Photo Essay

  • A transgender Indian during a gathering in New Delhi, India, on April 19, 2014, to celebrate a landmark court ruling recognizing transgender rights as human rights. The court ruled that people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents.
  • The covered body of a passenger who was on board the sunken South Korean ferry Sewol is carried by rescue workers from a coastguard ship to the landing pier at a port, where family members of the missing passengers are gathered, in Jindo, April 19, 2014. Some relatives of the more than 200 children missing in the sunken South Korean ferry offered DNA swabs on Saturday to help identify the dead as the rescue turned into a mission to recover the vessel and the bodies of those on board.
  • Spanish bullfighter Julian Lopez 'El Juli' performs  during the traditional Easter Feria in Arles, Southern France, April 19, 2014. The four-day Easter Feria opens the French bullfight season in April and is held in the Roman-built arena. Hundreds of thousands of people visit the city of Arles in the Provence region with tens of thousands of aficionados who attend the bullfights. The picture was taken with a slow shutter speed.
  • Rockets fly over the bell tower of Panagia Erithiani church, during Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations on the eastern Aegean island of Chios, April 19, 2014. Thousands of handmade rockets are fired every year on Great Saturday night, before the Resurrection, by locals of the two rival churches of Agios Markos and Panagia Erithiani, in the village of Vrontados. The tradition is 125 years old,  but locals say it could be even older.
  • Women lie on a road during a ritual as they worship Sheetala Mata, the Hindu goddess of smallpox, during the Sheetala Puja in Kolkata, India, April 19, 2014. During the Puja, women fast for the whole day to pray for the betterment of their family and society.
  • Pro-Russian activists guard barricades in Slovyansk, Ukraine, April 19, 2014. Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused on Friday to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev.
  • Protester Isabel Loaiza lies on the ground injured after being hit by a SUV  during an anti-government protest in El Cafetal in Caracas, Venezuela, April 19, 2014. Protesters were blocking a street when a man driving an SUV hit Loaiza and then fled the scene, according to a Reuters photographer. The vehicle was later stopped by protesters a few blocks away, who in turn threw stones and beat the driver up. The driver was subsequently arrested by the police.
  • A firefighter takes a picture of an Easter bonfire in Weixdorf near Dresden, Germany, April 19, 2014. According to pagan belief, the Easter fire banishes the evil spirits of Winter.
  • Members of the national police confront demonstrators during a protest against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on April 20, 2014. Hundreds of Venezuelans marched in Caracas on Easter Sunday for the "resurrection of democracy" in a new day of protests against the government of Maduro, which began more than two months ago.
  • Members of the Samaritan community walk in procession atop Mount Gerizim, above the West Bank city of Nablus, at sunrise on April 20, 2014, during a religious service marking the end of their Passover holiday.
  • Members of the Italian army march before the arrival of Pope Francis to lead the Easter mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, April 20, 2014.
  • Demonstrators clash with Turkish riot police as they protest against a new system of e-tickets for football matches on April 20, 2014, on Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul. A new system requiring Turkish football fans to buy special cards and electronic tickets to attend games in the stadiums has been implemented amid criticism.
  • Dead bodies lie on the road near Bentiu South Sudan on  April 20, 2014. The United Nation's top humanitarian official in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, told the Associated Press in a phone interview on April 23, 2014 that the ethnically targeted killings are "quite possibly a game-changer" for a conflict that has been raging since mid-December and that has exposed longstanding ethnic hostilities.
  • French peacekeepers escort a convoy of Muslims who are fleeing from sectarian violence in the capital Bangui, in the Central African Republic, as they head toward Bambari on April 20, 2014.
  • Saleh Zawaraa, 28, center, arrives on horseback on April 20, 2014 after being severely injured by a tank shell as he tried to bring bread into the Syrian village of Beit Jinn, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. He and other Syrians refugees came over the 9,232-foot Mount Hermon, into the town of Chebaa, in southeast Lebanon. The village of Beit Jinn has been under siege by Syrian troops for months, and no food or medicine has been allowed to reach thousands of trapped civilians inside.
  • A member of the Windsor Castle congregation leaves Windsor Castle in Berkshire after Easter Sunday service on April 20, 2014.
  • Haitian voodoo followers rest during a ceremony during the annual voodoo festival in Souvenance, a suburb of Gonaives, 171km north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on April 20, 2014.
  • An aerial view of a large fire in the Hoge Veluwe national park near Hoenderloo, The Netherlands, April 20, 2014. The fire burned more than 350 hectares of protected land.
  • Benfica supporters celebrate the 33rd Portuguese First League title of Benfica after winning 2-0 against S.C. Olhanense at Marques de Pombal Square in Lisbon, Portugal, April 20, 2014.
