A plastic doll rests in a rusted toy car at what was once a kindergarten in the ghost town of Pripyat. A project to build a new sarcophagus over the nearby Chernobyl nuclear plant is lacking funding. The concrete sarcophagus capping the plant has developed cracks over the last 25 years and is no longer considered fail-safe.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGEI SUPINSKY / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A Soyuz-FG rocket, with the Soyuz TMA-21 spaceship carrying U.S. astronaut Ron Garan and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokytyaev and Andrei Borisenko, blasts off from the Baikonur cosmodrome en route to the International Space Station.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dmitry Lovetsky / Associated PressLink
Competitors cross a hilly landscape during the second stage of the 26th Marathon des Sables south of Ouarzazate. The marathon is considered one of the most difficult in the world. Nine hundred participants are attempting to walk 151 miles over six days in the Moroccan Sahara.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PIERRE VERDY / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A composite of photographs released by the French Investigation and Analysis Bureau shows wreckage of Air France Flight 447, an Airbus A330 en route from Rio to Paris that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009, sinking to a depth of almost 10,000 feet and killing all 228 passengers and crew members on board. With the April 3 discovery of the wreckage, which contains several bodies, it is hoped that flight data recorders may finally be recovered to explain the mysterious loss of the aircraft.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: REUTERSLink
Pakistani Sunni Muslims protest in Lahore against the bombing of a shrine in Dera Ghazi Khan district. The death toll rose to 50 after two suicide bombers detonated their charges at a Sufi shrine on Sunday where hundreds had gathered for a religious ceremony.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARIF ALI / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
A Libyan rebel fighter checks his weapon near the city of Port Brega.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VASSIL DONEV / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
Firefighters work to extinguish a blaze at a supermarket after a gun battle between soldiers and gunmen in the resort city of Acapulco. A soldier and two gunmen were killed in the clash that destroyed the supermarket, a movie complex and stores in a shopping center.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bernandino Hernandez / Associated PressLink
Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur Tower is illuminated in red and white, the Japanese national colors, as a sign of support for the country following the devastating earthquake and tsunami. It joins nine other iconic towers worldwide similarly lighted to encourage support for the people of Japan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AHMAD YUSNI / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
Children play inside steel pipes to be used for the construction of a water system in the Philippine town of Caloocan, east of Manila.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: NOEL CELIS / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Amateur Hideki Matsuyama of Japan walks down the second fairway during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament in Augusta.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chris O'Meara / Associated PressLink
A visitor walks past photographs at an exhibition titled "Una luz dura, sin compasion" (A Tough Light, Without Pity) at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. The exhibition presents a collection of images, magazines, books and film produced during the workers' movement between 1926 and 1939.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: EMILIO NARANJO / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
A maned wolf cub ventures from its enclosure for the first time at the zoo in Chorzow, one of two born at the zoo in December. It is rare for wolves to breed in captivity, and cubs may die after a few weeks, hence keeping them from public view until now.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANDRZEJ GRYGIEL / European Pressphoto AgencyLink
Golfer Stacy Lewis, right, and her caddie Travis Wilson celebrate her victory in the LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship by jumping into Poppie's Pond on Sunday.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DANNY MOLOSHOK / ReutersLink
Rebels take cover from explosions during a fight Monday with troops loyal to Moammar Kadafi.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: YOUSSEF BOUDLAL / ReutersLink
The front landing gear of a United Airlines jetliner is sunk in a muddy field after the aircraft made an emergency landing Monday shortly after takeoff at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in Kenner, La. The flight from New Orleans to San Francisco returned to the airport within minutes of taking off after rocking back and forth.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick Semansky / APLink
Rabbis from England and the United States pray as they prepare to bury some 40 Jews killed during the Holocaust and found in November in a mass grave in the northeastern Romanian village of Popricani.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: DANIEL MIHAILESCU / AFPLink
Two children walk among tombstones on the eve of Qing Ming, or Tomb Sweeping Day.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: AP / CHINATOPIXLink
A Kashmiri Muslim boatman holds his fire pot as he disembarks from a shikara, or traditional gondola, on the Dal Lake.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dar Yasin / Associated PressLink
A woman cleans her house, which was damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: CARLOS BARRIA / ReutersLink
A picture taken through a vehicle window shows people walking under umbrellas.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: FAROOQ KHAN / EPALink
U.S. Marines from Regimental Combat Team-8 train in the gym at Forward Operating Base Delaram in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PETER PARKS / AFPLink
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