The World in Photos This Week

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This photo was not taken this week. This photo was taken nearly two decades ago in Bosnia and is just one of many in the extraordinary body of work belonging to Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus. On Friday, Niedringhaus was shot and killed while covering the elections in Afghanistan. Her longtime colleague, reporter Kathy Gannon, who was with her at the time was wounded but survived the attack.

According to the AP: "The two were traveling in a convoy of election workers delivering ballots from the center of Khost city to the outskirts, in Tani district. ... As they were sitting in the car waiting for the convoy to move, a unit commander named Naqibullah walked up to the car, yelled "Allahu Akbar" -- God is Great -- and opened fire on them in the back seat with his AK-47. He then surrendered to the other police and was arrested."

Originally from Germany, Niedringhaus, 48, covered conflicts all over the world -- in Libya, Gaza, and Kuwait, among others -- and was a member of the AP team that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in breaking news photography for coverage of the war in Iraq.

Niedringhaus took this photograph in December 1995 in Sarajevo. The woman in the photo is a Bosnian Serb; she's mourning at the grave of her son who was killed in October of that year at the nearby front line in Sarajevo's Serb-held suburbs.



Protesters clash with riot police blocking the way to the parliament on April 1, in Athens, Greece.

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A Buddhist monk uses a tablet to take pictures as he visits the Angkor Wat temple, part of the Angkor architectural complex in northwestern Cambodia on April 3.



Indonesians light a floating lantern to mark Earth Hour in Malang, East Java, on March 29. Lights will go off in some 7,000 cities around the world for this weekend's Earth Hour event, which will aim to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for environmental projects worldwide.



Chinese workers lay track on a new subway line on March 29 in Beijing, China. The new line will be the 18th in the Beijing subway system, which has a daily ridership of more than 10 million people, according to local officials.

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Afghan breast cancer patient Bassira, 38, collects the tea cups at her sister's house in the northwestern city of Herat on April 2.



A Thai fireman stands inside a scrap metal warehouse after a massive World War II bomb that workers tried to cut open exploded in Bangkok on April 2, killing at least seven people died and injuring 19 others, officials said. The 500-pound shell was found at a construction site by builders who then sold it to a suburban scrap metal merchant believing the bomb had been defused.

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Female members of Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas take part in a military graduation ceremony in Gaza City on April 2.



A young Balinese man tries to kiss a woman during the Kissing Festival known as Omed-Omedan at Sesetan village on April 1, in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. The kissing festival is held annually, one day after Balinese Hindus celebrate the Nyepi Day of Silence. During the festival, Balinese youths gather first to pray, then to kiss and dance as spectators douse the teenagers with water. The festival is intended to fend off bad luck in the year ahead.

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People walk along a road damaged by a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake that hit off Chile's Pacific coast, on their way to Iquique, northern Chile, on April 2. An 8.2-magnitude earthquake hit Chile late Tuesday, killing at least six people and generating tsunami waves that might ripple as far as Indonesia.



A resident gestures towards an apartment block occupied by ethnic Somalis, where an unexploded improvised explosive device, IED, was found on April 2, in Nairobi's increasingly restive Somali district of Eastleigh.



Would-be immigrants sit atop a border fence separating Morocco from the north African Spanish enclave of Melilla on April 3, following a morning assault on the border.

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As a trader works, Captain America poses for photographers on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange after ringing the opening bell on April 1, in New York City. Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan, the stars of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, were joined by Marvel Entertainment executives for the promotion of the movie's release.

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Supporters of Ali Benflis listen to him speak in to Adrar, southwest of the capital Algiers, on March 24. As campaigning kicks off in Algeria for the April 17 presidential vote, incumbent Abdelaziz Bouteflika is widely expected to clinch a fourth term.



Russian soldiers jump from their tank during military exercises in the southern Russia's Volgograd region, on April 2. For photos of the military equpipment Russia has been moving into Crimea, see FP's slide show "Face Off."



South Africans pledge their support to be a "Superhero For The Planet," on March 29, in Cape Town, South Africa. To help raise funds for the recently launched Restore The Roodeberg initiative to ensure that the Roodeberg is included in the Table Mountain National Park, the World Wildlife Fund collaborated with Sony Pictures' The Amazing Spider-Man. The comic hero has been chosen as the Global Ambassador for Earth Hour, inspiring millions of people worldwide to become a superhero for the planet.

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Children play over fallen stones from the surrounding wall of a temple, part of the Angkor architectural complex in north-western Cambodia, on April 2.



Two palestinian girls walk past a shop displaying posters of Pope Francis and the late Pope John Paul II, in the center of the West Bank biblical town of Bethlehem on April 2. Pope Francis will visit the holy land and will celebrate Sunday mass in Bethlehem.

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A child looks at a polar bear during the opening day of the new polar area at the zoo of Mulhouse in the Alsace region of France, on April 2.



Nigerian children play football in the UNHCR refugee camp of Minawao, on the border of Nigeria at the extreme north of Cameroon, on March 29.

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