This Week in Pictures: March 7-13

  • A Liberian child studies her lessons at home in the West Point slum community in Monrovia, Liberia, March 7, 2015. The Liberian government re-opens schools after a protracted period of closure, which was due to the deadly Ebola virus disease in the country. Over 4,000 people have died in Liberia from Ebola since March 2014.
  • Residents help a man out of rubble after what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Douma, eastern Al-Ghouta, near Damascus, March 7, 2015.
  • President Barack Obama, with his daughter Sasha Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and Marian Robinson, walk to board Air Force One at sunset as they leave Montgomery, Ala., March 7, 2015, after attending 50th anniversary events in Selma, Alabama, commemorating Bloody Sunday, a landmark event of the civil rights movement. Partially obscured behind the president is his daughter Malia.
  • A man carries a dummy elephant in the streets downtown of Guatemala City, March 8, 2015.
  • Steve McGaff stands with the giant, multi-roomed snow fort he built outside of his home in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston, Mass., March 8, 2015. “We’re never going to get this much snow again,” said McGaff, who has an engineering background. “It’s like being a kid all over again!” The forecast for the week ahead predicts above-freezing temperatures, which may imperil the snow fort, which was already beginning to melt.
  • Thousands of competitors await the start of the annual Engadin cross-country skiing marathon on March 8, 2015, from Maloya to S-Chanf in Southeastern Switzerland.
  • People walks in front of the Greek Parliament building in Athens, Greece, on March 8, 2015.
  • Tamerlan Eskerkhanov (C), detained over suspicion in the killing of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, is escorted to a court room at the Basmanny City Court in Moscow, Russia, March 8, 2015. Five people who investigators believe to be involved in Nemtsov’s killing have been arrested.
  • A young Iranian Kurdish shepherd tends his flock in Darrehshahr county, Ilam province, western Iran, March 8, 2015. Ilam is in the west of the country, sharing a 425 kilometer common border with Iraq in the west, and has a majority ethnic Kurdish population who speak a dialect of Kurdish.
  • Chadian troops watch others participate in the closing ceremony of operation Flintlock in an army base in N’djamena, Chad, March 9, 2015. The U.S. military and its Western partners conduct this training annually and set up plans long before Boko Haram began attacking its neighbors Niger, Chad and Cameroon. Chadian Brig. Gen. Zakaria Ngobongue said Monday that his soldiers alongside troops from Niger had entered Nigeria but he declined to give further details about the ongoing operation. Ngobongue described Boko Haram fighters as “bandits and criminals who have nothing to do with religion.”
  • A Palestinian boy looks out a bus window as he waits with his family to cross into Egypt, at the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip, March 9, 2015.
  • Afghan policemen display their skills at a police training centre in Nangarhar Province, March 9, 2015.
  • A worker stands among CRH (China Railway High-speed) Harmony bullet trains at a high-speed train maintenance base in Wuhan, Hubei province, March 9, 2015. China is poised to embark on a fresh round of industrial consolidation, as part of a sweeping plan to reinvigorate the country’s inefficient state-owned enterprises and raise the global competitiveness of domestic industry. While mergers in the nuclear and railway industry anchor the current round of consolidation, Beijing may further shake-up other top manufacturers, as it seeks to create more national champions and boost exports of high-end equipment. 
  • A woman takes part in a prayer service for Reverend Hyeon Soo Lim, inside a chapel at the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, March 9, 2015. The Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim, 60, the leader of the 3,000-member Light Korean Presbyterian Church in suburban Toronto, was last heard from on Jan. 31 and is believed to be the Canadian who diplomats have confirmed is being detained by North Korean authorities.
  • A policewoman weighs herself, as her colleague looks on, while on a patrol at a beach along the Arabian Sea in Mumbai, March 9, 2015.
  • Iraqi security forces inspect a destroyed vehicle belonging to Islamic State militants on the outskirts of al-Alam, March 9, 2015. Just north of Tikrit, home city of executed Sunni former president Saddam Hussein, Iraqi security forces and Shiite militia fighters began an offensive against Islamic State to regain control over the town of al-Alam.
  • An Iranian works inside the Seimareh Arch Dam on the Seimareh river in Darrehshahr County, Ilam Province, western Iran, March 9, 2015. Designed to produce hydroelectric power and control flooding, the dam, like many projects in Iran, is in need of financing, technologies and sanctioned goods before it can be completed. Sanctions which could be lifted or eased if ongoing nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 countries are successful.
