This Week in Pictures: April 16-23

  • The Villarrica Volcano is seen at night via long-exposure in Chile on April 16, 2016. Villarrica is one of Chile’s most active volcanoes.
  • Refugees try to break down the border fence between Greece and Macedonia near the makeshift camp of the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni on April 16, 2016. More than 11,000 migrants have been stranded for weeks at Idomeni on the Greece-Macedonia border after Balkan countries closed their frontiers, effectively shutting off access to northern Europe.
  • Florida’s Bridget Sloan competes on the vault during the NCAA women’s gymnastics championships on April 16, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • A view of One Word Trade Center and lower Manhattan from the Staten Island ferry.
  • Buildings are collapsed by a landslide caused following a powerful earthquake in Minamiaso village, Kumamoto prefecture, Japan, on April 16, 2016. The powerful earthquake struck southwestern Japan early on Saturday, barely 24 hours after a smaller quake hit the same region.
  • Pope Francis greets a group of Syrian refugees upon landing at Rome’s Ciampino airport on April 16, 2016. Pope Francis gave Europe a provocative and concrete lesson in how to treat refugees Saturday by bringing home 12 Syrian Muslims aboard his charter plane after an emotional visit to the hard-hit Greek island of Lesbos.
  • A lone bison is blanketed by snow as the animal stands at the buffalo overlook along Interstate 70 as a severe spring storm packing high winds and heavy, wet snow sweeps over the intermountain West on April 16, 2016, near Evergreen, Colo.
  • A statue of George Washington reflected in the lens of a tourist by the New York Stock Exchange building on Broad Street in lower Manhattan.
  • Houses are seen destroyed by a recent earthquake on April 16, 2016, in Kumamoto, Japan. Following a 6.4 magnitude earthquake on April 14, the Kumamoto prefecture was once again struck by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake, killing 9 people.
  • A group of athletes at the time of the quake, at the stadium Priory, canton Ibarra, north of Ecuador in Ibarra, Ecuador, on April 16, 2016.
  • Toronto Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas (17) dunks the ball past Indiana Pacers’ Lavoy Allen (5) and teammate George Hill (3) during the second half in Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs in Toronto on April 16, 2016. The Pacers won 100-90.
  • Red Star soccer fans light torches during a Serbian National soccer league derby match between Red Star and Partizan, in Belgrade, Serbia, on April 16, 2016. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.
  • Children play with a kite at a makeshift camp set up by migrants and refugees at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni on April 17, 2016. According to statistics released on on April 8 by the International Organization of Migrants (IOM), more than 152,000 people have arrived in Greece by sea from Turkey since Jan. 1, nearly three-quarters of whom were Syrians.
  • People covered in colorful chalk powder dance at the finish line after taking part in the Parisian edition of the “Color Run,” in Paris, France, on April 17, 2016. During the short foot race from the Hotel de Ville town hall to Trocadero across from the Eiffel Tower, runners are doused with colorful chalk.
  • Evacuees from a nursing home wrap themselves in blankets as they take shelter outside their damaged nursing home caused by an earthquake in Mashiki town, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, on April 17, 2016.
  • Policemen and a rescue dog search for survivors at a landslide site after earthquakes in Minami-Aso, Kumamoto prefecture,on April 17, 2016.
  • Children look to the sky as they play with a kite in a field at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, Greece, on April 17, 2016.
  • Opposition lawmakers celebrate after the lower house of Congress voted to impeach Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff in the Chamber of Deputies in Brasilia, Brazil, on April 17, 2016. The measure now goes to the Senate. Rousseff is accused of using accounting tricks in managing the federal budget to maintain spending and shore up support.
  • Anti-government demonstrators cheer as they watch on a large screen as lawmakers vote on whether or not to impeach President Dilma Rousseff in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on April 17, 2016. 
  • A young boy runs through rows of tulips at the Abbotsford Tulip Festival in Abbotsford, Canada, on April 17, 2016.
  • A woman cries as she stands next to house destroyed by the earthquake in the Pacific coastal town of Pedernales, Ecuador, on April 17, 2016. The strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador in decades flattened buildings and buckled highways along its Pacific coast, sending the Andean nation into a state of emergency.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally in the Staten Island borough of N.Y. on April 17, 2016.
  • Pro-government demonstrators gather in the shade outside Congress where lawmakers are voting on whether to impeach Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, in Brasilia, Brazil, on April 17, 2016. The vote will determine whether the impeachment proceeds to the Senate. Rousseff is accused of violating Brazil’s fiscal laws to shore up public support amid a flagging economy.
  • Colombia’s Jossimar Orlando Calvo Moreno puts drying powder on a bar before the final of parallel bars during the artistic gymnastics test event for Rio 2016 Olympic games at Rio Olympic Arena of the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 18, 2016.
  • Female bodybuilders prepare to compete in the “Miss Bikini” category of the NABA/WFF Asia-Seoul Open Championship in Seoul on April 17, 2016.
  • Lemi Berhanu Hayle, of Ethiopia, celebrates after winning the 120th Boston Marathon on April 18, 2016, in Boston, Mass.
