A fugitive captured, St. Patrick's Day and 'Trudeau for president': The week in pictures
Top news photos from around the world for March 12-18
Europe's most wanted fugitive was captured in Brussels.
Salah Abdeslam, the 26-year-old fugitive wanted in connection with the November Paris attacks, was arrested in Brussels on Friday after a shootout with police in the Molenbeek neighbourhood of the Belgian capital.
The 2nd anniversary of the annexation of Crimea celebrated in Red Square.
Police officers in Moscow stand guard on Friday during a festive and snowy concert marking two years since Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.
St. Patrick's Day was celebrated with beer and horse races at Cheltenham.
Once reserved for the humble remembrance of Ireland's patron saint, St. Patrick's Day is nowadays more commonly associated with green beer and leprechauns. In the U.K., the annual Cheltenham Festival horse races are a St. Patrick's Day staple that attracts top Irish teams and cheerful racegoers.
Pluto once had an underground ocean and windy weather.
Layers of haze above the dwarf planet revealed in photos from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft are one of the clues to Pluto's wet and windy past, described in the journal Science this week.
Cubans prepare for 1st visit by a U.S. president in nearly 90 years.
With the restoration of diplomatic relations easing 54 years of pressure, Cubans and Americans alike are getting ready for U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Havana on March 21, as well as a concert by the Rolling Stones. Here, people use a Wi-Fi hotspot in the capital on Thursday.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked to run for U.S. president.
Trudeau was in New York City on Wednesday to announce Canada's plan to seek a UN Security Council seat in 2021, but it was an encounter at a deli that caused a stir on social media. A video of the prime minister chatting in the Mile End Delicatessen (which you can watch here) shows two young men on their knees, begging him to enter the leadership race in the U.S. Trudeau politely declined.
Meanwhile, in Tokyo, fashion week is underway.
A model wearing a chicken-topped headpiece by designer Yoshikazu Yamagata walked the runway on Wednesday.
The world's largest parliamentary gathering wrapped up in Beijing.
A hostess sporting an immaculate red uniform and a Communist Party flag pin greeted attendees ahead of the closing ceremony of the National People's Congress, held in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, on Wednesday. The world's most populous country is also home to the largest gathering of parliamentarians, with some 3,000 delegates.
A halo circled the moon over Kathmandu.
A man backlit by the light of the moon looks up toward a lunar halo in Nepal on Tuesday.
UN special envoy Angelina Jolie was mobbed in Lebanon.
During a visit to a Syrian refugee camp in the Bekaa Valley on Tuesday, Angelina Jolie, who is a special representative for the UN's High Commissioner for Refugees, was greeted by a crowd. Her visit marked the fifth anniversary of the Syrian civil war.
A ceasefire in Syria returns a measure of normalcy to Damascus.
With the announcement that Moscow was ending its six-month air campaign in support of President Bashar al-Assad's government, a new round of U.S.-Russia-backed peace talks began in Geneva this week. Meanwhile, in the rebel-held neighbourhood of Tishreen, life in Damascus went on free of bombardment on Monday.
Donald Trump rallies were interrupted by protesters.
The level of conflict at rallies held by the U.S. Republican front-runner ratcheted up this week with a number of well-publicized ejections, including the removal of this man by Secret Service agents in Dayton, Ohio, on March 12. The incident further increased tension after Trump's Chicago rally was scrapped amid chaotic scenes a day earlier.
An anti-Dalai Lama group was disbanded after links to China's ruling Communist Party were revealed.
A Buddhist group that has long protested the Tibetan spiritual leader announced it was disbanding this week after a Reuters investigation revealed in December that the group was funded by China. The Dalai Lama acknowledged the news with reporters while in Geneva on a speaking tour.
Refugees made a desperate bid for the Macedonia border.
Defying Europe's border closures, more than 2,000 refugees stranded in an overcrowded refugee camp near Idomeni, Greece, waded across a fast-flowing river into neighbouring Macedonia on Monday. The group was eventually turned back.
Japan marked the 5th anniversary of devastating earthquake and tsunami.
A moment of silence in Tokyo at 2:46 p.m. local time marked the anniversary of the moment a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off Japan's coast in 2011. Japan mourned the thousands who lost their lives in the disaster that turned towns to matchwood and triggered the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.