This Week in Pictures: Feb. 21-27

  • A woman reacts as others help her walk at the cemetery before the funeral for the victims of a Carnival stampede in Port-au-Prince, Feb. 21, 2015. Haiti’s president and prime minister attended a rare official funeral on Saturday for the victims of a Carnival stampede that killed 17 people earlier this week, accompanying relatives of the dead and hundreds of other mourners at the open air ceremony on a main city avenue.
  • A Ukrainian prisoner of war leans on crutches before a prisoner exchange in Russia-backed separatist controlled territory, near Zholobok, Ukraine, Feb. 21, 2015. Ukrainian military and separatist representatives exchanged dozens of prisoners under cover of darkness at a remote frontline location Saturday evening.
  • A monkey plays at a zoo in Huaibei, Anhui province, Feb. 21, 2015.
  • Finland’s Janne Ahonen soars past judges’ windows during the normal hill HS100 mixed team ski jumping event of the Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun Feb. 22, 2015.
  • Bangladeshi relatives use flashlights and mobile phone lights to identify dead bodies of victims after a river ferry carrying 140 passengers capsized Sunday after being hit by a cargo vessel, in Manikganj district, about 25 miles northwest of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Feb. 22, 2015. Dozens have been killed.
  • Men carry floating pitchers which they use to catch fish while heading home in Soneri village next to Keenjhar Lake, near Thatta, Feb. 22, 2015. This technique of fishing using floating pitchers is a unique and traditional one for this community, found only on Keenjhar Lake, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Pakistan, which is famous for its variety of breeding and wintering waterbirds.
  • Runners fill the street at the start of the Tokyo Marathon in Tokyo, Japan, Feb. 22, 2015. Over 28,000 runners participated in the event on Sunday, organizers said.
  • Afghan refugee schoolgirls attend a class at a makeshift school on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Feb. 23, 2015.
  • Bangladeshi rescue workers recover the body of a victim after a ferry accident at Paturia approximately 40 miles east of Dhaka, Feb. 23, 2015. Local administration called off rescue operations as the death toll in Sunday’s boat capsize in the Padma river reached 70 with the recovery of 24 more bodies on Monday.
  • People run away from an explosion at a petrol station and storage facility near the Bakara open-air market in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, Feb. 23, 2015.
  • A girl practices boxing at a local gym for disadvantaged youth in Kamukunnji, Nairobi, Feb. 23, 2015.
  • A Bangladeshi woman cries after identifying the body of her relative, a victim of a capsized ferry in Manikganj district, about 25 miles northwest of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Feb. 23, 2015. Up to 140 passengers were thought to be on the river ferry when it capsized Sunday afternoon after being hit by a cargo vessel in central Bangladesh.
  • Huge waves crash on the San Esteban de Pravia seafront in the northern Spanish region of Asturias, Feb. 24, 2015.
  • A wounded man is evacuated from the scene of a car bomb explosion in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, Feb. 24, 2015. Three people were wounded in the blast, according to police officers on the scene.
  • Vasily Yakovenko, captain of a Ukrainian military medical unit, pats a dog near the village of Luhanske, eastern Ukraine, Feb. 24, 2015. Ukrainian officials said they haven’t yet started pulling heavy weapons back from a frontline in eastern Ukraine because of continued rebel violations of a cease-fire deal.
  • Models present creations from the Anya Hindmarch Autumn/Winter 2015 collection during London Fashion Week, Feb. 24, 2015.
  • A Ukrainian serviceman, who fought in Debaltseve, is seen in a bus as he prepares to return home, in Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine, Feb. 24, 2015. Pro-Russia separatists said on Tuesday they began withdrawing heavy weapons from the frontline in east Ukraine under a ceasefire deal, but the Ukrainian military, which says it won’t pull back until fighting stops, reported further shelling.
  • Chicago White Sox players warm up before a spring training baseball workout, Feb. 24, 2015, in Phoenix.
  • People watch the Bollywood movie ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ (DDLJ) at Maratha Mandir theater in Mumbai, India, Feb. 24, 2015. 
  • A woman waits for donated medicine on Feb. 25, 2015 in Enakievo, Ukraine.
  • A cordoned off house, where a gunman who killed eight people in a restaurant lived, is pictured in Uhersky Brod, Feb. 24, 2015. The local man shot dead eight people in a restaurant in an eastern Czech town on Tuesday and then killed himself, in the worst peacetime shooting in the country’s history, officials said.
