Week in Photos: March 1, 2014

This week's leading world events, captured in photographers' pictures, including the effects of smog in China, riots in Venezuela and Turkey, a change of political leadership in Ukraine, the hideaway of Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman, and a well-wrapped model at Paris Fashion Week.



Vehicles are stuck in a traffic jam in heavy smog after traffic lights broke down in Xi an, China. Altogether 1.43 million sq km of China's land territory, nearly 15 percent of the total, have been covered by persistent smog in recent days.

Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

A demonstrator holds a street sign to shield himself as he stands amidst a cloud of tear gas during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas. A female student and a young supermarket worker were the latest fatalities from Venezuela's political unrest as the death toll from 10 days of violence rose on Saturday to at least eight.


Riot police take cover as protesters use fireworks against them during a demonstration in Istanbul on Tuesday. Riot police fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse several thousand protesters chanting "thief Tayyip Erdoğan" and "government resign" in Istanbul as the fallout of a corruption scandal intensified. The protest in the Kadikoy district of Istanbul came after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused political enemies of faking a recording of a phone conversation suggesting he had warned his son to hide large sums of money as the graft inquiry erupted.

Bakr al-Azzawi/Reuters

People gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Tikrit, 150km north of Baghdad on Saturday. Three policemen were killed in three car bomb explosions on Saturday near the homes of police commanders in Tikrit, said police. Police declared a curfew in the city and its suburbs in response, anticipating more attacks.

Daniel Becerril/Reuters

A Mexican marine lifts a bathtub that leads to a tunnel and exits in the city's drainage system at one of the houses of Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman in Culiacan on Thursday. Guzman, who rose from humble origins to become one of the most powerful drug barons in history, was captured Saturday in a raid in the beachside resort and fishing center of Mazatlan, 125 miles southeast of Culiacan, just days after escaping from the clutches of Mexican troops through the tunnel and sewers. 

Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

Demonstrators use a slingshot against the National Guard during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in San Cristobal, about 660km southwest of Caracas, Thursday. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Pope Francis called Wednesday for an end to violence in Venezuela that has killed at least 13 people and urged politicians to take the lead in calming the nation's worst unrest in a decade.

Konstantin Chernichkin/Reuters

A man sits on a chair in the house of Ukraine's former prosecutor general Viktor Pshonka in the village of Gorenichy outside Kiev, Monday. People and journalists entered the former prosecutor general's house outside Kiev, a Reuters photographer said.

Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

An anti-Yanukovich protester buckles her helmet as she stands guard outside the parliament building along with her comrades in Kiev, Thursday. Activists gathered outside parliament in Kiev as deputies vote for a new national unity government to govern the country until elections in May. Ukraine's protest leaders on Wednesday named the ministers they want to form a new government following the overthrow of President Viktor Yanukovich. 

Fadi al-Halabi/AFP/Getty

Civilans and rescue teams inspect the rubble of a destroyed building following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces on the Kallassa neighbourhood in the northern city of Aleppo, Wednesday. Aleppo has been largely divided between government control in the west of the city and rebel control in the east since fighting broke out there in mid-2012.

Sara Farid/Reuters

A polio worker gives polio vaccine drops to a child in Islamabad, Wednesday. Pakistan is also the only polio-endemic country in the world where polio cases rose from 2012 to 2013, the World Health Organization said last month. There were 91 cases last year but only 58 the year before.

Benoit Tessier/Reuters

A model presents a creation by designer Gareth Pugh as part of his Fall/Winter 2014-2015 women's ready-to-wear collection show during Paris Fashion Week, Wednesday.

Pool Photo by Andy Buchanan

A general view of the BP ETAP (Eastern Trough Area Project) oil platform in the North Sea, around 100 miles east of Aberdeen, Scotland. The British cabinet will meet in Scotland for only the third time in history to announce plans for the country's oil industry, which it warns will decline if Scots vote for independence. The fate of North Sea oil revenues will be a key issue ahead of the September 18 referendum to decide whether Scotland will end its 300-year-old union with England.