The Week in Pictures | March 14 – March 20, 2011

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.