This Week in Pictures: March 5-11

  • Hostesses walk at Tiananmen Square near the Great Hall of the People where meetings take place ahead of an opening ceremony of the National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing, China, March 4, 2016.
  • A model wears a creation for Emanuel Ungaro’s Fall-Winter 2016 - 2017 ready to wear collection presented in Paris, France, Friday, March 4, 2016.
  • Riot police use tear gas to disperse protesting employees and supporters of Zaman newspaper at the courtyard of the newspaper’s office in Istanbul, Turkey, late March 4, 2016. Turkish authorities seized control of the country’s largest newspaper on Friday in a widening crackdown against supporters of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, an influential foe of President Tayyip Erdogan.
  • A boy eats a food ration on a patch of land prepared to accommodate new tents at the northern Greek border station of Idomeni, March 4, 2016. More than 10,000 mostly Syrian and Iraqi refugees were stuck at the country’s Idomeni border as Greek officials said that nearly 32,000 migrants were stranded in the country after drastically reduce of number of transiting migrants.
  • Delegates leave the Great Hall of the People after attending a session ahead of Saturday’s opening of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing, March 4, 2016. The political conclave comes as China’s leaders are being tested by new challenges including an economy that has slowed to a 25-year low, global uncertainty over the country’s tumultuous stock markets and currency movements, and tensions over the South China Sea.
  • Juan Philippe from France enjoys a cigar during the gala dinner of the closing of the XVIII Habanos Festival in Havana, March 5, 2016.
  • Chinese policemen walk with sniffer dogs near the Great Hall of the People where the opening session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) is held in Beijing, March 5, 2016. Security during the meeting is ratcheted up nationwide, but especially in Beijing, where out of town petitioners are cleared out and paramilitary guards are posted throughout the city.
  • Brazil’s team performs an exhibition at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, March 5, 2016.
  • Migrants and refugees wait to register at the makeshift camp of the Greek-Macedonian border near the Greek village of Idomeni on March 5, 2016, where thousands of refugees wait to cross the border into Macedonia. Some 13,000 refugees are crammed in unhygienic conditions on Greece’s border with Macedonia, officials said on March 5, 2016,
  • Georgia Tech’s Charles Mitchell hangs onto the ball after unsuccessfully reaching for a loose ball in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Pittsburgh, March 5, 2016, in Atlanta. Georgia Tech won 63-59. 
  • Women run as riot police use tear gas and water cannons to disperse people gathered in support outside the headquarters of Zaman newpaper in Istanbul, March 5, 2016. Police have erected fences and are standing watch in front of the headquarters of Turkey’s largest-circulation newspaper a day after it used tear gas and water cannons to storm the building and enforce a court-ordered seizure.
  • A performer dressed in costume prepares to participate in the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in Sydney, Australia, March 5, 2016.
  • The team from France competes in the Synchronized Swimming Olympic Games Qualification Tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 6, 2016.
  • Sidra, a 10 year-old Syrian refugee, cries as tensions rise near a gate in the fence at a refugee camp on the Macedonian (FYROM) border on March 6, 2016 in Idomeni, Greece.
  • Lionel Zinsou, Benin’s Prime Minister and presidential candidate, is guarded by security personnel as he prepares to cast his vote during a presidential election at a polling station in Cotonou, Benin March 6, 2016.
  • Gino Pollicardo, left, one of the two Italian hostages who were freed on Friday from Islamic State group custody in the western Libyan city of Sabratha, is hugged by a relative as he arrives at Rome Ciampino’s airport, early March 6, 2016. Four Italians - the two escaped hostages and the two found killed - were working for the Italian construction company Bonatti when they were kidnapped on July 1 near an industrial complex owned by energy giant Eni in the western Libyan city of Mellitah.
  • People swirl fire balls on March 6, 2016 near a bonfire to chase away evil spirits, in the village of Lozen, Bulgaria, at sunset, during the Orthodox Christian holiday called “Sirni Zagovezni.”
  • A migrant (L) finds shelter in a train wagon as others sit near the railway tracks at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the village of Idomeni, Greece, March 6, 2016.
  • Houston Astros third baseman Joe Sclafani (81) dives and misses a foul ball during the eighth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Fla., March 6, 2016.
  • Magnolia flowers at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province. Flowers here are in full bloom as the spring comes, March 6, 2016.
  • A refugee stands near his tent in a camp where thousands of refugees are waiting to be allowed to cross the border into Macedonia in the northern Greek border station of Idomeni, March 6, 2016. A regional governor called on the Greek government Saturday to declare a state of emergency for the area surrounding the Idomeni border crossing where thousands of migrants are stranded due to border restrictions along the route toward western Europe.
  • Members of Pokrov youth military club take part in a training session in the village of Beryozovka, near Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia, March 6, 2016. The club was founded in 2008 by Andrei Krapitus, a former sergeant in the airborne troops, for children and youth to learn skills they can use to prepare for army service.
  • A woman walks past a mural of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 two years after it disappeared, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 7, 2016.
  • A migrant, who is waiting to cross the Greek-Macedonian border, waves German flag and shouts slogans during a protest at a makeshift camp near the village of Idomeni, Greece March 7, 2016.
