The World in Photos This Week

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Tensions spiked on the Korean peninsula this week as Pyongyang repeatedly threatened attacks on U.S. and South Korean forces. Above, a North Korean soldier peers into South Korea through a pair of binoculars at the Panmungak building on the northern side of the truce village of Panmunjom, North Korea, on April 4. What would a war on the Korean peninsula actually look like? Patrick Cronin maps it out for FP, while Joel Wit explains how the United States and North Korea could have made a deal over the Yongbyon nuclear plant -- but now it's too late.


A South Korean worker arriving from the Kaesong joint industrial complex in North Korea speaks to reporters at the inter-Korean transit office on April 4 in Paju, South Korea. While North Korea has blocked South Koreans from entering Kaesong, around 600 South Korean workers remain in the joint industrial complex to keep the plants running for the benefit of South Korean companies. Seoul has announced that it will pull the last 600 workers out if tensions between the two countries continue to rise.


Clashes rocked the West Bank this week as thousands attended the funerals of a Palestinian who died of cancer in Israeli prison and two teenagers who were shot dead by Israeli troops. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the killings jeopardized U.S. efforts to rekindle peace talks. Above, a Palestinian demonstrator throws a petrol bomb towards Israeli security forces during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron on April 4.


A man kicks an activist with the Ukrainian feminist movement Femen as she protests against conservative Islam in front of the Great Mosque of Paris on April 3 in the French capital.


A family walks past a mural depicting former South African President Nelson Mandela during different times in his life near the Regina Mundi Catholic Church in Johannesburg, South Africa, on March 31. A central gathering place during the anti-apartheid struggle, the church held prayers for Mandela, 94, who is in the hospital for the third time since December with lung problems. Mandela's lungs were damaged when he contracted tuberculosis during his 27 years in prison.Will there ever be another Nelson Mandela? Roy Robins says no -- and that that's just what South Africa needs.


Six people in China have died of the H7N9 strain of bird flu. Authorities in Shanghai have halted all sales of poultry and killed all live fowl at the market where the virus was detected in pigeons being sold for meat. Above, an elderly woman watches at a cockerel in Beijing on Apr. 4. In FP, Laurie Garrett asks whether we're witnessing the start of the next pandemic.


A boy plays in the street in the Cidade de Deus shantytown during Easter Day in Rio de Janeiro on March 31.


Kenyan police stand guard at dusk in Nairobi's Huruma area on March 31, where violent protests that left two dead erupted on March 30, following a Supreme Court verdict upholding Uhuru Kenyatta's recent presidential victory over his rival, Prime Minister Raila Odinga. While Odinga begrudgingly accepted the Supreme Court's decision, many in his strongholds were enraged.


A Kashmiri barber shaves a customer at a roadside barbershop in Srinagar on April 1. Kashmir's economy has taken a hit from a series of strikes by separatists groups and a curfew in the valley to quell popular anger over the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.


A baby joins thousands of city dwellers as they take an Easter Sunday dip in polluted Manila Bay to beat the scorching heat on March 31. The city government bans swimming in the bay due to health hazards, but authorities are often helpless in implementing the ordinance.

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