This Week in Pictures: April 4-10

  • A man covers his face during a dust storm on the banks of river Ganga, India in the northern Indian city of Allahabad, April 4, 2015.
  • A man looks through a window of Garissa morgue at bodies of suspected Garissa University College attackers, April 4, 2015. Armed gunmen killed 147 people in the attacks.
  • Participants wait backstage during a regional bodybuilding and fitness competition in Stavropol, southern Russia, April 4, 2015. More than 100 people from the Stavropol region, Krasnodar, Moscow and other cities competed in several categories, according to organizers.
  • Kentucky head coach John Calipari wipes his face after the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game against Wisconsin, April 4, 2015, in Indianapolis. Wisconsin won 71-64.
  • A woman (R) storms the Martin Place stage area grabbing the microphone to speak out against “Reclaim Australia” protesters on April 4, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. “Reclaim Australia” grassroots rallies are being held across Australia to protest the alleged “Islamization” of Australia.
  • A helicopter dumps water over a forest fire at Albergaria-a-Velha and Valmaior near Aveiro in northern Portugal, April 4, 2015.
  • The body of one of the suspected attackers on a university is seen in the Garissa mortuary in the northeastern town of Garissa, on April 4, 2015, two days after gunmen from Somalia’s Shebab Islamists stormed the Garissa University campus killing some 148 people, included 142 students, three police officers and three soldiers, Interior Minister Joseph Nkaissery said. Four assailants from Somalia’s Shebab Islamists were also killed.
  • Malaysian fire and rescue personnel carry a victim of a crashed private helicopter onto a police truck near a village in Semenyih, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, late April 4, 2015. Six people were killed when a private helicopter crashed on the outskirts of the Malaysian capital, the fire and rescue department said. The victims were believed to have attended the wedding reception of Prime Minister Najib Razak’s daughter held in the town of Pekan near Kuantan, the capital of the northern-eastern state of Pahang. Witnesses said the helicopter caught fire in mid-air before crashing.
  • In this April 4, 2015, frame from a video provided by Attorney L. Chris Stewart who is representing the family of Walter Lamer Scott, Scott appears to be running away from City Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager, right, in North Charleston, S.C. Slager was charged with murder hours after law enforcement officials viewed the dramatic video that appears to show Slager shooting a fleeing Scott several times in the back.
  • Kentucky’s Tyler Ulis cries as he sits in the locker after the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game against Wisconsin, April 4, 2015, in Indianapolis. Wisconsin won 71-64.
  • The moon rises over the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, April 5, 2015.
  • A man runs with an injured child at a damaged site after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad on Al-Dubeit neighborhood in Idlib city, after rebels took control of the area on April 5, 2015.
  • A Christian pilgrim touches a pillar and prays at the entrance to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel, April 5, 2015.
  • A girl dressed as an angel walks home after marching in the annual Easter procession during traditional Holy Week festivities on April 5, 2015 in Ouro Preto, Brazil. Holy Week marks Easter celebrations for Catholics and Brazil has the largest number of Catholics in the world.
  • A Christian boy attends an Easter Sunday service in a church in Garissa, Kenya, April 5, 2015.
  • Houthi fighters bury a comrade, killed in fighting against tribal fighters loyal to Yemen’s President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi in the southern province of Abyan, in Sanaa, April 5, 2015.
  • The moon rises in its waning period over the New York City skyline seen from West Orange, N.J., April 5, 2015.
  • A racehorse begins to lose consciousness following an anaesthetic at Veliefendi equine hospital in Istanbul, April 6, 2015. A state-of-the-art hospital for hundreds of horses run by the Jockey Club of Turkey at Istanbul’s Veliefendi racecourse is the country’s oldest and biggest. Grooms and trainers at the equine clinic work with vets and nurses while owners hope their prize runners, often worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, will recover quickly and then run faster still.
  • Children ride on the back of a pick-up truck with their luggage as they flee Saudi-led air strikes in Sanaa, Yemen, April 6, 2015. Foreign nationals were on their way out of Yemen on Monday as 12 days of strikes by a Saudi-led coalition have failed to halt the advance of the Iran-allied Houthis and triggered a growing humanitarian crisis for residents in central districts now cut off from the mainland.