  • Buddhist pilgrims visits the reconstruction site of the Boudha Stupa, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Kathmandu, Nepal on April 18, 2016. The International Day of World Heritage is observed annually on April 18. Nepal was struck by a 7.9 magnitude earthquake on April 25, 2015 that killed more than 9,000 people and also destroyed more than 700 monuments including World Heritage sites.
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews in a sterile room pour water into a bowl from a small window at a Matzah bakery in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod, Israel, on April 18, 2016. Matzah, or unleavened bread, is used instead of bread during the week-long Jewish holiday of Passover, commemorating the Jewish exodus from Egypt in Biblical times.
  • An image of Cuba’s former President Fidel Castro decorates a wall inside a state-run carpentry in Havana, Cuba, on April 18, 2016.
  • Truman Rivera Mindt, age 9, reads a book while he waits for the speech of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on April 18, 2016, at a “Get Out the Vote” in N.Y.
  • Migrants sit in a rubber dinghy during a rescue operation by SOS Mediterranee ship Aquarius off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa in this handout received April 18, 2016.
  • Residents wade through floodwaters as they evacuate their apartment complex on April 18, 2016, in Houston, Texas. Storms have dumped more than a foot of rain in the Houston area, flooding dozens of neighborhoods and forcing the closure of city offices and the suspension of public transit.
  • Sumo wrestlers compete during the annual “Honozumo” ceremonial sumo tournament dedicated to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Japan, on April 18, 2016.
  • A firefighter throws a plastic bag of accelerant onto the first ever Cameroon Ivory Burn, attended by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power at the Palais des Congres in Yaounde, Cameroon on April 19, 2016, to highlight the need to halt the Ivory trade in order to save Africa’s elephants.
  • Israeli police forensic experts work at the scene after an explosion tore through a bus in Jerusalem on Monday and set a second bus on fire, in what an Israeli official said was a bombing, Israel on April 18, 2016.
  • Rescuers work to search for earthquake victims amidst the rubble in Manta on April 18, 2016.
  • Afghan farmers harvest opium sap from a poppy field in the Chaparhar district of Nangarhar province on April 19, 2016. Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan dropped 19 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year, according to figures from the Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
  • Napoli’s fans before the match against Bologna on April 19, 2016.
  • Afghan security forces inspect the site of a Taliban-claimed deadly suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on April 19, 2016. Armed militants in Afghanistan have staged a coordinated assault on a key government security agency in the capital Tuesday morning, killing many and wounding more than 320 people.
  • Members of the Japan Self-Defense Force search the area where houses were destroyed by a landslide following an earthquake on April 19, 2016, in Minamiaso near Kumamoto, Japan.
  • Maria Victoria, 89, is comforted by her daughter Mariana in Estancia Las Palmas, Ecuador on April 19, 2016. Maria Victoria was injured when a column fell on her after 7.8-magnitude earthquake collapsed her home. The strongest earthquake to hit Ecuador in decades flattened buildings and buckled highways along its Pacific coast, sending the Andean nation into a state of emergency. 
  • Local residents get potable water in Manta, Ecuador, on April 19, 2016.
  • A Syrian man walks past a destroyed water tower in a rebel-held area of Daraa, southern Syria, on April 19, 2016.
  • Japan Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers carry a person found under landslide rubble following an earthquake in Minamiaso town, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, on April 19, 2016.
  • Spanish soldiers of the 7th Airborne Light Infantry Brigade “Galicia” fire a howitzer Light Gun L118 during maneuvers with other units from the Training Center ‘San Gregorio’ in preparation to NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) within the NATO Response Force (NRF) in Zargoza, Spain, on April 19, 2016.
  • Competitors climb on their way to the Col De Riedmatten pass and Col De Tsena Refien pass, during the Glacier Patrol race near Arolla, Switzerland, on April 20, 2016. The Glacier Patrol (Patrouille des Glaciers), organized by the Swiss Army, will take place from April 19-23. Highly-experienced hiker-skiers will trek across the Haute Route along the Swiss-Italian border from Zermatt to Verbier. The race covers 53km by foot and ski, which is equivalent to 110km without altitude difference.
  • Wrestlers from Jonglei and the Eastern Lakes states take part in the South Sudan National Wrestling Competition for peace at Juba Stadium, South Sudan, on April 20, 2016. South Sudan is holding a wrestling for peace tournament, bringing together athletes from around the country. The last big tournament was canceled when civil war broke out in December 2013.
  • The shadows of children are seen on a tent as they play at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, Greece on April 19, 2016.
  • Residents look at smoke rising from the explosion site at Mexican national oil company Pemex’s Pajaritos petrochemical complex in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz state, Mexico, on April 20, 2016.
  • Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) rangers pile up elephant ivory onto a pyre on April 20, 2016, at Nairobi’s national park in preparation for a historic burning of tonnes of ivory, rhino-horn and other confiscated wildlife trophies. Kenya on April 30, 2016 will burn approximately 105 tonnes of confiscated ivory, almost all of the country’s total stockpile. Several African heads of state, conservation experts, high-profile philanthropists and celebrities are slated to be present at the event which they hope will send a strong anti-poaching message.
