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Law enforcement evacuate people near the area where Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was believed to be hiding.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Darren McCollester / Getty Images

Officials wearing tactical gear stand near an armored vehicle as they search an apartment building for one of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Julio Cortez / Associated Press

Police search an apartment complex during the search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DOMINICK REUTER / EPA

A Los Angeles County Sheriff bomb squad member carries an empty backback from a McDonalds restaurant near the campus of Cal State L.A. An employee became suspicious of a young man who set down the pack inside the restaurant. Earlier in the day about 25,000 students and faculty were evacuated from the university after a pair of bomb threats were phoned in.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

As the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival ramps up, people who got their credentials head to the roofs of their vehicles in celebration.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Ixil indigenous people, survivors of Guatemalan civil war, demonstrate outside the Supreme Court. Guatemalan judge Carol Patricia Flores announced that she is dropping the genocide trial against former Guatemalan dictator and retired Gen. Jose Efrain Rios Montt due to a pending appeal in Guatemala City. The development will delay public deliberations over events that have divided the country for 30 years.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP / Getty Images

This new Hubble image, captured and released by the ESA-NASA Hubble Heritage to celebrate the telescope's 23rd year in orbit, shows part of the sky in the constellation of Orion (The Hunter). Rising like a giant seahorse from turbulent waves of dust and gas is the Horsehead Nebula, otherwise known as Barnard 33. This image shows the region in infrared light, which has longer wavelengths than visible light and can pierce through the dusty material that usually obscures the nebula's inner regions.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP / Getty Images

A supporter of the movement la Manif Pour Tous, which opposes gay marriage, waves a French flag during a demonstration in Paris. Riot police stand nearby. The final vote on France's landmark bill allowing gay marriage has been fast-tracked to next week.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP / Getty Images

Members of British forces' Household Cavalry participate in a changing of the guard ceremony at the Mall in central London, where the London Marathon finish line will be on Sunday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lefteris Pitarakis / Associated Press

Eric the newborn Rothschild giraffe stands in front of mom, Lotti, during its introduction to the public at the Tierpark zoo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Markus Schreiber / Associated Press

The swirl of activity in the night sky is generated by an extremely long exposure. Stars appear to be circuling the Pole - or North - Star.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gyorgy Varga / EPA

A girl dressed as Hindu goddess Kali prepares to take part in a religious procession.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: RAMINDER PAL SINGH / EPA

Firefighters work to put out a fire as white phosphorus explodes after a violent collision. One of the drivers was killed in the accident; the other got out before the explosion.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP / Getty Images

Surf boat competitors practice prior to the start of Day 3 of the 2013 Australian National Surf Lifesaving Titles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Roberts / Getty Images

Tulips blossom at Emirgan Park, where the 8th Istanbul Tulip Festival will be held until the end of the April. Twenty million tulips have been planted for the festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: OZAN KOSE / AFP / Getty Images

A Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket, carrying a Bion-M satellite, rises at a launch pad in Baikonur cosmodrome. While in orbit, Bion-M, part of Russia's space program, is to conduct fundamental and applied research in space biology, physiology and biotechnology, RIA-Novosti news agency reported.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP / Getty Images

A bride dances at a party in Cairo. Egypt's economy has been hard-hit by the two years of turmoil that followed the ouster of longtime President Hosni Mubarak. Half of the country's 85 million people live at or below the poverty line of $2 a day and rely on government subsidies of wheat and fuel.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eman Helal / Associated Press

Kolin Marzolf wades through flooded Abrigador Trail in Comstock Park. Marzolf, who lives in a raised home on the road that is known for flooding, said he is "kind of" concerned about this flood. "I got all my important stuff out, except for my brother's car," he said. A broad swath of the Midwest has experienced heavy spring rains.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: CORY MORSE / The Grand Rapids Press

French Formula One driver Jean-Eric Vergne and his Scuderia Toro Rosso car are pushed back to the pit during the first practice session at the Sakhir circuit. The 2013 Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix will take place Sunday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SRDJAN SUKI / EPA

Gusty Santa Ana winds blow spray off of the top of a wave as a surfer tucks into a wind-groomed tube south of the Huntington Beach pier.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

At USC, the Mitlanxiocoalt dance group participates in a demonstration with students opposing the administration's decision to move El Centro Chicano -- a student retention, programming and support center -- into a smaller facility.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The Times

