The Week in Pictures: March 15, 2014 (Photos)

From India’s fire-breathing celebrants to remembrances in Madrid, Japan, and now Beijing and Kuala Lumpur, a look at the most compelling images from the past seven days.

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Rikuzentakata, Japan
March 11, 2014
A woman prays in the snowfall for the deceased of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami at a place where she was employed at a photo studio at the time, in Iwate prefecture, on the third anniversary of the disaster that killed thousands and set off a nuclear crisis.

Seth Wenig/AP

New York City
March 14, 2014

Using sound devices to probe for voices and telescopic cameras to peer into small spaces, workers searching a pile of rubble from a gas explosion in the East Harlem section of Manhattan continued to treat it as a rescue operation, holding on to the possibility of finding survivors from a blast that brought down two apartment buildings and killed at least eight people.

Hosam Katan/Reuters

Aleppo, Syria
March 9, 2014

A woman survivor holds her crying baby in a hospital in the besieged city's al-Sakhour district, after what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped in the Haydariye district by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad.

Susana Vera/Reuters

March 11, 2014

A woman visits the interior of the train-bombing memorial at Atocha station. The Spanish capital marked the 10th anniversary of the Madrid bombings that killed 191 people and injured more than 1,500.

Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

Islamabad, Pakistan
March 12, 2014

A girl, whose family recently moved from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, collects grass.

Tom Mihalek/Reuters

March 13, 2014

A U.S. Airways plane with a collapsed nose is seen at Philadelphia International Airport. The plane with 149 people on board was about to take off when its nose gear collapsed on the runway. No one was injured in the incident, an airport spokeswoman said.

Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

St. Moritz, Switzerland
March 9, 2014

Cross-country skiers climb a hill during the 46th Engadin Ski Marathon near the Swiss mountain resort. According to organizers, more than 13,000 skiers participated in the 26.2-mile race between Maloja and S-chanf.

Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Hanover, Germany
March 10, 2014

'Female' robots Tessy (L) and Tess (R), wearing white stiletoes, pole dance during a demonstration on the Tobit Software stand at CeBIT, the world's biggest computer and software trade fair.

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Amritsar, India
March 12, 2014

A devotee performs with fire as he participates in a procession ahead of Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colors. It's observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month and will be celebrated on March 16 this year.

Kim Kyung Hoon/Reuters

March 8, 2014

Journalists attempt to interview a woman who is the relative of a passenger on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, as she crouches on the floor crying, at the Beijing Capital International Airport. The plane carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew lost contact with air traffic controllers early on Saturday en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.