This Week in Pictures: March 26-April 1

  • Men covered with a Belgian flag sit on a statue of a lion above a makeshift memorial for victims of multiple attacks in Brussels, March 26, 2016. On Saturday, the airport was still closed, a huge and macabre crime scene instead of a global crossroads and the main entry point to the “capital of Europe,” a city that houses the headquarters of the European Union and NATO. 
  • Deacons and priests carry candles at the Saint Pierre Claver church in the Bacongo district in Brazzaville, Congo on March 26, 2016 for the beginning of the Easter vigil. 
  • Jaguares players enter the field during the Super Rugby match between the Argentina’s Jaguares and the South African Stormers at Velez Sarsfield stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 26, 2016.
  • Spanish matador Morante de la Puebla performs a pass to a bull during a bullfight at The Maestranza bullring in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain, March 27, 2016.
  • Migrants gather and have a party in the northern Greek border station of Idomeni, Greece, March 27, 2016. More than 11,500 migrants and refugees are still at the makeshift camp, even though Macedonia has shut its border to them, as have other Balkan countries along what used to be the refugees’ main route to central Europe. The Greek government wants to empty the Idomeni encampment by next month but has ruled out using coercive measures.
  • A pile of thousands of discarded life vests dumped in a valley in hills above the town on March 27, 2016 in Mithymna, Greece. New boat arrivals on the island have reduced to almost zero over the last few days, but it remains unclear whether that is due to the windy weather or the deal between the EU and Turkey. The aid agency Doctors Without Borders, or MSF (Medecines Sans Frontieres), has recently announced that it was to cease operations in the Greek refugee camp at Moira. MSF spoke out after a deal struck last week between EU states and Turkey to force migrants and asylum seekers to return from Greek islands to Turkey came into place.
  • Members of Legio Maria African Mission church attend a mass in their church building at Kibera slum at midnight, coinciding with the hour of the biblical resurrection of the Christ during what is today known as easter, for the first sermon where the priest blesses and lights the Paschal candle in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi on the night between March 26 and March 27, 2016. Legio Maria – Latin for Legion of Mary also known as Legio Maria of African Church Mission, and Maria Legio is a African initiated church or new religious movement among particularly the Luo people of western Kenya, initiated by repeated appearances of a mystic woman to several Roman Catholic members delivering messages about the incarnation of the son of God as a black man.
  • Penitents take part in the procession of the “Nuestra Senora del Amor Hermoso” brotherhood during Holy Week in Pontevedra, Spain, March 27, 2016.
  • Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz speaks at a campaign rally in Rothschild, Wis., March 28, 2016.
  • Women try to comfort a mother who lost her son in bomb attack in Lahore, Pakistan, March 28, 2016. The death toll from a massive suicide bombing targeting Christians gathered on Easter in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore rose on Monday as the country started observing a three-day mourning period following the attack.
  • An Afghan child looks out behind a wire fence of a refugee camp in the western Athens suburb of Schisto, March 28, 2016. The camp hosts 1,971 people, most of them from Afghanistan, while around 50,000 refugees and migrants are stuck in Greece.
  • A Palestinian boy tries to ride his bicycle through flood water following heavy rain in the in the old city of West Bank town Hebron, March 28, 2016.
  • Sand diggers are seen loading trucks at a quarry on the banks of the Congo river in the Kombe district of Brazzaville on March 28, 2016.
  • A man walks in an artificial lake near residential buildings in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China, March 29, 2016.
  • Migrants stand in line after disembarking from the Norwegian vessel Siem Pilot at Pozzallo’s harbour, Italy, March 29, 2016.
  • Afghan cricket fans welcome Afghanistan’s national cricket team after their Twenty20 world cup tournament in Kabul, March 29, 2016.
  • A boy reaches over a barricade for a peek as he waits to listen to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speak at a rally at the Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay, Wis., March 29, 2016.
  • A member of the Joint Services Honor Guard is reflected on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial prior to a wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, March 29, 2016 in Washington, DC. In 2012, President Barack Obama signed a presidential proclamation declaring March 29 Vietnam Veterans Day. 
  • A woman walks in front of a 20-meter-high inflatable duck placed in front of the National Congress in Brasilia in protest, Brazil, March 29, 2016. The Federation of Industries of Sao Paulo adopted the duck as a symbol against what they define as the economic quackery of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff and to express support to 400 members of the organization who are demanding a trial against the president.
  • A woman carries fodder for her cattle through a mustard field on the outskirts of Srinagar March 29, 2016.
  • Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris of France attempts and fails to save a goal during the International Friendly match between France and Russia held at Stade de France on March 29, 2016 in Paris, France. 
  • A man climbs out of the cockpit window an EgyptAir Airbus A-320 parked at the tarmac of Larnaca airport after being hijacked and diverted to Cyprus on March 29, 2016. The hijacker who seized the Egyptian airliner and forced it to land in Cyprus has been detained, Cypriot government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said.
  • An Argentine aerobatic air wing performs during the XIX Air and Space Fair (FIDAE) in Santiago, on March 29, 2016. 
  • A guest listens to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speak at a Community Forum on Gun Violence Prevention held at Tabernacle Baptist Church on March 29, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wis. Clinton had been campaigning in Wisconsin ahead of the state’s April 5 primary. 
