The Week in Pictures: March 22, 2014

From the changing of the guard on the Crimean Peninsula and Flight 370’s aftermath to bold festivals in India and Iran, a look at the most compelling images from the past seven days.

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Dauji, India
March 18, 2014

An Indian boy plays in a pool of colored water at the end of Holi celebrations, the Hindu festival of colors at the Baldev Temple, about 110 miles south of New Delhi. The Baldev Temple is known for a ritual where the women playfully hit men with whips made of cloth as men throw buckets of water mixed with orange dye.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 
March 19, 2014

A Chinese family member of a passenger on the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 screams as she is being brought into a room outside the media conference area at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Investigators probing the disappearance of Flight 370 with 239 people on board were tracking reports of possible debris from the aircraft in the southern Indian Ocean late this week.

Vahid Salemi/AP

Tehran, Iran
March 18, 2014

An Iranian man plays with fireworks in the Pardisan Park during Chaharshanbe Souri, or Wednesday Feast, an ancient Festival of Fire, on the eve of the last Wednesday of the year, when Iranians jump over burning bonfires and throw firecrackers celebrating arrival of the spring, which coincides with their new year, or Nowruz, which begins March 21.

Esteban Felix/AP

Caracus, Venezuela
March 16, 2014

A religious image is tucked behind the body armor of a Bolivarian national guardsman as he stands guard during an anti-government march. Street protests by Venezuelans fed up with violent crime, shortages of basic items such as flour and cooking oil, and high inflation have roiled the country for more than a month.

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Anandpur Sahib, India
March 17, 2014

Sikh warrior Major Singh, wearing a 425-meter long turban, brandishes a sword as he participates in a religious procession during the annual fair of Hola Mohalla in the northern Indian state of Punjab. Believers from various parts of northern India collect at the religious fair to celebrate the festival of Holi in a tradition set by the 10th Sikh guru, Guru Gobind Singh, in the 17th century. Nihangs, or Sikh warriors, display their martial skills and attire during the fair, believed to be maintained in the exact tradition as set by the guru.

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Shimla, India
March 18, 2014

Tibetan Buddhist monks holding ceremonial scarfs stand in a line to welcome their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, fourth left, as he arrives at the Jhonang Takten Phuntsok Choeling monastery.

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Valencia, Spain
March 19, 2014

Satirical sculptures burn during the traditional Fallas festival. Every year, the city of Valencia celebrates the ancient Las Fallas fiesta, a noisy week that is full of fireworks and processions in honor of Saint Joseph and ends at midnight on March 19. Here, large, burning satiric figures are shown displayed around the streets of the city.

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Kabul, Afghanistan
March 18, 2014

Afghan woman Hanifa sits down to have her picture taken to register to vote in the upcoming presidential elections. Last-minute registration of voters continues despite the fact that more than 21 million voter-registration cards have been issued, while only roughly 12 million Afghans are eligible to vote. The discrepancy is the result of repeated registrations since the first round of elections in Afghanistan in 2004.

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Nebron, West Bank 
March 17, 2014

A Palestinian youth throws a stone toward Israeli soldiers as he jumps over burning tires during clashes that followed a rally to support President Mahmoud Abbas. Thousands of Palestinians took to the streets Monday to show their support for Abbas, who is under heavy pressure as he prepares to meet President Barack Obama.

Max Vetrov/AP

Simferopol, Ukraine
March 16, 2014

Artists of the Russian Black Sea fleet dance and music groups perform for pro-Russian people celebrating in Lenin Square. In a contentious referendum, Crimeans voted to seceed from Ukraine and seek annexation by Russia. The vote, unrecognized both by the Ukrainian government and the West, was held Sunday as Russian flags fluttered in the breeze and retirees grew weepy at the thought of reuniting with Russia.

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March 19, 2014

Peter Norbot (L) and Kris Hamilton, dressed up as fictional comic-book superhero Spider-Man, wait for their turn to audition to be a part of a promotional campaign for the upcoming release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

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San Diego, California
March 19, 2014

Young children get a close-up view of an Orca killer whale during a visit to the animal theme park SeaWorld.

Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Berlin, Germany
March 20, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is silhouetted against the sky through a window as she arrives for a session of the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag. Merkel said in a speech in parliament that EU leaders would signal their readiness to ramp up punitive measures against Russia, including politically sensitive economic sanctions, at a summit starting on Thursday. Refelctions in the picture are caused by the window.


Donetsk, Ukraine
March 16, 2014

A demonstrator takes part in a pro-Russian rally as riot police stand guard. Ukraine's new leaders announced on Sunday a call-up to raise 20,000 men for a newly created National Guard and accused Russia of sending "touring" troublemakers across the border to stir up separatism in the country.

Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

March 17, 2014

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men wearing costumes celebrate the holiday of Purim in the Mea Shearim neighborhood. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther.

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March 16, 2014

Dancers perform at the St Patrick's Day parade.

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Taipei, Taiwan
March 19, 2014

Student protesters against a China-Taiwan trade agreement barricade the entrance to the legislature. Several hundred opponents of a far-reaching trade pact with China occupied Taiwan's legislature late Tuesday, further delaying action on a measure that Beijing strongly favors.

Mark Blinch/Reuters

March 19, 2014

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford runs from cameras after exiting an executive council meeting. Ford, who made global headlines last year after admitting he had smoked crack cocaine, was caught up in fresh controversy on Monday after a new video showed him agitated and apparently swearing outside city hall.

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Rio de Janeiro
March 18, 2014

A fisherman waits for a catch in front of the beach of Copacabana.