Week in Photos: March 9, 2013

From Venezuelans mourning Chávez to snow coating Chicago’s ‘bean,’ see the week’s most striking images.

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Magadi, Kenya

March 4, 2013
Masai wait to cast ballot papers outside a polling station some 53 miles south of Nairobi during the presidential and parliamentary elections.

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Brooklyn, New York

March 3, 2013
Members of the Satmar Orthodox Jewish community carry caskets to the funeral of two expectant parents who were killed in a car accident. A driver struck the car the couple were riding in early Sunday morning, killing both parents while their baby, who was born prematurely, later died as well.

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Karachi, Pakistan

March 3, 2013
People gather on the site of bomb blast. The bomb attack in Pakistan’s largest city killed at least 23 people, including women and children, and wounded 50 others, police said.

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Caracas, Venezuela

March 6, 2013
Supporters of Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chávez embrace as the coffin containing his body passes in the street as it is taken from the hospital, where he died on Tuesday, to a military academy where his body was to lie in state until his funeral. Seven days of mourning were declared, all schools were suspended for the week, and friendly heads of state attended an elaborate funeral Friday.

Pool photo by Jacquelyn Martin

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

March 4, 2013
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, right, chats with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as they pose for a photograph before their dinner meeting at the Emirates Palace hotel. Abu Dhabi is the eighth stop of Kerry’s first official overseas trip.

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Tucson, Arizona

March 6, 2013
Mark Kelly leans his head on the shoulder of his wife and former congresswoman Gabby Giffords as they attend a news conference asking Congress and the Senate to provide stricter gun control in the United States. Giffords and Kelly were joined by survivors of the Tucson shooting as they spoke outside the Safeway grocery store where six people were killed in the shooting two years ago.

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San Antonio, Texas

March 6, 2013
Members of the San Antonio Living History Association fire muskets as they take part in a pre-dawn memorial ceremony to remember the 1836 Battle of the Alamo and those who fell on both sides.

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Bindura, Zimbabwe

March 2, 2013
President Robert Mugabe, center, releases balloons into the air during celebrations about 60 miles north of Harare to mark his birthday. Mugabe officially turned 89 on Feb. 21 and is set to contest the upcoming national elections slated for later this year.

Kostas Tsironis/AP

Athens, Greece

March 2, 2013
A worker removes anti-austerity graffiti from the wall of Athens’s university. Greece is in the throes of a major financial crisis after years of inept public financial stewardship and has weathered repeated income cuts and tax hikes amid a six-year recession and record-high unemployment.

Schalk van Zuydam/AP

Cape Town, South Africa

March 2, 2013
A woman blows blue paint powder on her friend during the Holi festival. Thousands of people are taking part in the festival by throwing colored paint powder at each other to express freedom and the color of everyday life.

Julio Cortez/AP

Port St. Lucie, Florida

March 4, 2013
Atlanta Braves players stretch before an exhibition spring training Major League Baseball game against the New York Mets.

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Chicago, Illinois

March 5, 2013
The sculpture “Cloud Gate,” commonly known as “the bean,” is covered in snow. The worst winter storm of the season was expected to dump 7 to 10 inches of snow on the Chicago area, with the worst expected for the evening commute.


Paris, France

March 6, 2013
Models walk the runway at the Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter 2013 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week.

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Mudgee, Australia

March 2, 2013
Farmer Lindy Haynes rubs the snout of her favorite pig, named Peanut, outside her home on her property, known as Pigsville, 155 miles west of Sydney. Haynes believes that all farm animals should be free range and allows the pigs, chickens, cats, and dogs on her farm to move freely in and out of her house, with most sleeping inside at night.