This Week in Pictures: March 12-18

  • A firefighter uses a hose to put out a fire as it razes a residential areas in San Andres Bukid, metro Manila, March 12, 2016. Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire, local media reported.
  • A Filipino gestures to firemen during a fire in Manila, Philippines, March 12, 2016. According to local reports, a fire which razed a residential area in Manila left six people injured and affected around 200 families.
  • Cal State Bakersfield coach Rod Barnes dances while surrounded by his team following an NCAA college basketball game against New Mexico State in the final of the Western Athletic Conference men’s tournament Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Las Vegas. Bakersfield defeated New Mexico State 57-54.
  • Counter-demonstrators give the finger to far-right demonstrators while demonstrating against far-right groups marching in Berlin calling for Merkel to go on account of her refugee policies on March 12, 2016.
  • An aerial view shows cross-country skiers competing during the 48th Engadin Ski Marathon near the village of Sils, Switzerland, March 13, 2016. According to the organizers, more than 13,000 skiers participated in the 26.2 miles race between Maloja and S-chanf near the Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz.
  • Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) delegates arrive at the Great Hall of the People before a plenary session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing, March 13, 2016. China’s chief prosecutor Cao Jianmin said Sunday that battling “infiltration, subversion and sabotage by hostile forces” is a key priority this year, with terrorists, ethnic separatists and religious extremists all in his crosshairs.
  • The world’s top Go player Lee Sedol reacts before the fourth match of the Google DeepMind Challenge Match against Google’s artificial intelligence program AlphaGo in Seoul, South Korea, March 13, 2016.
  • Security forces evacuate an injured person in Bassam, Ivory Coast, March 13, 2016.
  • Spectators sit in the stands during the German first division Bundesliga football match Borussia Dortmund v 1 FSV Mainz 05 in Dortmund, on March 13, 2016.
  • South Africa’s Kwagga Smith, top, grabs the ball while lifted by teammate Kyle Brown in front of Wales’ Sam Cross, left, during World Rugby Sevens Series’ Canada Sevens tournament action in Vancouver, British Columbia, March 13, 2016.
  • Women cry over the coffin of a car bombing victim during a commemoration ceremony in a mosque in Ankara, Turkey, March 14, 2016.
  • In this picture taken on Sunday, March 13, 2016, a young man jumps over a fire during a celebration marking the upcoming Clean Monday, the first day of Great Lent in the Eastern Orthodox Christian church calendar, on the hills surrounding the village of Poplaca, Sibiu county, in the central Romanian Transylvania region. Romanian villagers set light to piles of used tires and lit fires in the Transylvanian hills in a ritual that marks the beginning of Orthodox Lent before Easter.
  • A relative of the Turkish Cermik family of which three members - father Muharrem Cermik, mother Bagdat Cermik and daughter Perihan Cermik - became victims to a car bomb explosion in Ankara on March 13 mourns over their coffins during a funeral ceremony in Ankara, Turkey, March 14, 2016.
  • Demonstrators attend a protest against Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, part of nationwide protests calling for her impeachment, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, March 13, 2016.
  • A man climbs up a wooden pole during Maslenitsa celebrations at Gorky park in Moscow, Russia, March 13, 2016. Maslenitsa is widely viewed as a pagan holiday marking the end of winter and is celebrated with pancake eating and shows of strength, while the Orthodox Church considers it as the week of feasting before Lent.
  • Police use their riot shields to shelter from the rain during a protest by taxi drivers outside the presidential palace Jakarta, Indonesia March 14, 2016.
  • Fans watch from the roof of the Green Monster as the Pittsburgh Pirates play the Boston Red Sox in the sixth inning of an interleague spring training baseball game, Monday, March 14, 2016, in Fort Myers, Fla.
  • A sector of the Jalousie neighborhood, Petion Ville commune of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince is seen during night fall on March 14, 2016.
  • Taxi drivers stand beside their vehicles during mass stikes in Jakarta, Indonesia, March 14, 2016. More than a thousand taxi and others public transportation drivers in Jakarta held a mass strike against transportation-based online application including car-booking applications Uber and GrabTaxi.
