This Week Around The World In Pictures [March 16-22]

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It has been a very eventful week across the world, with both pleasurable and unpalatable incidents recorded in various regions. 

From a royal celebration of St Patrick’s Day Parade in Britain to violent struggles in the Middle East and down to natural disasters in Africa, here are some pictures that mirror the world, giving a feel of its pulse this week.

 

BRITAIN-ROYALS

Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Britain’s Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge enjoy a pint of Guinness with officers and guardsmen of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards after the St Patrick’s Day parade, at Cavalry Barracks in Hounslow, west London, on March 17, 2019. Gareth Fuller / POOL / AFP

 

Southern Kaduna Indigenes Protest Over Killings In Kajuru

Protesters march to the Unity Fountain In Abuja on (March 19, 2019) as they call for an end to killings. Photos: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun

Brexit Pressure

British Prime Minister Theresa May (C) leaves her office during a break on March 21, 2019, on the first day of an EU summit focused on Brexit, in Brussels. European Union leaders meet in Brussels on March 21 and 22, for the last EU summit before Britain’s scheduled exit of the union. Ludovic MARIN / AFP

COLOMBIA-VENEZUELA-CRISIS-BORDER

People cross from Cucuta in Colombia back to San Antonio del Tachira in Venezuela after buying goods to resell, through improvised bridged on the “trochas”, illegal trails on the border between the two countries near the Simon Bolivar international bridge, on March 21, 2019. Venezuela is in the grip of a humanitarian crisis due to shortages of food and medicine exacerbated by hyperinflation. Juan Pablo BAYONA / AFP

 

HONG KONG-US-ART-KAWS

‘KAWS:HOLIDAY’ ‘Companion’, an inflatable sculpture (C) by US artist and designer Brian Donnelly, known professionally as Kaws, is towed through Victoria Harbour before the opening ceromony for its exhibition in Hong Kong on March 22, 2019. Made in collaboration with locally based creative studio AllRightsReserved (ARR), the 37-metre-long KAWS:HOLIDAY sculpture will be docked in Victoria Harbour. Isaac Lawrence / AFP

BRAZIL-POLITICS-CORRUPTION-TEMER-ARREST

Brazil’s former president (2016-2018) Michel Temer (C), arrives under police escort at the Federal Police headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on March 21, 2019 after being arrested earlier in Sao Paulo as part of the sprawling ‘Car Wash’ anti-corruption probe. Temer was the leader of a “criminal organization” involved in embezzlement and money laundering, the federal prosecutor alleged Thursday, after the former leader was arrested as part of the ‘Car Wash’ probe. Mauro PIMENTEL / AFP

 

US-POLITICS-TRUMP-FREE SPEECH

US President Donald Trump greets Justine Murray, a student at Syracuse University, after signing an executive order to protect free speech on college campuses during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, March 21, 2019. SAUL LOEB / AFP

MOZAMBIQUE-WEATHER-CYCLONE

People collect metal sheets from a damaged supermarket to re-build their destroyed houses following the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai in Beira, Mozambique, on March 21, 2019. Aid workers raced against time to help survivors and meet spiralling humanitarian needs in three southern African countries battered by the region’s worst storm in years. Six days after tropical cyclone Idai cut a swathe through Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, the confirmed death toll stood at more than 300 and hundreds of thousands of lives were at risk, officials said. Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP

TURKEY-KURDS-NEW YEAR-NEWROZ

A woman takes a selfie in front of a bonfire as Turkish Kurds gather during Newroz celebrations for the new year in Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, on March 21, 2019. Newroz (also known as Nawroz or Nowruz) is an ancient Persian festival, which is also celebrated by Kurdish people, marking the first day of spring, which falls on March 21. Ilyas AKENGIN / AFP

INDIA-RELIGION-HINDUISM-HOLI

Indian children throw coloured powder in the air during Holi festival celebrations in Chennai on March 21, 2019. Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colours is observed in India and across countries at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month. ARUN SANKAR / AFP

MOZAMBIQUE-WEATHER-CYCLONE

Rebecca Albino (R), a mother of three children, mourns beside the coffin of her husband, Tomas Joaquim Chimukme during his funeral, following a strong cyclone that hit Beira, Mozambique, on March 20, 2019. Five days after tropical cyclone Idai cut a swathe through Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, the confirmed death toll stood at more than 300 and hundreds of thousands of lives were at risk, officials said. Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP

MOZAMBIQUE-WEATHER-CYCLONE

People walk on the flooded street of Buzi, central Mozambique, on March 20, 2019 after the passage of the cyclone Idai. International aid agencies raced on March 20 to rescue survivors and meet spiralling humanitarian needs in three impoverished countries battered by one of the worst storms to hit southern Africa in decades. Five days after tropical cyclone Idai cut a swathe through Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, the confirmed death toll stood at more than 300 and hundreds of thousands of lives were at risk, officials said. ADRIEN BARBIER / AFP

MOZAMBIQUE-WEATHER-CYCLONE

People take part in the looting sacks of Chinese rice printed “China Aid” from a warehouse which is surrounded by water after cyclone hit in Beira, Mozambique, on March 20, 2019. Five days after tropical cyclone Idai cut a swathe through Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, the confirmed death toll stood at more than 300 and hundreds of thousands of lives were at risk, officials said. Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP

IRAQ-KURDS-FESTIVAL-NORUZ

An Iraqi Kurd holds lit torches in the town of Akra, 500 kilometres north of the capital Baghdad, on March 20, 2019, during celebrations of Nowruz (Noruz), the Persian New Year. The Persian New Year is an ancient Zoroastrian tradition celebrated by Iranians and Kurds which coincides with the vernal (spring) equinox and is calculated by the solar calendar. SAFIN HAMED / AFP

SYRIA-KURDS-NOWRUZ

Kurds dressed in traditional outfits celebrate Nowruz (Noruz) in the Kurdish-controlled city of Qamishly in northeastern Syria on March 20, 2019. Nowruz, alculated according to a solar calendar, marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar. Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP

NZEALAND-ATTACK-MOSQUE

In this photo taken on March 19, 2019, local resident Russell Falcome-Price, 43, poses next to flowers left for victims of the twin mosques massacre, at the Botanic Gardens in Christchurch with a whiteboard that reads “I’m lost for words right now. Sorry” Anthony WALLACE / AFP

 

INDIA-RELIGION-FESTIVAL-HOLI

Indian Hindu devotees are sprayed with coloured water as they celebrate the Holi festival at the Kalupur Swaminarayan Temple, in Ahmedabad on March 20, 2019. Holi, the popular Hindu spring festival of colours is observed in India at the end of the winter season on the last full moon of the lunar month. SAM PANTHAKY / AFP

NZEALAND-ATTACK-MOSQUE

Muslims (front) pray in front of the Al Noor mosque while being protected by locals, moments after hundreds performed a mass haka, in Christchurch on March 20, 2019, five days after the twin mosque shootings claimed the lives of 50 people. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

VATICAN-POPE-AUDIENCE

Pope Francis gestures as he interacts with deaf-mute people at the end of the weekly general audience on March 20, 2019 at St. Peter’s square in the Vatican. Vincenzo PINTO / AFP

SAUDI-CAMEL-FESTIVAL

Kyrgyz dancers perform in an event gathering bedouins and nomads from around the world as part of the annual King Abdulaziz Camel Festival in Rumah desert, northeast of the Saudi capital Riyadh, on March 19, 2019. FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP

 

MOZAMBIQUE-WEATHER-CYCLONE

A shivering displaced woman is portrayed in the doorframe of a house in Beira on March 19, 2019. More than a thousand people are feared to have died in a cyclone that smashed into Mozambique last week. EMIDIO JOSINE / AFP

NZEALAND-ATTACK-MOSQUE

A group of students (C) sings in front of flowers left in tribute to victims at the Botanical Garden in Christchurch on March 19, 2019, four days after a shooting incident at two mosques that claimed the lives of 50 people. New Zealanders have begun handing in weapons in response to government appeals following the Christchurch massacre, but the gesture has put some squarely in the social media firing line. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

US-POLITICS-TRUMP

US President Donald Trump speaks during a reception in honor of Greek Independence Day in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, March 18, 2019. SAUL LOEB / AFP

 

ZIMBABWE-WEATHER-CYCLONE

Men carry a coffin on along a makeshift path on the river in Ngangu township Chimanimani, Manicaland Province, eastern Zimbabwe, after the area was hit by the cyclone Idai. A cyclone that ripped across Mozambique and Zimbabwe has killed at least 162 people with scores more missing. Cyclone Idai tore into the centre of Mozambique on the night of March 14 before barreling on to neighbouring Zimbabwe, bringing flash floods and ferocious winds, and washing away roads and houses. Zinyange AUNTONY / AFP

SYRIA-CONFLICT

A fighter with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fires a mortar shell toward a part of Baghouz where remaining Islamic State (IS) group fighters are holding out in their last position, in the countryside of the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor on March 18, 2019. A shroud of black smoke covered the Islamic State group’s last Syria redoubt today as US-backed forces battled holdout jihadists after a night of shelling and heavy air strikes. The Kurdish-led SDF have been closing in on IS fighters holed up in a small sliver of territory in the village of Baghouz in eastern Syria since January. GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP

 

BOSNIA-SERBIA-WAR CRIME-HISTORY-SURVIVOR

Vasva Smajlovic, a survivor of Srebrenica massacre in July 1995, stands next to her husband’s tombstone, during visit at the Srebrenica-Potocari memorial cemetery on March 15, 2019. Srebrenica massacre happened within ethnic cleansing campaign, in July 1995, when Bosnian Serb forces stormed the area of UN’s safe heaven of Srebrenica and killed more than of 8,000 Muslim men and boys. A total of 100,000 people were killed in Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war, which pitched Muslims, Serbs and Croats against one another as Yugoslavia fell apart. ELVIS BARUKCIC / AFP

NZEALAND-ATTACK-MOSQUE

School students perform the haka during a vigil in Christchurch on March 18, 2019, three days after a shooting incident at two mosques in the city that claimed the lives of 50 Muslim worshippers. New Zealand will tighten gun laws in the wake of its worst modern-day massacre, the government said on March 18, as it emerged that the white supremacist accused of carrying out the killings at two mosques will represent himself in court. ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP

KUWAIT-NZEALAND-ATTACK-MOSQUE

This picture taken on March 17, 2019 shows the Kuwait Towers as they display the flag of New Zealand in solidarity with the victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks in Kuwait City. The death toll from horrifying shootings at two mosques in New Zealand rose to 50, police said on March 17, as Christchurch residents flocked to memorial sites and churches across the city to lay flowers and mourn the victims. Yasser Al-Zayyat / AFP

ETHIOPIA-KENYA-ACCIDENT-AIRPLANE-FUNERAL

Mourners of victims of the crashed accident of Ethiopian Airlines react during the mass funeral at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on March 17, 2019. The crash of Flight ET 302 minutes into its flight to Nairobi on March 10 killed 157 people onboard and caused the worldwide grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft model involved in the disaster. Michael TEWELDE / AFP

FRANCE-GOVERNMENT-SOCIAL-CRISIS-POLITICS

French President Emmanuel Macron (C) presides over a crisis meeting, on March 16, 2019 at the Interior ministry in Paris, as hooded protesters went on the rampage in Paris, leaving a trail of destruction in the touristic heart of the city. Saturday’s turnout was seen a test of the ongoing strength of the Yellow Vest movement, which began in November over fuel tax hikes and quickly ballooned into a rebellion against Macron’s policies, seen by the protesters as geared towards the rich. Christophe Petit-Tesson / POOL / AFP

 

ALBANIA-POLITICS-DEMO

A masked protester holds stones as he stands in front of riot police during a demonstration held to demand the resignation of the Albanian Prime Minister, on March 16, 2019, in Tirana outside the Parliament. Gent SHKULLAKU / AFP

DRCONGO-POLITICS

Supporters of Franck Diongo, the leader of the Lumumbist Progressive Movement (MLP) political party, sing and dance ahead of his release after two years in prison on March 16, 2019 in Kinshasa. Franck Diongo was arrested during the political unrest in 2016 which called for the stepping down of former President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Joseph Kabila. JOHN WESSELS / AFP

 

FRANCE-POLITICS-SOCIAL-DEMO

A Yellow Vest protester throws a flag of Europe towards a barricade burning in front of a shop on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on March 16, 2019, during clashes between riot police forces and Yellow Vest protesters on the 18th consecutive Saturday of demonstrations called by the ‘Yellow Vest’ (gilets jaunes) movement. Demonstrators hit French city streets again on March 16, for a 18th consecutive week of nationwide protest against the French President’s policies and his top-down style of governing, high cost of living, government tax reforms and for more “social and economic justice.” Zakaria ABDELKAFI / AFP

 

FRANCE-POLITICS-SOCIAL-DEMO

People stand outside the restaurant “Le Fouquet’s” set on fire during clashes with riot police forces on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on March 16, 2019, during the 18th consecutive Saturday of demonstrations called by the ‘Yellow Vest’ (gilets jaunes) movement. Demonstrators hit French city streets again on March 16, for a 18th consecutive week of nationwide protest against the French President’s policies and his top-down style of governing, high cost of living, government tax reforms and for more “social and economic justice.” Zakaria ABDELKAFI / AFP

FBL-ESP-LIGA-REAL MADRID-CELTA

Real Madrid’s French coach Zinedine Zidane shouts from the sideline during the Spanish league football match between Real Madrid CF and RC Celta de Vigo at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on March 16, 2019. GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP

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