  • A bird flies above as a fisherman rows a boat in the river Brahmaputra in Gauhati, Assam state, India, on April 20, 2016. Brahmaputra is one of Asia’s largest rivers, which passes through China’s Tibet region, India and Bangladesh before converging into the Bay of Bengal.
  • Security personnel look on as U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Ind., on April 20, 2016.
  • Syrian men ride a motorcycle past destroyed buildings in the rebel-held village of Teir Maalah, on the northern outskirts of Homs on April 20, 2016.
  • Serbian Radical Party supporters light torches during a pre-election rally in Novi Sad, Serbia on April 20, 2016. Serbian voters go to the polls on Sunday in a snap election that will test Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic’s proclaimed bid to lead the Balkan country toward European Union integration.
  • A young Yazidi girl stands in a ray of light in the shrine of Sheikh Adi ibn Musafir during their new years celebrations in Lalish, north of Mosul, Iraq, on April 20, 2016. Iraq has the biggest population of Yazidis worldwide with Lalish being their principal holy site.
  • Fishermen eat on the beach with Queen Elizabeth II projected on the Rock of Gibraltar in background to mark her 90th birthday on April 21, 2016. Queen Elizabeth II is set to celebrate her 90th birthday on April 21, with a family gathering and a cake baked by a reality television star, as a new poll finds Britain’s longest serving monarch is as popular as ever. The queen has reigned for more than 63 years and shows no sign of retiring, even if she has in recent years passed on some of her duties to the younger royals.
  • Children play on a destroyed fighter plane in Juba on April 21, 2016. Fragile hopes for an end to South Sudan’s civil war are being tested by the rebel leader’s failure to return to the capital to form a unity government. International pressure is growing after Riek Machar, a former rebel leader turned deputy president who was fired, became a rebel leader again and has now fought his way back to the vice presidency, failed to appear in Juba as expected on April 18 or 19.
  • Guests dance to Prince music as a slide show flashes images of the artist above the stage during a memorial dance party at the First Avenue nightclub on April 21, 2016, in Minneapolis, Minn. Prince, 57, was pronounced dead shortly after being found unresponsive at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minn., near Minneapolis.
  • Terrance May, a musician who goes by the name May Millions, takes a moment at a growing memorial outside First Avenue, a Minneapolis club where Prince filmed a large portion of his classic movie “Purple Rain” and recorded several songs on the accompanying album in Minneapolis on April 21, 2016. Prince one of the most inventive and influential musicians of modern times with hits including “Little Red Corvette,” ”Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry,” was found dead at his home on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis. He was 57.
  • Kashmiri Muslims hold the burning torches outside the cave shrine of Sakhi Zain-ud-din Wali, a Sufi saint, during an annual torch festival in Aishmuqam, 75 km (47 miles) south of Srinagar on April 21, 2016. Thousands of Kashmiri Muslims who believe in Sufism throng to the shrine of Wali to celebrate the annual torch festival which symbolises the end of the long winter and the beginning of the new sowing season.
  • A woman consoles Andres Eduardo, age 8, whose mother died in the April 16 earthquake, during her funeral in Manta, Ecuador, on April 21, 2016. The Ecuadorian Public Attorney’s Office announced a death toll of 577 from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake, 44 of which remain unidentified.
  • Spectators look on from the Australian Memorial during the WWI Remembered: A Light and Sound Show at the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park on April 21, 2016, in Wellington, New Zealand. On Monday, New Zealanders will commemorate 100 years since the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC) landed on the shores of Gallipoli on April 25, 1915, during World War I. Anzac day is a national holiday in Australia, marked by a dawn service held during the time of the original Gallipoli landing and commemorated with ceremonies and parades throughout the day.
  • Over 100,000 Buddhist monks and novices gather to receive alms at Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple in Pathum Thani, outside Bangkok, on April 22, 2016.



This week, both Japan and Ecuador were struck by earthquakes — Japan’s 6.2 and subsequent 7.0 quakes have killed more than 40 people, while Ecuador’s 7.8 earthquake has killed more than 570 people and injured almost 2,500 in addition. In the Houston, Texas, area, more than a foot of rain has caused massive flooding, resulting in multiple deaths and damaging thousands of homes. Meanwhile, the migrant crisis continued to pose serious problems across Europe.

On Monday, runners and crowds gathered to watch the Boston Marathon. On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton won the New York Democratic primary over Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump won the state’s Republican primary with a wide margin.

Legislators in Brazil voted to impeach President Dilma Rousseff over corruption scandals and a weakening economy. Queen Elizabeth II of England turned 90 this week, and on Friday the world will celebrate the 46th annual Earth Day.

Music legend Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator on Thursday, and died at the age of 57.

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