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Lights are turned off during rolling a blackout in Misato City after the earthquake and tsunami that hit northern Japan. Tokyo Electric Power Co. has announced rolling blackouts after its power generation was cut due to damage from an earthquake and tsunami to its Fukushima Daiichi power plant, where it is struggling to prevent reactor meltdowns.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Reuters

A man checks lists of evacuees at an evacuation center in Rikuzentakata.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KIM KYUNG-HOON / Reuters

In Ofunato, Japan, residents observe a moment of silence for victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Protesters in Tobruk, east of Tripoli, are seen through a reflection of the Libyan flag during celebrations after the U.N. authorized a no-fly zone and other military force against Moammar Kadafi's regime.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SUHAIB SALEM / Reuters

Egyptians in Tahrir Square in Cairo protest proposed constitutional changes. A referendum on constitutional amendments sponsored by the ruling military will be held Saturday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AMR ABDALLAH DALSH / Reuters

A Palestinian youth uses a makeshift launcher to shoot firecrackers during clashes with Israeli security forces in the mostly Arab neighborhood of Silwan, Israel.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AMMAR AWAD / Reuters

An Israeli border police officer tries to escape from flames after a petrol bomb is thrown at him during clashes with Palestinians in the mostly Arab neighborhood of Silwan. A Israeli police spokesperson said that the officer, who was lightly injured, was treated at the scene for burns and later taken to hospital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AMMAR AWAD / Reuters

Men climb a tree and a wall so they can watch India's team train before Sunday's ICC Cricket World Cup Group B match against the West Indies at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PHILIP BROWN / Reuters

Farmers transport wheat crop on camels at Pipalgaon village on the outskirts of the northern Indian city of Allahabad.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JITENDRA PRAKASH / Reuetrs

People dressed as zombies take part in the annual zombie parade before the Jewish holiday of Purim in Tel Aviv. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AMIR COHEN / Reuters

Two hot air balloons, one of which is designed to look like it is upside down, participate in the third Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SAEED KHAN / AFP

The Italian air force aerobatic unit Frecce Tricolori spreads green, white and red smoke, the colors of the Italian flag, to mark the 150th anniversary of Italy's unification.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP

Noble Prince, ridden by Tony McCoy, right, and Mr Thriller, center, jump a fence during the Jewson Novices' Chase on St. Patrick's Day at Cheltenham Racecourse. Noble Prince won the race.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Davies / PA Wire

At the White House, the North Lawn Fountain spouts water dyed green on St. Patrick's Day.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MICHAEL REYNOLDS / EPA

Police use water cannons to disperse activists of the youth wing of the Congress party during a protest against unemployment.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AJAY VERMA / Reuters

A woman attends a rally demanding the ouster of Yemen's president outside Sana University.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Khaled Abdullah / Reuters

Pakistani riot police deploy outside the U.S. consulate during a protest by students against the release of CIA contractor Raymond Davis.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARIF ALI / AFP

A Japanese Self-Defense Force soldier prays before removing the body of a tsunami victim found in debris.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TAKASHI NOGUCHI / AFP

A Nepalese Buddhist monk prepares for the first day of a three-day prayer meeting to pay homage to victims in quake-stricken Japan.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NARENDRA SHRESTHA / EPA

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

Men drenched in bright color celebrate the Holi holiday, which heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: STRINGER/INDIA / Reuters

Men who used to work in Libya and fled the country due to unrest cart their belongings amid swirling sand at a refugee camp at the Tunisian-Libyan border. More than 250,000 migrant workers have left Libya for neighboring countries, primarily Tunisia and Egypt, in the last three weeks.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Emilio Morenatti / Associated Press

Thai soldiers carry children out of an area where suspected Muslim separatists shot and killed three Muslim men in the troubled southern province of Pattani.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: STRINGER/THAILAND / Reuters

Protesters throw a boy in the air during a lighter moment at an anti-government demonstration.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Muhammed Muheisen / Associated Press

Israelis stand next to a cardboard cut-out of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, as they participate in a demonstration that called on Israelis to stop what they were doing for five minutes -- one minute for each of Shalit's years in Hamas captivity. Shalit was abducted by Palestinian militants who tunneled from the Gaza Strip into a military base in southern Israel in June 2006.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: RONEN ZVULUN / Reuters

A rebel fighter sits on a sofa at a checkpoint.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: GORAN TOMASEVIC / Reuters

Demonstrators from tribes of various parts of the Indian state of Maharashtra gather around a tanker to collect drinking water in bottles during a rally carried out by hundreds of forest dwellers and tribe members.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DANISH SIDDIQUI / Reuters

A Lamborghini Gallardo L140 luxury sports car is destroyed using sledgehammers to mark World Consumer Rights Day. The car's owner hired people to publicly destroy the vehicle when it failed to function after service.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: WU HONG / EPA

Two Albanian Roma people, at right and left, use a bear as a prop to attract people to have their photo taken. Non-governmental organizations have asked the Albanian government to create a law for animal protection, but no such legislation has been introduced.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARMANDO BABANI / EPA

North China leopard cub Nekama, 2 months old, plays with a basket in her enclosure before a youthful audience at the Berlin zoo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHANNES EISELE / AFP

