This week, we take a look at a rocket motor test in Utah, a crackdown on student protests in Burma, fatal urban encounters for a leopard in India and a cougar in California, a crude oil train wreck in Ontario, a mummified frozen body found on a glacier on a Mexican volcano, Syrians digging caves for shelter from the continuing government air attacks, and much more.
Madeleine Klonoski, 2, sits on her father's leg at a kite festival in Redondo Beach, California, on March 8, 2015.
Police shine a light on a helmet as they investigate the scene where two police officers were shot outside the Ferguson Police Department on March 12, 2015, in Ferguson, Missouri.
Fighters from the Iraqi Imam Ali Brigade take part in a training exercise in Iraq's central city of Najaf on March 7, 2015, ahead of joining the military operation in the city of Tikrit. Some 30,000 Iraqi security forces members and allied fighters launched an operation to retake Tikrit at the beginning of March, the largest of its kind since ISIS forces overran swathes of territory last June.
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Rebel fighters dig caves in the mountains to be used as shelters from the bombing of forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, in al-Latamna town, in the northern countryside of Hama, Syria, on March 9, 2015.
A balloon depicting Vincent van Gogh flies over the Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin mosque during the Hot Air Balloon Festival in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on March 12, 2015.
A boy lies in a puddle of colored water during "Huranga" at Dauji temple near the northern Indian city of Mathura on March 7, 2015. "Huranga" is a game played between men and women a day after Holi, the festival of colors, during which men drench women with liquid colors and women tear off the clothes of the men.
A dog walks past in front of a police line after the violence in Letpadan, Burma, on March 10, 2015. Police beat students with batons and detained some of them as they broke up a group of about 200 protesters who had been locked in a standoff with security forces for more than a week, a Reuters witness said. The students were protesting an education bill they say stifles academic independence, and a group of them set out on foot from the central city of Mandalay more than a month ago in a symbolic protest. They made it as far as Letpadan, a town north of Yangon, where police blockaded them behind vehicles and barriers made of wood and barbed wire.
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A police officer beats a student protester in Letpadan, 140 kilometers (90 miles) north of Yangon, Burma, on March 10, 2015.
The Soyuz TMA-14M capsule with the International Space Station (ISS) crew members Barry Wilmore of the U.S. and Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova of Russia is seen above clouds as it descends beneath a parachute just before landing southeast of Dzhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan in this March 12, 2015, picture provided by NASA.
A Komondor dog is pictured on the second day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham, England, on March 6, 2015.
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A sign is shown at a crosswalk near California State University in Hayward, California, on March 10, 2015.
New South Korean military officers attend the joint commission ceremony of 6,478 new military officers of the army, navy, air force and marines at the military headquarters in Gyeryong, south of Seoul, South Korea, on March 12, 2015.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews take part in a rally supporting the United Torah Judaism party in Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, on March 11, 2015. Israelis will vote in a parliamentary election on March 17, choosing among party lists of candidates to serve in the 120-seat Knesset.
A lighting technician puts the finishing touches on Temple, a cross-community arts project that aims to demonstrate the transformative power of the arts in Londonderry, on March 13, 2015. It has been built and raised by more than 100 individuals drawn from communities across the city, working together with the Californian artist David Best. It will be burned to the ground in a special ceremony on the evening of Saturday, March 21.
A mummified frozen body sticks out from the snow in a glacier on the Pico de Orizaba volcano, Mexico's tallest peak. Officials said on March 6, 2015, that climbers found a second mummified body and that they may be the remains of climbers missing since a 1959 avalanche on the peak. They believe that a third body may be found because three were reported missing in the avalanche.
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Decontamination workers wearing protective suits and masks remove radiated soil and leaves from a forest in Tomioka town, Fukushima prefecture, near Tokyo Electric Power Company's (TEPCO) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on February 24, 2015. Many residents of Okuma, a village near the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant, are angry about government plans to dump some 30 million tons of radioactive debris raked up after the March 2011 nuclear disaster in a sprawling waste complex on their doorstep. Few believe Tokyo's assurances that the site will be cleaned up and shut down after 30 years. In the four years since the disaster, Japan has allocated more than $15 billion to lower radiation levels around the plant. Every day, teams of workers blast roads with water, scrub down houses, cut branches, and scrape contaminated soil off farmland. That radiated trash now sits in plastic sacks across the region, piling up in abandoned rice paddies, parking lots and even residents' backyards.
A polar bear cub, born on November 26, 2014, and its mother Flocke spend time outdoors on March 9, 2015, at the Marineland animal exhibition park in the French Riviera city of Antibes.