  • People attend a funeral ceremony of men killed in a gunfight on April 20 in Slaviansk, April 22, 2014. Pro-Russian authorities in eastern Ukraine presented identity documents, maps and a business card to support their view that Ukrainian far-right nationalists had carried out a deadly attack early on Sunday. The nationalists and authorities in Kiev said it was a staged display to conceal the hand of Russian secret services in the gunfight, in which at least three people were killed.
  • Filipinos swim to mark Easter Sunday in Manila Bay, the Philippines, April 20, 2014. Despite government health warnings due to the polluted waters, many Filipino families from poor districts flock annually to Manila Bay for a dip on Easter Sunday.
  • The daughter of one of the victims of the Mount Everest avalanche on April 18 collapses during a cremation ceremony at Syambhu in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 21, 2014. The single deadliest accident in the history of the world's highest mountain took the lives of more than a dozen Sherpas on April 18, 2014, leaving the Everest climbing community in a state of shock.
  • Supporters of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), climb up the poles of a temporary tent to get a glimpse of Modi during an election campaign rally at Mathura in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on April 21, 2014. Around 815 million people have registered to vote in the world's biggest election -- a number exceeding the population of Europe and a world record -- and results of the mammoth exercise, which concludes on May 12, are due on May 16.
  • Pro-Russia protesters sing and dance near a barricade outside a regional government building in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine on April 21, 2014. 
  • A man plays altinha (Left, C), a spin-off of soccer played on the beach, as others gather on Ipanema Beach on April 21, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Altinha is Portuguese for "a little higher" and involves players attempting to keep the ball in the air without using their hands. Brazilians play many spin-offs of soccer including altinha, footvolley and futsal. Brazil is gearing up to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup in June.
  • A girl sits next to concertina wires during a National Conference (NC) party election campaign rally addressed by Kashmir's chief minister Omar Abdullah (unseen), at Duroo, south of Srinagar on April 21, 2014. Around 815 million people have registered to vote in the world's biggest election, which concludes on May 12.
  • Buddhist monks pray as members of the "Volunteers' Ward to protect the Nation's Democracy" group take part in a march marking the end of their two days of training at the stadium in Nakhon Ratchasima, northeastern province of Thailand, April 21, 2014. The members of the group are being trained to protect "red shirt" supporters of beleaguered Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and have vowed to defend her if she is removed from power. Volunteers undergo martial arts training but will be unarmed, leaders of the movement say. A Thai court will decide  whether to give embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra more time to defend herself against charges of abuse of power, accusations that could bring her down, or whether to move swiftly to a verdict.
  • A Filipino boy jumps on top of burnt homes following an overnight fire that razed a slum area in Caloocan city, east of Manila, Philippines, April 21, 2014. One person died, one more is missing, and thousands of families lost their homes on Easter Sunday after several fires hit residential areas in Metro Manila. Investigators said the result of an initial investigation pointed to electrical short circuit as the cause of the blaze.
  • Family members of missing passengers who were on the South Korean ferry Sewol that capsized on April 16 rest in makeshift accommodations at a gymnasium in the port city of Jindo, April 21, 2014. The captain of a ferry that sank off South Korea's southwestern tip with hundreds feared dead said in a promotional video four years ago that the journey was safe -- as long as passengers followed the instructions of the crew.
  • Meb Keflezighi of the U.S. celebrates with his wife, Yordanos Asgedom, after winning the men's division at the 118th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, April 21, 2014.
  • A street performer breathes fire during a show in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on April 21, 2014.
  • A boy climbs out of a charred shanty as he collects reusable materials after a fire razed through a slum area in Caloocan City, Metro Manila, April 21, 2014. The fire left one dead, displaced an estimated 1,000 families and destroyed at least 400 houses, local media reported.
  • Armed Pro-Russian men on the street in Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, April 21, 2014. The self-proclaimed mayor of Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine is appealing to Russia to send in peacekeeping troops after a shootout at a checkpoint near the city manned by pro-Russia insurgents.
  • Brazilian Police Special Force members take position during a violent protest in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 22, 2014. Violent protests broke out in Rio's landmark beachfront district, Copacabana, following the death of a resident last weekend during clashes with the army in a nearby favela.
  • A pro-Russia Ukrainian woman cries during the funeral of the three pro-Russia gunmen killed last Sunday at a checkpoint in Slovyansk, Ukraine, April 22, 2014. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden warned Russia on Tuesday that "it's time to stop talking and start acting" to reduce tension in Ukraine, offering a show of support for the besieged nation as an international agreement aimed at stemming its ongoing crisis appeared in doubt.
  • The body of Pavel Pavelco, 42, a pro-Russia militiaman, one of three people killed last Sunday in a shooting by unknown gunmen at a checkpoint, is carried by pallbearers to a church during a funeral in Slovyansk, Ukraine, April 22, 2014.
