This Week in Pictures: Feb. 13-19

  • A helicopter flies past plumes of smoke during firefighting efforts on a train trestle parallel to Interstate 10 near the Bonnet Carre Spillway, west of New Orleans on Feb. 13, 2016. A CN Railway spokesman says it typically carries four to eight freight trains a day, plus one passenger train in each direction.
  • Pope Francis, seen on the other side of the framed glass that usually holds the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, holds a flower bouquet as he prays to her inside a private room at the Basilica built in her honor, during Mass in Mexico City, Feb. 13, 2016. The image in the frame was removed and placed inside the private room. The pontiff’s five-day visit included a prayer before the Virgin of Guadalupe shrine, the largest and most important Marian shrine in the world and one that is particularly important to the first Latin American pope.
  • Fashion from the Christian Siriano Fall-Winter 2016 collection is modeled during Fashion Week on Feb. 13, 2016, in New York.
  • Emergency personnel work at the scene of a fatal crash near Fredericksburg, Pa., Feb. 13, 2016. The pileup left tractor-trailers, box trucks and cars tangled together across several lanes of traffic and into the snow-covered median.
  • Dust and debris rise above houses after a cliff collapsed due to an earthquake on the Whitewash Head area, located above Scarborough Beach in the suburb of Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand, Feb. 14, 2016. A strong 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck near Christchurch in New Zealand on Sunday, causing cliffs to collapse into the sea but no major damage to the city, which was devastated by a 2011 quake which killed nearly 200 people.
  • A guest wears high-heels featuring Bambi figures at the ‘Lausbubenparty’ during the 66th annual Berlin International Film Festival, in Berlin, Germany, Feb. 13, 2016.
  • Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. shakes hands with motorcycle police that escorted his motorcade, before departing the airport for campaign events in Colorado, Feb. 13, 2016, in Reno, Nev.
  • A woman walks to a polling booth during the second round of presidential and legislative elections in the mostly Muslim PK5 neighbourhood of Bangui, Central African Republic, Feb. 14, 2016.
  • Indiana’s Max Bielfeldt, center, and Michigan State’s Alvin Ellis III, left, and Matt Costello, right, vie for a rebound during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State won 88-69.
  • Druse participate in a rally, demanding the return of the Golan Heights, captured by Israel in 1967, close to the Syrian border in Buqata in the Golan Heights, Feb. 14, 2016. The annual demonstration is in protest of the 1981 Israeli law in which the Jewish state annexed the strategic plateau it captured from Syria during 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
  • A woman is given first aid after she was overcome by the effects of tear gas during clashes in Istanbul, Feb. 14, 2016, between police forces and people protesting against security operations against Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey. Turkey imposed curfews in mainly Kurdish towns and districts in December while its security forces battled militants linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, who set up barricades, dug trenches and primed explosives in the areas they have declared to be under Kurdish self-rule.
  • Migrating Cranes flocking at the Hula Lake conservation area, north of the Sea of Galilee, in northern Israel, Feb. 14, 2016. More than half a billion birds of some 400 different species pass through the Jordan Valley to Africa and go back to Europe during the year.
  • A protester holding a petrol bomb walks amidst tear gas during clashes in Istanbul, Feb. 14, 2016, between police forces and people protesting against security operations against Kurdish rebels in southeastern Turkey.
  • A boy plays at sunset with shadows on the wall of the cathedral of San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas State, on Feb. 14, 2014, on the eve of the arrival of Pope Francis for an open-air mass. Pope Francis urged Mexicans on Sunday to reject the devil and build a nation free of “merchants of death” during an open-air mass with 300,000 people in a crime-ridden city.