  • A woman cleans up broken glass at the partially destroyed Debaltseve train station on Feb. 25, 2015 in Debaltseve, Ukraine.
  • Russian backed rebels hand out boxes of food to civilians on Feb. 25, 2015 in Debaltseve, Ukraine. After approximately one month of fighting, Russian backed rebels successfully forced Ukrainian troops to withdraw from the town of 100,00 people on Feb. 18. Only approximately 11,000 civilians remain in the town. Debaltseve is considered an asset to both Ukrainians and the rebels due to the railway station and its connection to other eastern Ukrainian towns.
  • A dog runs around a bank while civilians receive a one time cash donation from Russian backed rebels on Feb. 25, 2015 in Debaltseve, Ukraine.
  • A man carries a child as he crosses a waterlogged street after heavy rain in northwest Pakistan’s Peshawar, Feb. 25, 2015. At least two women were killed as a roof of a house collapsed in Peshawar. Heavy rains have wreaked havoc in different areas of Kashmir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan on Wednesday, local media reported.
  • A pro-Russian rebel communicates from a small office in a factory compound where pro-Russian rebels of the Separate Repair and Refurbishment Battalion repair seized Ukrainian military vehicles and artillery on Feb. 25, 2015 in Donestk, Ukraine. Although fighting has eased and some heavy weaponry has been moved from the front line following the Minsk ceasefire agreement, the Ukrainian government remains concerned that pro-Russian rebels will turn their toward the strategic port city of Mariupol.
  • Pro-democracy lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung throws an object at Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary John Tsang (not pictured) to demand a universal retirement protection scheme during the annual budget report at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Feb. 25, 2015.
  • In this photo provided by Maine State Police and Maine Emergency Management, emergency personnel respond to a multi-vehicle pileup along Interstate 95 in Etna, Maine, about 20 miles west of Bangor, Feb. 25, 2015. State police spokesman Steve McCausland said the pileup happened early Wednesday in heavy snow and involved many cars, a school bus and a semitrailer. No fatalities were immediately reported but McCausland said some of the injuries were serious. 
  • A girl stands against a wall near another holding a doll in Providencia slum in Rio de Janeiro, Feb. 25, 2015.
  • Singer Madonna falls during her performance at the BRIT music awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London, Feb. 25, 2015.
  • A man pushes a wheelbarrow past a house damaged by fighting in the town of Debaltseve, Feb. 25, 2015.
  • President Barack Obama takes part in a MSNBC town hall event on immigration in Miami, Fla. on Feb. 25, 2015.
  • Indian farmers wave flags as they participate in a protest rally addressed by veteran social activist Anna Hazare (unseen) against the amendments proposed in the land acquisition bill by the government of India, in New Delhi, India, 25 February 2015. Anna Hazare started the protest in support of farmers and has condemned the government’s amendments as anti-farmer policies. Despite stiff resistance from the opposition, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to go ahead with the bill and has signalled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Members of Parliament (MPs) to defend it.
  • An elderly Egyptian woman is rescued from an apartment balcony during a building fire as neighbors and firefighters use an improvised slide to evacuate her to the roof of an adjacent building in downtown Cairo, Feb. 25, 2015. An electrical fire raged in a residential building in the Ramsis neighborhood of Cairo injuring at least three people.
  • An elderly Indian man sits inside a local train in New Delhi, India, Feb. 25, 2015. India on Thursday is expected to table the 2015 budget for the national railways system, which is one of the world’s largest and serves more than 23 million passengers a day.
  • Buyers and sellers trade animal fur pelts at the Hong Kong International Fur and Fashion Fair 2015, in Hong Kong, China, Feb. 25, 2015. According to traders at the show, 90 percent of fur produced in fur farms in the United States and Europe is bought by buyers from factories in mainland China - the world’s fastest growing market for fur garments.
  • Police enter the apartment of Emilia Montoya Vazquez by forcing their way in between furniture after they broke down the main door to evict her and her family in Madrid, Spain, Feb. 25, 2015.
  • A portion of a small crowd is seen attending the ICC World Cup cricket pool B match between Ireland and the United Arab Emirates, at the Gabba in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Feb. 25, 2015.
