March 22, 2013

    Published March 22, 2013


    Policemen are deployed to provide security amid riots in Meikhtila, Burma. Unrest between Buddhists and Muslims has reduced neighborhoods to ashes and stoked fears that last year's sectarian bloodshed is spreading into the country's heartland in a test of Asia's newest democracy.


    An Indian farmer fetches water from a pond to irrigate his cucumber plants on the eve of World Water Day in Allahabad, March 21, 2013.  The U.N. estimates that more than one in six people worldwide do not have access to 20-50 liters of safe freshwater a day to ensure their basic needs.


    The Dome of the Rock is seen in the background as women look at the view from the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem during a dust storm.  Strong winds blowing clouds of dust grounded President Obama's helicopter, forcing him to make the short journey from Jerusalem to Bethlehem by motorcade.


    Candidates from 40 countries wave flags after they were naturalized as U.S. citizens in a ceremony at Federal Hall in New York.


    Pope Francis smiles as he greets foreign diplomats during an audience with the diplomatic corps at the Vatican. He urged the West to intensify dialogue with Islam and appealed to the world to do more to combat poverty and protect the environment.


    Indian Hindu devotees smeared with colors sing at the Nandagram temple, famous for Lord Krishna and his brother Balram, during Lathmar holy festival, in Nandgaon.


    A woman walks along a street under a heavy snowfall in Kiev, Ukraine.


    Fishermen collect young fishes in their net during the traditional Poutine fishing in Cagnes-Sur-Mer, southeastern France. Poutine are minute baby sardines which are exclusively fished between Antibes and Menton on the French Riviera for only 45 days each year at the end of the winter.


    An indigenous man shouts to police, clutching a flute from inside the old Indian Museum where a fire burns behind in Rio de Janeiro. Police in riot gear invaded an old Indian museum complex and pulled out a few dozen indigenous people who for months resisted eviction from the building, which will be razed as part of World Cup preparations.


    A peacock displays its feathers at the zoo in Lille, France.


    A girl wearing a hood as a penitent is seen before taking part in a procession at a school in the eve of Holy Week in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain.


    Cars go through a tunnel of blooming cherry blossoms in Tokyo.

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