The Week in Photos March 29, 2014

It was a grim week, with gunshots in Kabul, riots in Cairo, protests in Madrid, a mudslide right here in the US. Plus, the grim realization of Flight MH370’s terrible fate. See it all in these captivating photos.

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Kabul, Afghanistan

March, 28, 2014

An Afghani helps an injured man after an attack by Taliban insurgents who forced their way into a guesthouse used by foreigners in an upscale residential part of the capital.

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Kabul, Afghanistan

March 27, 2014

Abuzar, the son of Afghan journalist Sardar Ahmed of Agence France-Presse (AFP) who was killed with his wife and two children during an attack by gunmen at Serena Hotel, is comforted by his grandmother at the Emergency hospital. The two-year-old, his head heavily bandaged, has emerged from a coma, and the sight of him chuckling during hospital visits from his aunt give doctors hope he can make a full recovery. He may now go to Canada to live with an uncle. 

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Beijing, China

March 22, 2014

After a routine briefing from Malaysia's government and military representatives at Lido Hotel in Beijing, a family member of a passenger onboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 cries as other relatives shout in protest against the lack of new information. Two weeks after the Malaysia Airlines airliner went missing with 239 people on board, officials are bracing for the "long haul," as searches by more than two dozen countries turn up little but frustration and fresh questions.

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The South Indian Ocean

March 22, 2014

At 500 feet above sea level aboard a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion, an aircraft searches for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. On Saturday, as more planes and ships headed to join an international search operation scouring some of the remotest seas on Earth, China said it had a new satellite image of what could be wreckage from the missing Malaysian airliner.

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Oso, Washington

March 23, 2014

An aerial view shows the damming of the Stillaguamish River after Saturday's landslide where as many as 108 people were unaccounted for two days after an eadly mudslide north of Seattle hit dozens of homes and killed at least eight people.

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Oso, Washington

March 23, 2014

A landslide and structural debris blocks Highway 530 near Oso.

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Madrid, Spain

March 26, 2014

A protester carries a wooden table as he walks next to a burning barricade during a protest against the government's education reforms and cutbacks in university grants and staffing in Campus Ciudad Universitaria. The students began occupying a campus building at Ciudad Universitaria several days ago in protest against the governments' cuts. They were soon removed from the premises by police, who made 50 arrests after the University requested their assistance. 

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Cairo, Egypt

March 26, 2014

Egyptian students who support the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi run from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes following a demonstration outside Cairo University. The demonstration was organised to protest against a court ruling that sentenced to death 529 Islamists for the murder and attempted murder of several policemen during riots in the southern city of Minya on August 14. 

Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

Incheon, South Korea

March 28, 2014

Chinese honour guards lift caskets containing the remains of 437 Chinese soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War during the handing over ceremony at the Incheon International Airport. The remains were transferred from a temporary columbarium in South Korea to the airport on Thursday to be returned to China.

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Xi'an, China

March 24, 2014

A security guard for U.S. first lady Michelle Obama stands beside a man wearing a Chinese ancient warrior costume during Obama's visit at the City Wall in Xi'an, Shaanxi province.

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Donetsk, Ukraine

March 22, 2014

Pro-Russian protesters push Ukrainian riot policemen guarding the regional administration building in central Donetsk where several thousands of pro-Russian protesters marched from Lenin square calling for the return of the pro-Moscow President Yanukovich. 

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Nairobi, Kenya

An X-ray shows a bullet lodged in 18-month-old boy Satrin Osinya, as he receives treatment at the Kenyatta National hospital three days after gunmen spraying bullets on the congregation killed six worshipers and injured 17 others during a service in the Coastal city of Mombasa. The fate of one-and-a-half-year-old Satrin Osinya, whose mother died trying to protect him, has gripped the east African nation. Doctors will likely wait two weeks until swelling in the brain reduces before proceeding with tricky surgery.

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Chengdu, China

March 26, 2014

A panda eats bamboo during U.S. first lady Michelle Obama's visit to Chengdu Panda Research Base. Obama's week-long visit in China focused on educational and cultural exchanges. 

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

March 22, 2014

A child plays on a swing in the Prazeres pacified favela community, which was previously controlled by drug traffickers. A number of Police Pacification Units (UPP) were attacked by drug gang members on March 20, prompting pacified favelas to soon receive federal forces as reinforcements and iimproved security ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.

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Vatican City

March 27, 2014

US President Barack Obama meets Pope Francis at his private library in the Apostolic Palace in Italy. The Pope welcomed his distinguished guest with a smile and 'Welcome' to the snaps of photographers from the world press covering the encounter.