  • Smoke rises after an explosion at a chemical plant that produces paraxylene, or PX, a chemical used in making polyester fibre and plastics, in Zhangzhou, Fujian province, China, April 6, 2015. An explosion hit part of an oil storage facility on Monday at Dragon Aromatics, an independent petrochemical producer in eastern China, Xinhua reported.
  • Members of a band rest before the procession of “Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem,” in Constancia, Portugal, April 6, 2015. This benediction has been held annually for about 200 years. In the past, goods were transported by the Tagus river in small boats to Lisbon, about 62 miles south. The sailors, as the navigation was dangerous, blessed their boats every year during the festivity of “Nossa Senhora da Boa Viagem.”
  • Presidential guards perform during a changing of the guard ceremony, at the tomb of the unknown soldier, in front of the Greek parliament in central Athens, April 6, 2015. Greece and its international creditors are still struggling to agree on a list of economic reforms that are deemed necessary for the country to unlock emergency funds and stay afloat.
  • Indian employee witnessed the undocking of Indian Navy’s first Scorpene Submarine from Mazagon Dock Limited, a naval vessel ship building yard, in Mumbai, India, April 6, 2015.
  • An Indian evacuation plane taxies as two Indians wait for an evacuation flight at the Sana’a International Airport in Sana’a, Yemen, April 6, 2015. According to reports, thousands of foreigners have been trying to flee Yemen as airstrikes of the Saudi-led military alliance against Houthi rebels escalate across Yemen. The Saudi-led military operation launched airstrikes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen on March 26.
  • Michael Taylor of the Washington Nationals bats against the New York Mets in the second inning during Opening Day at Nationals Park on April 6, 2015 in Washington, DC.The Mets won the game 3-1.
  • British Prime Minister David Cameron delivers an election campaign speech at Bristol and Bath Science Park on April 6, 2015 in Bristol, England. Britain goes to the polls for a general election on May 7.
  • San Diego Padres’ Justin Upton, left, is forced out at second as Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Howie Kendrick throws out Will Middlebrooks at first during the eighth inning of an opening day baseball game, April 6, 2015, in Los Angeles.
  • Firefighters battle a fire at the explosion site of PX chemical plant on April 7, 2015 in Zhangzhou, China.
  • Kenyan university students participate in a demonstration against an attack by gunmen at the Garissa University College campus, along the streets of the capital Nairobi, April 7, 2015. The Kenyan air force has destroyed two al Shabaab camps in Somalia, it said on Monday, in the first major military response since the Islamist group massacred students at the Garissa University College campus last week.
  • A man walks inside a warehouse damaged by flooding in Los Loros town, April 7, 2015. The death toll from heavy rains and flooding that battered Chile last week has risen to 29, with another 150 still missing, according to authorities.
  • A Kenyan woman holding a rose removes her hat as she lights candles next to a white wooden cross for each of the victims of the Garissa attack, during a vigil at Uhuru Park in Nairobi, Kenya, April 7, 2015. Students and other Kenyans gathered at dusk to honor and remember the victims, lighting candles, holding flowers, reading their names aloud, and erecting a white wooden cross for each of those who were killed in the Garissa University College attack.
  • Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., announces the start of his presidential campaign, April 7, 2015, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Ky. Paul launched his 2016 presidential campaign Tuesday with a combative message against both Washington and his fellow Republicans, declaring that “we have come to take our country back.”
  • Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the third goal for Aston Villa in a Barclays Premier League match against the Queens Park Rangers on April 7, 2015.
  • Firefighters try to extinguish a fire at a petrochemical plant in Zhangzhou, Fujian province, China, April 7, 2015. At least six people were injured after an explosion hit part of an oil storage facility on Monday at Dragon Aromatics, Xinhua reported. The fire, which had been put off, resumed at around 7:40 p.m. on Tuesday. It was later extinguished again at around 11:40 p.m., at the plant that produces paraxylene, or PX, a chemical used in making polyester fibre and plastics, state media said.