  • A child stands in front of a voters’ list at a polling station in Bangui, Central African Republic, Feb. 14, 2016. Two former prime ministers, Faustin Archange Touadera and Anicet Georges Dologuele, are running neck-and-neck in the second round of presidential elections to end years of violence pitting Muslims against Christians in the Central African Republic. Central Africans will also vote in Legislative elections.
  • A model presents a creation by Victoria Beckham during the Fall 2016 New York Fashion Week on Feb. 14, 2016, in New York.
  • A protestor prepares to throw molotov cocktail at Turkish police during a demonstration against government imposed curfews imposed on areas of eastern Turkey, on Feb. 14, 2016 in Istanbul.
  • A Filipino vendor arranges roses at a flower market in Manila, Philippines on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
  • Hindu priests hold traditional incense lamps as they perform a ritual known as “Aarti” on the banks of Sangam - the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati rivers - during the annual religious festival of Magh Mela in Allahabad, India, Feb. 14, 2016. The festival is an annual religious event held during the Hindu month of Magh, when thousands of devotees take a holy dip at Sangam.
  • Marseille’s French goalkeeper Steve Mandanda is pictured as the match is interrupted due to smoke bombs during the French L1 football match Nice (OGC Nice) vs Marseille (OM) on Feb. 14, 2016 at the “Allianz Riviera” stadium in Nice, southeastern France.
  • A bus window is covered by snow and ice, Feb. 14, 2016, in Evanston, Ill. Snow has now overspread nearly all of the Chicago Metro area early Sunday afternoon and is expected to continue into the night before ending.
  • A protester gestures after he saw a dead protester in Kampala, Uganda, Feb. 15, 2016.
  • A child peeks through a classroom in a school set in the Mpoko refugee camp near the airport in Bangui, Central African Republic, Monday Feb. 15, 2016. Over 6000 children attend the school ran by a local NGO and funded by the UN. Two former prime ministers, Faustin Archange Touadera and Anicet Georges Dologuele, ran in the second round of presidential elections Sunday to end years of violence pitting Muslims against Christians in the Central African Republic. Central Africans will also vote in Legislative elections. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
  • A Palestinian woman cries as she asks for a travel permit to cross into Egypt through the Rafah border crossing, in the southern Gaza Strip, Feb. 15, 2016.
  • A Greyhound poses for a portrait with its handler at the 140th Annual Westminster Dog Show, Feb. 15, 2016. The dog show features hound, toy, non-sporting, herding, sporting, working and terrier groups, of which there are 199 breeds and varieties eligible.
  • People atop a barrier wall listen to Pope Francis’ message during Mass in San Cristobal De Las Casas, Mexico, Feb. 15, 2016. Francis is celebrating Mexico’s Indians on Monday with a visit to Chiapas state, a center of indigenous culture, where he will preside over a Mass in three native languages thanks to a new Vatican decree approving their use in liturgy. The visit is also aimed at boosting the faith in the least Catholic state in Mexico. 
  • An attendee looks at her cellular device while lining up to enter the Tommy Hilfiger Fall/Winter 2016 collection presentation during New York Fashion Week, Feb. 15, 2016. The show took place on a giant faux ship in the Park Avenue Armory on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
  • People cross a street in a business district in Tokyo, Japan, Feb. 16, 2016. The Bank of Japan’s negative interest rates came into effect on Tuesday in a radical plan already deemed a failure by financial markets, highlighting Tokyo’s lack of options to spur growth as global markets sputter.
  • A man eagerly awaits competition in the 140th Westminster Dog Show in New York City, Feb. 15, 2016. Labrador Retrievers are the most common entrants in this year’s show with 51 dogs, followed by 50 Golden Retrievers and 48 French bulldogs.
  • Nuns wait for the arrival of Pope Francis at the Venustiano Carranza stadium in Morelia, Michoacan State, Mexico on Feb. 16, 2016. Pope Francis heads Tuesday to Mexico’s troublesome western state of Michoacan, where the cult-like Knights Templar drug cartel and its pseudo-messianic leader terrorized the population until farmers revolted against them.
  • A competitor struts its stuff at the 140th Annual Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 16, 2016.