Former Olympic champions Carl Lewis, a U.S. track-and-field athlete, and Nadia Comaneci, a Romanian gymnast, pose for cameras in front of Tower Bridge as part of a media event to launch 500 days to the start of the London 2012 Games.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alastair Grant / Associated Press

A 63-year-old woman brushes debris off a portrait of her father that she found still hanging in the ruins of her home.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

A photo album is mired in mud near the home of the Otomo family. Their neighborhood was destroyed by the last week's earthquake and resulting tsumani.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

A woman looks over notes left by survivors at Natori city hall, where aid is offered to victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Officials said the number of displaced people across Japan is 550,000, the highest wince World War II. Many are desparately trying to learn the fate of family members.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

An aerial view shows a mass of cars burned by fires. The earthquake and tsunami damage could have a profound effect on Japan's production sites and economic institutions.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: NOBORU HASHIMOTO / AFP/Getty Images

Ruined boats bob on water shining with oil in Fudai village, in the northern prefecture of Iwate.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YOMIURI / REUTERS

A candle, flowers and an inscription in Japanese is placed by well-wishers in front of the Japanese Embassy.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHANNES EISELE / AFP/Getty Images

A security guard patrols the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, the first city president Barack Obama is scheduled to visit on March 19 and 20 as part of a Latin American tour that includes Chile and El Salvador.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eraldo Peres / Associated Press

A clock counting down to the start of the 2012 Olympics is unveiled in Trafalgar Square in central London.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

Revelers wearing lanterns parade through the streets of Basel. The traditional Morgestraich starts at 4 a.m. and marks the beginning of the Swiss carnival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ENNIO LEANZA / European Pressphoto Agency

Robin Soderling of Sweden serves to Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany during their match at the ATP World Tour tennis tournament.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DANNY MOLOSHOK / REUTERS

A technician in protective gear looks out of an automatic door with signs reading "No entry except for those with permission" at a makeshift facility to screen, cleanse and isolate people with high radiation levels after the earthquake and tsunami damaged nuclear reactors.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YURIKO NAKAO / Reuters

Rescue workers search for victims after an earthquake and tsunami struck the area.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KYODO / Reuters

A man waits as firefighters pry open his car to look for missing family members. There was no one inside.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

A close-up of a model's footwear as she presents a creation by Indian designer Anupamaa Dayal at the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011. Some 79 designers will showcase their collections there until Tuesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DIVYAKANT SOLANKI / EPA

An activist of the Communist Party of India Marxist CPI (M) beats a drum during a protest rally against corruption scandals and rising prices of essential commodities.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PARIVARTAN SHARMA / Reuters

Horses are taken for an early morning ride at the Cheltenham race course in western England. The four-day Cheltenham Festival 2011 culminating with the Gold Cup will begin Tuesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: EDDIE KEOGH / Reuters

A groundsman runs as rain stops play during the first innings of the ICC Cricket World Cup Group A match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / Reuters

Soldiers of Belarus' Guard of Honour practice during a training session. The Honour Guard is an elite unit in the Belarussian military famous for rigorous training and exacting entrance requirements.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: VLADIMIR NIKOLSKY / Reuters

Anti-government protesters form the words "Game Over" with bricks as they block the roads from riot police at the junction of Bahrain Financial Harbour. Bahrain has been gripped by its worst unrest since the 1990s after protesters took to the streets last month, inspired by uprisings that toppled the leaders of Egypt and Tunisia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HAMAD I MOHAMMED / Reuters

Indians pay tribute to Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DIPTENDU DUTTA / AFP

A member of an emergency services special unit fires a shell toward the upper slopes to clear snow buildup above the Transcaucasian highway Sunday. Avalanches are a constant threat on the road, which is the only route connecting Russia to South Ossetia.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: STRINGER/RUSSIA / Reuters

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Every week we bring you the very best in visual journalism from around the world.

The events in Japan following last week’s devastating earthquake, the ensuing tsunami and the volatile situation at the quake-damaged nuclear power complex delivered compelling images and showed the jaw-dropping force of this disaster. View our earthquake gallery. The threat of radiation exposure for workers at the crippled Fukushima reactor complex remains high; lights are turned off during rolling blackouts in Misato City; survivors check lists of evacuees at an evacuation center in Rikuzentakata; and residents in Ofunato observe a moment of silence for victims of the disaster.

In Libya, rebels in Tobruk, east of Tripoli, celebrate the U.N. resolution authorizing a no-fly zone against the forces of Moammar Kadafi. In Cairo, Egyptians in Tahrir Square protest a referendum to be held Saturday. Further east, a police officer is struck by a petrol bomb during a clash between Palestinians and Israeli security forces.

In Ukraine, there are protests against an initiative to cut social benefits for emergency workers who fought the blaze at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor.

Elsewhere, a journalist in Bahrain is taken away by Gulf Cooperation Council forces, which moved into 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, fans climb a tree to get a better look at  India’s team training before Sunday’s ICC Cricket World Cup Group B match; farmers in the Indian village of  Pipalgaon transport their wheat crop on camels; and “zombies” take part in an annual parade in Tel Aviv before the Jewish holiday of Purim. Take a look.

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