This Week in Pictures: April 23-29

  • A protester holds a mirror in front of the cordon of the riot police who blocked the street for the Constitutional Court, during the protest dubbed ‘Colorful Revolution’ against Macedonian President Ivanov’s decision on wiretapping amnesty, in Skopje, The Former Yogoslav Republic of Macedonia on April 23, 2016. Ivanov on 12 April decided to abolish all judicial cases related to the big wire-tapping scandal that brought the country to early general elections scheduled for June 5th.
  • A woman points a finger as she is evacuated by a civil defence volunteer following a reported airstrike on April 23, 2016 in the rebel-held neighbourhood of Tareeq al-Bab in the northern city of Aleppo. The barrage of air strikes on Aleppo began around 10:00 local time and hit several neighbourhoods, including the heavily-populated Bustan al-Qasr district, an AFP correspondent in the city said. But the deadliest raid was on the Tareeq al-Bab neighborhood on the eastern edges of the city.
  • Wearing masks of the “Bard of Avon,” members of the public prepare for the parade marking the 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare, in Stratford-upon-Avon in central England on April 23, 2016. William Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday leads the global celebrations to mark 400 years since the playwright’s death, with enough star-studded plays, concerts and parades to bring the town to a standstill.
  • A family is evacuated with a crane from a damaged building following a reported airstrike on April 23, 2016 in the rebel-held neighbourhood of Tareeq al-Bab in the northern city of Aleppo. The barrage of air strikes on Aleppo began around 10:00 local time and hit several neighbourhoods, including the heavily-populated Bustan al-Qasr district, an AFP correspondent in the city said. But the deadliest raid was on the Tareeq al-Bab neighbourhood on the eastern edges of the city.
  • Nizaam Carr from the Stormers of South Africa catches a line out ball during the Super Rugby match between the Stormers and the Reds at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa on April 23, 2016.
  • Tourists watch actors perform the Romeo and Juliet window scene at the house where William Shakespeare was born during celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Britain on April 23, 2016.
  • The Zambrano family lowers a chest of drawers from the second floor of their earthquake-damaged home as they move to a relative’s place one week after the devastating quake in Pedernales, Ecuador on April 23, 2016.
  • Solar Impulse 2 flies over San Francisco, Calif. on April 23, 2016. The solar-powered airplane, which is attempting to circumnavigate the globe to promote clean energy and the spirit of innovation, arrived from Hawaii after a three-day journey across the Pacific Ocean.
  • Pro-white rights organizations the neo-nazi National Socialist Movement and Ku Klux Klan groups participate in a cross and swastika burning in Temple, Ga. on April 23, 2016. The ceremony was held after a day of rallies at Stone Mountain and Rome, Ga. and to show successful collaboration agreements between the NSM and KKK, two white extremist groups.
  • Russian Orthodox church believers attend Orthodox Palm Sunday holiday celebration in Isaac’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia, on April 24, 2016. Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, a week before his crucifixion.
  • US President Barack Obama walks towards Air Force One as he prepares to leave London’s Stansted airport on April 24, 2016, on his way to Germany.
  • A woman holding up a banner reading ‘We Are Missing 43!’ joins relatives of the 43 missing Mexican students of the school of Ayotzinapa, who were last seen on Sept. 26, 2014 in Iguala, Guerrero State, during the presentation of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) second report on the students’ case in Mexico City, Mexico, on April, 24 2016. The group that investigates the violent facts related to the students’ disappearance presented its second report.
  • Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal serves to Japanese tennis player Kei Nishikori during the final of the ATP Barcelona Open “Conde de Godo” tennis tournament in Barcelona on April 24, 2015.
  • Two men dressed as gladiators fight during the celebration of the 2769th anniversary of the founding of Rome, Italy on April 24, 2016.
  • An injured man walks away after Turkish anti riot police used water cannon to disperse people who gathered after a rocket hit a mosque on April 24, 2016 in Kilis. Two rockets fired into Turkey from an area of Syria controlled by the Islamic State group hit the border town of Kilis on Sunday, leaving 16 people injured, media reports said.
  • Ethiopian Christians pray at Deir El Sultan outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed by many to be the site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ, in Jerusalem’s Old City on April 24, 2016 during Palm Sunday.
  • Covered in prayer shawls, ultra-Orthodox Jewish men read from a Thora scroll during the Jewish holiday of Passover in front of the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem’s Old City on April 24, 2016.
  • A bullfighter “picador” prepares to use his lance as he rides his horse in front of a Los Rodeos ranch’s bull during a bullfight at Las Ventas bullring in Madrid, Spain on April 24, 2016.
  • U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend the opening ceremony for Hannover Messe in Hanover, Germany on April 24, 2016.
  • Children, who permanently live at the territory contaminated with radionuclides after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident, take physiotherapy while they are in a children’s rehabilitation and health center on the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus on April 25, 2016.
