The Week in Photos: Arresting Images From Around the World

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March 15 2013 4:39 PM

The Week in Photos: Arresting Images From Around the World

Slate’s photo editors present a curated look at some of the defining images from around the world for the week ending March 15, 2013.  

An Indian Muslim woman holds her child as she waits on a bench at a food stall in New Delhi, India, on March 14, 2013.
An Indian Muslim woman holds her child as she waits on a bench at a food stall in New Delhi, India, on March 14, 2013.

Photo by Kevin Frayer/AP

Ultra-Orthodox Jews gather water from a mountain spring to be used to bake the matzo (unleavened bread) during the Maim Shelanu ceremony on March 14, 2013, in Jerusalem. Religious Jews throughout the world eat matzo during the eight-day Passover, or Pesach, holiday, The Jewish holiday commemorates the Israelis' exodus from Egypt some 3,500 years ago and their ancestors' plight by refraining from eating leavened food. Passover begins March 25 and ends on the evening of April 2.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews gather water from a mountain spring to be used to bake the matzo (unleavened bread) during the Maim Shelanu ceremony on March 14, 2013, in Jerusalem. Religious Jews throughout the world eat matzo during the eight-day Passover, or Pesach, holiday, The Jewish holiday commemorates the Israelis' exodus from Egypt some 3,500 years ago and their ancestors' plight by refraining from eating leavened food. Passover begins March 25 and ends on the evening of April 2.

Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

Dead fish at the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in Rio de Janeiro on March 14, 2013. About 65 tons of fish have been removed from the lagoon after oxygen levels dropped due to pollution, according to local media. Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon will host the rowing competitions in the 2016 Olympic Games.
Dead fish at the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in Rio de Janeiro on March 14, 2013. About 65 tons of fish have been removed from the lagoon after oxygen levels dropped due to pollution, according to local media. Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon will host the rowing competitions in the 2016 Olympic Games.

Photo by Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

Bahraini anti-government protesters react to tear gas fired by riot police in Sanabis, Bahrain, on March 14, 2013. Protests and clashes erupted in opposition areas nationwide Thursday with government opponents observing a "Dignity Strike," blocking roads, closing shops, protesting, and staying home from work and school, called by the more radical February 14 youth group.
Bahraini anti-government protesters react to tear gas fired by riot police in Sanabis, Bahrain, on March 14, 2013. Protests and clashes erupted in opposition areas nationwide Thursday with government opponents observing a "Dignity Strike," blocking roads, closing shops, protesting, and staying home from work and school, called by the more radical February 14 youth group.

Photo by Hasan Jamali/AP

Demonstrators march through the streets alongside police officers during a march following a vigil held for Kimani "Kiki" Gray in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn on March 13, 2013, in New York. The 16-year-old was shot to death on a Brooklyn street last Saturday night by plainclothes police officers who claim the youth pointed a .38-caliber revolver at them.
Demonstrators march through the streets alongside police officers during a march following a vigil held for Kimani "Kiki" Gray in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn on March 13, 2013, in New York. The 16-year-old was shot to death on a Brooklyn street last Saturday night by plainclothes police officers who claim the youth pointed a .38-caliber revolver at them.

Photo by John Minchillo/AP

Police officers arrest a demonstrator during a march after a vigil held for Kimani "Kiki" Gray in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn on March 13, 2013, in New York.
Police officers arrest a demonstrator during a march after a vigil held for Kimani "Kiki" Gray in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn on March 13, 2013, in New York. The 16-year-old was shot to death on a Brooklyn street last Saturday night by plainclothes police officers who claim the youth pointed a .38-caliber revolver at them.

Photo by John Minchillo/AP

A man prays as he touches a crucifix at La Candelaria church in Caracas, Venezuela, on March 13, 2013. Latin Americans reacted with joy on Wednesday at news that Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio has become the first pope ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.
A man prays as he touches a crucifix at La Candelaria church in Caracas, Venezuela, on March 13, 2013. Latin Americans reacted with joy on Wednesday at news that Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio has become the first pope ever from the Americas and the first from outside Europe in more than a millennium.

Photo by Rodrigo Abd/AP

Crowds in St. Peter's Square listen to newly elected Pope Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, who took the name Pope Francis, on March 13, 2013, in Vatican City. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th pontiff and will lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.
Crowds in St. Peter's Square listen to newly elected Pope Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, who took the name Pope Francis, on March 13, 2013, in Vatican City. Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected as the 266th pontiff and will lead the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A man runs among rubble as smoke rises from buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian air force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Raqqa province, eastern Syria on March 12, 2013.
A man runs among rubble as smoke rises from buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian air force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Raqqa province, eastern Syria on March 12, 2013.

Photo by Hamid Khatib/Reuters

Devotees throw turmeric powder as an offering to the shepherd god Khandoba on "Somavati Amavasya" at the Jejuri temple in Pune district, Maharashtra state, India, on March 11, 2013. "Somavati Amavasya" is when a New Moon falls on a Monday.
Devotees throw turmeric powder as an offering to the shepherd god Khandoba on "Somavati Amavasya" at the Jejuri temple in Pune district, Maharashtra state, India, on March 11, 2013. "Somavati Amavasya" is when a New Moon falls on a Monday.

