fire burned several neighbourhoods in the hills in Valparaiso city, northwest of Santiago, April 14, 2014.
  • A soldier hands a child to another soldier as they evacuate residents living in buildings damaged by a previous earthquake in 1972 after an earthquake shook Managua, Nicaragua, April 14, 2014. The evacuation took place after Daniel Ortega's government declared the buildings unsafe.
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews burn leaven in the Mea Shearim neighborhood of Jerusalem, ahead of the Jewish holiday of Passover April 14, 2014. Passover commemorates the flight of Jews from ancient Egypt, as described in the Exodus chapter of the Bible. According to the account, the Jews did not have time to prepare leavened bread before fleeing to the promised land.
  • An Indian child looks out of a window as Farooq Abdullah -- union minister, patron for the National Conference and candidate for Srinagar's seat for the lower house of parliament in India's general election -- speaks during an election rally in Rawalpora village, some 55 km from Srinagar on April 15, 2014. Indians began voting April 7 in the world's biggest election, which is set to sweep the Hindu nationalist opposition to power at a time of low growth, anger over corruption and warnings about religious unrest. Elections are being held in nine phases from April 7 until May 12.
  • Penitents from 'Cristo de la Buena Muerte' or 'Good Dead Christ' brotherhood take part in a procession in Zamora, Spain, in the early hours of Tuesday, April 15, 2014.
  • Visitors participate in the annual water-splashing festival to mark the New Year of the Dai minority in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan province April 15, 2014. Last Sunday marked the beginning of the 1,376th New Year, according to the ethnic Dai minority calendar.
  • Total eclipse of the moon is seen in Brasilia, Federal District, capital of Brazil, on April 15, 2014.
  • A pro-Russian protester stands at barricades at the police headquarters in Slaviansk, Ukraine, April 15, 2014. Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro-Moscow separatists was underway, though the crackdown got off to a slow start.
  • Olivia Savarino, center, hugs Christelle Pierre-Louis, left, as Callie Benjamin, right, looks on near the finish line of the Boston Marathon during ceremonies on Boylston Street, April 15, 2014, in Boston. Savarino and Benjamin were working at the Forum restaurant when a bomb went off in front of the building on April 15, 2013.
  • A picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is sprayed by an anti-North Korean protester during an anti-North Korea rally against recent missile launches and provocative acts, on the birthday of its founder, Kim Il Sung, in Seoul, South Korea, April 15, 2014.
  • Syrian refugees make their way in the Zaatari refugee camp, a seven-square-kilometer (2.8-square-mile) camp that is home to more than 100,000 refugees, on April 15, 2014, some 10 days after riots killed one refugee and left dozens, mainly policemen, injured. Jordan neighbors Syria along its northern borders is hosting more than 500,000 Syrian refugees.
  • The 25th separate airborne brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces stationed outside Slavyansk, April 15, 2014.
  • Lovemore Riet, 22, from Soweto takes care of his horse before an equestrian voltage lesson at the Soweto Equestrian Center on April 15, 2014 in the South African landmark township of Soweto.
  • The moon is seen during a total lunar eclipse from the Spanish Canary island of Tenerife on April 15, 2014.
  • Security personnel stand guard behind a curtain as they prepare for a meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Chinese President Xi Jinping (both not seen) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, April 15, 2014.
  • North Korean women in colorful traditional dresses are surrounded by flower blossoms known as "Kimilsungia" as they wait to guide guests at a flower exhibition in Pyongyang, North Korea Monday, April 14, 2014.
  • A young penitent waits to start the procession of the "Via Crucis" brotherhood in Santiago de Compostela, northern Spain April 16, 2014.
  • A Spanish legionnaire throws his weapon in the air as he warms up outside the church of "Mena" brotherhood during Holy Week in Malaga, southern Spain, April 16, 2014.
  • Ukrainian soldiers sit on their armored vehicle in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, April 16, 2014. Pro-Russian protestors blocked a column of Ukrainian armored vehicles en route to Slaviansk and did not allow them to pass. Pro-Russian insurgents, who are demanding broader autonomy from Kiev and closer ties to Russia, continued occupying government, police and other administrative buildings in eastern cities, in defiance of an ultimatum by the Ukrainian government to lay down their weapons.
  • Penitents from 'Las Siete Palabras' 'Seven words' brotherhood take part in a procession in Zamora, Spain, on the early hours of April 16, 2014.
  • A woman pastes cow dung cakes on a wall for drying in the northern Indian city of Allahabad April, 16, 2014.
  • People play at the shore of the Mediterranean sea at the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, during the vacation of the Jewish holiday of Passover, April 16, 2014.
  • An injured man walks along a street after what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo's al-Myassar neighbourhood April 16, 2014.
  • Cleo, a white Bengal tiger of the Buenos Aires Zoo, looks through the glass of her enclosure at the zoo in Argentina, April 16, 2014.
  • Rescue work is in progress to restore the railway track by clearing the derailed carriages of the BG Express Train No.15666 at Ajuri station near Morigaon district of Assam state, about 80km away from Guwahati city, India, April 16, 2014. At least 45 people were injured when nine coaches of Dimapur-Kamakhya BG Express derailed in central Assam in the wee hours, a news reports said.
  • A man tries to cross a street after a hailstorm in Mexico City, Mexico, April 16, 2014. Heavy hail, which fell to the west of Mexico City, closed the highway linking Mexico City and Toluca.
  • An Indian girl plays with an air balloon at a popular tourist spot in Darjeeling on the eve of parliamentary election in Darjeeling district, 634km North of Calcutta Eastern India on April 16, 2014.