  • Bahraini protesters clash with riot police following the funeral of Ahmed al-Mosajen and Ali Abbas, Bahrainis who died when their vehicle exploded two days ago, in the village of al-Maqsha, west of Manama, on April 22, 2014.
  • Security guards hold former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs during a news conference held for the fight between Axel Leapai of Australia and Ukrainian heavyweight boxing world champion Vladimir Klitschko in Duesseldorf, Germany, April 22, 2014. Briggs crashed into the news conference to demand a title fight against Klitschko. Klitschko will face Axel Leapai of Australia in a title match on April 26 in Oberhausen.
  • Masked pro-Russia militiamen fire a salvo into the air to honor Pavel Pavelko, 42, one of three pro-Russia militiamen killed last Sunday in a shooting by unknown gunmen at a checkpoint, during his burial in Alexandrovska village, 9.3 miles from Slovyansk, Ukraine, April 22, 2014.
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jewish women enjoy the beach on the Mediterranean Sea during the last vacation day of the Jewish Passover holiday, in Tel Aviv, Israel,  April 22, 2014.
  • People wait in line outside of the New York State Pavilion as part of a tour during festivities marking the 50th anniversary of the 1964 World's Fair, which opened in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, N.Y., on April 22, 2014. The World's Fairs, which began in Europe in the 19th century, celebrated technological advancement and cultural exchange, among other ideas. The 1964 World's Fair in Queens drew more than 51 million visitors.
  • Police from Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team practice during a drill in Duyun, Guizhou province, April 22, 2014.
  • Pro-Russian, pro-communist and other individuals lay flowers at the base of a statue of Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin on Freedom Square on what would have been his 144th birthday on April 22, 2014 in Kharkiv, Ukraine. Pro-Russian activists have been occupying government buildings and demanding greater autonomy in many Eastern Ukrainian cities in recent weeks.
  • Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko speaks during a news conference in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine April 22, 2014.
  • Syrian pigeon breeder Abu Abdo, 25, flies his pigeons at the Zaatari Refugee Camp, in Mafraq, Jordan, April 22, 2014. An estimated 104,494 refugees reside in the sprawling Zaatari refugee camp, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), with the majority of the population coming from the Daara Governorate in southwest Syria.
  • People wait for a signal to change while walking along Broadway on Earth Day in New York City on April 22, 2014
  • A man carries roses in Barcelona on April 23, 2014, on Saint George's day. Traditionally men give women roses and women give men a book to celebrate the Catalan holiday also know as "The Day of the Rose" or "The Day of the Book".
  • People pray during a candlelight vigil in Ansan, to commemorate the victims of capsized passenger ship Sewol and to wish for the safe return of missing passengers, April 23, 2014. South Korean divers swam though dark, cold waters into the sunken ferry on Wednesday, feeling for children's bodies with their hands in a maze of cabins, corridors and upturned decks as they searched for hundreds of missing. The Sewol sank on April 16 on a routine trip from the port of Incheon, near Seoul, to the southern island of Jeju.
  • A devotee of Sao Jorge, also known as Saint George, attends Sao Jorge's day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on April 23, 2014. Sao Jorge, called Ogum in the Afro-Brazilian religion Umbanda, is one of the most popular saints in Brazil, with the belief that the saint provides protection against any evil for the faithful.
  • The shadows of Pro-Ukrainian supporters are seen as they stand holding a giant Ukrainian flag during a rally in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol on April 23, 2014. The first American troops arrived in Poland Wednesday, after the U.S. said it was sending a force of 600 to the Baltic states as the crisis over Ukraine deepens. Some 150 soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade touched down early afternoon in Swidwin, in the northeast of the country, according to an AFP journalist at the scene.
  • Students attend a bullfight master class for schoolchildren at the Maestranza bullring in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain, April 23, 2014.
  • A vehicle carrying building workers in a sandstorm on the outskirts of Guazhou in Jiuquan, Gansu Province, April 23, 2014. Parts of Gansu were hit by a sandstorm Wednesday afternoon, reducing visibility to less than 50 meters, according to the provincial meteorological center.
  • Police use fire hoses against protesters trying to force their way closer to the U.S. Embassy for a rally against next week's visit of U.S. President Barack Obama on April 23, 2014 in Manila, Philippines. Philippine police armed with truncheon, shields and water hoses have clashed with more than 100 left-wing activists who rallied at the U.S. Embassy in Manila to oppose a visit by Obama and an impending pact that will increase America's military presence in the Philippines.
  • People pay tribute in Ansan, at a temporary group memorial altar for victims of the capsized passenger ship Sewol on April 23, 2014. The confirmed death toll from the sunken South Korean ferry is rising faster as divers penetrate the dark, cold waters inside, feeling for children's bodies with their hands as they swim through a maze of cabins, corridors and upturned decks. The Sewol sank last Wednesday on a routine trip from the port of Incheon, near Seoul, to the southern island of Jeju.
