Pictures in the News | March 16, 2012

Friday’s Pictures in the News begins in Israel, where a marathon runner carries Palestinian and Israeli flags as well as  a white flag with a peace symbol as he enters the Zion Gate during the Jerusalem Marathon. In the nearby West Bank, an Israeli army dog attacks a Palestinian protester during a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum.

On the European continent, children from a primary school in Belgium form a circle around a heart drawn with chalk during a minute of silence in Lommel for the victims of the Tuesday bus crash in southern Switzerland; Prime Minister Mario Monti’s planned overhaul of the Italian labor market will include a revision of firing rules and an expansion of jobless benefits; and a  preview of the exhibition “Around Life’s Central Park” in the City Museum in Jena, Germany.

Elsewhere,  a Turkish military helicopter crashed into a house near the Afghan capital Friday, killing several Turkish soldiers on board and young girls on the ground; severe damage occurred in Michigan after a tornado with wind speeds of 135 mph touched down near Ann Arbor; and Filipino residents try to control a fire that gutted a shantytown in Manila suburbs.