Life in photographs: The week wordwide

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A Buddhist monk prays during a ceremony at the Dhammakaya temple in Bangkok on March 4, 2015 on the occasion of Makha Bucha day. The Makha Bucha festival is observed in Thailand on the full moon of the third lunar month and commemorates the day when 1,250 monks gathered to be ordained by the Buddha. AFP/ Nicolas Asfouri

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Pakistani girls are silhouetted as they play at a slum area of Lahore on March 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ ARIF ALI

Pakistani girls are silhouetted as they play at a slum area of Lahore on March 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ ARIF ALI

Chinese soldiers dressed as ushers clear the area in front of the Great Hall of the People  in Beijing after a meeting of officials on March 2, 2015. The Great Hall of the People is the venue for meetings of China's Communist Party-controlled legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC), which starts in the capital this week with the "rule of law" high on the agenda.   AFP PHOTO / Greg BAKER

Chinese soldiers dressed as ushers clear the area in front of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing after a meeting of officials on March 2, 2015. The Great Hall of the People is the venue for meetings of China’s Communist Party-controlled legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC), which starts in the capital this week with the “rule of law” high on the agenda. AFP/ Greg Baker

A  fruit vendor in Sri Lanka waits to sell peanuts in Colombo on March 3, 2015.  Sri Lanka's new government will seek loans exceeding 4.0 billion USD from international lenders, including the IMF, as it "restructures" expensive debt owed to China, the finance minister said.   AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S. KODIKARA

A fruit vendor in Sri Lanka waits to sell peanuts in Colombo on March 3, 2015. Sri Lanka’s new government will seek loans exceeding 4.0 billion USD from international lenders, including the IMF, as it “restructures” expensive debt owed to China, the finance minister said. AFP/ Ishara S. Kodikara

Picture released by Atonchile showing the Villarrica volcano, 1200 km from Santiago, in southern Chile which began erupting on March 3, 2015 forcing the evacuation of some 3,000 people in nearby villages. The Villarrica volcano is one of Chile's most active.   AFP/ ATONCHILE/ CARLOS ROCUANT

Picture released by Atonchile showing the Villarrica volcano, 1200 km from Santiago, in southern Chile which began erupting on March 3, 2015 forcing the evacuation of some 3,000 people in nearby villages. The Villarrica volcano is one of Chile’s most active. AFP/ AtonChile/ Carlos Rocuant

Two Indian widows touch their foreheads as they celebrate Holi or the "festival of colors" in Vrindavan on March 3, 2015.  Widows congregated on a small patio of the ashram in which they live and danced and played with colored powder to celebrate the occasion. The widows of this and other ashrams in this northern town are sponsored by Sulabh International, an NGO which funds most of their needs.  Shunned from society when their husbands die, not for religious reasons, but because of tradition, many Indian widows have been ostracized from society and no longer live with their families and are forced to beg for food. Almost 2,000 of the estimated 34 million widows currently living in India live in Vrindavan and benefit from the welfare extended by Sulabh.    AFP/ Roberto Schmidt

Two Indian widows touch their foreheads as they celebrate Holi or the “festival of colors” in Vrindavan on March 3, 2015. Widows congregated on a small patio of the ashram in which they live and danced and played with colored powder to celebrate the occasion. The widows of this and other ashrams in this northern town are sponsored by Sulabh International, an NGO which funds most of their needs. Shunned from society when their husbands die, not for religious reasons, but because of tradition, many Indian widows have been ostracized from society and no longer live with their families and are forced to beg for food. Almost 2,000 of the estimated 34 million widows currently living in India live in Vrindavan and benefit from the welfare extended by Sulabh. AFP/ Roberto Schmidt

Indian policewomen throw their berets into the air as they celebrate becoming female constables at a police training ground on the outskirts of Agartala on March 2, 2015.  AFP/ Arindam Dey

Indian policewomen throw their berets into the air as they celebrate becoming female constables at a police training ground on the outskirts of Agartala on March 2, 2015.
AFP/ Arindam Dey

