A Look Back: Week in Photos

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Portrait of a boy soldier

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Ahmed, the 7-year-old son of a Free Syrian Army fighter, stands in front of a barricade on March 27, where he assists his FSA comrades in the Syrian neighborhood of Salahadeen, one of Aleppo's front lines.



Reuters: Luke MacGregor
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Butterfly nose

Stella Ferruzola, 3, poses on March 25 with a blue morpho butterfly on her nose at the Sensational Butterflies Exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London.

ZUMApress.com: Pete Marovich
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Supporting same-sex marriage

Same-sex-marriage activist Ryan Toney, 18, of Washington, D.C., stands in front of the Supreme Court on March 27. Activists on both sides of the issue rallied outside as the court heard arguments on the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between only a man and a woman.

Getty Images: Uriel Sinai
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Mideast visit

President Barack Obama walks toward Israeli President Shimon Peres and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum on March 22 in Jerusalem. It was Obama's first visit as president to the region, and his itinerary included meetings with Palestinian and Israeli leaders as well as a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. 

Getty Images: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez
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Holy Week

A mantilla-wearing penitent looks up during the Holy Week procession of the Cofradia de la Virgen de la Esperanza on March 28 in Zamora, Spain. Easter week is traditionally celebrated with processions in most Spanish towns. 

AP Photo: Orlin Wagner
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Midwest snowstorm

A man waits for help after becoming stuck in snow along West Sixth Street in Lawrence, Kan., on March 24. Few signs of spring were apparent in parts of the Midwest, as a snowstorm brought heavy snow and high winds.

AP Photo: Altaf Qadri
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Colorful ride

A woman drenched in colored water covers the face of a child as they ride a rickshaw past people celebrating Holi outside the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, India. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors that also marks the advent of spring, was celebrated across the country on March 27.

AP Photo: Petros Karadjias
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Cyprus banking

Protesters hold a banner that reads "Hands off Cyprus" during an anti-bailout rally in the capital city of Nicosia, Cyprus, on March 24. After failing for a week to find a solution to a crisis that could force their country into bankruptcy, Cypriot politicians turned to the European Union in a last-ditch effort to help the island nation secure an international bailout.

ZUMA Press
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The Holy See

Pope Francis receives members of the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See at the Vatican on March 22.




Reuters: Jessica Rinaldi
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Video games

A woman dressed as a video game character looks out the window at the PAX East gaming convention in Boston on March 23.


Reuters: Ueslei Marcelino
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Brides to be

Brides pose for photos in Brazil before their mass wedding ceremony at the Museum of the Republic in Brasilia on March 23. Seventy-eight couples participated in the mass wedding as part of the fifth edition of the Alma Gemea project, which is sponsored by the Department of Justice, Human Rights and Citizenship of the Federal District.



Reuters: Suzanne Plunkett
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Elephant bird

Christie's specialist James Hyslop holds a pre-17th-century, sub-fossilized elephant bird egg in London on March 27. The rare egg is expected to sell for 20,000 to 30,000 pounds ($30,000 to $45,000) when is it auctioned in London on April 24. The extinct elephant bird, a native of Madagascar, was a large bird measuring around 11 feet tall.  

Reuters: Jessica Rinaldi
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Ready to dance

A member of the O'Hare School's under-16 Ceili team from Akron, Ohio, practices with her teammates before competing at the World Irish Dancing Championships in Boston on March 27.





Reuters: Marcelo del Pozo
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Penitents wait

Penitents wait before taking part in the procession of the Santa Genoveva brotherhood on March 25 during Holy Week in the Andalusian capital of Seville, Spain. Hundreds of Easter processions take place around the clock in Spain during Holy Week, drawing thousands of visitors.

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