  • A woman walks with an umbrella in the rain past a U.S. flag painted on a building in the Manhattan borough of New York, Feb. 16, 2016.
  • A supporter wears a sticker on his hat of Uganda’s long-time President Yoweri Museveni at an election rally at Kololo Airstrip in Kampala, Uganda Feb. 16, 2016. Opposition leader Kizza Besigye, in a close race with Museveni, said Tuesday he does not believe the election will be free and fair.
  • An assistant trainer gets emotional at the 140th Annual Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Feb. 16. 2016.
  • An army soldier visits a home during an operation to eradicate Aedes aegypti mosquito breeding sites, in the Brazlandia neighborhood of Brasilia, Brazil, Feb. 17, 2016. The Aedes aegypti mosquito is a vector for the spread of the Zika virus and it lives largely inside homes and can lay eggs in even a bottle-cap’s worth of stagnant water.
  • Russian cadets rest during rehearsals in the dance hall at the Moscow Presidential Cadet School of the Internal Troops of Russia in Moscow, Russia, Feb. 17, 2016.The school was established on the basis of the Moscow Cossack cadet corps by decree of President Putin on 23 July 2015. Currently, the school has 374 cadets enrolled, from grades 5 to 11.
  • A male and as yet unnamed Francois’ Langur monkey infant is held by his mother Ena, as he makes his public debut, at Howletts Wild Animal Park in Bekesbourne, England, Feb. 17, 2016.
  • Security guards run alongside the popemobile transporting Pope Francis to a ramp near the Mexican-U.S. border fence, where he offered a prayer for migrants, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Feb. 17, 2016. After a brief moment of prayer, Francis walked down the ramp and got back on his popemobile to head for the fairgrounds, where he celebrated his last Mass during a five-day Mexico tour. 
  • Visitors are silhouetted as flags fly at half-staff around the base of the Washington Monument in Washington, Feb. 16, 2016, in honor of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia who died over the weekend at age 79. 
  • Children take part at the CoderDojo in the Ziggo Dome, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Feb. 17, 2016. CoderDojo is an initiative from Ireland where children learn to program, build websites and develop applications.
  • Karamojong tribesmen stand in town of Kaabong in Karamoja region, Uganda, Feb. 17, 2016.
  • Texas Tech’s Toddrick Gotcher runs toward fans to celebrate after an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech won 65-63.
  • A hospital worker resists against riot police during a protest against planned pension reforms by the Greek government outside the entrance of the Finance Ministry during a protest against planned pension reforms by the Greek government, in Athens, Greece, Feb. 18, 2016.
  • A Karamojong tribesman sits as he waits to vote at a polling station during elections in a village near the town of Kaabong in Karamoja region, Uganda, Feb. 18, 2016.
  • An active aurora borealis hovers over downtown Juneau and the Mendenhall glacier on Feb. 18, 2016, in Juneau, Alaska.
  • A model presents a creation from Juanjo Oliva’s Fall/Winter 2016 collection during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Madrid, Spain, Feb. 19, 2016.
  • The casket of late Justice Antonin Scalia is carried by pallbearers between two lines of law clerks, up the steps of the Supreme Court to lie in repose inside, in Washington, DC, Feb. 19, 2016. Scalia’s funeral will be held 20 February at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, followed by a private burial. 

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Pope Francis wrapped up his six-day trip to Mexico this week, standing in solidarity with immigrants making their way to the U.S. in search of opportunity. 

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away at the age of 79. 

Lovers around the world celebrated Valentine’s Day. Some 3,000 canines strutted their stuff in the 140th Annual Westminster Dog Show. And models and fashionistas braved the cold for fashion week in New York City. 

Ugandans went to the polls, and Central Africans will vote in Legislative elections. On Thursday, Turkish fighter jets fired on Syrian Kurdish rebel positions across the border in northern Iraq in retaliation for an attack in Ankara on Wednesday that killed at least 28 people.

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