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The Week in Pictures | April 29-May 5, 2013

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

In Southern California, it’s fire season already. The Springs fire in Ventura County has burned at least 10,000 acres and is just 10% contained, while a fire that burned 3,000 acres of vegetation in Riverside County is 40% contained. More photos

May Day protesters marched down streets across the country Wednesday, calling on lawmakers to provide a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants who have entered the country illegally or overstayed their visas. More photos

In Colorado, Sonja Semion and Courtney Law became one of the first same-sex couples to be issued a civil union license at a midnight ceremony in the Denver Office of the Clerk and Recorder. Colorado is the eighth state to have civil unions or similar laws implemented, permitting unmarried couples, gay and heterosexual, the ability to form civil unions.

The sun rises over the second day of the AfrikaBurn festival in the Karoo desert in South Africa. The festival is based on Burning Man in the United States and sees thousands of people gathering in the desert to construct a temporary community.

Elsewhere, children attend the Children Becoming Buddhist Monks ceremony before Buddha’s birthday at a Chogye temple in Seoul;  South African surfer Andy Marr surfs a wave at an offshore reef known as Sunset near Cape Town; officials remove a plane part that was discovered wedged between an apartment building and a mosque in New York that authorities believe is from one of the two hijacked airliners that brought down the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001; young women perform during open tryouts for a spot with the Rockettes in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Radio City Music Hall in New York; and former President George W. Bush meets with local schoolchildren picked to be the first public visitors as the George W. Bush Presidential Library opens at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Add stops in Australia, China, England, India and Israel to round out the report.