This Week in Pictures: Mar. 21-27

  • England’s Abby Scott and France’s Audrey Forlani jump for the ball during the Six Nations rugby tournament on March 21, 2015, at Twickenham Stadium, London, United Kingdom.
  • A man takes a picture with his cell phone out of his window at a crime scene that police have closed off at Queen Frederica Drive in Mississauga, Ontario, March 21, 2015. One person is dead, and two police officers were wounded in a shooting Friday night, according to local reports.
  • A seagull flies above the beach as visitors make their way across the wet sand during a record low tide in Saint Malo, western France, March 21, 2015. Towns on France’s North Atlantic coast braced for their first giant tide of the millennium on Saturday as the full moon and this week’s solar eclipse combined to create an ocean surge not seen since 1997.
  • People gather near a shrine to celebrate the Afghan New Year (Newroz) in Kabul, March 21, 2015. Afghanistan uses the Persian calendar which runs from the vernal equinox. The calendar takes as its start date the time when the Prophet Mohammad moved from Mecca to Medina in 621 AD. The current Persian year is 1394.
  • Passengers ride on top of a truck loaded with manioca sacks and sugar cane on the road leading between the Southern Kivu town of Sange and the fishermen community on the shores of late Tanganyika town of Uvira on March 21, 2015.
  • A child holds a Bible while resting on a bed at a WFP (World Food Programme) medical facility in Luberizi on March 21, 2015. The international community has insisted Kinshasa must defeat the FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda) as a first step in quashing numerous militias that have been causing violent chaos in the east of the vast central African country for three decades.
  • People carry a picture of the late Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero during a march ahead of the 35th anniversary of his assassination in San Salvador, March 21, 2015. Salvadoran Archbishop Romero, who was murdered by a right-wing death squad in 1980 and is an icon of the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America, had died as a martyr and will be beatified on May 23, the Vatican said.
  • Free Syrian Army fighters fire shells towards forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad in Bosra Al-Sham, Daraa province, March 21, 2015 .
  • A man taking a bath at the hot spring pool on the occasion of World Water Day in Selayang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 22, 2015. World Water Day is celebrated around the globe on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
  • People swim near U Bein bridge in Mandalay, the second largest city in Myanmar, on March 22, 2015.
  • Women attend a ceremony marking Newroz celebrations, on March 22, 2015, in the prayer room in the town of Prizren. Newroz, which means “new day” in Kurdish and marks the first day of spring. The holiday is also celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Albania, Bahrain, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, as well as among various other Iranian and Turkic peoples in Iraqi Kurdistan, Syria, Lebanon, Pakistan, India, northwestern China, the Caucasus, the Crimea, and the Balkans.
  • A man rows a boat next to the boat dock on the Amatitlan lake, near Guatemala City, March 22, 2015.
  • A rebel fighter stands inside a building in the Aghyol district in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on March 22, 2015. More than 215,000 people have been killed since the conflict began, nearly a third of them civilians, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.
  • A long exposure picture shows a general view of Villarrica volcano seen at night from Pucon, Cautin Province, some 780 km south of Santiago de Chile, Chile, March 22, 2015. Authorities maintain the orange alert level after the increasing of the activity of the volcano, which could generate an eruption.
  • U.S. first lady Michelle Obama boards an aircraft at Siem Reap International Airport in Siem Reap, Cambodia, March 22, 2015.
  • A fighter of Ukraine’s “Azov” volunteer battalion takes his position in the village of Shyrokine, outside the city of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, March 22, 2015. Despite the ceasefire, heavy fighting continues near Mariupol between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed separatists.
  • A policeman detainees a Russia anti-fascists activist holding a protest near the venue of the the International Russian Conservative Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, March 22, 2015. Nationalist supporters of Russian President Vladimir Putin brought together controversial far-right politicians from across Europe on Sunday in an effort to demonstrate international support for Russia and weaken European Union commitment to sanctions imposed on Russia over its role in Ukraine.
  • People lay flowers and well-wishes for former Singaporean prime minister Lee Kuan Yew in a heavy downpour at the Singapore General Hospital in Singapore March 22, 2015. Lee, the founding father of modern Singapore, has been in hospital with severe pneumonia since Feb. 5. He turned 91 last September.