  • People recite the pledge of allegiance before listening to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speak at a campaign event at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., March 30, 2016.
  • Portuguese Frontex crewmen Captain Hugo Cocheno and Paulo Mendes look out as they monitor the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece for boats carrying refugees on March 30, 2016 near Mithymna, Greece. Frontex is a European Union border agency and was established in 2004 to manage the cooperation between national border guards in securing their external borders. New arrivals of refugees and migrants on the island of Lesbos have reduced dramatically to almost none over the last week, since a deal between EU states and Turkey to force migrants and asylum seekers to return from Greek islands back to Turkey came into place. 
  • Filipino boys play on a raft beside their creekside homes in Manila, Philippines, March 30, 2016. The government continues to clear garbage and shanties along the creeks to avoid floodings in parts of the city.
  • Students stand inside their damaged school in the rebel-held Douma neighbourhood of Damascus, Syria March 30, 2016.
  • A Palestinian protester uses a sling to launch a tear gas canister, initially fired by Israeli troops, during clashes at a protest marking Land Day, near Israel’s Ofer Prison near the West Bank city of Ramallah March 30, 2016. Land Day commemorates the protests of 1976 against Israel’s appropriation of Arab-owned land in the Galilee.
  • A model checks her mobile phone near a wedding dress by Jusere Collection as she prepares for a show backstage during Fashion Week at the 751 D-Park in Beijing, March 30, 2016.
  • Republican presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich arrives at a press conference on March 30, 2016 in New York City. The Ohio governor held the press conference to address recent comments by Donald Trump. 
  • Migrants and refugees queue for food at a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, Greece, March 30, 2016.
  • Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump turns away from the cameras as he speaks at a town hall event in Appleton, Wis, March 30, 2016.
  • Delivery men attend a training session in Shanghai, China, March 30, 2016. 
  • A man smokes a cigarette at Cilincing slum area in North Jakarta, Indonesia, March 30, 2016.
  • Renata Ford, the widow of former Toronto mayor Rob Ford who died last week of cancer, kisses his coffin during his funeral at St. James Cathedral in Toronto, Canada, March 30, 2016.
  • A Syrian refugee washes his face in the makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni on March 31, 2016, where thousands of refugees and migrants are stranded by the Balkan border blockade. UN chief Ban Ki-moon on March 30 called for a united global effort to tackle the Syrian refugee crisis, as he opened a conference on securing resettlement places for nearly half a million of those displaced. More than 1 million migrants — about half of them Syrians — reached Europe via the Mediterranean last year, a rate of arrivals that has continued through the first three months of 2016.
  • A Palestinian child walks through the home of Ehab Maswada that was demolished by the Israeli army in the West Bank city of Hebron, March 31, 2016. Maswada fatally stabbed an Israeli civilian in the West Bank city of Hebron late last year. Israel says home demolitions are an effective tool to deter attacks, but critics say the tactic amounts to collective punishment.
  • Firefighters and rescue workers search for victims at the site of an under-construction flyover after it collapsed in Kolkata, India, March 31, 2016.
  • Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addresses a campaign rally at the Saint Mary’s Park in Bronx, N.Y., on March 31, 2016. Over 15,000 supporters were reportedly in attendance.
  • Demonstrators burn flares during a protest in Paris, March 31, 2016. Some French train drivers, teachers and others are on strike to reject a government reform relaxing the 35-hour workweek and other labor rules.
  • French riot police covered in paint hold up behind their shields during clashes with union members and students demonstrating against labor law reforms close to the Gare de Lyon train station in the French capital Paris on March 31, 2016. France faced fresh protests over labor reforms just a day after the beleaguered government of President Francois Hollande was forced into an embarrassing U-turn over constitutional changes.
  • Protestors gather at a rally supporting President Dilma Rousseff on March 31, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Embattled President Rousseff is facing impeachment charges amidst an economic and political crisis in Brazil.
  • Clothes are hanged near a tree early in the morning on April 1, 2016, at the makeshift camp of the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni where thousands of refugees and migrants are stranded by the Balkan border blockade. UN chief Ban Ki-moon on March 30 called for a united global effort to tackle the Syrian refugee crisis, as he opened a conference on securing resettlement places for nearly half a million of those displaced. More than one million migrants – about half of them Syrians – reached Europe via the Mediterranean last year, a rate of arrivals that has continued through the first three months of 2016.
  • A woman mourns next to the body of Mohammad Ramzani, a cycle rickshaw driver who died after an under-construction flyover collapsed on Thursday, in Kolkata, April 1, 2016.
  • Kashmiri Muslim devotees pray as a head priest displays a relic, believed to be a hair from the beard of the Prophet Mohammad, during special prayers on the death anniversary of Abu Bakr Siddiq, the first Caliph of Islam, at Hazratbal Shrine on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, April 1, 2016.
  • A businessman looks at cherry blossoms in almost full bloom in Tokyo, Japan, April 1, 2016.



As migration slowed through Greece, many were left stuck at Balkan gates, with almost no new rafts coming ashore.

A horrific attack in Lahore, Pakistan, left a country in mourning just as western Europe was recovering from its recent attacks in Brussels.

Political events in the United States continue to see rising tensions and rhetoric, with striking contrasts on both sides of the ideological aisle. Supporters of Donald Trump were seen reciting the pledge of allegiance and some 25,000 supporters of Bernie Sanders came out for a rally in The Bronx.  

Japanese cherry blossoms are at their peak in Tokyo this week.

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