Photo by Rajanish Kakade/AP

The mother of Ram Singh, the man accused of driving the bus on which a 23-year-old student was gang raped in December 2012, cries as she speaks to journalists inside the family's home in New Delhi, India, on March 11, 2013. Indian police confirmed that Ram Singh, one of the men on trial for his alleged involvement in the gang rape and fatal beating of a woman aboard a New Delhi bus, committed suicide in an Indian jail Monday, but his lawyer and family allege he was killed.
The mother of Ram Singh, the man accused of driving the bus on which a 23-year-old student was gang raped in December 2012, cries as she speaks to journalists inside the family's home in New Delhi, India, on March 11, 2013. Indian police confirmed that Ram Singh, one of the men on trial for his alleged involvement in the gang rape and fatal beating of a woman aboard a New Delhi bus, committed suicide in an Indian jail Monday, but his lawyer and family allege he was killed.

Photo by Manish Swarup/AP

An Indian Hindu devotee prays in a polluted section of the Yamuna River, holy to Hindus, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, on March 10, 2013. Officials say factories are ignoring regulations and dumping untreated sewage and industrial pollution, turning toxic the river that gives the capital much of its drinking water.
An Indian Hindu devotee prays in a polluted section of the Yamuna River, holy to Hindus, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, on March 10, 2013. Officials say factories are ignoring regulations and dumping untreated sewage and industrial pollution, turning toxic the river that gives the capital much of its drinking water.

Photo by Kevin Frayer/AP

A member of the faithful feeds pigeons at the St. Peter's Legio Maria Manyatta church in the western town of Kisumu, 218 miles from the capital Nairobi, Kenya, on March 10, 2013.
A member of the faithful feeds pigeons at the St. Peter's Legio Maria Manyatta church in the western town of Kisumu, 218 miles from the capital Nairobi, Kenya, on March 10, 2013.

Photo by Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

Cross-country skiers start during the Engadin Ski Marathon on the frozen Lake Sils near the village of Maloja on March 10, 2013. More than 12,000 skiers participated in the 26.2-mile race between Maloja and S-chanf near the Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz.
Cross-country skiers start during the Engadin Ski Marathon on the frozen Lake Sils near the village of Maloja on March 10, 2013. More than 12,000 skiers participated in the 26.2-mile race between Maloja and S-chanf near the Swiss mountain resort of St. Moritz.

Photo by Michael Buholzer/Reuters

A soldier dressed as an usher stands guard behind an entrance door of the Great Hall of the People, where a plenary session of the National People's Congress is being held on March 10, 2013, in Beijing. The State Council, China's cabinet, will begin its seventh restructuring attempt in the past three decades to roll back red tape and reduce administrative intervention. Several departments under the State Council will be reorganized according to a plan on the institutional restructuring and functional transformation of the State Council, which was submitted to the plenary session of the National People's Congress Sunday.
A soldier dressed as an usher stands guard behind an entrance door of the Great Hall of the People, where a plenary session of the National People's Congress is being held on March 10, 2013, in Beijing. The State Council, China's cabinet, will begin its seventh restructuring attempt in the past three decades to roll back red tape and reduce administrative intervention. Several departments under the State Council will be reorganized according to a plan on the institutional restructuring and functional transformation of the State Council, which was submitted to the plenary session of the National People's Congress Sunday.

Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images

Nuns pray inside St Peter's basilica at the Vatican ahead of the cardinals conclave on March 10, 2013.
Nuns pray inside St Peter's basilica at the Vatican ahead of the cardinals conclave on March 10, 2013.

Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

A Pakistani Christian woman weeps after visiting her home, which was damaged by an angry Muslim mob in Lahore, Pakistan, on March 10, 2013. Hundreds of Christians clashed with police in eastern and southern Pakistan on Sunday, a day after a Muslim mob burned dozens of homes owned by members of the minority religious group in retaliation for alleged insults against Islamic Prophet Muhammad.
A Pakistani Christian woman weeps after visiting her home, which was damaged by an angry Muslim mob in Lahore, Pakistan, on March 10, 2013. Hundreds of Christians clashed with police in eastern and southern Pakistan on Sunday, a day after a Muslim mob burned dozens of homes owned by members of the minority religious group in retaliation for alleged insults against Islamic Prophet Muhammad.

Photo by K.M. Chaudary/AP

Police and forensic technicians stand near the wrapped bodies of two unidentified men hanging from an overpass as three more bodies lie on the ground in Saltillo, Mexico, on March 8, 2013. Five corpses wrapped head to toe in white sheets were found early Friday on a highway in the northern Mexican city of Saltillo, victims of suspected gang-related slaying. The attorney general's office of Coahuila state said three of the bodies were hung by rope from a bridge and two were on the ground. All were male and lacked identification.
Police and forensic technicians stand near the wrapped bodies of two unidentified men hanging from an overpass as three more bodies lie on the ground in Saltillo, Mexico, on March 8, 2013. Five corpses wrapped head to toe in white sheets were found early Friday on a highway in the northern Mexican city of Saltillo, victims of suspected gang-related slaying. The attorney general's office of Coahuila state said three of the bodies were hung by rope from a bridge and two were on the ground. All were male and lacked identification.

Photo by Reuters