Police officers offer prayers for victims in Namie, near the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, on Monday, one day before the third anniversary of March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The 9.0 magnitude earthquake in 2011 sent a huge wall of water on to the coast of the Tohoku region, splintering whole communities, ruining swaths of prime farmland and killing nearly 19,000 people.
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Ruby Walsh, left, and Hurricane Fly gallop at Cheltenham racecourse on Monday
Fatima Abdala, from Barakutili, South Darfur, rests in her small shelter in the Kalma camp for Internally Displaced People. Violence has spread in the Darfur region in Sudan, international peacekeepers said yesterday, reporting a town looted and thousands more displaced on top of an estimated 40,000 who had fled their homes in South Darfur escaping unrest linked to what an analyst described as a type of mercenary force.
Nepalese policemen detain exiled Tibetans as they shout slogans during a protest outside the Chinese embassy visa office in Katmandu, Nepal on Monday’s anniversary of a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet. Read more
A horserider gallops on the beach of the Blanc-Nez cape, near Sangatte, northern France Read more
Cossacks stand guard at the entrance to the Crimean parliament building on Friday in Simferopol, Ukraine. Russian Cossacks, some heavily armed, have taken up guard duties at road checkpoints, border crossings and other key facilities that were previously guarded by local, pro-Russian militants across Crimea in recent days. The Crimean parliament voted yesterday to hold a referendum on March 16 to determine whether Crimea shall secede from Ukraine and join Russia. Read more
An emergency worker attempts to extinguish a fire following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces on Friday during prayers in the Sukkari neighbourhood of the northern city of Aleppo. More than 140,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of the March 2011 uprising against the Assad family’s 40-year rule. Read more
An Afghan refugee reads from the board while he and other schoolchildren attend their classes at a makeshift school on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan
A couple and a child look at a 50-foot snowman named “Granddaddy” in Gilman, Minnesota. The snowman began to take shape earlier this winter when farmer Greg Novak needed to move mounting snow piles away from his greenhouses
Sixty-five-year old Indian widow Urmila Tiwari poses at the Meerasahabhagini Ashram in Vrindavan, some 135 kilometres south of New Delhi, ahead of International Women’s Day. Ms Tiwari has lived at the ashram for over a year and says, “I love to live here, among good people”. Banished by families who see them as a financial drain, or believe they bring bad fortune, desperately poor widows have for centuries travelled to the northern city of Vrindavan, where the Hindu god Krishna is said to have grown up, to pray and wait to die. The Meerasahabhagini Ashram run by the Sulabh International NGO offers a place where some of Vrindavans estimated 15,000 widows can live together, providing support and friendship that bind them into a community. International Women’s Day falls on Saturday Read more