  • A family member of a missing passenger who was on the South Korean ferry "Sewol" which sank in the sea off Jindo waits for a rescue team's arrival at a port where family members of missing passengers gathered in Jindo April 16, 2014. More than 280 people, many of them students from the same high school, were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea on Wednesday.
  • A Ukrainian soldier is seen in a tank of the Ukrainian Army, as they are blocked by people on their way to the town of Kramatorsk on April 16, 2014.
  • Air Force One with President Barack Obama aboard arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, after returning from a trip to Pennsylvania. Emphasizing skills training as key to a growing middle class, Obama on Wednesday announced $600 million in competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs to help people land good-paying jobs. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
  • A racing stall employee goes out for daily training in preparation for horse racing on the galoping racetrack in Langenhangen, Germany, April 17, 2014.
  • Visitors watch a diver dressed as an Easter Bunny swim in the Shipwreck habitat in the Resorts World Sentosa's Southeast Asia (S.E.A) Aquarium in Sentosa, Singapore, April 17, 2014.
  • Police officers detain a protester during a demonstration against Algerian President Abdulaziz Bouteflika's decision to run for a fourth term, in Algiers April 16, 2014. The presidential election takes place on April 17.
  • Jewish worshippers covered with prayer shawls take part in a special priestly blessing for Passover at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City April 17, 2014.
  • Ethiopian Orthodox worshippers attend the washing of the feet ceremony at the Ethiopian section of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City April 17, 2014, ahead of Orthodox Easter.
  • A hooded Filipino penitent flagellates himself as part of Maundy Thursday rituals to atone for sins on April 17, 2014 in suburban Mandaluyong, east of Manila, Philippines. The bizarre ritual is frowned upon by church leaders in this predominantly Roman Catholic country.
  • A Palestinian throws a stone towards Israeli soldiers during clashes following a rally marking Palestinian Prisoners' Day in the West Bank city of Hebron April 17, 2014. Israel holds some 5,000 Palestinians it accuses of committing or planning violence against it.
  • Family members of passengers missing on the overturned South Korean ferry Sewol, react at the port in Jindo April 17, 2014. Rescuers fought rising winds, strong waves and murky waters on Thursday as they searched for hundreds of people, mostly teenage schoolchildren, still missing after a South Korean ferry capsized.
  • Explosives detonate during an attempt by Palestinian Hamas security officers to break into a model of an Israeli military post during a graduation ceremony in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, April 17, 2014. Officials said 146 security officers finished a six month training course to upgrade their skills. Hebrew reads "east Gaza, view point, warning do not approach."
  • A Kashmiri supporter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attends an election campaign rally on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, April 17, 2014. Several separatist organizations have jointly appealed to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to boycott the Indian parliamentary elections. Nationwide voting began April 7 and runs through May 12, with results for the 543-seat lower house of Parliament to be announced four days later.
  • Penitents burn incense during a procession by Saint Francis church as part of Holy Week celebrations in Antigua Guatemala, April 17, 2014.
  • An actor dressed as a demon from Mount Gethsemane takes a break inside a home as he partakes in the reenactment of Jesus' crucifixion in a "Via Crucis," or Stations of the Cross procession as part of Holy Week celebrations in the indigenous neighborhood of Monimbo in Masaya, Nicaragua, April 17, 2014.
  • The "blue city" is ready to vote. The polling battle reached Jodhpur, Rajasthan as voting for 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in Rajasthan began at 7am today.
  • An actor dressed in a devil costume stands on the shores of the Rimac River in Lima, Peru, Thursday, April 17, 2014. The actor performed for people after they attended the reenactment of Jesus' baptism in the river as part of during Holy Week celebrations.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to the media after a nationally televised question-and-answer session in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, April 17, 2014. President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula before its annexation by Moscow were Russian soldiers.  (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
  • Kevin, a man accused of being a thief by civil servants at the Work Inspection office, lays in pain after being attacked by a man with a machete and sticks,  in plain view of others, in Bangui, Central African Republic, April 18, 2014.
  • Penitents of the Jesus Yacente brotherhood take part in a Holy Week procession in Zamora, northern Spain April 18, 2014. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week.
  • A Nepalese Sherpa Dawa Tashi, who was injured during an avalanche gets treatment at a hospital in Katmandu, Nepal, April 18, 2014. An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak.
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This Week in Pictures: April 12-April 18

Updated

This week was marked by the tragic sinking of the Sewol ferry off the coast of South Korea, carrying 476 passengers, many of them high school students. As of this morning, 29 victims had been found, with hundreds still missing. Disaster also struck on the world’s highest peak, where an avalanche killed 12 sherpas as of Friday morning on Mt. Everest.

Holy Week was celebrated around the world, as Jews celebrate Passover. A massive fire tore through Valparaiso, Chile, destroying more than 100 houses, while a tense standoff in Ukraine with Russia continued in the eastern part of the country, as skirmishes threatened to escalate into civil war.

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