Los Angeles Fire Capt. Ron Matsuo surveys damage to a wholesale fabric business in downtown L.A. after firefighters spent more than 90 minutes battling a blaze there.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Firefighters conduct a search of an apartment destroyed by an explosion at a fertilizer plant.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LM Otero / Associated Press

A woman is consoled by a sheriff's deputy at a command post after an explosion killed as many as 15 people and injured at least 160 in what may be the worst U.S. industrial disaster since the Texas refinery blast in 2005.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mike Fuentes / Bloomberg

South Bay area runners gather at the Manhattan Beach Pier for a "Solidarity Run For Boston" and candlelight vigil in honor of the victims of Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Crime scene investigators inspect a rooftop above the site of a bombing on Boylston Street. Investigators continue to work the scene of a two-bomb explosion at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Darren McCollester / Getty Images

An injured Steve Nash of the Lakers celebrates during a game with the Rockets at Staples Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Runners pull up after finishing The NGK Spark Plugs EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Newmarket racecourse.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Alan Crowhurst / Getty Images

A white lion cub in his pen at the Pont-Scorff zoo in western France. Three lion cubs, two males and a female, were born on Feb. 23 and were shown for the first time to the public.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FRED TANNEAU / AFP / Getty Images

A visitor watches "Circles (Curved Down Under)" by German artist Hans Kotter at the Art Cologne fair.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Frank Augstein / Associated Press

Iranian air force members march during the army day parade.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: BEHROUZ MEHRI / AFP / Getty Images

A Palestinian man sells toffee apples at a beach at sunset as Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza Strip marked Prisoners' Day with a series of low-key rallies as inmates themselves staged a hunger strike.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMMED ABED / AFP / Getty Images

Youths peek through a barrier as they wait to enter a stadium where Zimbabwe's 33rd independence celebrations are being held.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi / Associated Press

An Indian devotee carries his 88-year-old old visually impaired mother while on pilgrimage. He has set out taking his mother to visit all major Hindu pilgrimage sites across the country, traveling between six and 10 kilometers daily on average.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SANJEEV GUPTA / EPA

A eunuch dances at a procession during a national meet of the community. The meet is being held to demand increased political representation ahead of the country's general elections and also to elect a leader for the community.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Deepak Sharma / Associated Press

Temple priests, center, raise their hands as they instruct devotees to pull the chariot of Hindu deity Lord Lingaraj during the Asokastami festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Biswaranjan Rout / Associated Press

Children walk across a muddy agricultural field following heavy rains in recent days. Kenya's annual long rains have brought heavy flooding around the country, displacing thousands of people.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ben Curtis / Associated Press

People move an injured earthquake victim to a military helicopter near the Iran border. Pakistani emergency officials confirmed at least 30 deaths in Mashkhel area of Pakistan's Baluchistan province.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: WAHEED KHAN / EPA

Rickshaw drivers wait for customers at a popular tourist area in Beijing. Foreign direct investment in China rose marginally in the first quarter, the government announced, led by Japanese, EU and U.S. companies after declining last year.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ED JONES / AFP / Getty Images

Circus Oz performer Mason West performs at the site of the future home of Circus Oz.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JULIAN SMITH / EPA

Pallbearers place the coffin of Lady Margaret Thatcher in St. Paul's Cathedral, where dignitaries from around the world gathered Wednesday for the former British prime minister's funeral.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pool

A woman weeps as the coffin of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is carried out of St. Clement Danes church for the start of her state funeral procession through the streets of London.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pool

A former coal miner stands at dawn in the dismantled pit cage that used to take miners down into the Easington Colliery mine. Mine worker families were holding a party to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the closure of the mine, and to coincidentally celebrate the death of Margaret Thatcher, whom they blame for the decline of the mining industry and whose funeral was being held Wednesday in London.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ian Forsyth / Getty Images

Jillian Blenis of Boston wipes away tears while kneeling at a makeshift memorial to the victims of Monday's bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Julio Cortez / Associated Press

Marco Walter of Switzerland competes on the vault during the qualifying round of the Artistic Gymnastics European Championships.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGEI ILNITSKY / EPA

A woman lights a candle amid the Shoes on the Danube Promenade art installation on the bank of the Danube River to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, marking the World War II deportation of Hungarian Jews to Nazi death camps. The cast iron shoes anchored along the riverfront walkway honor Jews killed by the fascist Arrow Cross militia during the war.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Noemi Bruzak / Associated Press

