This Week in Pictures: March 14-20

  • A helicopter dumps water on a forest fire in Valparaiso, Chile, March 14, 2015. A serious forest fire spread quickly on Chile’s coast Friday and threatened to reach the nearby port cities of Valparaiso and Vina del Mar. 
  • NHRA top fuel dragster driver Larry Dixon (right) crashes and goes airborne alongside Doug Kalitta after his car broke in half during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Auto Plus Raceway in Gainesville, Fla., March 14, 2015. Dixon walked away from the incident. 
  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a news conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, March 14, 2015. Kerry said on Saturday on the eve of fresh talks with Iran over its nuclear-power program that it was unclear whether an interim deal could be reached by the end of the month. 
  • Farmers walk with their donkeys on a snow covered road in La Cumbre mountain on the outskirts of La Paz, Bolivia, March 14, 2015. 
  • In this Saturday, March 14, 2015 photo, Japanese tourists Hiromi Kanetake, right, and her son Takayuki, photograph themselves with a phone camera as they stand in the spray on the Brazilian side of Iguazu falls, behind, in Foz do Iguazu, Brazil. Iguazu Falls is located on Brazil’s border with Argentina. 
  • Orthodox nuns watch firefighters work to extinguish a fire at the bell tower of Novodevichy monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in Moscow, March 15, 2015.
  • Chadians watch jockeys race to the finish line during an afternoon of races at the hippodrome in N’djamena, Chad, March 15, 2015. Horse races take place every Sunday, bringing hundreds of spectators willing to brave the excruciating heat to watch their favorite sport.
  • Enraged Christians lynch a man they suspected of being involved in a suicide attack on a church in Lahore, March 15, 2015. Bombs outside two churches in the Pakistani city of Lahore killed 14 people and wounded nearly 80 during Sunday services, and witnesses said quick action by a security guard prevented many more deaths. A Pakistani Taliban splinter group claimed responsibility. 
  • Two Chadian men walk on the track during an afternoon of horse races at the hippodrome in N’djamena, Chad, March 15, 2015. Horse races take place every Sunday, bringing hundreds of spectators willing to brave the excruciating heat to watch their favorite sport.
  • Passengers wait at the railway station to travel by train during the country wide strike called by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led-20-party alliance in Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 15, 2015. According to the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), the economic losses are 2.6 million euro per day of strike. 
  • People march to protest the government of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff along Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 15, 2015. Brazilians are demanding Rousseff’s impeachment and blasting what they say is deep government corruption. 
  • Pakistani Christian girls mourn over a family member who was killed from a suicide bombing attack near two churches in Lahore, Pakistan, March 15, 2015. Suicide bombers exploded themselves near two churches in the eastern city of Lahore on Sunday as worshippers were gathered inside, killing at least a dozen people, officials said, in the latest attack against religious minorities in the country. 
  • (L-R) Treveon Graham #21, Briante Weber #2, Melvin Johnson #32 and Justin Tillman #4 of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams celebrate after defeating Dayton Flyers in the Atlantic 10 Basketball Tournament - Championship Game at Barclays Center on March 15, 2015 in New York, New York.  
  • Pakistani Christians gather to pray for the victims of Sunday’s suicide bombings that struck two churches, in Lahore, Pakistan, March 16, 2015. Pakistan’s minority Christians blocked roads Monday in protest over the bombings killing more than a dozen people in the latest attack against religious minorities in this increasingly fractured country. 
  • A tourist, right, rides a horse-drawn carriage locally known as “Kalesa” around the historic walled city of Intramuros in Manila, Philippines on March 16, 2015. The tour costs P350 (about US$8) per passenger. 
  • The Ohio River flood waters cover part of a street in Covington, Kentucky, March 16, 2015, next to the Roebling Suspension Bridge leading to Cincinnati, Ohio. The river crested on 15 March at 58 feet (17.7 metres). 
  • Passengers sit in a bus driving past a billboard with the photo of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and late rabbi Ovadia Yosef, a longtime spiritual leader of the Shas party, a day ahead of legislative elections, in Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel, March 16, 2015. Netanyahu is seeking his fourth term as prime minister. The Hebrew sign at left reads, ” Father is looking from above.” At right, it reads, “Likud, Netanyahu.” 
