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. 

WIP FRANCE-SHOOTING suspect captured in BRUSSELS-RAID March 18 2016

(Francois Lenoir/Reuters)

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.


(Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)

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.

St patricks day Cheltenham festival UK March 17 2016

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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.

WIP SPACE-PLUTO Ralph Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera March 17 2016


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. 

WIP CUBA-free WiFi spot in Havana March 17 2016

(Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)

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.

WIP UN-CANADA PM Justin Trudeau in NYC March 16 2016

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Meanwhile, in Tokyo, fashion week is underway.

A model wearing a chicken-topped headpiece by designer Yoshikazu Yamagata walked the runway on Wednesday.

WIP TOKYO Fashion week March 16 2016

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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. 

WIP CHINA-PARLIAMENT National Peoples Congress Beijing March 16 2016

(Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

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. 

WIP NEPAL-Kathmandu March 15 2016 lunar halo

(Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

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. 


(Mohamed Azakir/Reuters)

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.

WIP SYRIA Damascus kids March 14 2016

(Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

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.

WIP USA-ELECTION TRUMP rally ejection March 12 2016

(William Philpott/Reuters)

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. 

WIP DALAI LAMA in Geneva March 11 2016

(Denis Balibouse/Reuters)

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. 


(Stoyan Nenov/Reuters)

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. 


(Toru Hanai/Reuters)