  • A young girl walks through a field of failed mais crops near Matinyani, in the semi-arid Kitui County in southeastern Kenya, March 22, 2015, which is World Water Day. Residents of Kitui County and other arid and semi-arid areas of the country have been hard-hit by extremely poor rainfall this year while the government said in previous month that some 1.6 million people countrywide are facing acute starvation due to the drought and will need relief food over the next six months. Residents of Matinyani say they haven’t seen a drop of rain in nearly four months. Thousands of Kenyans in rural areas walk tens of kilometers just to fetch water to drink and to be used in their homes.
  • Nusra Front fighters inspect a helicopter that belongs to forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad after it crashed in Jabal al-Zawiya in the southern countryside of Idlib, March 22, 2015. The Syrian military helicopter crashed in northwestern Syria on Sunday and at least four of its crew were captured by rebels, according to a monitoring group. Video footage on social media showed a helicopter crashing in the distance. Photographs posted showed one of the crew apparently executed on the spot and an injured pilot taken by rebels from the wreckage. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks violence in the country, said at least four of the six-man crew were taken hostage by the al Qaeda offshoot, the Nusra Front. Syrian television said the plane encountered a technical problem and was forced to make an emergency landing and not downed as claimed by rebels.
  • People hang on to the door of a commuter train on their way to Jakarta, at Serpong train station near Tangerang, March 23, 2015.
  • Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas and his wife Heidi watch as their daughter Caroline, 6, center, high-fives members of the crowd after Cruz announced his campaign for president, Monday, March 23, 2015, at Liberty University, a school founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell in Lynchburg, Va. Cruz, who announced his candidacy on Twitter in the early morning hours, is the first major candidate in the 2016 race for president. Also pictured is Catherine Cruz, 4, left.
  • A mourner cries during a funeral service for seven children from the Sassoon family before their burial in Jerusalem, March 23, 2015. The seven children from the Orthodox Jewish family died early on Saturday when flames ripped through their Brooklyn home in one of New York City’s deadliest fires in years, officials said. Police have identified the children who died as Yaakob Sassoon, 5, Sara, 6, Moshe, 8, Yeshua, 10, Rivkah, 11, David, 12, and Eliane, 16.
  • A migrant worker plays Erhu, a Chinese traditional two-stringed musical instrument, in front of a residential complex in Wuhan, Hubei province, March 23, 2015.
  • A man walks on the shore of Icarai Beach in Niteroi, across the bay from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 23, 2015. Rio de Janeiro’s mayor acknowledged in a television interview Monday that the run-up to the 2016 Olympic Games has proven a “wasted opportunity” to clean up the city’s blighted waterways.
  • Boston Celtics guard Evan Turner (11) fouls Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, March 23, 2015, in New York.
  • A model walks the runway for the Sid Neigum Fall 2015 collection during Toronto fashion week in Toronto on March 23, 2015.
  • Players of Brazil wait as a blackout delays the start of the U-17 South American final round football match against Uruguay, at Erico Galeano Stadium in Capiata, Paraguay, on March 23, 2015.
  • A Jewish boy attends the funeral of seven Jewish siblings killed in a New York house fire, in Jerusalem, March 23, 2015. The bodies of the children, ages 5 to 16, were flown to Israel overnight from New York and were immediately taken to Jerusalem in a convoy escorted by police. According to Jewish tradition, funerals take place as soon as possible after death.
  • Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani waves from a golf cart as he rides to a meeting at the Camp David presidential retreat, March 23, 2015, in Camp David, Md.
  • A laborer takes a nap in a wholesale fruit market area in Kolkata, March 24, 2015.
  • An Afghan family traveling on a bus watch a protest to condemn the killing of 27-year-old woman, Farkhunda, who was beaten with sticks and set on fire by a crowd of men in central Kabul in broad daylight on March 24, 2015, in Kabul, Afghanistan.
  • Relatives of journalist Abdul Kareem al-Khaiwani hug each other during his funeral procession in Sanaa, March 24, 2015. Assailants on a motorbike last week shot dead Khaiwani, one of Yemen’s top journalists who is also an activist close to the country’s dominant Houthi group, police sources said.
  • Workers check storage tanks of radiation-contaminated water at tsunami-crippled Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, northern Japan, March 24, 2015. Tokyo Electric Power Co. has been using cosmic rays between Feb. 16 and March 10 to see through the reactors and detect fuel debris situation of Unit One and Two for reactor decommissioning work.
  • A girl scout holds a Greek national flag ahead of a student parade in Athens, March 24, 2015, a day before a military parade to mark Greece’s Independence Day. Greece said it will present a package of reforms to its eurozone partners by next Monday in hope of unlocking aid to help it deal with a cash crunch and avoid default.
  • French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, flanked by Digne prefect Patricia Willaert, is sheltered from the rain upon his arrival in Seyne, south-eastern France on March 24, 2015, near the site where a Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps. A German airliner crashed near a ski resort in the French Alps on March 24, killing all 150 people on board in the worst plane disaster in mainland France in four decades.