  • Syrian refugee women release balloons carrying messages with what they demand from a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) school in the Saadnayel informal settlement in the Bekaa Valley, in the East of Lebanon, March 9, 2015.
  • Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood standing trial celebrate, some making the four finger salute that has become synonymous with the killing of hundreds of activist by Egyptian security services during a protest in Raba’a square, as their trial is postponed indefinitely by an Egyptian court, Cairo, Egypt, March 9, 2015. The Egyptian government has cracked down on members of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood since the army deposed former President Mohammad Morsi in July 2013, resulting in hundreds of mass trials and the first execution of an individual accused of murdering an anti-Morsi activist during riots in 2013.
  • Police hit a student protester during violence in Letpadan, March 10, 2015. Myanmar police beat students with batons and detained some of them as they broke up a group of about 200 protesters who had been locked in a standoff with security forces for more than a week, a Reuters witness said. The students were protesting an education bill they say stifles academic independence, and a group of them set out on foot from the central city of Mandalay more than a month ago in a symbolic protest. They made it as far as Letpadan, a town north of Yangon, where police blockaded them behind vehicles and barriers made of wood and barbed wire.
  • A dog walks past in front of a police line after the violence in Letpadan, March 10, 2015. Myanmar police beat students with batons and detained some of them as they broke up a group of about 200 protesters who had been locked in a standoff with security forces for more than a week, a Reuters witness said. The students were protesting an education bill they say stifles academic independence, and a group of them set out on foot from the central city of Mandalay more than a month ago in a symbolic protest. They made it as far as Letpadan, a town north of Yangon, where police blockaded them behind vehicles and barriers made of wood and barbed wire.
  • A poster of Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, the son of Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, is pictured inside a car of a supporter during a demonstration to demand presidential elections to be held and for him to run for the presidency in Sanaa, March 10, 2015. The poster reads: “Our love and loyalty for you!”
  • A man sitting on a doorstep talks on a mobile phone in central Madrid, Spain, March 10, 2015.
  • Spectators watch horse racing at the Cheltenham Racecourse on March 10, 2015.
  • Illegal immigrants sit at an immigration holding center in the town of Garabulli, Libya, March 10, 2015.
  • A skier climbs up the summit on Seegrube mountain above the western Austrian city of Innsbruck, March 10, 2015. 
  • Solar Impulse 2, the world’s first airplane flying on solar energy, lands in Ahmedabad, March 10, 2015. The Swiss-built solar aircraft took off from Muscat in Oman earlier on Tuesday to begin the second leg of its epic journey. The unprecedented attempt at the first flight around the world seeks to prove that flying is possible without using fossil fuel. On its five-month journey of 35,000 km (22,000 miles), the engines will be powered only by solar energy.
  • A man and a tree are seen in a snow covered area in Turkey’s eastern province of Van on March 10, 2015.
  • U.S. baritone Lee Poulis performs during a rehearsal of “Doctor Atomic” opera by John Adams at the Maestranza theatre in the Andalusian capital of Seville, March 10, 2015.
  • A student protester exits a prison vehicle as he is sent to a court in Letpadan, March 11, 2015. Myanmar’s opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) demanded an inquiry on Wednesday into clashes between police and protesters in which students, monks and journalists were beaten with batons and more than 100 people were arrested.
  • Members of the special police and support units of Zenica practice an anti-protest drill in Nemila, March 11, 2015. The Bosnian police are training tactics and techniques to guard against disorder from anti-government protests, or upcoming soccer games of the Bosnian Premier league and the Euro 2015.
  • A girl runs barefoot on cow dung at a slum on outskirts of Lahore, Pakistan, March 11, 2015.
  • Residents queue up to receive humanitarian aid at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, in Damascus, March 11, 2015. The Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, which is under siege by Syrian government forces fighting rebels, has received its first relief supplies since the beginning of December.
  • Commuters walk to work along the fog shrouded East River with the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges in the background in New York, New York, March 11, 2015. Forecasts predict mostly clear and sunny weather for the upcoming days.
  • An Okaloosa County ambulance sits at the Eglin Air Force entrance in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., March 11, 2015. Seven Marines and four soldiers aboard an Army helicopter that crashed over waters off Florida during a routine night training mission were presumed dead Wednesday, and crews found human remains despite heavy fog hampering search efforts, military officials said.