A morning commuter makes her way under a winter storm in New York on March 5, 2015. A major winter storm slammed parts of the U.S. on March 5, as thousands of flights were canceled and federal offices shut down in anticipation of more than half a foot of snow.   AFP/ Jewel Samad

A morning commuter makes her way under a winter storm in New York on March 5, 2015. A major winter storm slammed parts of the U.S. on March 5, as thousands of flights were canceled and federal offices shut down in anticipation of more than half a foot of snow.
AFP/ Jewel Samad

A Kenya Wildlife Services officer stands near a burning pile of 15 tons of elephant ivory seized in Kenya at Nairobi National Park on March 3, 2015. 15 tonnes is the largest amount of contraband ivory burned in Africa to date. An average of 30,000 elephants are poached every year in Africa. AFP/ Carl de Souza

A Kenya Wildlife Services officer stands near a burning pile of 15 tons of elephant ivory seized in Kenya at Nairobi National Park on March 3, 2015. 15 tonnes is the largest amount of contraband ivory burned in Africa to date. An average of 30,000 elephants are poached every year in Africa. AFP/ Carl de Souza

Smoke billows from the scene of a reported barrel bomb attack by Syrian government forces on March 5, 2015 on the Qadi Askar rebel-held district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Heavy clashes and a regime barrel bomb attack shook Aleppo after rebels tried to seize an intelligence headquarters the previous day, in a forceful rejection of UN efforts to reach a ceasefire.  AFP/ AMC/ Zein al-Rifai

Smoke billows from the scene of a reported barrel bomb attack by Syrian government forces on March 5, 2015 on the Qadi Askar rebel-held district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Heavy clashes and a regime barrel bomb attack shook Aleppo after rebels tried to seize an intelligence headquarters the previous day, in a forceful rejection of UN efforts to reach a ceasefire. AFP/ AMC/ Zein al-Rifai

A Libyan soldier loyal to Libya's internationally recognized government of Abdullah al-Thani and General Khalifa Haftar, patrols a street in the eastern coastal city of Benghazi on February 28. AFP/ Abdullah Doma

A Libyan soldier loyal to Libya’s internationally recognized government of Abdullah al-Thani and General Khalifa Haftar, patrols a street in the eastern coastal city of Benghazi on February 28. AFP/ Abdullah Doma

Protesters against the Rio 2016 Olympic Games golf course construction hold banners in front of the entrance of the hotel where the IOC Executive Board meeting is being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 28.  AFP/ Yasuyoshi Chiba

Protesters against the Rio 2016 Olympic Games golf course construction hold banners in front of the entrance of the hotel where the IOC Executive Board meeting is being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 28. AFP/ Yasuyoshi Chiba

Relatives and friends pay their respects as they stand close to the coffin of Boris Nemtsov during a farewell ceremony in Moscow on March 3, 2015. Russia vowed on March 2 to find the killers of outspoken opposition leader Boris Nemtsov as fresh details emerged about the most shocking political assassination during Vladimir Putin's rule. Nemtsov's body will lie in state on March 3 at the Andrei Sakharov rights center in Moscow, followed by his burial at the city's Troekurovskoye cemetery.  AFP/ Alexander Utkin

Relatives and friends pay their respects as they stand close to the coffin of Boris Nemtsov during a farewell ceremony in Moscow on March 3, 2015. Russia vowed on March 2 to find the killers of outspoken opposition leader Boris Nemtsov as fresh details emerged about the most shocking political assassination during Vladimir Putin’s rule. Nemtsov’s body will lie in state on March 3 at the Andrei Sakharov rights center in Moscow, followed by his burial at the city’s Troekurovskoye cemetery.
AFP/ Alexander Utkin

Russia's opposition supporters march in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov in central Moscow on March 1, 2015. The 55 year old former first deputy prime minister under Boris Yeltsin was shot in the back several times just before midnight on February 27 as he walked across a bridge near the Kremlin walls.  AFP/ Yuri Kadobnov

Russia’s opposition supporters march in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov in central Moscow on March 1, 2015. The 55 year old former first deputy prime minister under Boris Yeltsin was shot in the back several times just before midnight on February 27 as he walked across a bridge near the Kremlin walls.
AFP/ Yuri Kadobnov

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