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The week in pictures
From strikes in Bangladesh to the election of a new pope, Al Jazeera showcases the week in images.
Pope Francis I is flanked by Swiss Guards as he sits under a wooden sculpture in the Paul VI general audience hall during an audience for members of the media at the Vatican. Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected as the new spiritual leader of the world(***)s 1.2 billion Catholics.
18 Mar 2013
A man and a woman withdraw money from a cash machine in the Cypriot capital Nicosia. Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades tried to appease Cypriots angry at having to pay from their bank deposits as part of an European Union bailout deal, which his government signed to rescue the island(***)s banks.
Mange Lal Singh, right, and Ram Bai, left, father and mother of Ram Singh, the driver of the bus in which a young woman was gang-raped and fatally injured three months ago, sit inside their house at Ravi Das camp in New Delhi. Ram Singh hanged himself in his jail cell earlier this week, prison authorities said, but his family and lawyer said they suspected "foul play".
Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles during a campaign event in La Grita, Tachira state, Venezuela. Capriles started his campaign throughout the country for the April 14 presidential elections and will be rivaling the late President Hugo Chavez(***)s hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro.
Bangladeshi policewomen stand guard in front of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) office during a nationwide strike in Dhaka. The nationwide strike was called to protest against police intimidation amid ongoing demonstrations.
Syrian protesters chant slogans against President Bashar al-Assad during a rally in Amman, Jordan, that marked the second anniversary of the country(***)s uprising. The United Nations estimates that more than 70,000 people had been killed as of February in the bloody civil war.
New Chinese President Xi Jinping (bottom right) leads outgoing president Hu Jintao (bottom left) into the main hall for the first time during the closing session of the National People(***)s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. China(***)s new President Xi Jinping said he will fight for a "great renaissance of the Chinese nation" as the world(***)s most populous country completed its once-in-a-decade power transition.
Supporters of Kenya(***)s Prime Minister Raila Odinga protest outside the Supreme Court as a case is filed over claims of massive fraud that took place during the country(***)s March 4 election in Nairobi. Uhuru Kenyatta won the election with 50.07 percent of the vote.
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