This Week in Pictures: March 19-25

  • Marcia Espinosa, 55, watches pictures of US President Barack Obama shown during a local TV news program in her home in Havana, March 19, 2016.
  • Teenagers on roller skates hold on to each other as they are pulled by a vintage car to move along a street in Havana, Cuba, March 19, 2016.
  • An Asiatic elephant returns to camp with his food in Kaziranga National Park in the Nagaon district of Assam, India, March 19, 2016.
  • A Marine Corps carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Marine Corp Staff Sgt. Louis Cardin of Temecula, California, March 21, 2016, at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. According to the Defense Department, Cardin died March 19, 2016, in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in northern Iraq, from wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his unit with rocket fire.
  • Locals sell to visitors plastic bags containing air collected at the mountainous environment protection zone in Qingyuan, Guangdong province, March 19, 2016.
  • A newly married couple ride in a vintage car on the Malecon in Havana, Cuba, March 19, 2016. President Barack Obama will visit the island on March 20. During his three-day trip, the first to the country by a sitting US president in nearly 90 years, he will meet with President Raul Castro at the Palace of the Revolution and attend an exhibition baseball game.
  • Ohio State’s Myles Martin reacts after defeating Penn State’s Bo Nickal in the 174-pound championship match of the NCAA Division I wrestling championships, March 19, 2016, in New York.
  • Air Force One carrying US President Barack Obama and his family flies over a neighborhood of Havana as it approaches the runway to land at Havana’s international airport, March 20, 2016.
  • A women casts her ballot for the second round of the presidential election at the polling station in Niamey on March 20, 2016. Voters in Niger cast ballots in the country’s first-ever presidential run-off on March 20, 2016, with incumbent Mahamadou Issoufou on track for a second term as the opposition observed a boycott. The election pits 64-year-old Issoufou, a former mining engineer nicknamed “the Lion,” against jailed opposition leader Hama Amadou, 66, known as “the Phoenix” for his ability to make political comebacks.
  • Riot police detain a pro-Kurdish demonstrator during a gathering to celebrate the spring festival of Newroz despite of a ban from the governorship in Istanbul, Turkey, March 20, 2016.
  • People climb a window grate as they get wet in the rain in hopes of catching a glimpse of President Barack Obama during his visit to Cathedral Square in Old Havana, Cuba, March 20, 2016. Obama’s trip is a crowning moment in his and Cuban President Raul Castro’s ambitious effort to restore normal relations between their countries.
  • Election officials count votes by flashlight inside a school used as a polling station during elections in Niamey, Niger, March 20, 2016. Niger’s president is running for a second term against an opponent who had to campaign from behind bars before being flown last week to Paris for medical treatment. President Mahamadou Issoufou finished first in the first round of balloting last month but without the majority he needed to avoid a second round.
  • A member of the Brotherhood of Gentlemen Legionnaires of Asturias feeds its mascot after the governing body of the “Estudiantes” brotherhood decided that penance could not be carried out in the streets due to rain on Palm Sunday in Oviedo, northern Spain, March 20, 2016.
  • Belarussian Catholics kiss a wooden cross during a procession celebrating Palm Sunday in the town of Oshmiany, Belarus, March 20, 2016. Palm Sunday for Christians around the world marks the biblical account of the entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, signaling the start of the Holy Week leading to Easter Sunday.
  • A Cape Verdean holds her child as she casts her vote during the legislative elections in Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde, March 20, 2016. About 350 thousand Cape Verdean voters are called to elect a new Government.
  • Wrestlers apply mud to prevent slipping during an Indian traditional wrestling competition known as Kushti at a wrestling arena popularly known as Akhara during a local competition event in Mumbai, India, March 20, 2016. Kushti is a traditional Indian form of wrestling which usually takes place in a clay or dirt pit also known as Akhara. This traditional and ancient form of sport is slowly losing its shine to modern wrestling, but a few dedicated people continue to train themselves and keep this culture alive.
  • A polluted river is seen in Shanghai, China, March 21, 2016.
  • Members of the Pan-Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC) protest against South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party (ANC) at the gates of the Human Rights Precinct, ahead of the Gauteng United Against Racism march on Human Rights Day, March 21, 2016, in Sharpeville. Human Rights day is held in memory of the Sharpeville Massacre which occured on March 21, 1960.
  • A Syrian refugee waits to be transferred to the Moria registration center, after arriving at the port of Mytilene on the Greek island of Lesbos, following a rescue operation by the Greek Coast Guard at open sea, March 21, 2016.