  • A model presents a creation by Italian designer Giambattista Valli as part of his Autumn/Winter 2015/2016 women’s ready-to-wear collection for fashion house Moncler Gamme Rouge during Paris Fashion Week, March 11, 2015.
  • Egyptian boys play table tennis in an alleyway in Islamic Cairo, Egypt, March 9, 2015.
  • A protester flashes the V for victory sign as they clash with police during a rally marking the first anniversary of Berkin Elvan’s death in Istanbul, Turkey, March 11, 2015. Berkin Elvan, 15 years old, died on March 11, 2014 as a result of injuries suffered when he was hit by a gas canister during the police crackdown on protesters at Gezi Park in June 2013.
  • Syrian refugee children are seen in front of their classrooms at a UNICEF school at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, March 11, 2015. Nearly four million people have fled Syria since 2011, when anti-government protests turned into a violent civil war. Jordan says it is sheltering around 1.3 million refugees.
  • First lady Michelle Obama points to a member of the audience while speaking at an event to mark Nowruz, March 11, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Nowruz is the celebration of New Year for over 300 million people across the Middle East, Central and Southwest Asia, and Eastern Europe that marks the beginning of spring.
  • Children play by the makeshift mosque in the Zafaye refugee camp, some 10 miles from downtown N’djamena, Chad, March 11, 2015. Over 5000 refugees of Chadian descent who fled the fighting in Central African Republic have been living in the camp for over a year. Chad is also hosting thousands of refugees fleeing the current Boko Haram fighting in Nigeria.
  • Female biathlete Franziska Hildebrand of Germany in action during the womens 15km inividual competition at the Biathlon World Championships in Kontiolahti, Finland, March 11, 2015.
  • Oumar Bintou, 14, sits in a small shop set in the Zafaye refugee camp, some 10 miles from downtown N’djamena, Chad, March 11, 2015. Bintou, from Bangui, has been living in the camp for over a year with over 5,000 other refugees of Chadian descent who fled the fighting in Central African Republic. Chad is also hosting thousands of refugees fleeing the current Boko Haram fighting in Nigeria.
  • A demonstrator is detained and arrested during a rally outside the Ferguson Police Department on March 11, 2015 in Ferguson, Mo.
  • US player Julie Johnston (R) celebrates with her teammate Amy Rodriguez (L) after scoring a goal during the Algarve Cup final between France and the USA at Algarve Stadium in Faro, southern Portugal, March 11, 2015.
  • Police and protesters square off outside the Ferguson Police Department, March 11, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. Earlier in the day, the resignation of Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson was announced in the wake of a scathing Justice Department report prompted by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer.
  • A woman with a baby, refugees from eastern Ukraine, stand in a temporary center for refugees in Slaviansk, Donetsk area, Ukraine, March 12, 2015. NATO expressed concern on 11 March about the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front line in eastern Ukraine, with the chief of the military alliance warning that they could be repositioned for further combat.
  • The Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 42 commander Barry Wilmore of NASA, Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Elena Serova of Roscosmos near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, March 12, 2015. NASA Astronaut Wilmore, Russian Cosmonauts Samokutyaev and Serova are returning after almost six months onboard the International Space Station (ISS) where they served as members of the Expedition 41 and 42 crews.
  • People take part in a candlelight vigil, March 12, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. Two police officers were shot early Thursday morning in front of the Ferguson Police Department during a protest following the resignation of the city’s police chief in the wake of a U.S. Justice Department report. 

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President Obama and his family traveled to Alabama over the weekend to join tens of thousands of Americans in commemorating the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, a landmark event of the civil rights movement.

In Ferguson, two police officers were shot and wounded hours after the city’s police chief, Thomas Jackson, resigned in the wake of scathing Justice Department report that accused the city’s police department of widespread racial bias.  

Protests against the government erupted in Myanmar, and in Russia, five people were arrested in connection with the killing of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov.

Seven Marines and four soldiers were killed when an Army helicopter they were on crashed during a night training mission off the coast of Florida. 

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