  • Neighbors and friends of the late Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira play soccer in a plaza near the site where Silva Pereira's body was found in the Pavao Pavaozinho slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 23, 2014. On Tuesday night, angry residents blaming police for his death set fires and showered homemade explosives and glass bottles onto a busy avenue in the city's main tourist zone following the killing of the popular local figure.
  • The pack in action during the Fleche Wallonne cycling race from Bastogne to Huy, Belgium, 23 April 2014.
  • Members of the U.S. Army 173rd Airborne Brigade march after attending a welcome ceremony upon their arrival at a Polish air force base on April 23, 2014 in Swidwin, Poland. Approximately 150 U.S. troops, as well as another 450 destined for the three Baltic states in coming days, will participate in bilateral military exercises in a sign of commitment among NATO members.
  • President Barack Obama reaches out to hug U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy as he arrives at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, on April 23, 2014. Obama landed in Tokyo on April 23 to launch an Asian tour dedicated to reinvigorating his policy of "rebalancing" US foreign policy toward a dynamic Asia.
  • A female soccer player jumps for the ball during a soccer match in Stockholm, Sweden, April 23, 2014.
  • A member of honor guard holds a red flag during a welcoming ceremony for Denmark's Queen Margrethe II outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, April 24, 2014.
  • An airplane passes in front of the moon, as seen from Nuernberg, Germany, 24 April 2014.
  • Ukrainian army attacks on barricades of Pro-Russian separatists in Sloviansk, Ukraine on April 24, 2014.
  • Relatives of victims killed in the collapse of Rana Plaza mourn on the first year anniversary of the accident, as they gather in Savar on April 24, 2014. Protesters and family members of victims demanded compensation on the one year anniversary of the collapse of Rana Plaza, in which more than 1,100 factory workers were killed and 2,500 others were injured.
  • A Turkish war veteran rests in front of the Turkish memorial as he waits for the start of an international service in Gallipoli April 24, 2014, marking the 99th anniversary of the World War I campaign at Gallipoli.
  • Supporters of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), hold party flags as they wait for Modi to arrive to file his nomination papers for the general elections in the northern Indian city of Varanasi April 24, 2014. Modi received a hero's welcome from thousands of orange-clad supporters as he launched his election campaign on Thursday in the religious city of Varanasi, a show of strength for the Hindu nationalist tipped to be prime minister.
  • A flock of sheep is enveloped in sand and dust in Urad Middle Banner of Bayan Nur, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, April 24, 2014.
  • An Australian soldier is pictured in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at dusk on the eve of ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day at the Australian National War Memorial in Canberra April 24, 2014.
  • Sumaira Wani, wife of Zia-Ul-Haq, mourns by the body of her husband during his funeral in Hirpora, some 40 miles north of Srinagar, India, April 25, 2014. Zia, an Indian poll official was killed soon after voting in the ongoing general elections, when suspected rebels fatally shot him and wounded four others in an attack on a bus in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir.
  • A Roma man walks with a pickaxe in the remains of a house demolished by a bulldozer in a Roma suburb in the city of Plovdiv on April 25, 2014. About fifty illegally built Roma houses and buildings were destroyed in the city of Plovdiv on Friday. Bulgaria's 700,000-strong Roma minority is highly ghettoised and discriminated against, and violent incidents -- both between Roma and between Roma and non-Roma -- are frequent.
  • A woman takes part in a candlelight vigil in Ansan, to commemorate the victims of the sunken passenger ship Sewol and to wish for the safe return of missing passengers, April 25, 2014. The Sewol ferry, weighing almost 7,000 tons, sank on a routine trip from the port of Incheon, near Seoul, to the southern holiday island of Jeju. Investigations are focused on human error and mechanical failure. More than 300 people, most of them students and teachers from Danwon High School have died or are missing and presumed dead after the April 16 disaster.
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This Week in Pictures: Apr. 19-Apr. 25

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This week kicked off with a festive start, as Catholics around the world celebrated Easter Sunday. But the mood grew somber as recovery efforts at the Sewol ferry in South Korea led to a spike in victims who were found once conditions allowed divers better access to the areas where many high school students had been trapped. The captain of the ship, one of the first off the sinking vessel, was arrested along with several other crew members. Family members of the 13 Sherpas killed in the deadliest accident in the history of the Mount Everest mourned their lost ones. 

Tensions continued to escalate in eastern Ukraine. Protests continued in Caracas, Venezuela, and clashes broke out in Bahrain.

On a more positive note, the first American since 1983 won the Boston Marathon on Monday, one year after the deadly bombing that killed three people and injured many more. Boston came out strong, both in the number of runners who participated, and in the hundreds of thousands of supports who came out to cheer them on. 

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