  • The Movement for Democracy (MpD) party leader Ulisses Correia e Silva (R) celebrates his party’s standing in recent legislative elections with supporters in Praia, Santiago Island, Cape Verde, March 21, 2016. About 350,000 Cape Verdean voters were called to elect a new government.
  • A volunteer warms herself by a makeshift fire as she waits for more refugees and migrants to arrive in the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, March 21, 2016. The number of stranded migrants in Greece exceeded 50,000 Monday as the number of daily arrivals showed no sign of dropping.
  • Widows daubed in colors take a break during the Holi celebrations organized by the non-governmental organization Sulabh International at a temple at Vrindavan, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India, March 21, 2016. Traditionally in Hindu culture, widows are expected to renounce earthly pleasure so they do not celebrate Holi. But women at the shelter for widows, who have been abandoned by their families, celebrated the festival by throwing flowers and colored powder. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India.
  • An Ambassador taxi makes its way through a busy street of Burrabazar wholesale market in Kolkata, India, March 21, 2016. The maker of the iconic Ambassador halted production on 2014 and gradually is replaced by newer models forcing its disappearance from Indian roads.
  • Indian people participate in a celebration of the Holi festival in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India, March 21, 2016.
  • Seen from inside a classic American pick-up truck, people walk outside the entrance to a new Google technology center in Havana, Cuba, March 21, 2016. Google is opening a cutting-edge online technology center at the studio of one of Cuba’s most famous artists, offering free Internet at speeds nearly 70 times faster than those now available to the Cuban public. President Obama says Google’s efforts in Cuba are part of a wider plan to improve access to the Internet across the island.
  • Nitza, wife of American-Israeli Avraham Goldman, one of three Israelis killed in a suicide bomb attack in Istanbul on Saturday, mourn during his funeral in Holon near Tel Aviv, Israel, March 21, 2016. An Islamic State group suicide bomber killed himself, two Israeli-Americans, an Israeli and an Iranian in Istanbul’s busiest pedestrian shopping street.
  • Penitents from the El Cautivo brotherhood wait outside the church to take part in a procession in Seville, Spain, Monday, March 21, 2016. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week.
  • Syrian children play on a street in the Teshreen neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, March 22, 2016. The area is controlled by forces opposing the Syrian regime.
  • Passengers and airport staff are evacuated from the terminal building after explosions at Brussels Airport in Zaventem near Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. Dozens of people have died or been injured in a double blast in the departure hall of Zaventem Airport in Brussels, Belgian media reported.
  • A Kashmiri woman fills a pot with water after collecting it from a river in Pattan, north of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, March 22, 2016.
  • People stand near Brussels airport after being evacuated following explosions that rocked the facility in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. Authorities locked down the Belgian capital on Tuesday after explosions rocked the Brussels airport and subway system, killing a number of people and injuring many more. Belgium raised its terror alert to its highest level, diverting arriving planes and trains and ordering people to stay where they were. Airports across Europe tightened security.
  • A woman reacts as volunteer try to revive her husband after an overcrowded boat was carrying dozens of migrants and refugees from nearby Turkey arrived at the shore of the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, on March 20, 2016. Two migrants have been found dead on that boat that on the first day of the implementation of an agreement between the EU and Turkey on handling the new arrivals.
  • A detainee paces around a cell block while being held in Joint Task Force Guantanamo’s Camp VI at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba March 22, 2016.
  • The rising full moon silhouettes the budding Cherry tree blossoms along the Tidal Basin in Washington, Tuesday evening, March, 22, 2016. The peak period for viewing the blooming trees is expected in a couple of days according to the National Park Service.
  • Injured people are seen at the scene of explosions at Zaventem airport near Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016.
  • Hooded penitents from the “Los Estudiantes” brotherhood leave the university building after the procession was cancelled due to the bad weather in Seville, Spain, March 22, 2016. Hundreds of annual traditional processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week.
  • In this photo taken with a long exposure, hundreds line the beach north of the Cocoa Beach Pier in Florida to watch launch of the Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft off the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, March 22, 2016. Fresh supplies shipped out late Tuesday for the International Space Station, where the shelves finally are getting full after a string of failed deliveries.
