Photo Essay

  • Pedestrians make their way through the rain on Election Day in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 5, 2014. Much of the capital was closed down and heavy rains in certain parts of the country were expected to have affected turnout.
  • Two sisters watch television inside their home in a poor area of the Mare slum complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 5, 2014.
  • Thai fire fighters battle a fire in shop houses in Bangkok, Thailand, early in the morning of April 5, 2014.
  • A model presents a creation by various fashion labels along Orchard Road during Fashion Steps Out in Singapore, April 5, 2014.
  • German Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing in action during the third practice session at the Sakhir circuit near Manama, Bahrain, April 5, 2014.
  • An Afghan woman shows her voting card as female election observers look on at a polling station at Zargona High School in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 5, 2014.
  • Members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing during the biannual general conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 5, 2014.
  • A sick Muslim young man, who is protected by local Christians, lies in a house in Yaloke, a town northwest of Bangui, in the Central African Republic, on April 5, 2014.
  • A Brazilian Army soldier patrols the Mare slums complex in Rio de Janeiro, April 5, 2014.
  • A woman and children stand on a balcony in Old Aleppo, Syria, April 5, 2014.
  • Men rescue a boy from under the rubble after activists said forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad dropped explosive barrels in the Al-Shaar neighbourhood of Aleppo, April 6, 2014.
  • Members of Japan's Self-Defence Force's honor guard prepare for a ceremony for U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (not pictured) at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo, April 6, 2014.
  • Pro-Russia protesters (R) scuffle with the police near the regional government building in Donetsk, Ukraine, April 6, 2014. Dozens of pro-Russia protesters in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk stormed the regional government building on Sunday and hung a Russian flag.
  • A vendor prepares food inside his cart at Galle Face green in Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 6, 2014.
  • Akira Yaegashi (L) of Japan is punched by Odilon Zaleta of Mexico during their World Boxing Council (WBC) flyweight title bout in Tokyo, April 6, 2014.
  • Galatasaray fans light flares to celebrate their goal against Fenerbahce during the Turkish Super League derby soccer match between Galatasaray and Fenerbahce in Istanbul
  • People throw colored powder during the Holi festival in Barcelona, April 6, 2014.
  • An octopus-shaped kite flies over visitors on a smoggy day during a kite festival in Chongqing, China, April 6, 2014.
  • Sri Lanka's cricket fans cheer, after watching Sri Lanka win the ICC Twenty20 World Cup cricket title by beating India, in Colombo April 6, 2014.
  • Anti-government protesters walk through tear gas during riots in Caracas, April 6, 2014. Protesters have been on the streets since early February calling for President Nicolas Maduro's resignation and complaining about a litany of problems, from rampant crime to food shortages.
  • Bangladeshi factory workers work at a manual black oxide factory in Gazipur district on April 6, 2014. The manufacture of black iron oxide is considered to be one of the most hazardous occupations in Bangladesh.
  • A course worker walks with a pin on the eighth green during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament, April 7, 2014, in Augusta, Ga.
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men wait to fill containers with spring water as they take part in the ritual of "Mayim Shelanu" near Jerusalem, April 7, 2014. The water is used to prepare matza, traditional unleavened bread eaten during the upcoming Jewish holiday of Passover.
  • An Indian woman casts her vote during the first phase of elections in Dibrugarh, in the northeastern state of Assam, India, April 7, 2014. Indians began voting Monday in the world's biggest election, with the opposition heading into the polls with strong momentum on promises of economic renewal. The country's more than 800 million eligible voters will vote in stages over the next five weeks.
  • A rebel fighter runs for cover after firing toward a post where forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are located, in Idlib countryside, April 7, 2014.
  • Sunderland's Vito Mannone (C) reacts as Tottenham Hotspur's Emmanuel Adebayor  (2nd R) celebrates his goal during their English Premier League soccer match at White Hart Lane in London, April 7, 2014.
  • A man hoses down the stairs leading to the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, April 7, 2014.
  • Connecticut center Amida Brimah celebrates after winning the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game 60-54, against Kentucky, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.
  • A Parti Quebecois supporter reacts as he watches early election results at the party's reception April 7, 2014, in Montreal.  The Liberal Party won Quebec's legislative elections Monday, in a crushing defeat for the main separatist party and major setback for the cause of independence in the French-speaking province. Official results showed the Liberals, staunch supporters of Canadian unity, won or were leading the race in about 75 of the of National Assembly's 125 seats, outstripping the separatist Parti Quebecois.
  • A man runs on the Boa Viagem beach in Recife, northeastern Brazil, April 7, 2014. Recife is one of the host cities for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
  • A man casts his net to catch fish at a polluted river in Jakarta, Indonesia, April 7, 2014.
  • Ushers carry a screaming and emotionally distraught woman out of Amahoro Stadium during the 20th anniversary commemoration of the 1994 genocide, April 7, 2014 in Kigali, Rwanda. Thousands of Rwandans and global leaders, past and present, joined together at the stadium to remember the country's 1994 genocide, when more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutus were slaughtered over a 100 day period.
  • Defendant Beate Zschaepe (C) stands between her lawyers Anja Sturm (L) and Wolfgang Heer (R) in the court room in Munich, Germany, April 8, 2014.  The trial of the murders and terror attacks of the National Socialist Underground (NSU) continued at the Higher Regional Court in Munich.
  • Communist lawmakers scuffle with right-wing Svoboda (Freedom) Party lawmakers during a parliament session of Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, in Kiev, Ukraine on April 8, 2014.
