This Week in Pictures: April 9-15

  • Syrian children run with balloons past heavily damaged buildings in the neighborhood of Jobar, on the eastern outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus on April 9, 2016.
  • Members of the sect of Legio Maria (Latin for Legion of Mary) attend a funeral service for one of the sects founders, Cardenal Wilson Oweno Obimos, led by Legio Marias own Pope, Raphael Titus (unseen) in the western Kenya town of Kisumu, on April 9, 2016. Legio Maria also known as Legio Maria of African Church Mission, is an African initiated church or new religious movement popular among particularly the Luo people of western Kenya. It was initiated by repeated appearances of a mystic woman to several Roman Catholic members delivering messages on the incarnation of the son of God as a black man.
  • People raise their hands as they participate in the “Nuit debout” (Up All Night) movement on the place of Cours Julien on April 9, 2016, in Marseille, southern France. Anger over labor reforms has spawned a protest movement dubbed “Up All Night” that is taking over French city squares, with young people gathering until dawn demanding social change. 
  • An overhead view of the Moto3 qualifying 1 is seen during the 2016 Grand Prix of the Americas MotoGP race at circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas, on April 9, 2016. 
  • A migrant after inhaling teargas thrown by Macedonian police on a crowd of more than 500 refugees and migrants protesting next to a border fence at a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border, April 10, 2016. 
  • Thousands of runners are seen during a long exposure crossing the Reichsbrucke bridge over the Danube river, during the Vienna City Marathon in Vienna, Austria, on April 10, 2016. This year, around 42 thousand participants were estimated to take part at the Vienna Marathon. 
  • Daniel Berger leaps to check his shot out of a fourth hole bunker during the final round of the Masters golf tournament, April 10, 2016, in Augusta, Ga.
  • A Quechua indigenous woman gives her ID card to an electoral worker before casting her vote during general elections in Iquicha, Peru, April 10, 2016. With the daughter of Peru’s jailed former strongman the runaway favorite to get the most votes in Sunday’s presidential election, all eyes are on the race for second place and the right to face Keiko Fujimori in an expected presidential runoff. Also up for grabs on Sunday are all the seats in Peru’s Congress.
  • People talk to their relatives at a wall separating Mexico and the United States, as photographed from Playas Tijuana, in Tijuana, Mexico, April 10, 2016. Picture taken April 10, 2016.
  • People jump off a bridge, which has a height of 30 meters, in Hortolandia, Brazil, April 10, 2016. According to organizers, 149 people were attempting set a new world record for “rope jumping,” in which people, tied to a safety cord, jump off a bridge.
  • Journalist Hassan Hanafi, convicted of murdering colleagues for the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab jihadist group, is tied to a wooden post before being executed by firing squad at a police academy square in Mogadishu on April 11, 2016. Hassan Hanafi, was sentenced to death last month after military judges said he had confessed to his role in the killing of five journalists after been arrested in August 2014 in Kenya and extradited to Somalia late that year.
  • Dancing parties of youth and students took place Monday across the country on the occasion of the 4th anniversary of supreme leader Kim Jong Un’s assumption of the top posts of the party and the state, in this photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 11, 2016.
  • A man looks out from an opening in a wall as residential buildings stand in the distance in the Jiading district of Shanghai, China, April 11, 2016. 
  • Britain’s Prince William, signs visitor’s book as his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge looks on after paying their tributes at the India Gate war memorial, in the memory of the soldiers from Indian regiments who served in World War I, in New Delhi, India, April 11, 2016.
  • Migrants and refugees scuffle with Greek police after they tried to push a train carriage through a police bus on rail tracks leading to Macedonia at a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, Greece, April 11, 2016.
  • People gather and watch atop the Lapa arches as anti-impeachment protestors attend a rally while former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, “Lula,” speaks below supporting President Dilma Rousseff in the historic Lapa neighborhood on April 11, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazil’s congressional impeachment committee approved the motion to proceed with President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment process today. A full vote by the lower house of Congress on the impeachment is scheduled for Sunday to decide whether she will face trial.
  • Afghans and security forces inspect damage to a bus after a suicide attack in Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan, April 11, 2016. An Afghan official says that at least 12 new army recruits have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the eastern city of Jalalabad, Ahsanullah Shinwari, head of the Jalalabad hospital, said.
  • Members of the impeachment committee celebrate after voting on the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at the National Congress in Brasilia, Brazil, April 11, 2016.
  • Fishermen cast their lines in the Detroit River as the Sam Laud, an iron ore freighter, travels through the fog, April 11, 2016, in Detroit.
  • A boy looks out of a bus window as refugees from Syria and Iraq board a bus transferring them to a new organised hosting facility in Attica from the port of Piraeus, Greece, April 11, 2016, where almost 5,000 migrants and refugees have been staying for more than a month. Approximately 180 persons, mostly families from Syria, were transferred from Piraeus port to the new facility in Skaramangas. The buses that transferred the refugees will return to Pireaus to collect more refugees and migrants in order to evacuate the port.
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews collect water from a mountain spring outside Jerusalem, Israel, April 11, 2016. The week-long Jewish holiday of Passover commemorates the Jewish exodus from Egypt in Biblical times.
  • Syrians pass by campaign posters for parliamentary candidates as they gather in the Marjeh square in Damascus, Syria, April 11, 2016. The vote — expected to be a rubber stamp of President Bashar Assad’s loyalists — will only proceed in government-controlled areas as the Damascus authorities are unable to organize any balloting in rebel-controlled areas or the territory under the Islamic State group. 
  • Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant and teammates gather before an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., April 11, 2016. Bryant will retire from the NBA at the end of the current season after playing in the league for the Los Angeles Lakers for nearly 20 years. Bryant’s last game in the NBA will be on April 13 in Los Angeles against the Utah Jazz.
  • Tourists float in the Dead Sea, Israel, April 12, 2016. 
  • Republican presidential candidate Governor John Kasich of Ohio talks to reporters from his car after delivering a speech at the Women’s National Republican Club in New York, April 12, 2016. 
  • Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates at the end of the Champions League 2nd leg quarterfinal soccer match between Real Madrid and VfL Wolfsburg at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, April 12, 2016.
  • Men lay across the rail tracks preventing a Greece locomotive to drive away a cargo wagon at the makeshift camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, April 12, 2016. More than 12,000 people have been stuck here for more than a month with hopes that the border would reopen.
  • Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at Gene’s Auto Parts, April 12, 2016, in Traverse City, Mich.
  • A U.S. Navy picture shows what appears to be a Russian Sukhoi SU-24 attack aircraft making a very low pass close to the U.S. guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea in this picture taken April 12, 2016, and released April 13, 2016. Two Russian warplanes with no visible weaponry flew near the destroyer in what one U.S. official described as one of the most aggressive interactions in recent memory. 
  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tosses his coat during a rally at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, N.Y., April 12, 2016.
  • Roger Federer of Switzerland serves during the second round match against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain on day three of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters at Monte-Carlo Sporting Club on April 12, 2016, in Monte-Carlo, Monaco.
  • Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., waves at the crowd during a campaign rally at Washington Square, April 13, 2016 in New York. 
  • An unidentified relative of Raja Begum, a 70-year-old woman, who was hit by gunfire Tuesday, grieves during her funeral in Langate some 75 kilometers (47 miles) north of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, April 13, 2016. 
  • Young monks take a break from their studies at Changangkha Lhakhang temple in Thimphu, Bhutan, April 13, 2016. Built in the 12th century, Changangkha Lhakhang is the oldest temple in Thimphu. 
  • A man looks at his mobile phone while riding a motorcycle in floodwaters on a rainy day in Sanaa, Yemen, April 13, 2016.
  • A Syrian policeman casts his vote at a polling station during the parliamentary election in Damascus, Syria, April 13, 2016. Polling stations opened in government-held parts of Syria where a new 250-member parliament will be elected.
  • Nepalese devotees pull ropes tied to the chariot of Hindu god Bhairava as destroyed houses from last year’s earthquake are seen during Bisket Jatra festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal, April 13, 2016. During the festival, also regarded as Nepalese New Year, images of the Hindu god Bhairava and his female counterpart Bhadrakali are enshrined in two large chariots and pulled to an open square after which rituals and festivities are performed.
