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This Week in Pictures: Mar. 28-Apr. 3

04/03/15 12:22PM

Around the world, Holy Week activities took place in the run-up to Easter, as Christians observe Good Friday and Jews celebrate Passover at sundown. A deal is reached with Iran. Al Shabaab launches a deadly attack at a Kenyan university. Nigeria chooses its first democratically elected president. read more

Bolabola, the bleeding tree

Madagascar forests in danger from illegal logging

03/31/15 01:17PM

The protected forests on the African island of Madagascar are in danger from the illegal logging of rosewood there. But many residents rely on the work for survival in one of the world's most impoverished nations. read more

People hang on to the door of a commuter train on their way to Jakarta, at Serpong train station near Tangerang

This Week in Pictures: Mar. 21-27

03/27/15 10:30AM

While reports of a tragic plane crash in the French Alps dominated news this week, those elsewhere in the world marked World Water Day and other events. read more

A rescue helicopter from the French Securite Civile flies over the French Alps during a rescue operation after the crash of an Airbus A320, near Seyne-les-Alpes, March 24, 2015. (Photo by Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters)

Scenes from tragic plane crash in the French Alps

03/24/15 10:43AM

A passenger plane carrying 150 people crashed in the French Alps on Tuesday en route from Spain to Germany, officials said, warning that there are not expected to be any survivors. French President Francois Hollande called the crash of the Airbus A320 a “tragedy” and said the wreckage was in a hard-to-reach area. read more

American author Jack Kerouac gestures expansively as he reads poetry at the Artist’s Studio in New York City, Feb. 15, 1959.  (Photo by Fred W. McDarrah/Getty)

Spoken Word: American poets of the 1960s

03/21/15 12:10PM

The political climate of 1960s America was at once explosive and lyrical. The decade endured the height of the Civil Rights Movement, the brunt of the Vietnam War, sexual liberation, the growth of the Beat Generation, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, and the assassinations of John F. Kennedy (1963), Malcolm X (1965) and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1968).  read more

A drummer dressed in a pre-hispanic costume celebrates the Spring Equinox as the sun comes out from behind the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico, March 21, 1999.(Photo by Elizabeth Dalziel/AP)

Fire and dance: Celebrating the Spring equinox

03/19/15 09:48AM

The vernal equinox is an annual marker of the beginning of spring, taking place when the sun shines directly on the equator, passing over it from south to north, and carving the day into equal parts darkness and light. The solar event typically occurs on either March 19th, 20th or 21st, and is celebrated around the world. read more

Nihang Sikhs: The modern-day warriors-pacifists

03/18/15 03:47PM

Photographer Mark Hartman travelled to Anandpur Sahib in Punjab, northern India for the annual Hola Mohalla festival celebrating Holi, a tradition set by the tenth Sikh guru Guru Gobind Singh in the seventeenth century. read more

This Week in Pictures: March 7-13

03/13/15 09:21AM

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

Mahatma Gandhi leading the Salt March in 1930.

Gandhi's Salt March, the nonviolent journey that changed the world

03/12/15 11:27AM

Thirty-five years before Martin Luther King marched from Selma to Montgomery, a 60-year-old Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi led dozens of his followers on a 240-mile journey from Sabarmati Ashram to Dandi, a small village on the Arabian Sea, to protest British rule. read more

A look at one young Syrian refugee's journey through Europe

03/10/15 10:17AM

Photographer Matteo Bastianelli of Rome, Italy, began following 21-year-old Mohamad al-Masalmeh, who is one of 2.5 million Syrian refugees, on his journey from Bulgaria to Germany beginning in December 2013. Aiming to highlight the problems with immigration and analyze the consequences of the war in Syria, Bastianelli spent three weeks in the... read more

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