A peacock puts on a show at the Wilhelma zoo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHRISTOPH SCHMIDT / AFP / Getty Images

Some 100 Ukrainians with hepatitis, tuberculosis, AIDS and other diseases line up with cotton sacks on their heads -- like condemned prisoners waiting for execution -- to build a living wall in front of the Cabinet of Ministers building. Protesters said 44,000 Ukrainians are "sentenced to death" this year because funds for life-saving treatment have not been allocated by the government.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SERGEY DOLZHENKO / EPA

An Afghan soldier peers down the rifled barrel of a D30 Howitzer cannon during a training session at Forward Base Honaker Miracle.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MANJUNATH KIRAN / AFP

A boy carries a plastic bag to collect plastic and metal items from a garbage dump.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DIMITAR DILKOFF / AFP / Getty Images

Boys beginning a 30-day program to experience the life of Buddhist monks enjoy their newly shaven heads.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: EPA

Commuters travel on a pedicab during a heavy sandstorm in China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. The sandstorm affected several cities, including Kashi, Hetian and Kezhou.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: AFP / Getty Images

A billboard featuring laughing children provides an incongruous backdrop for a South Korean soldier with a machine gun participating in drills at a government complex. South Korea is on heightened alert as tension with North Korea continue..

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lee Jin-man / Associated Press

Donors fill all the cots at a blood drive on New Year's Day of the Myanmar calendar, a day on which people traditionally make donations of blood, food, birds or fish and pay their respects to the elderly.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LYNN BO BO / EPA

Young people join the crowd at Tuesday night's vigil for bombing victim Martin Richard, 8, in Boston.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: CJ GUNTHER / European Pressphoto Agency

Emma MacDonald, center, cries at the Boston Common vigil Tuesday for the victims of the marathon bombings.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Julio Cortez / Associated Press

A Boston police officer stands near the scene of a twin bombing at the Boston Marathon in Boston. The bombings at the 116-year-old race resulted in heightened security across the nation with cancellations of some professional sporting events as authorities search for a motive to the violence.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Spencer Platt / Getty Images

The unfinished meals of fleeing customers are left on tables at an outdoor restaurant near the scene of a twin bombing at the Boston Marathon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Spencer Platt / Getty Images

Unused thermal blankets for marathon participants are piled near the scene of a twin bombing at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Spencer Platt / Getty Images

French soldiers patrol in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. France ordered police patrols to be stepped up after at least three people were killed and 144 others injured in two explosions on Monday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FRED DUFOUR / AFP / Getty Images

An employee stands by coils of steel in the world's largest steel maker ArcelorMittal's "cold factory" at the French plant in Florange.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN / AFP / Getty Images

A young woman stands in front of a shop that buys and sells gold in Berlin. Gold prices reached a two-year low this week and many gold-mining companies are feeling a severe squeeze on profits.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sean Gallup / Getty Images

Nigerian migrant workers wave Israeli flags during the Jewish state's 65th Independence Day celebrations in the Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JACK GUEZ / AFP / Getty Images

Steve Oratowski, from West Hollywood, grimaces as he receives a free meningitis vaccination at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation pharmacy in West Hollywood following the death of 33-year-old Brett Shaad, a West Hollywood man who died from the disease.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

The wreckage of a U.S. Marine CH-53E helicopter remains strewn on a South Korean army training field in Cheorwon. The helicopter crash-landed with 21 US soldiers, including five crew members, on board during an exercise near the border with North Korea amid heightened tensions. There were no reports of casualties.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YONHAP / AFP / Getty Images

A Somali child, suffering from malaria, recovers at a clinic in Mogadishu. Somalia's security forces launched a major operation searching for explosives and weapons, a day after a spectacular suicide attack by Islamist insurgents at Mogadishu's main court complex left 29 civilians dead and many more injured.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TOBIN JONES / AFP / Getty Images

A supporter of Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles protests in front of riot police in Caracas. Venezuela's acting President Nicolas Maduro was proclaimed the winner of an election to succeed late leader Hugo Chavez here Monday, triggering protests as the opposition demanded a recount.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LEO RAMIREZ / AFP / Getty Images

Riot police chase students outside a high school in Manama, Bahrain. Police in Bahrain's capital have raided a boys' high school and fired tear gas in clashes with students angry over a fellow student's arrest the day before.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hasan Jamali / Associated Press

A former Yemeni prisoner at Bagram dressed in an orange prison uniform takes part with protesters during a demonstration demanding the release of Yemeni detainees in Guantanamo Bay prison in front of the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Hani Mohammed / Associated Press