  • In this photo provided by Georgian Public Broadcaster and photographed by Ketevan Kardava, an injured man lies on the floor in Brussels Airport in Brussels, Belgium, after explosions were heard Tuesday, March 22, 2016. A developing situation left a number dead in explosions that ripped through the departure hall at Brussels airport Tuesday, police said. All flights were canceled, arriving planes were being diverted and Belgium’s terror alert level was raised to maximum, officials said.
  • A Kashmiri man walks through a mustard field on the outskirts of Srinagar, March 23, 2016.
  • A Bangladeshi woman shuts her eyes as colored powder is smeared on her face during celebrations marking Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 23, 2016. The festival of colors, by painting each other in bright pigments, distributing sweets and squirting water at one another. The holiday celebrated mainly in India and Nepal marks the beginning of spring and the triumph of good over evil.
  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at Vnukovo international airport near Moscow, Russia, March 23, 2016.
  • A picture made available on March 23, 2016 shows part of Trabant cars collection of Ivailo Antov in the village of Hotnica some 200km from Sofia, Bulgaria, March 22, 2016. Antov is aspiring for a Guinness World Record for the largest collection of Trabant cars, a brand of the former German Democratic Republic, very common on the roads of the Communist Block. Ivailo Antov, has a collection of 70 cars stored in the yard of his house. He explains, that every car has a sentimental value for its ex-owners, which preferred to hand it over to him instead to throwing it away.
  • Two men write on a wall at a memorial for victims of attacks in Brussels on March 23, 2016. Belgian authorities were searching Wednesday for a top suspect in the country’s deadliest attacks in decades, as the European Union’s capital awoke under guard and with limited public transport after scores were killed and injured in bombings on the Brussels airport and a subway station.
  • A fire truck from Argonia, Kan., heads west towards Lake City, Kan., to help battle a large grass fire, March 23, 2016.
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jewish children play before reading the book of Esther at a synagogue in the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh on March 23, 2016 during the feast of Purim. The carnival-like Purim holiday is celebrated with parades and costume parties to commemorate the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to exterminate them in the ancient Persian empire 2,500 years ago, as recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther.
  • As a spring storm makes its way through the region, a plane is refracted in the raindrops on a vehicle window as it approaches the Dane County Regional airport in Madison, Wis., March 23, 2016. The storm is expected to bring gusty winds and heavy snow to parts of the Midwest on Thursday. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency as the snowstorm bears down on his state.
  • A Kashmiri girl plays on a swing made from rope atop a hill in a central Kashmir village of Kangan, 50 kilometers from Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, March 23, 2016.
  • Supporters of newly re-elected Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso celebrate his victory in Brazzaville on March 24, 2016 after the Independent Electoral Commission declared him the winner. Nguesso extended his 32 years in power winning elections in the first round with 60 percent of the vote, the interior minister said on March 24.
  • Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic, 2nd right, in the courtroom for the reading of his verdict at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, The Netherlands, March 24, 2016. The former Bosnian-Serbs leader is indicted for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.
  • A model looks at her mobile phone backstage before the opening ceremony for the 24th Hempel Award International Young Fashion Designers Contest at China Fashion Week in Beijing on March 25, 2016.
  • Israeli sap surfers some dressed in costumes take part in an event for the Jewish holiday of Purim in the of the Mediterranean sea in Tel Aviv, March 24, 2016. Purim is a celebration of the Jews’ salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther. 
  • Masked Belgian police secure the entrance to a building in Schaerbeek during police operations following Tuesday’s bomb attacks in Brussels, Belgium, March 25, 2016. 
  • Models prepare at backstage to take to the catwalk before the ‘Hempel Award’ the 24th China International Young Fashion Designers Contest during the Mercedes-Benz China Fashion Week at the Beijing Hotel, in Beijing, China, March 25, 2016. 

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President Obama visited Cuba this week, the first time a sitting US president has set foot in the country since Calvin Coolidge in 1928.

Coordinated terrorist attacks in Brussels killed more than 30 people and injured scores more in an attack claimed by ISIS.

Indians celebrated Holi, the spring festival of colors, and cherry blossoms began to mark the start of the new season across the globe in places including Washington, DC, and Japan. Elsewhere, Catholics began their celebrations leading up to Easter. And elections were held in Congo, Niger and Cape Verde.

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