The Week in Photos: April 12, 2014

Fort Hood mourns, India votes, and Washington’s cherry blossoms bloom. A look at the most striking images from the past seven days.

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Bria, Central African Republic
April 9, 2014

A Seleka fighter rides through the regional capital, amid the nation's ethno-religious conflict.

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Killeen, Texas
April 9, 2014

Memorials for the three soldiers killed during last week's shooting at Fort Hood are placed before a podium where President Obama was set to speak at a memorial service. Army Spc. Ivan A. Lopez killed three and injured 16 others at the Army base before taking his own life.

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Aleppo, Syria
April 6, 2014

Emergency responders help evacuate a boy from a residential building reportedly hit by an explosives-filled barrel dropped by a government forces helicopter in the Shaar neighborhood of the northern Syrian city. More than 150,000 people have been killed in Syria's three-year war, with half the population estimated to have fled their homes.

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Potocari, Bosnia-Herzegovina
April 7, 2014

Mejra Dzogaz cries near the graves of her family members at a memorial center. Dzogaz lost her three sons, husband, and father in the Srebrenica massacre in 1995. Survivors are suing the Dutch government for failing to protect them under United Nations command from rebel Serbs who killed some 8,000 men and boys.

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April 10, 2014

Ultra-Orthodox Jews scuffle with Israeli police during a demonstration against compulsory military service. In the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Sharim, hundreds of protesters stopped traffic and threw stones and bottles at police. The demonstration came a month after Israeli MPs voted through a law that will compel ultra-Orthodox Jews to either serve in the military or perform civilian service.

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Jammu, India
April 10, 2014

A woman holding her child votes in a polling station in India's general election. Around 815 million people have registered to vote in the world's biggest election—a number exceeding the population of Europe and a world record—and results of the mammoth exercise, which concludes on May 12, are due on May 16.

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Jericho, West Bank
April 6, 2014

Female members of the Palestinian presidential guard watch a training session.

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April 6, 2014

Akira Yaegashi (left) of Japan is punched by Odilon Zaleta of Mexico during their World Boxing Council flyweight title bout.

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Antwerp, Belgium
April 10, 2014

Jimmel, an owl-faced monkey, protects her one-month-old baby at the zoo.

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St. Petersburg, Russia
April 10, 2014
People take a tour in an "upside down home." The exhibition charges less than $10 for a walk through the apartment's three rooms and two bathrooms.

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Washington, D.C.
April 10, 2014

Cherry blossoms and the Washington Monument are seen from the capital's Tidal Basin. The trees should be at peak bloom this weekend.The first cherry trees were ceremonially planted by first lady Helen Taft and Japanese Viscountess Iwa Chinda on March 27, 1912. More than 3,000 trees were planted throughout the modern National Mall and Memorial Parks as a gift from Yokohama, Japan.