Panama Papers, refugees deported and Canada's smuggled wildlife: The week in pictures

From the biggest data leak in history to deadly flooding in Pakistan to China's nation-wide day to honour the dead, including pets, this is the week in pictures.

Top photos from around the world for the week of April 1-8

The Panama Papers data leak claims its first high-profile victim.

Iceland's Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson stepped aside on Tuesday after being named in the Panama Papers leak that revealed his connection to an offshore company.

The embattled politician is the first major figure to be brought down by the leak from a Panamanian law firm of more than 11 million financial documents showing the tax-avoidance arrangements of the rich and famous around the world.

(Sigtryggur Johannsson/Reuters)

Many others are implicated in the Panama Papers leak.

British Prime Minister David Cameron admitted Thursday to having once held a stake in his late father Ian's offshore trust. Ian Cameron was among tens of thousands of people named in the law firm Mossack Fonseca's leaked documents, as were several friends of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, seen here giving two thumbs up behind U.S. President Barack Obama at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington last Friday.

Here are some other big names implicated, including soccer star Lionel Messi.

(Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

The first wave of migrant deportees was sent from Greece back to Turkey.

Migrants camped out on the Greek island of Chios watched the arrival of a Turkish catamaran before it was loaded with some of their fellow migrants on Monday. The ferry held one of the first groups of deportees sent back to Turkey under a new European Union deal to address the mass migration and refugee crisis.

(Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty)

Over 51,000 people are stuck on Greece's Balkan border. 

While most of the deportees shipped off of Lesbos and Chios this week were economic migrants from Pakistan and Bangladesh, many Syrians seeking asylum in northern Europe, like these men and children lined up for food on Tuesday, remain trapped at the Greek-Macedonian border camp of Idomeni.

Under the EU deal, migrants arriving after March 20 are to be held in centres set up on five Aegean islands before being sent back to Turkey if their asylum applications are not accepted.

(Bluent Kilic/AFP/Getty)

In France, it's now illegal to pay for sex.

Sex workers protested in Paris on Wednesday as French lawmakers debated a bill that would make it illegal to pay for sex. The bill passed, and under the new law, clients face fines between $2,200 and $5,000.

France follows Northern Ireland, Canada, Sweden, Norway and Iceland in introducing laws designed to punish the client without criminalizing those engaged in prostitution. The law, aimed at stamping out sex trafficking, paves the way for those who want to leave prostitution to receive residence permits and financial support.

(Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty)

Flooding in Pakistan causes deaths and widespread devastation.

Monsoon rains on the outskirts of Peshawar, in northern Pakistan, and in parts of Kashmir led to severe flooding and landslides this week. As the death toll climbed toward 100, Pakistan's disaster management authority said on Wednesday that over 1,200 houses have been wrecked at the start of the region's annual rainy season.

(A Majeed/AFP/Getty)

Monday was Tomb Sweeping Day in China.

During Qingming, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, Chinese traditionally tend to the graves of their departed loved ones, including dead pets. Once banned by Mao Zedong as a bourgeois pastime, pet ownership is nowadays commonplace for families in China. See more photos from Qingming, held on April 4 and 5, at the link.

(Jason Lee/Reuters)

Take a look inside a secret wildlife crime exhibit room.

From narwhal tusks to snow leopard pelts and stuffed tigers, illegal items confiscated by an elite squad of armed wildlife enforcement agents are tucked away in a secret room near Toronto. The CBC's fifth estate got an exclusive look inside that room and shot this 360-degree interactive.

To read more about the investigation and the work of Canada's Wildlife Enforcement Directorate, which made a big rhino horn bust in Richmond, B.C., go here.  

Meanwhile, in Italy…

This cat (which isn't stuffed) is a Bengal on show during the 2016 Mediterranean Winner cat show, held in Rome last Sunday.

(Max Rossi/Reuters)

A U.S. course teaches armed civilians to deal with an 'active shooter.'

A Colorado-based company specializing in weapons training is offering a "law enforcement grade" course to Americans who have permits to carry a concealed weapon. The first rounds of the course, called "active shooter response," took place in a closed Denver-area middle school last weekend.

(Rick Wilking/Reuters)

Meanwhile in Panama, these drugs were destroyed.

Last Saturday, the National Police of Panama made a show of destroying some 8,000 kilograms of cocaine and other types of drugs seized during various police operations across the country.

(Carlos Jasso/Reuters)

Spring is in full bloom in the Japanese capital.

In Tokyo's central Ueno Park the Japanese fascination with cherry blossoms, and the practice of holding hanami picnics under the blooming sakura trees, was in full effect this week.

(Taro Karibe/Getty)

With files from Reuters and Getty Images


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