  • Indian passengers crowd the doorway of one of the coaches of a suburban train as it prepares to leave a station on the outskirts of Kolkata, India, Feb. 26, 2015. Indian Railway minister Suresh Prabhu Thursday unveiled the budget for one of the world’s largest railways systems that serves more than 23 million passengers a day.
  • A surfer rides his board on the ‘Eisbach wave’ in the Eisbach creek crossing through the English Garden park in Munich, Germany, Feb. 26, 2015. Depending on the water level and weather the locally stable ‘Eisbach wave’ - which is caused by an underwater step in the creek’s bed - is a popular meeting point for surfers from all over Munich and abroad.
  • Assistants work on trying to get a cow into a good photo position at the ‘Schau der Besten’ (‘Exhibit of the Best’) agricultural show in Verden, Germany, Feb. 26, 2015. The show in Verden has a long tradition, and attracts a large number of German Holstein breed enthusiasts worldwide.
  • Three young women make their way in a stiff wind to the Adler Planetarium as lake effect snow obscure a favorite panoramic view of Chicago’s skyline, Feb. 26, 2015, in Chicago.
  • A Chadian soldier fixes his headscarf while driving at the front line during battle against insurgent group Boko Haram in Gambaru, Feb. 26, 2015. Niger, Cameroon and Chad have launched a regional military campaign to help Nigeria defeat the Boko Haram insurgency, which aims to carve an Islamic emirate out of northeastern Nigeria. 
  • A protester injured in a scuffle with police shouts out his name as he and a woman are detained in Mexico City, Feb. 26, 2015. The pair, and other protesters who had taken part in a march marking the fifth month of the disappearance of 43 students from a rural teachers college, clashed with police after they were prevented from entering the subway. The man shouts his name out of fear that he will disappear once in custody.
  • Several wild horses escape as a helicopter is used by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to gather wild horses into a trap along Highway 21 near the Sulphur Herd Management Area south of Garrison, Utah, Feb. 26, 2015. According to the BLM, the range range has 830 horses on land that is suppose to have only 250. Citing public safety concerns, 100 horses are being gathered after three confirmed automobile collisions with horses in the last year. The gathered horses will be made available for adoption through the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program. 
  • A convoy of Ukrainian armed forces including armored personnel carriers, military vehicles and cannons prepare to move as they pull back from the Debaltseve region, in Paraskoviyvka, eastern Ukraine, Feb. 26, 2015. Ukrainian troops towed artillery away from the front line in the east on Thursday, a move that amounted to recognizing that a ceasefire meant to take effect on Feb. 15 was holding at last.
  • Models wait backstage to present creations by Caroline Sablon during the CODE 41 Trending Day, a fashion show in the Andalusian capital of Seville, Feb. 26, 2015.
  • Sarah Palin greets fans after speaking at CPAC in National Harbor, MD on Feb. 26, 2015.
  • People release sky lanterns to celebrate the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival in Pingxi, New Taipei city, Feb. 27, 2015. Believers gathered to release sky lanterns as a form of prayer for good luck and blessings. The tradition of releasing lanterns began during the Ching Dynasty when bands of outlaws frequently raided villages, forcing local residents to seek refuge in the mountains. The lanterns were signals used by the village watchmen to inform the refugees that their houses were safe again. The Lantern Festival or Yuan Xiao Jie is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunar year in the Chinese calendar. 
  • Riot Police remove a housing rights activist who claimed a bulldozer as he tries to stop Luisa Gracia Gonzalez and her family’s eviction and the demolition of their house by a forced expropriation in Madrid, Spain, Feb. 27, 2015.
  • Men are seen covered in coloured powder as they celebrate “Lathmar Holi” at Barsana in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Feb. 27, 2015. In a Holi tradition unique to Barsana, men sing provocative songs to gain the attention of women, who then “beat” them with bamboo sticks called “lathis”. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India.



Spring training in the U.S., fashion week in London and Seville, and the start of Holi in India offered colorful notes to the week. 

But in Haiti, funerals were held for the victims of last week’s Carnival stampede in Port-au-Prince and a ferry accident in Bangladesh killed dozens of passengers when it capsized in the Padma river. Conflict continued in Ukraine despite calls for a ceasefire and Mogadishu was rocked this week by a massive explosion at one of its petrol plants and also by a suicide bomb in the city center.

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