Week in Photos: April 5, 2014

From haunting reminders of loss here on the home front (in Washington after the mudslide) and as far away as Oz (over the Indian Ocean, still looking for MH370), to proof that cuteness does exist in Russia (see: polar bear), these photos cover it all.

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Kabul, Afghanistan

April 4, 2014

An election official sits on ballot boxes in a warehouse before they are distributed to polling stations for Saturday's presidential election. 

Ahmad Masood/Reuters

Shutul, Afghanistan

April 5, 2014

An Afghan man carries a ballot box on his back to polling stations, which are not accessible by road.

William Hong/Reuters

Quzhou, China

April 3, 2014

A girl reads a book on her balcony as smoke rises from chimneys of a steel plant on a hazy day in the Zhejiang province. China's plan for air pollution permits promises to help clean up its air cheaply, but the move could prove just as useless as previous environmental policies unless the government stamps out lax enforcement and spotty data. 

Ammar Abdullah/Reuters

Aleppo, Syria

April 2, 2014

Men drive a car near a site hit by what activists said was an air strike by government forces in Aleppo's al-Ansari al-Sharqi neighbourhood.

China Daily/Reuters

Fenghua, China

April 3, 2014

Rescuers carry out a search and rescue operation in the Zhejiang province on top of a residential building, which collapsed on Friday morning. Three people have been rescued so far and more are believed to be buried.

Hosam Katan/Reuters

Aleppo, Syria

April 2, 2014

A girl covered with blood sits at a clinic after being injured by what activists said were barrel bombs dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the al-Sakhour district.

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Oso, Washington

March 31, 2014

A DigitalGlobe close-up satellite image provides an otherwise unseen view of the Washington mudslide area after last month's tragedy. 

Jesus Blasco de Avellaned/Reuters

Melilla, Spain

April 3, 2014

African migrants assist one another to climb a fence at the Melilla border between Morocco and Spain during the latest attempt to cross into Spanish territory. Spain has more than doubled the strength of security forces after about 500 people stormed its fences earlier this month in the biggest border rush in years. Immigrants from all over Africa regularly attempt to scale the razor-wire fences of Spanish enclaves Ceuta and Melilla, which are surrounded by Moroccan territory and sea. 

Pool Photo by Dan Balilty

Tel Aviv, Israel

March 31, 2014

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert hugs a woman while waiting to hear his verdict at the Tel Aviv District Court where he was convicted of bribery on Monday over his ties to a real-estate deal while in his previous post of Jerusalem mayor. It will likely end any prospect of a political comeback. 

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Washington D.C.

April 1, 2014

General Motors CEO Mary Barra arrives to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Capitol Hill. U.S. lawmakers seeking to establish who is to blame for at least 13 auto-related deaths over the past decade challenged Barra over the automaker's slow response to defective ignition switches in its cars. 

Pool Photo by Rob Griffith

Indian Ocean

March 31, 2014

The shadow of a Royal New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion maritime search aircraft is seen as it flies over the southern Indian Ocean looking for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Monday the hunt for MH370 had no time limit, despite the failure of an international operation to find any sign of the plane in three weeks of fruitless searching. A total of 20 aircraft and ships were again scouring a massive area in the Indian Ocean some 2,000 km (1,200 miles) west of Perth, where investigators believe the Boeing 777 carrying 239 people came down. 

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London, England

April 2, 2014

Dolls belonging to Queen Elizabeth II are displayed at Buckingham Palace ahead of the Royal Childhood exhibition, which spans more than 250 years with objects from the Royal Collection, the Royal Archives and the private collections of members of the Royal Family. It also includes previously unseen photographs and film footage. Royal Childhood is part the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace from July 26, 2014 to September 28, 2014. 

Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters

Dimona, Israel

April 3, 2014

A bodybuilder stands in a toilet stall as toner is applied backstage before an amateur competition.

Ilya Naymushin/Reuters

Krasnoyarsk, Russia

April 4, 2014

Aurora, a four-year-old female polar bear, swims in a pool for the first time this season at the Royev Ruchey zoo. She is one of two female polar bear cubs found without their mother in Russia's Taymyr Peninsula on the Arctic Ocean coast in May 2010. The pair were later brought to the zoo in Krasnoyarsk.