  • Crying people arrive at the airport in Duesseldorf, Germany, March 24, 2015, after a Germanwings passenger jet carrying more than 140 people crashed in the French Alps region as it traveled from Barcelona to Duesseldorf.
  • Rape flowers bloom in the Tuying wetland of Taihu Lake, in Changxing County, east China’s Zhejiang province, March 24, 2015. Numerous tourists go to Tuying ecological wetland of Taihu to enjoy the spring scenery in late March. Connecting with Taihu Lake, the wetland park becomes a cultural scenic spot combining farmlands, bird habitats and lotus ponds.
  • Men inspect a school bus that crashed into a home on the morning March 24, 2015, in Blue Bell, Pa. Officials say nine students from St. Helena School were aboard, but none were injured, when the bus slammed into the suburban Philadelphia home around 7:45 a.m. Officials say the bus driver was taken to Abington Hospital. People inside the home were not hurt.
  • A serviceman runs to meet his children after a farewell ceremony at the Vaziani military base outside Tbilisi, March 24, 2015. According to Georgia’s Defense Ministry, the 43rd battalion from the IV mechanized brigade of the Georgian Armed Forces is departing to Afghanistan to join a NATO-led mission called Resolute Support.
  • Serbian army officers stand in front of a destroyed military headquarters as Serbia marks the 16th anniversary of the NATO bombing campaign in Belgrade, March 24, 2015. Serbia on Tuesday marked the 16th anniversary of the beginning of NATO’s air war against the country, then a part of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
  • An Afghan journalist takes a “selfie” as U.S. President Barack Obama (R) holds a joint news conference with Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani (C) at the White House in Washington, March 24, 2015.
  • A boy walks on top of a ruined house in the Roma-populated part of Gyongyospata, some 81 kms northeast of Budapest, Hungary, March 24, 2015. In Gyongyospata, more than 70 Roma families live in deep poverty. The children are taking part in a development program for disadvantaged Roma children, run by volunteers from the Small Stars Playing and Developing Foundation charity.
  • U.S Army CH-47 Chinook and Black Hawk helicopters take part in a U.S.-South Korea joint live-fire military exercise at a training field in Pocheon, south of the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, March 25, 2015. The exercise is part of Foal Eagle, an annual military training between U.S. and South Korea that runs from March 2 to April 24.
  • A student who knew some of the German students involved in a crashed plane, reacts during a minute of silence in front of the council building in Llinars del Valles, near Barcelona, Spain, March 25, 2015. Sixteen 10th grade students from a town in western Germany and two of their teachers had just spent a week on an exchange near Barcelona and were less than an hour from landing when their Germanwings flight crashed in southern France. Officials confirmed Tuesday they were among the 150 people who died in the crash.
  • Somalis play football as the sun sets in Mogadishu on March 24, 2015. 
  • A plume of ash and steam rises from the crater of the Popocatepetl volcano as seen from the town of San Nicolas de los Ranchos, Mexico, early March 25, 2015. During the last 24 hours, activity at the volcano has increased moderately but the alert level remains unchanged. 
  • Students do morning exercises with soccer balls on a playground at a primary school in Linhai, Zhejiang province, March 26, 2015. 
  • Kate Hanson, of Rochester, Minn., loses a ski as she crashes during the second run of the women’s giant slalom skiing race at the US Alpine Ski Championship in Carrabassett Valley, Maine, March 26, 2015. 
  • New York City firefighters work the scene of a large fire and a partial building collapse in the East Village neighborhood of New York on March 26, 2015. Orange flames and black smoke are billowing from the facade and roof of the building near several New York University buildings.
  • New York City Fire Department firefighters battle fire at the site of a residential apartment building collapse and fire in New York City’s East Village neighborhood, March 26, 2015. An apparent gas explosion caused two apartment buildings to collapse and burst into flames, and two others to catch fire, injuring at least 12 people on Thursday in New York City’s East Village neighborhood, authorities said. 

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When the news broke that a Germanwings flight from Barcelona to Dusseldorf had crashed in the French Alps, few people suspected what would be revealed by the end of the week: That the co-pilot had locked the captain out of the cockpit and may have intentionally downed the plane, killing himself and all 150 on board.

In Israel, seven siblings who were killed in a Brooklyn, New York, house fire were buried in a heartbreaking ceremony. The mother and a sister of the three girls and four boys suffered serious injuries but survived the blaze. In Manhattan on Friday, an explosion rocked the East Village as one building collapsed and fire raged through a heavily trafficked area downtown injuring 19 people.

People around the world observed World Water Day on March 22. In the U.S., Ted Cruz became the first official presidential candidate for 2016, and March Madness continued as college basketball teams vied for the NCAA championship title.

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