  • Northern Lights observed in the night sky on a country road near Lietzen in Maerkisch-Oderland, Germany, March 17, 2015. The Northern Lights (Aurora borealis) were generated by a gigantic cloud of electrically charged particles in the Earth’s atmosphere. The color effect is strengthened somewhat by the digital camera on a long exposure of about 20 seconds. 
  • A hostel dweller takes a shower in Mamelodi, South Africa, east of Pretoria on March 17, 2015.
  • Indian farmers look at a wheat crop that was damaged in an unseasonal rainfall and hail storm in Govingpura, on the outskirts of Jaipur, Rajasthan state, India, March 17, 2015. The recent rainfall over large parts of northwest and central India has massively damaged standing crops.
  • A 5-month-old Syrian refugee child, Farah Awad, lies on the ground of a tent at an informal tented settlement near the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Mafraq, Jordan, March 17, 2015.
  • Hospital staff carry the body of Pakistani lawyer Samiullah Khan Afridi into an ambulance, in Peshawar, Pakistan, March 17, 2015. Unidentified gunmen shot and killed a former lawyer for the Pakistani doctor who helped the U.S. find Osama bin Laden. 
  • Firefighters holding flags representing the 343 firefighters who were killed on 9/11 march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York, New York, March 17, 2015. The parade, which honors the Patron Saint of Ireland and the Archdiocese of New York, has been held in New York since 1762. 
  • Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighters stand near a tank and an armoured carrier before heading towards the frontline against Islamic State fighters in the southern countryside of Ras al-Ain, March 17, 2015.
  • Isaac Herzog (L) speaks with Tzipi Livni, his co-leader of the center-left Zionist Union party, while campaigning outside a polling station in Modiin near Tel Aviv, March 17, 2015. 
  • An Israeli soldier casts his ballot for the parliamentary election behind a mobile voting booth in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Migdalim, near Ariel, March 17, 2015. Millions of Israelis voted on Tuesday in a tightly fought election, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing an uphill battle to defeat a strong campaign by the centre-left opposition to deny him a fourth term in office. 
  • A man walks through the thick smoke provoked by the penultime official ‘mascleta’ fireworks during the Fallas Festival 2015 in Valencia, Spain, March 18, 2015. The traditional Fallas feast is celebrated in Valencia region annually to commemorate Saint Joseph, the patron of carpenters. 
  • A marked police vehicle is on fire during a protest rally prior to the opening of the new European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, March 18, 2015. 
  • A bloodied demonstrator reacts after he was shot by police during a protest over evictions in Johannesburg, March 18, 2015. Police fired rubber bullets to prevent protesters from marching to the mayor’s office on Wednesday, according to local media.
  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on March 18, 2015 in New York City. Following news that the Federal Reserve will not raise interest rates until it sees more improvements in the economy, the Dow Jones industrial average surged over 200 points in afternoon trading. 
  • A village woman carries a basketful of dried cow dung cakes on her head and crosses the River Daya as it rains on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, India, March 18, 2015. Cow dung cakes are popularly used as fuel for cooking in rural India. 
  • Riot police form a cordon as a police car burns on the opening day of the new headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on March 18, 2015. Supporters of the so-called Blockupy alliance consisting of social movements, activists, workers, trade unions and parties are expected to stage large protests against austerity and the authority of the European Central Bank when the bank’s new headquarters officially open on March 18, 2015.
  • Chen Zhentai holds hands with his grandmother during a home visit from a drug rehabilitation center, Hengmu village, Zhejiang province, March 18, 2015. Chen became an orphan after he lost his parents as a child and was raised by his grandmother. He was taken into rehab for using drugs for seven years and granted to visit his grandmother, Tu Xiufeng, 90, during a break with the company of police, according to local media.
  • Tadjik women throw water on men from roof top as they take part in a festival celebration to welcome the coming Spring in Tadjik autonomous county, Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, March 18, 2015.  