  • A Kenya police officer load his tear gas launcher to disperse supporters and leaders of the Kenyan Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD), led by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, also the leader of the Orange Democratic Movemet (ODM), after they attempted to forcefully enter the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) offices in Nairobi, Kenya on April 25, 2016.
  • A military helicopter carrying Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is seen arriving during his visit at the joint National assembly gathering in Kabul, Afghanistan on April 25, 2016.
  • A man carries a branch under the rain at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees near the village of Idomeni not far from the Greek-Macedonian border on April 25, 2016. Some 54,000 people, many of them fleeing the war in Syria, have been stranded on Greek territory since the closure of the migrant route through the Balkans in February.
  • A mural dedicated to Freddie Gray is seen on April 25, 2016 in Baltimore, Md. a year after the protests that were sparked by Gray’s death in police custody. Baltimore agreed last year to pay a $6.4 million settlement with the family of Freddie Gray, whose death in custody sparked riots and looting in the gritty city located near the U.S. capital in Washington.
  • Krys Didtrey, left, and Gloria Merriweather, center, of Charlotte, N.C. lead the chants in opposition to House Bill 2 during a protest in the lobby of the State Legislative Building in Raleigh, N.C. on April 25, 2016. A large group of people starting chanting in the lobby moment after the House adjourned for the evening.
  • Kyrgyz military personnel show their skills during an exercises at a military base 10 kilometers outside Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on April 25, 2016.
  • Napoli’s defender from Spain Raul Albiol vies with Roma’s forward from Italy Stephan El Shaarawy during the Italian Serie A football match AS Roma vs Napoli on April 25, 2016 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome.
  • Children keep warm around a bonfire at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees near the village of Idomeni not far from the Greek-Macedonian border on April 25, 2016. Some 54,000 people, many of them fleeing the war in Syria, have been stranded on Greek territory since the closure of the migrant route through the Balkans in February.
  • People take selfies during a Juliana Jabour show at Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil on April 26, 2016.
  • France’s Ysaora Thibus competes during the test event of the Fencing World Championships Women’s Foil Team match for the Bronze for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Carioca Arena 3 of the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on April 26, 2016.
  • Belarusian liquidators, veterans of the Chernobyl, bring flowers to commemorate victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster at the memorial in Minsk, Belarus on April 26, 2016.
  • A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter rests after clashes between the Kurdish Peshmerga and Shiite Hashed al-Shaabi in Tuz Khurmatu, 175 kilometers north of Baghdad, Iraq on April 26, 2016. Local sources said clashes continued between the Kurdish Peshmerga and Shiite Hashed al-Shaabi militia for the third day despite calls for a ceasefire in the multi-ethnic city of Tuz Khurmatu. At least nine people were killed in the clashes that also cut the road between Baghdad and the oil-rich city of Kirkuk.
  • A Sunni Arab family sits in a pick up vehicle as they leave town of Tuz Khurmato because of clashes between Kurdish forces and Shi’ite militia, Iraq on April 26, 2016.
  • A Palestinian man touches the Mandela statue during the inauguration of Nelson Mandela Square in the West Bank city of Ramallah on April 26, 2016.
  • Relatives of the 43 missing students from the Teacher’s Training College Ayotzinapa Raul Isidro Burgos take part in a march to protest against the government’s handling of the investigation in the case of 43 students, to mark the 19-month anniversary of their disappearance, in Mexico City, Mexico on April 26, 2016.
  • Firefighters try to extinguish a fire that broke out in the National Museum of Natural History in the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) complex in New Delhi, India on April 26, 2016. According to police and media reports, 35 fire engines fought to extinguish the blaze. Two firefighters got seriously injured while trying to contain the fire.
  • Afghan residents enter Pakistan after crossing the Torkham Border in Pakistan’s Khyber Agency on April 26, 2016. Torkham is one of two main border crossings between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • A refugee tries to withhold his tent from strong winds at a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, Greece on April 26, 2016.
  • A Hillary Clinton supporter wears a home-made Hillary pantsuit at Clinton’s primary victory rally, April 26, 2016 in Md.
  • Hillary Clinton greets supporters at her victory rally in Md., April 26, 2016.
  • Hillary Clinton speaks to supporters at her victory rally in Md., April 26, 2016.
  • A student activist is detained during a silent protest after Thailand’s election commission filed charges against a group for posting “foul and strong” comments online criticising a military-backed draft constitution, in Bangkok, Thailand on April 27, 2016.
  • Protesters hit the pictures of Former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and Macedonian President George Ivanov with balloons filled with paint in front of the government building, during the protest against Macedonian President Ivanov’s decision on wiretapping amnesty, in Skopje, The Former Yogoslav Republic of Macedonia, on April 27, 2016.
  • A girl with her doll climbs stairs of a train station building at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni on April 27, 2016. Some 54,000 people, many of them fleeing the war in Syria, have been stranded on Greek territory since the closure of the migrant route through the Balkans in February. More than 10,000 are in the overcrowded camp in Idomeni, separated from Macedonia with a double barbed wire fence.
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to speak about foreign policy at the Mayflower Hotel on April 27, 2016 in Washington, DC.
  • Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waves as he arrives to address workers in Tehran, Iran on April 27, 2016.
  • Priscilla Renea performs Prince’s “Purple Rain” during an In Memoriam tribute at the 33rd annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards at the Dolby Ballroom on April 27, 2016, in Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Kohei Kono of Japan vs. Inthanon Sithchamuang of Thailand at the Ota City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan on April 27, 2016.
  • A Syrian boy is comforted as he cries next to the body of a relative who died in a reported airstrike on April 27, 2016 in the rebel-held neighborhood of al-Soukour in the northern city of Aleppo.
  • Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on April 27, 2016.
  • Priestesses dance around the Olympic flame burning in a cauldron, during the handover ceremony at the Panathinean stadium in Athens on April 27, 2016.
  • Vice President Joe Biden steps off a C-17 military transport plane upon his arrival in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, April 28, 2016. Biden arrived in Baghdad on a visit intended to help Iraqi leaders resolve a political crisis that has hindered efforts to defeat the Islamic State group.
  • People clash with French anti-riot police at the Place de la Nation in Paris, on April 28, 2016 during a protest against the French government’s proposed labour reforms. Protesters clashed with police in Paris and western France on April 28 as workers and students across the country made a new push for the withdrawal of a hotly contested labor bill. Demonstrations as well as work stoppages, notably in the aviation and public transport sectors, are planned across France in the latest actions in a protest wave that began two months ago.
  • A supporter of the PHTK presidential candidate Jovenel Moise is arrested by national police officers in front of the parliament building during a protest to demand the government restart the electoral process for a presidential runoff that has been postponed three times, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on April 28, 2016. The U.S. State Department’s special coordinator for Haiti arrived Thursday seeking to help resolve a political standoff that has left elections in the Caribbean nation in limbo.
  • An injured woman reacts at a site hit by airstrikes in the rebel held area of Old Aleppo, Syria on April 28, 2016.
  • Syrian civil defence volunteers and rescuers remove a baby from under the rubble of a destroyed building following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighborhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, on April 28, 2016. The death toll from an upsurge of fighting in Syria’s second city Aleppo rose despite a plea by the UN envoy for the warring sides to respect a February ceasefire.
  • Indian boys jump into the river Ganga to cool off during hot midday sun in Calcutta, eastern India on April 28, 2016.
  • People walk amid the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported air strike on the rebel-held neighborhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 28, 2016. The death toll from an upsurge of fighting in Syria’s second city Aleppo rose despite a plea by the UN envoy for the warring sides to respect a February ceasefire.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally in Springfield, Ore. on April 28, 2016.
  • New Volkswagen cars on a car tower at the VW+plant in Wolfsburg, Germany on April 28, 2016.
  • A protester clashes with riot police during a protest against the proposed changes to France’s working week and layoff practices, in Lyon, central France on April 28, 2016. French protesters are back on the streets over proposed reforms to the country’s labor rules and strikers have forced cancellations and delays at two airports serving Paris.
  • A woman cries at the site of a landslide at a garbage dump in Guatemala City on April 28, 2016. A collapsing pile of refuse in a landfill in Guatemala’s capital on Wednesday killed four people picking through the trash and injured 15 others, emergency officials said.
  • A taxi driver watches his colleagues lining up their vehicles during the demonstration against the use of Uber rideshare application in Lisbon, Portugal on April 29, 2016. Slow convoys are scheduled in the cities of Lisbon, Porto and Faro with more than 5000 taxi drivers asking for the suspension of the Uber service in Portugal.
  • A Christian Orthodox pilgrim holds crosses as she waits in the Via Dolorosa (Way of Suffering) in Jerusalem’s Old City during the Good Friday celebrations, on April 29, 2016. Good Friday is a Christian religious holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary.
  • Children peer from a carriage at a train station turned into a makeshift camp crowded by migrants and refugees, at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece on April 29, 2016. Many thousands of migrants remain at the Greek border with Macedonia, hoping that the border crossing will reopen, allowing them to move north into central Europe.

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This week, Republican presidential candidate and Sen. Ted Cruz named the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina as his running mate, and rival Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gave an uncharacteristically scripted foreign policy speech. On Tuesday, five states – Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island – held their primary elections, culminating in a particularly successful night for Trump, who swept all five states on the Republican side, and Hillary Clinton, who won four out of the five states for the Democrats.

Overseas, the migrant crisis continued across Europe. In Athens, the Olympic Torch, which will burn in Rio de Janeiro this August during the Olympic Games, was handed off to Brazil. In Mexico, protests were held over the handling of evidence surrounding the 43 students missing since 2014. Vice President Joe Biden made a surprise visit to Iraq, and the suspect in last year’s Paris terror attacks was charged with terrorist murders, using bombs and weapons and participation in a terror organization, according to his lawyer. In an airstrike on a hospital affiliated with Doctors Without Borders in Aleppo, Syria, at least 50 people were killed, including doctors, children, and hospital staff members.

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