  • People walk the steps to a street in the Jalousie neighborhood, Petion Ville commune of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, March 14, 2016.
  • A police cordon is seen while Ivorian police prepare to inspect the area of the hotel Etoile du Sud following an attack by gunmen from al Qaeda’s North African branch, in Grand Bassam, Ivory Coast, March 14, 2016.
  • Women mourn over the coffin of a car bombing victim during a commemoration ceremony in a mosque in Ankara, Turkey, March 14, 2016.
  • A Moroccan doctor checks Syrian baby Siwar who was born by caesarean section in a field hospital in Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, March 7, 2016. Siwar is the third child of a Syrian family from Daraa who fled to Jordan two years ago. She is their second child to be born in the camp. Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, 50-80 Syrian children were born in the Zaatari refugee camp each week, according to the official website of UNHCR.
  • Members of the military band practice during rehearsal ahead the closing of the Fourth Session of the 12th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People (GHOP) in Beijing, China, March 14, 2016. The CPPCC is the top advisory body of the Chinese political system and runs alongside the annual plenary meetings of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC), together known as ‘Lianghui’ or ‘Two Meetings’.
  • Protesters wait before dawn outside a church at Lenoir-Rhyne University before a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Hickory, N.C., March 14, 2016.
  • A hot air balloon is seen flying over Lake Burley Griffin at the Canberra Balloon Festival in Canberra, Australia, March 14, 2016. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Canberra Balloon Festival considered one of the biggest hot air balloon festivals in the world.
  • A woman reacts as she looks for her son along the beach in Grand Bassam, some 40 kms east of Abidjan on March 14 , 2016, a day after gunmen attacked the Ivory Coast resort town popular with Ivorians and Westerners, killing fourteen civilians and two soldiers.
  • A youth fishes by hand using fishing line on the shores of Regla, as commuters cross the bay by ferry to Havana, Cuba, March 14, 2016. People who fish here tend to catch small sardines and a fish known as “bonito.” U.S. President Barack Obama will travel to Cuba on March 20.
  • Stunned crowds gather in south Cocoa Beach as they watch a landmark, the Pumpkin Center, that was once owned by Al Neuharth, founder of USA Today, burn to the ground late Tuesday night, March 15, 2016, in Cocoa Beach, Fla.
  • An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man covers his hat with a plastic bag to avoid rain during the wedding of the grandson of the Rabbi of the Tzanz Hasidic dynasty community, in Netanya, Israel, March 15, 2016.
  • A man in an Easter bunny costume walking a sheep and two lambs, during a press conference for the public exhibition “Dresdner Ostern,” in Dresden, Germany, March 15, 2016.
  • Kong Raya (C), is escorted by police officers as he arrives the Municipal Court of Phnom Penh, March 15, 2016. A Cambodian court convicted and sentenced the university student to one-and-a-half years in prison on Tuesday for a Facebook post, calling for a regime change.
  • A farmer harvests broccoli in the town of al-Ansariyeh south of Sidon, Lebanon, March 15, 2016.
  • A group of riders kick up dust as they ride on a district road during the 93km Stage 2 of the 2016 ABSA Cape Epic, Saronsberg South Africa, March 15, 2016.
  • Relatives mourn over the body of Qasim Jaber who was shot and killed together with Ameer Junaidi during their funeral in the West Bank city of Hebron, March 15, 2016. The two were killed Monday by Israeli troops after opening fire near the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba, Israeli military said.
  • Voters line up before daylight to cast their ballots at Cary Fire Station 9 in Cary, N.C., March 15, 2016.
  • A migrant child sits behind plastic sheets covering tents during a rainfall in a makeshift camp at the northern Greek border post of Idomeni, Greece, March 15, 2016. Some hundreds of migrants walked out Monday of an overcrowded camp on the Greek-Macedonian border Monday, in an effort to circumnavigate border controls and travel north toward central Europe, but were returned to Greece.
  • The sun partially veiled by branches of a weeping willow near Mallnow, Germany, March 16, 2016. 
