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Headlights illuminate a disaster area. The official toll of the dead and missing following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that flattened Japan's northeast coast has topped 11,000, with 3,676 confirmed dead.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP / Getty Images

Teams of government specialists at emergency rescue headquarters analyze data on the leaked radiation from the nuclear complex damaged by last week's earthquake.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Santana / Associated Press

Japan Self-Defense Force members carry a tsunami victim from Shizukawa Public Hospital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KIMIMASA MAYAMA / EPA

A man holds a Latvian national flag during a procession commemorating the Latvian Waffen SS unit, also known as the Legionnaires, in Riga. The Legionnaires are being commemorated for fighting the Soviet occupation of Latvia but the Nazi connection has caused great controversy abroad, particularly in Russia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: INTS KALNINS / Reuters

A man daubed in colors prays during the "Lathmar Holi," also known as the Festival of Colors, celebration near the northern Indian city of Mathura. This tradition heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: K. K. Arora / Reuters

Chickens take a part in a "laughing" contest in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province. About 1,600 chickens were involved in the contest, judged for the most melodious crowing, which according to the event organizers sound like human laughter.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YUSUF AHMAD / Reuters

People hold a rally to protest against a Ukrainian initiative to cut social benefits for "liquidators," emergency workers who fought the blaze at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: GLEB GARANICH / Reuters

Anti-government protesters rally to demand an end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh's rule outside Sana University.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Khaled Abdullah / Reuters

The Russian Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft lands with with three astronauts on board in Kazakhstan. U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka and Alexander Kaleri returned from almost six months on board the International Space Station.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: POOL / Reuters

A journalist is taken away by Gulf Cooperation Council forces, which moved into Pearl Square to rout anti-government protesters in Manama.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Reuters

A trade union member with a mask attends a protest in front of Romania's Parliament palace. Romania's parliament began debate Wednesday on a censure motion against the coalition government over IMF-backed labor reforms, a leftist opposition move with slim chances of success.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: RADU SIGHETI / Reuters

Finland's Aino-Kaisa Saarinen passes the Royal Palace honor guard during the qualification race in the ladies World Cup Royal Palace Sprint.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Reuters

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We begin Wednesday’s Pictures in the News feature in Japan with an eerie image of the town of Yamada illuminated by headlights. In Fukushima city, teams of government specialists frantically analyze data from the Fukushima nuclear facility, and Japan’s Self-Defense Force carries a tsunami victim from the Shizukawa Public Hospital in the tsunami-devastated Pacific coastal town of Minamisanriku.

News elsewhere around the globe includes a rally in Kiev, Ukraine, to protest an initiative to cut social benefits for emergency workers who fought the blaze at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor; a journalist is taken away in Bahrain by Gulf Cooperation Council forces, which moved in to Pearl Square to roust anti-government protesters in Manama; and  a procession commemorating the Latvian Waffen SS unit, also known as the Legionnaires, is held in Riga.

On the lighter side, a man drenched in colors prays during the Festival of Colors in the Indian village of Nandgaon; about 1,600 chickens take a part in a ‘laughing’ contest in the Indonesian city of Makassar; and the Russian Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft lands near the town of Arkalyk in Kazakhstan.

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