A chicken slaughterhouse employee cleans broilers in ShengHua, a suburb of Shanghai. The H7N9 strain of bird flu was found in a 4-year-old boy in Beijing displaying none of the flu-like symptoms previously associated with the pathogen. The child was tested late Sunday as part of a routine screening of people in contact with fowl in the capital, Xinhua news agency said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: EPA

An ethnic Tai Yai boy reacts as he has his head shaved by a Buddhist monk during the Poi Sang Long festival, a rite celebration of Buddhist novice ordination at Wat Hua Wiang temple in northern Thailand.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: RUNGROJ YONGRIT / EPA

A woman makes incense at Cao Thon in Hung Yen province, one of the biggest incense villages in Vietnam for over a hundred years.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LUONG THAI LINH / EPA

Rachel Robinson, the wife of the late Dodger great Jackie Robinson, waves to the crowd, while standing with Earvin Magic Johnson before the start of the game against the San Diego Padres on Jackie Robinson Day at Dodger Stadium.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Dodgers' Mark Ellis, left, throws to first base to complete a double play as John Baker of the Padres slides into second base wearing number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

Medical workers aid people injured at the 2013 Boston Marathon following two explosions. The blasts near the finish line Monday sent officials rushing onto the course and through crowds of spectators to tend to the injured while runners were routed away from the smoking, chaotic scenes.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe

People try to rush to safety after one of the explosions near the marathon finish line.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kenshin Okubo / The Daily Free Press

A man is loaded into an ambulance after he was injured by one of two bombs that exploded during the 117th Boston Marathon near Copley Square.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jim Rogash / Getty Images

Medical workers aid injured people along Boylston Street in downtown Boston near the finish line of the marathon route.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charles Krupa / Associated Press

Spanish matador Morante de la Puebla performs a pass on a bull during a bullfight at the Maestranza bullring in Seville.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP / Getty Images

A supporter of Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles protests in front of riot policemen in Caracas. Venezuela's opposition piled pressure on electoral authorities Monday to recount the tight vote to replace late leader Hugo Chavez, calling for protests if acting President Nicolas Maduro is formally proclaimed the winner.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: GERALDO CASO / AFP / Getty Images

Cherry blossoms, blooming late this year because of a colder beginning of spring, start to show on the Public Square in Wilkes-Barre.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Moran / The Citizens' Voice

A man begging for alms does his best to gain attention in downtown Madrid.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Emilio Morenatti / Associated Press

People visit giant statues of the late North Korean leaders, Kim Il Sung, left, and his son Kim Jong Il, in Pyongyang. Oblivious to international tensions over a possible North Korean missile launch, Pyongyang residents spilled into the streets Monday to celebrate a major national holiday, the birthday of their first leader, Kim Il Sung.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

South Korean protesters lift up a mock North Korean missile with an image of the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, and the words "North Korea has to stop provocation with nuclear weapons" during an anti-North Korea protest on the birthday of North Korea's late leader, Kim Il Sung.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kin Cheung / Associated Press

A Ferris wheel serves as a backdrop to palm trees on the grounds of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bethany Mollenkof / Los Angeles Times

Sierra Madee exercises near the pedestrian path in Palisades Park in Santa Monica.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bret Hartman / For The Times

Members of a rescue team watch as divers prepare to retrieve the black box from a Lion Air Boeing 737 partially submerged in the water two days after it crashed while trying to land at Bali's international airport near Denpasar.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sonny Tumbelaka / AFP / Getty Images

Activists dressed as injured orangutans take part in a protest demanding that Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono take immediate action to save the animal outside the Presidential Palace in Jakarta. Orangutan populations on Indonesia's Borneo and Sumatra islands are facing severe threats from habitat loss, illegal logging, fires and poaching.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tatan Syuflana / Associated Press

Palestinian farmers harvest wheat on a farm near the West Bank city of Jenin.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mohammed Ballas / Associated Press

A man looks at "Mask II," a sculpture by Australian artist Ron Mueck exhibited in Paris.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: THOMAS COEX / AFP / Getty Images

Roses rest on the names of the 1,503 people who died as a result of the sinking of the Titanic, following a memorial service at Belfast Titanic Memorial Garden. Relatives of those who died on the ship joined John Andrews, president of the Belfast TItanic Society, in laying wreaths at the garden to mark the 101st anniversary of the sinking of the TItanic.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Morrison / Associated Press