  • A migrant girl shields herself from the rain while waiting in a line for food rations at the northern Greek border station of Idomeni, March 7, 2016. Greek police officials say Macedonian authorities have imposed further restrictions on refugees trying to cross the border, saying only those from cities they consider to be at war can enter as up to 14,000 people are trapped in Idomeni, while another 6,000-7,000 are being housed in refugee camps around the region.
  • A refugee uses water to wash his face at a camp on the Macedonian (FYROM) border on March 7 and 8, 2016 in Idomeni, Greece.
  • The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, shine over the Sycamore Gap at Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland, northeast England early Monday March 7, 2016.
  • A wounded man is evacuated from the scene of a stabbing attack in the popular Jaffa port area of Tel Aviv, Israel, March 8, 2016. A U.S. tourist was killed and over a dozen of Israelis were injured in a slew of attacks throughout Tuesday.
  • An official makes a phone call outside a group meeting for Tibetan delegates at the National People’s Congress in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on March 7, 2016. China’s Communist-controlled parliament opened on March 5 to approve a new five-year plan to tackle slowing growth in the world’s second-largest economy.
  • A refugee boy covered with plastic rain cover in a refugee camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near Idomeni, northern Greece, March 7, 2016.
  • In this March 8, 2016 photo, the lone pine tree that miraculously survived the deadly March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami is seen through the construction safety net in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan. The single pine tree remained upright from a stand of thousands washed away along the coast. Though it later died, it has been restored with artificial materials and put back where it was found as a symbol of hope and survival.
  • People stand at Al Bateen airport during a rainstorm in Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 9, 2016.
  • Refugees and migrants stand in front of their tents as they wait to cross the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) at a refugee camp near the village of Idomeni, northern Greece, March 8, 2016. Thousands of people remain stranded at the refugee camp in Idomeni, hours after the European Union and Turkey failed to reach an agreement on resolving the migration crisis. Around 1,000 migrants are expectedz to leave Athens on March 8, from the port of Piraeus and continue north toward Idomeni.
  • An aeroplane flies past the sun as it goes into a partial solar eclipse in Singapore, March 9, 2016.
  • A man rides his motorcycle in the neighborhood of Jobar, east of Damascus, Syria, March 9, 2016. Jobar is held by the opposing Free Syrian Army and has been bombed periodically for the past three years, the destroyed neighborhood is quiet since the ceasefire agreement that was brokered last month in this war-torn country.
  • People watch and take pictures of the solar eclipse at the beach on Ternate island, Indonesia, March 9, 2016.
  • A woman looks through a tent during a gathering by Houthi loyalists against Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, March 9, 2016.
  • Students play during their break at the Freedom School, in the town of al-Tamanah, in the southern countryside of Idlib, Syria, March 9, 2016. This school was converted from a poultry farm by the residents of the town more than a year ago.
  • A sunbather lays out by a pool at an apartment complex, March 9, 2016, in Atlanta. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-70s Wednesday before peaking to around 80 degrees by the end of the week.
  • A high-rise residential apartment is seen under foggy weather in Hong Kong, China March 9, 2016.
  • CNN anchor Anderson Cooper watches the Democratic U.S. presidential candidates debate between Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders hosted by Univision News and the Washington Post and co-broadcast with CNN in Kendall, Fla., March 9, 2016.
  • Tatsuya Goto of Cambridge, Mass. practices his swing at a golf range, March 9, 2016, in Middleton, Mass. Near-record warm weather is forecast for the Boston area. 
  • People wearing solar glasses watch a total solar eclipse at a planetarium in Jakarta, Indonesia, March 9, 2016. Indonesia experienced a total solar eclipse on Wednesday, starting from westernmost of the country and ending in eastern most of the nation, official said here.
  • Bystanders watch a solar total eclipse through cloudy conditions in Palembang on March 9, 2016. A total solar eclipse swept across the vast Indonesian archipelago, witnessed by tens of thousands of sky gazers and marked by parties, Muslim prayers and tribal rituals.
  • Hostesses, who facilitated the arrival of delegates by bus, walk away from the Great Hall of the People after posing for group photos during a plenary session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing, Wednesday, March 9, 2016.
  • The casket of former US First Lady Nancy Reagan lies in repose at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., March 9, 2016. Reagan died on March 6, 2016 at the age of 94.
  • A woman reacts at the scene of a deadly shooting in Wilkinsburg, Pa., March 10, 2016. Police say multiple people were killed in the shooting late Wednesday and several were injured in suburban Pittsburgh.
  • People walk in Pamplona, Spain, March 10, 2016, after heavy snowfall hit northern Spain.
  • A supporter of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Marco Rubio sits by herself after a campaign rally in Miami, Fla., March 9, 2016.



The refugee crisis continued to unravel as European leaders met in Brussels this week to come to an agreement about how best to address the dire situation.

The former first lady Nancy Reagan was laid to rest. Reagan died on March 6 at the age of 94.

Multiple people were killed in a shooting in Wildinsburg, Pa. And Japan observed the fifth anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that caused the massive nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March 2011.

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