  • Air Force One, carrying President Barack Obama to Cleveland, flies over a frozen Lake Erie, March 18, 2015. Obama is traveling to Cleveland to talk about the economy and the middle class. 
  • Chadian soldiers returning from the Nigerian city of Damasak, Nigeria, sit in a helicopter, March 18, 2015. Damasak was flushed of Boko Haram militants last week, and is now controlled by a joint Chadian and Nigerien force.
  • Libya Dawn fighters patrol with vehicles near Sirte, March 19, 2015. The Libya Dawn armed group backs the self-declared government in the capital Tripoli. 
  • Tunisian forensic experts work inside the National Bardo Museum in Tunis on March 19, 2015, in the aftermath of an attack on foreign tourists at the museum. Tunisia’s president promised to wage a “merciless war against terrorism” after gunmen killed at least 17 foreign tourists and two Tunisians in a daylight attack in the birthplace of the Arab Spring. 
  • Greek presidential guards conduct their ceremonial march in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as pigeons fly by in Athens, March 19, 2015. Euro zone leaders will tell Greece on Thursday that time and patience are running out for its leftist-led government to implement agreed-to reforms to avert a looming cash crunch that could force it out of the single currency. 
  • A Kashmiri fisherman cleans his Shikara, or traditional boat, as he prepares to head home after a days work on the Dal Lake in the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, March 19, 2015. The Srinagar-Jammu highway, connecting the Kashmir valley to the rest of the country, on Thursday re-opened for one-way traffic after remaining closed for four consecutive day following heavy rain and snowfall at some places. 
  • People walk in front of a huge screen showing watches of Greek watchmaker Folli Follie S.A at the Baselworld fair in Basel, March 19, 2015. The world’s leading watch and jewelry show Baselworld is to be held in Basel from March 19 to 26, 2015.
  • Intersecting roads are seen in drought-affected farming areas located in the western region of New South Wales, March 19, 2015. According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Australia recorded its second-hottest February since records began in 1910, with national maximum temperatures 2.35 degrees above the average.
  • People watch the three summits of the Dents-du-Midi mountain, Cime de l’Est, La Cathedrale and the Haute Cime (L-R), being artificially lit during the 13 Summits event in Champoussin outside a restaurant near Val d’Illiez, March 18, 2015. Sixty mountain guides used 217kg (478 pounds) of pyrotechnic devices to light up all 13 summits spread around the county during the three minutes of the event. 13 Summits is a project to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the entry of the County of Valais into the Swiss Confederation.
  • Stanley Johnson #5 of the Arizona Wildcats puts up a shot over Jason Carter #23 of the Texas Southern Tigers in the first half during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Moda Center on March 19, 2015 in Portland, Oregon.  
  • Police block protesters from reaching Independence Plaza, where they wanted to protest the government of President Rafael Correa outside the presidential palace, in downtown Quito, Ecuador, March 19, 2015.
  • A partial solar eclipse as seen in Tuineje, Fuerteventura, the Canary Islands, Spain, March 20, 2015. A Partial Solar Eclipse is seen in Europe, northern and eastern Asia and northern and western Africa on 20 March with the eclipse starting at 07:41 UTC and ending at 11:50 UTC.
  • Students from St. Ursula’s convent pose with refractive glasses on the Meridian line at The Royal Observatory in Greenwich, south east London, Britain, March 20, 2015.
  • The lead pelaton in action during the 117km stage five of the Absa Cape Epic mountain bike team stage race in Worcester, South Africa, March 20, 2015. The Absa Cape Epic is considered one of the toughest mountain bike races in the world. The multi stage race sees 1,200 cyclists riding in pairs over 700km and climbing more than 16,000m twice the high of Mount Everest over eight days of racing.

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Elections in Israel handed a victory to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week, after a bitter campaign and controversial appeal to right-wing voters late in the race.

Bombs outside two churches in the Pakistani city of Lahore killed 14 people and wounded nearly 80 during Sunday services, an act for which a Pakistani Taliban splinter group claimed responsibility. And a brutal attack on mostly tourists at the National Bardo Museum in Tunis claimed the lives of 17 foreigners and two Tunisians.  

In the U.S., the NCAA college basketball tournament entered into “March Madness,” the frenzy of games where the best college basketball teams in the country compete for the national championship.

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