A French police officer walks in front of burning shakes during the eviction of opponents of a project to build a new airport in Notre-Dames-des-Landes near the French city of Nantes. The planned airport, which is scheduled to replace the city's current airport in 2017, is a pet project of Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who was the city's mayor from 1989 until this year.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FRANK PERRY / AFP / Getty Images

A ladybird sits on a blossom.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MARTIN GERTEN / AFP / Getty Images

Visitors take a ride in a observation wheel at sunset at a spring fair.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Julian Stratenschulte / Associated Press

Indian laborer Abdul Rahman fans his 18-month-old daughter, Roona Begum, who is suffering from Hydrocephalus, a buildup of fluid inside the skull that leads to brain swelling, at their hut. A top private Indian hospital offered to examine the girl suffering from the rare but treatable illness that has caused her head to swell to more than double its normal size.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: STRDEL / AFP / Getty Images

Nepalese devotees throw vermilion powder on each other during the Sindur Jatra festival.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Niranjan Shrestha / Associated Press

Haze surrounds Stonecutters Bridge as a boat passes underneath.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jerome Favre / Bloomberg

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The Week in Pictures | April 15 – April 21, 2013

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

The eyes of the world were on Boston this week with the two bomb blasts during the marathon on Monday and subsequent manhunt for two brothers believed to be the perpetrators. More photos

In Texas, rescuers went door-to-door in neighborhoods decimated by the explosion at a fertilizer plant, searching in closets and under beds for residents after a huge blast killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160. More Photos

The wreckage of a U.S. Marine CH-53E helicopter remains strewn on a South Korean army training field in Cheorwon. The helicopter crash-landed with 21 soldiers, including five crew members, on board during an exercise near the border with North Korea amid heightened tensions. There were no deaths in the crash. In Pyongyang, North Korea,  people visit giant statues of the late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and his son Kim Jong Il. Oblivious to international tensions over a possible North Korean missile launch, Pyongyang residents spilled into the streets Monday to celebrate a major national holiday, the birthday of their first leader, Kim Il Sung.

In Guatemala, survivors of the Guatemalan civil war  demonstrate outside the Supreme Court, where a Guatemalan judge announced that she is dropping the genocide trial against former Guatemalan leader and retired Gen. Jose Efrain Rios Montt, due to a pending appeal in Guatemala City.  The development will delay public deliberations over events that have divided the nation for 30 years.

A new Hubble image, captured and released by the ESA-NASA Hubble Heritage to celebrate the telescope’s 23rd year in orbit, shows part of the sky in the constellation of Orion. Rising like a giant seahorse from turbulent waves of dust and gas is the Horsehead Nebula, otherwise known as Barnard 33.

An Indian laborer fans his 18-month-old daughter, who is suffering from hydrocephalus, a buildup of fluid inside the skull that leads to brain swelling, at their hut in Jirania village. A top private Indian hospital offered to examine the girl suffering from the rare but treatable illness that has caused her head to swell to more than double its normal size.

In Indonesia, members of a rescue team watch as divers prepare to retrieve the black box from a Lion Air Boeing 737 partially submerged in the water two days after it crashed while trying to land at Bali’s international airport near Denpasar.  In Jakarta, activists dressed as injured orangutans take part in a protest demanding that Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono take immediate action to save the animal outside the Presidential Palace.

Elsewhere, a young ethnic Tai Yai boy reacts as he has his head shaved by a Buddhist monk during Poi Sang Long festival, a rite celebration of Buddhist novice ordination at Wat Hua Wiang temple in northern Thailand; Nigerian migrant workers affiliated with the Redeemed Christian Church of God wave Israeli flags during the Jewish state’s 65th Independence Day celebrations in the Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv; and a West Hollywood man grimaces as he receives a free meningitis vaccination following the death of 33-year-old Brett Shaad, a West Hollywood man who died from the disease.

Add stops in Germany, France, Iran, China, Nepal, Russia, Turkey, Australia and Michigan to round out the report.

1 Comment

  1. April 20, 2013, 2:26 am

    Thank you so much for that wonderful photographic display! It means a lot to me to be able to touch base with the rest of the world. As a writer, I lead a pretty shut-in life, often working up to 7 days a week from home. It is easy to lose contact with the real world out there in my kind of working environment, and your pictures sure keep me grounded! Pamela Valemont, Australia

    By: Pamela Lillian Valemont

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