  • A Kashmiri activist of the National Conference party shouts slogans at an election rally on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, April 8, 2014. Voters in India's remote northeast region cast ballots on the first day of the world's biggest election Monday, with the opposition heading into the polls with strong momentum on promises of a surge in economic growth.
  • Pro-Russian supporters beat a police bus as they clash with special police forces near regional state administration building in Kharkiv, Ukraine, April 8, 2014.
  • Pro-Russian protesters attend a rally near a barricade in front of the occupied regional administration building, in Donetsk, Ukraine, April 8, 2014.
  • People clean their stand on April 8, 2014 during Milan's annual furniture fair at the Fiera Milano in Rho.
  • The President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins inspects the guard of honor at Windsor Castle in Windsor, southern England, April 8, 2014.
  • A fire rages from a compartment of a passenger train after a bomb blast at a railway station in southwest Pakistan's Sibi on April 8, 2014.
  • Photo taken on April 9, 2014 shows a great hall in the museum of the old Salina Turda Salt Mines in Transylvania, Romania.
  • Children run past palm fronds to be used for Palm Sunday festivities in Manila, Philippines, April 9, 2014. Palm Sunday will be celebrated on April 14, which marks the beginning of the Holy Week in the Roman Catholic calendar.
  • Flames and smoke rise from the site of twin bombings at al-Khodhary Street in Karm al-Loz neighborhood, Homs, Syria, April 9, 2014.
  • A member of the security detail for U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power stands in the shade as she addresses top officials from the African peacekeeping mission known as MISCA in Bangui, Central African Republic, April 9, 2014.
  • The trial against Alberto Stasi continues, almost seven years after the murder of Chiara Poggo, April 9, 2014, in Milan, Italy.
  • A child sits as her mother votes at a polling station in Jakarta, April 9, 2014. Indonesians began voting for a new parliament on Wednesday in a poll likely to be dominated by the opposition Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P), boosting the chances of its popular candidate in a presidential election three months from now.
  • New French police officers stand at attention during a ceremony at the Police Prefecture in Paris, April 9, 2014.
  • An Egyptian plainclothes policeman detains a student during a protest against the military and interior ministry in front of the faculty of Oral & Dental Medicine in Cairo University, April 9, 2014.
  • She Ping, a 34-year-old beekeeper, is seen during an attempt to cover his body with bees, in Chongqing municipality, China, April 9, 2014.
  • Aerial view of fields near the Keukenhof park, also known as the Garden of Europe, in Lisse, Netherlands, April 9, 2014. Keukenhof, employing some 30 gardeners, is considered to be the world's largest flower garden displaying millions of flowers every year.
  • A group of Palestinian women visiting the Church of the Nativity, traditionally accepted as the birthplace of Jesus Christ, as they walk through the central nave of the ancient church that is going through a large-scale restoration of its columns, windows and ceiling, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, April 8, 2014.
  • Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia reacts during the men's singles first round match at the OUE Singapore Open badminton tournament against W. Nan of China on April 9, 2014. Chong Wei won 2-0.
  • Afghan children play on a swing at an old part of Kabul, Afghanistan, April 9, 2014.
  • The remains of a car sit on a street after a car bomb explosion in central Athens, on Thursday, April 10, 2014.
  • Israelis react as mounted police disperse Ultra-Orthodox Jews during a demonstration against compulsory military service in Jerusalem on April 10, 2014.
  • In this photo released by the Israel Defense Ministry, a new Israeli satellite, Ofek 10,  the latest in a line of spy satellites built by Israel Aerospace Industries, is launched late Wednesday at an airbase in central Israel, according to a defense ministry announcement. Israel's Defense Ministry said on Thursday, April 10, 2014, that it has successfully launched a new  satellite into orbit, one which is expected to be used to observe Iran and hostile militant groups in the Middle East.
  • Forensic police examine the scene after a car bomb explosion in central Athens on April 10, 2014 in Athens, Greece.
  • Israeli police (unseen) use a water cannon to disperse Ultra-Orthodox Jews taking part in a demonstration against compulsory military service in Jerusalem on April 10, 2014.
  • A model presents a creation by Fanny's F.UR during Shanghai Fashion Week April 10, 2014.
  • Fallen pink cherry petals floating with a boat and forming a misty shape  on the surface of Chidorigafuchi moat  in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo on April 10, 2014.
  • Female voters wait for their identities to be verified before being allowed to vote in Ujina, in the Indian state of Haryana, April 10, 2014.
  • A woman lies on a mattress outside her home after a strong earthquake hit Nagarote, Nicaragua, late Thursday, April 10, 2014.  A 6.1-magnitude earthquake damaged dozens of houses in western Nicaragua on Thursday, and authorities said some people were injured by falling ceilings, beams and walls.
  • Massive flames are seen devouring both vehicles just after a deadly crash Thursday, April 10, 2014. A FedEx tractor-trailer crossed a grassy freeway median in Northern California and slammed into the bus carrying high school students on a visit to a college. At least nine were killed in the fiery crash, authorities said.
  • A man bathes in an alley with walls painted with the party symbol of Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) in Kolkata on April 11, 2014.
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This Week in Pictures: April 5-11

Updated

On Saturday, April 5, Afghans went to the polls to vote for a new president. Canada and Indonesia held legislative and parliamentary elections, respectively. And Indians began the world’s largest voting process on April 7 that will last more than a month and go through nine different phases, in order to allow the country’s 813 million eligible voters the chance to participate in country’s elections.

Rwanda remembered the country’s 1994 genocide. Pro-Russian demonstrators seized the admnistration in Kharkiv, raising tensions again between Russia and Ukraine. And Jews demonstrated against compulsory military service in Jerusalem.

The week was also peppered with more lighthearted and uplifting scenes: spring’s arrival, a kite festival in China, and Holi in Spain.

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