  • Audience members hold up props to match the eyebrows and glasses of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders before his campaign rally in Washington Square Park in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York, New York, April 13, 2016.
  • President Barack Obama blows bubbles during the 2016 White House Science Fair in Washington, April 13, 2016. The bubble maker was made on a 3D printer by Jacob Leggette, 9, of Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Protesters burn the picture of Macedonian President George Ivanov during the protest against Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov’s decision on wiretapping amnesty, in Skopje, Macedonia, April 13, 2016. Ivanov decided to abolish all judicial cases related to the big wire-tapping scandal that brought the country to early general elections scheduled for June 5. The crisis started in 2015 when opposition SDSM started to publish illegally recorded wire-tapped phone conversations of the highest governmental officials claiming they show financial crime and eventual evidences of electoral frauds of the ruling conservative VMRO-DPMNE party of then PM Gruevski. Gruevski denied everything saying “foreign intelligence services” are trying to topple his government he was administrating from 2006.
  • The wind lifts Pope Francis’ clerical clothes during the General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City, April 13, 2016.
  • Atletico Madrid’s French forward Antoine Griezmann (C) celebrates with his teammate Koke (R) after scoring the 2-0 lead from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League quarter final, second leg soccer match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona at Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, April 13, 2016. Atletico Madrid won 3-2 on aggregate.
  • Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant walks off the court after finishing his last NBA basketball game before retirement, against the Utah Jazz on April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles.
  • A man in a Donald Trump mask joins hundreds of protesters as they march during a demonstration near a midtown hotel which is hosting a black-tie fund-raiser for the state Republican Party on April 14, 2016 in New York City. 
  • A devotee is smeared with a vermillion powder while celebrating the “Sindoor Jatra” vermillion powder festival at Thimi, in Bhaktapur, Nepal, April 14, 2016.
  • Chacha, the male chimp, screams at a worker in Sendai, northern Japan, April 14, 2016, after fleeing from a zoo. The chimpanzee tried desperately to avoid being captured by climbing an electric pole. Chacha was on the loose nearly two hours Thursday after it disappeared from the Yagiyama Zoological Park in Sendai, the city that’s hosting finance ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations in May. 
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during a meeting with journalists after a live broadcast nationwide call-in in Moscow, Russia, April 14, 2016. 
  • President Obama as he stands next to retired Army Capt. William Reynolds and Vice President Biden after the veteran introduced the president at the Wounded Warrior Ride, a cycling event for wounded veterans, April 14, 2016. 
  • Jeff Zucker, current president of CNN Worldwide, approaches Brooklyn’s Navy Yard as preparations continue for the CNN Debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, April 14, 2016.
  • A grilled cheese is shared at Brooklyn’s Navy Yard as preparations continue for the CNN Debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, April 14, 2016.
  • DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz speaks to reporters at Brooklyn’s Navy Yard as preparations continue for the CNN Debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, April 14, 2016.
  • Residents wrap themselves in blankets as they take shelter outside the town hall of Mashiki, near Kumamoto city, southern Japan, after the earthquake early April 15, 2016. Rescuers in southern Japan were searching for trapped residents in at least two dozen collapsed houses after a powerful 6.5 earthquake struck Thursday evening with a force that knocked out power and water and swept people off their feet.

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The week was a big one in sports, with upsets in major championships in golf, soccer, and basketball, as well as the spectacular end of an era as Kobe Bryant played the last game of his career.

It was a powerful week in politics, too. 

At the White House, President Obama hosted the Wounded Warriors Ride, along with the last science fair of his presidency.

On the campaign trail, a Bernie Sanders rally in Washington Square Park was attended by a staggering 27,000, supporters, and the race for the White House intensified as Sander’s and Hillary Clinton met once more on the debate stage, this time in Brooklyn, New York.

People also turned out for enormously significant votes in Brazil, Peru and Syria. 

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