  • Fumigation fog fills the Vedado neighborhood after soldiers sprayed to kill mosquitos in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Authorities are fumigating in an attempt to prevent the spread of zika, chikungunya and dengue, after the World Health Organization declared Zika to be a global emergency last month.
  • Two hands grasp the curtains to pull them open just before Republican U.S. presidential candidate Governor John Kasich emerges to deliver his victory speech after winning the Ohio Republican presidential primary, during his rally at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, March 15, 2016.
  • A child bites on a U.S. flag as he waits for Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio to make an announcement that he is suspending his campaign at an event in Miami, Fla, March 15, 2016.
  • An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man uses binoculars during the wedding ceremony the grandson of Rabbi Yosef Dov Moshe Halberstam, religious leader of the Sanz Hasidic dynasty and the granddaughter of the religious leader of Toldos Avraham Yitzchak Hasidic dynasty, in Netanya, Israel, March 15, 2016. Picture taken March 15, 2016.
  • The son of an Iraqi Shiite fighters from the group Asaib Ahl al-Haq (The League of the Righteous) who was killed in Syria in the ongoing battle against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists mourns over his father’s coffin during the funeral of eight members of the brigade in the holy city of Najaf on March 16, 2016.
  • Democratic and Independent Cape Verdean Union (UCID) supporters attend a political rally for the legislative elections in Mindelo, Sao Vicente Island, Cape Verde, March 16, 2016.
  • Indian villagers are covered in colored powder during the Lathmar Holi festival at the Radha Rani temple in Barsana, some 130kms from New Delhi on March 16, 2016.
  • An Indonesian visitor walks past an interior decoration at a shopping mall in Jakarta, Indonesia, March 16, 2016. According to International Monetary Fund (IMF), Indonesia’s Economic growth is forecast to see a moderate acceleration to around five percent in 2016, as investment activity would lead the economic recovery.
  • Amira B. arrives for testimony at a local court in Munich, southern Germany, March 17, 2016. A court in Munich wants witness Amira B. to take off her veil during the appeal hearings which she refused in the first trial because of her religious views.
  • Lufthansa CFO Simone Menne (L) stands with personnel before a news conference at Lufthansa headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, March 17, 2016.
  • Students from a martial arts school practice Shaolin Kung Fu on cliffs in Dengfeng, Henan Province, China, March 17, 2016.
  • A Muslim woman pushes a buggy under a railway bridge in London, Britain, March 17, 2016.
  • An Emirati man watches a concert conducted by German-born music conductor Christoph Eschenbach leading an orchestra playing local Gulf melodies merged with Western symphonies in a performance inspired by the Louvre Abu Dhabi on March 16, 2016, in the Emirati capital.
  • A man casts his shadow on the ground as he is jogging between German parliament buildings through the government district in Berlin, Germany, March 17, 2016.
  • A veiled Indian woman walks on the street in Barsana, some 130kms from New Delhi on March 16, 2016.
  • In this March 16, 2016 photo, a Muslim man performs Zikr, or remembrance of god, as he celebrates a Moulid, which commemorates the birth of Sayeda Nafisa, a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad through his grandson Hasan, in front of the mosque named after her, in Cairo, Egypt.
  • Fog obscures the burled arch over the finish line of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska, on March 17, 2016. Eighty-five mushers began the nearly 1,000-mile race to Nome from Anchorage on March 6. As of Thursday morning, 43 mushers had reached Nome, 13 have scratched and 29 remain on the trail. 
  • A businessman stands at a pond in the Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Garden on a warm and sunny day in Tokyo, Japan, March 18, 2016. 

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump scored resounding victories in Tuesday’s primaries, leaving Bernie Sanders in the dust and forcing Marco Rubio to quit the presidential race.

A deadly bombing in Turkey’s capital, Ankara, left more than 30 people dead over 100 wounded in the second such attack in two months. In Ivory Coast, 18 people were killed in an attack at a seaside resort. And a massive fire broke out in Manila, Philippines.

And in the sporting world, it was all about March Madness brackets and the kickoff to the NCAA basketball championships.

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