  • Indonesian police stand guard near the scene of an explosion in central Jakarta, April 8, 2015. The explosion injured four people, police said on Wednesday. The most severely injured person was hit in the chest by nails in the blast.
  • Japan’s Emperor Akihito (C) and Empress Michiko (front L) get out of their car, as they board a special flight for a visit to Palau, at Haneda international airport in Tokyo, April 8, 2015. Emperor Akihito heads on Wednesday for the island nation of Palau where he will visit a World War Two battlefield, the latest journey in his efforts to soothe the wounds of a conflict that haunts Asia 70 years after its end.
  • Members of the minority Yazidi sect who were newly released hug each other on the outskirts of Kirkuk, Iraq, April 8, 2015. More than 200 elderly and infirm Yazidis were freed on Wednesday by Islamic State militants who had been holding them captive since overruning their villages in northwestern Iraq last summer.
  • Chasyn Carter, right, of North Charleston, S.C., embraces Candice Ancrum, of Summerville, S.C., during a candlelight vigil outside city hall protesting the shooting death of Walter Lamer Scott, April 8, 2015, in North Charleston, S.C. Scott was killed by a North Charleston police office after a traffic stop on Saturday. The officer, Michael Thomas Slager, has been fired and charged with murder.
  • Padraig Harrington of Ireland reacts after missing a hole-in-one on the 9th tee with fellow countryman Shane Lowry (L) during the par 3 event held ahead of the 2015 Masters at Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Ga., April 8, 2015.
  • The night sky illuminated by a lightning flash seen over the smokestacks on the island of Pulau Bukom off the south coast of Singapore, April 8, 2015. Pulau Bukom is the site of the Shell’s oil refinery and chemical manufacturing in Singapore.
  • A member of the Afghan security force holds a woman while rescuing her from the site of an attack in Mazar-i-Sharif, April 9, 2015. Militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades and other weapons stormed a court in Afghanistan’s northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Thursday, killing the district police chief and two other officers, authorities said.
  • Muhiyidin Moye D’Baha of the Black Lives Matter movement, leads his group in prayer before a news conference demanding a citizen review board in North Charleston, S.C., April 9, 2015. For the dozens of protesters who descended on the working-class South Carolina city of North Charleston on Wednesday, a bystander’s video of a white police officer gunning down Scott was long-awaited confirmation of what many residents have been saying for years. Activists said the footage, showing Officer Michael Slager shooting 50-year-old Walter Scott in the back, is chilling evidence of what they portray as “an atmosphere of racism” that allows African-Americans to be targeted in North Charleston and across the state.
  • Tourists ride camels at the historical site of the Giza Pyramids in Giza, near Cairo, Egypt, April 9, 2015. Giza, home to the three famed Pyramids and Sphinx, has seen few visitors in recent years. Since the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, political violence has persisted, including militant attacks and violent protests.
  • Anthony Gadsden, of Charleston, S.C., places a cross he made out of wood around his neck as people gather outside the Charleston NAACP office during a news conference regarding the shooting death of Walter Scott by a North Charleston police officer, April 9, 2015, in Charleston S.C. The officer, Michael Thomas Slager, has been fired and charged with murder.
  • People lower the body of a victim of a Saudi-led air strike into a grave in Sanaa, April 10, 2015. Coalition air strikes hit Yemen for a sixteenth straight day. In Sanaa, they targeted weapons storage sites used by soldiers loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, a powerful supporter of the Houthis.

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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul became the second Republican to announce his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election this week, following Ted Cruz’s recent announcement. 

Duke won the NCAA championship battle, bringing an end to the rapid-fire college basketball tournament known as March Madness. Major League Baseball and golf’s Masters tournament kicked off this week.

In South Carolina, a video that surfaced of an April 4 shooting by a North Charleston police officer of a man he had pulled over for a broken taillight resulted in murder charges for the officer, who shot and killed the a man as he ran with his back to the officer, Michael Slager.

Funerals were held in Kenya for the 147 victims of a brutal attack by al-Shabab at Garissa University in the country’s north. And foreigners tried to escape escalating violence in Yemen. 

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