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The week in pictures
A glimpse of events from around the world during the week of March 12 – 19.
Marine Le Pen, France(***)s National Front candidate for the 2012 French presidential election, waves to supporters during a campaign rally in Palavas les Flots after obtaining the 500 signatures necessary to officially run.
19 Mar 2012
Egyptian Christian Copts mourn the death of Pope Shenouda III, who passed away at the age of 88. He was Egypt(***)s highest Christian authority, working for more than 40 years to keep the peace between the country(***)s Muslim majority and Christian minority.
Peruvian inhabitants attend the funeral of three men killed during clashes with police in Puerto Maldonado. Unrest in the village has calmed after representatives were sent to discuss the situation of illegal mining workers with the government.
US President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland during the prime minister(***)s three-day visit to the White House.
A supporter of Guinea Bissau presidential candidate Carlos Gomes Junior holds a poster depicting him during a presidential campaign meeting.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez waves after receiving military honours upon his arrival at the Simon Bolivar airport in Maiquetia. The president returned home nearly three weeks after undergoing cancer surgery in Cuba.
A woman cries as she recovers from severe injuries after the Syrian army shelled her house in Idlib in northern Syria. Her husband and two children were killed after their home was shelled.
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul talks to the media after a rally at the University of Missouri as the fight for the party(***)s nomination continues to rage across the United States.
On the last day of the National People(***)s Congress, held in Beijing(***)s Great Hall of the People in China, the legislature approved revisions to a key criminal procedure law that will restrict the police(***)s ability to secretly detain people.
In Timor-Leste, residents watch the counting of ballots after a presidential election in the country(***)s capital, Dili. East Timorese voted for their new president Saturday, putting to test the young nation(***)s political stability ahead of the departure of UN troops later this year.
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