The Week in Pictures | February 18 – 24

Each week we bring you the very best in visual journalism.

Lakers greats past and present showed up to remember the team’s owner, Jerry Hatten Buss, who died Monday from liver failure. Former coach Phil Jackson fought back tears, Shaquille O’Neal recalls calling Buss’ bluff, and Kobe Bryant reminds his teammates of their duty going forward. More photos

In Europe, a woman takes shelter from the rain and the flooding at a bus stop, by standing on a bench, on a flooded highway linking Athens with its port of Piraeus; a person walks by an iced fountain in northern France; and Spanish airline workers protest against job cuts at Barajas Airport in Madrid during a five-day strike held by Iberia cabin crew, maintenance workers and ground staff in response to the planned loss of 3,800 jobs.

Carnival revelers move through the city of Basel making music at the “Morgestraich” (“morning prank”) celebrations in Switzerland. The “Morgestraich” marks the beginning of the three-day carnival of Basel, which attracts thousands of spectators from Switzerland as well as from Germany, France and Luxembourg.

A supporter of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez holds a photo of him as she celebrates his return, outside the Carlos Arvelo Military Hospital in Caracas. Chavez returned to Venezuela early Monday after more than two months of medical treatment in Cuba following cancer surgery.

In Benghazi, Libyans release a lantern in the air at Nasr Square during the second anniversary of the uprising that toppled longtime dictator Moammar Kadafi; Bangladeshi people shout slogans against a nationwide general strike called by the country’s largest Islamic party in Dhaka; and Pakistani Shiite Muslims sit beside the bodies of victims of a huge bomb blast as they refuse to bury them until their demands are accepted by the government in Quetta.

On the lighter side of the news, a mother-to-be has her belly painted at the Nine Months Fair for new and prospective parents in Amsterdam. In Germany, members of a flash mob defy sub-zero temperatures to perform an improvised version of the Harlem Shake in front of the Berlin Cathedral.

Elsewhere, An Asiatic black bear, also known as the moon bear, gets a checkup after arriving in Singapore from China as part of an animal exchange program; actor James Franco gives a fan a thrill at the Japanese premiere of “Oz the Great and Powerful” in Tokyo; and Japanese plum blossoms are in bloom after a snowfall in Misaki.