Pictures in the News | March 21, 2011

Monday’s Pictures in the News begin in Libya, where the bombing campaign by the U.S. and its allies has targeted Moammar Kadafi’s air and ground forces. In Ajdabiyah, a rebel fighter points his gun at a suspected Kadafi supporter as other rebels try to intervene; Libyan rebels carry an injured comrade; and foreign evacuees who fled unrest in Libya take refuge at a camp near the Libyan and Tunisian border crossing of Ras Jdir.

In Japan, rescue workers make their way through a sea of debris as they search for victims of a tsunami in devastated Rikuzentakat; a teenager carries her young sister while searching for names of 20 missing high school friends at a shelter; and an elephant dances with volunteers to raise money for earthquake and tsunami victims on Khao San Road, an area popular with backpackers in Bangkok.

Among other featured images: Hasidic Jews celebrating the holiday of Purim in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighborhood; a man celebrates the “Festival of Scrambled Eggs” by jumping into the Bosna River, a traditional way of marking the first day of spring in Bosnia; and a man who lost relatives in Haiti’s January 2010 earthquake visits the mass grave site in Titanyen, on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince.