This Week in Pictures: Mar. 29-Apr. 4
It was a week of election rallies and campaigning, as countries from Afghanistan to Turkey and India prepared for upcoming elections. In Afghanistan, security concerns continue to threaten hopes that the election will bring about a peaceful democratic transfer of power. The news Friday morning of the death of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, Anya Niedringhaus, by an Afghan police officer, brought these concerns into stark relief.
Cherry blossoms in full bloom marked the arrival of spring in Japan, while less beneficent weather hindered ongoing search efforts for victims of last week’s mudslide in Oso, Washington, and accelerated the race against time to find the black box - and any debris at all - from Malaysia Airlines flight 370, which disappeared nearly a month ago. A massive earthquake hit off the northern coast of Chile, triggering fears of aftershocks along the coast into Peru.