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Steam rises at night from the cooling towers of the Electricite de France (EDF) nuclear power station in Dampierre-en-Burly, on March 8, 2015. The future of France's nuclear industry has never looked bleaker, with the government pledging to wean the country off atomic power, cut-throat rivalry in world export markets, and the debt of the flagship nuclear group Areva mired deep in junk territory.
Smoke rises from fires caused by the derailment of a CN Railway train carrying crude oil near the northern Ontario community of Gogama, Ontario, in this March 7, 2015, handout photo obtained by Reuters from the Transport Safety Board of Canada on March 9, 2015. The derailment, which occurred March 7, is CN's second in the region in just three days and the third in less than a month. It was the latest in a series of North American derailments involving trains hauling crude oil.
A serviceman attends in front of the slagheap of a coal mine on the position of Ukrainian forces on the front line near the small eastern-Ukrainian city of Kurakhove, Donetsk region, on March 11, 2015.
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Indians carry the body of a leopard in Gauhati, in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, on March 13, 2015. The leopard fell into a narrow cave near a temple and died before it could be rescued, according to the Press Trust of India.
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California Fish and Wildlife officers tend to a mountain lion after it was tranquilized when it wandered into the parking lot of a mall in Temecula, California, on March 6, 2015. Authorities were preparing to move it when it died. The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports that authorities were called after people saw the animal Friday morning outside a Macy's department store.
A man takes a picture of a ship that ran aground after a storm near the Adriatic city of Split on March 6, 2015. Winds in the Croatian coastal city of Split roared at a speed of 240 kilometers (150 miles) an hour, forcing the suspension of most ferry lines between the port and the islands.
A hearse carries Sergeant Andrew Joseph Doiron to Toronto along The Highway of Heroes near Port Hope, Ontario, on March 10, 2015. Sergeant Doiron, from the Canadian Special Operations Regiment based at Garrison Petawawa, Ontario, was killed on March 6, 2015, in Iraq, in a friendly-fire incident when members of the Special Operations Forces were mistakenly engaged by Iraqi Kurdish forces.
Buddhist devotees in a trance run through the crowd during an annual tattoo festival, at Wat Bang Phra temple in Nakhon Chaisi, west of Bangkok, on March 7, 2015. Thousands of Buddhist devotees gathered at Thailand's Wat Phra Bang temple for the annual festival celebrating traditional Sak Yant tattoos, which wearers believe will bring them good luck and protection from harm.
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A gate filled with shrapnel holes is pictured in Donetsk's Oktyabrski district on March 9, 2015.
This undated forensics photograph provided by the U.S. Attorney's office and presented as evidence during the federal death-penalty trial of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on March 10, 2015, in Boston, shows handwriting on the bullet-riddled, blood-stained wall of a boat. The text in this photo, the opening of a longer message written on several panels of the boat, reads: "I’m jealous of my brother who ha[ ]ceived the reward of jannatul Firdaus (inshallah) before me. I do not mourn because his soul is very much alive. God has a plan for each person. Mine was to hide in this boat and shed some light on our actions I ask Allah to make me a sh[ ]ed (iA) to allow me to return to him and be among all the righteous people in the highest levels of heaven. He who Allah guides no one can misguide. A[ ]bar!" The prosecution presented the photo as evidence of the handwritten note found inside the boat where Tsarnaev was captured April 19, 2013, in Watertown, Massachusetts, four days after the bombings.
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Ruby Walsh on Annie Power falls at the last jump during the 16:00 OLBG Mares' Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in Gloucestershire, England.
Student protesters grip the bars of a prison vehicle as they are transported to a court in Letpadan, Burma, on March 11, 2015. Burma's opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) demanded an inquiry on Wednesday into clashes between police and protesters in which students, monks, and journalists were beaten with batons, and more than 100 people were arrested.
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Police escort Tamerlan Eskerkhanov, believed to be one of five suspects in the killing of Boris Nemtsov, in a court room in Moscow, Russia, on March 8, 2015. Five suspects in the killing of the prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov have been delivered to the court for arraignment, the spokeswoman for a Moscow court said Sunday. The statement by Anna Fedeeva to reporters outside the courthouse came one day after the Federal Security service said two suspects had been detained. Details remain vague in the case despite President Vladimir Putin's pledge to pursue the killers vigorously.
A skier climbs up the summit of Seegrube Mountain above the western Austrian city of Innsbruck on March 10, 2015.
Workers of Czech aircraft manufacturer Aero Vodochody inspect the subsonic L-159 combat aircraft standing in a hangar in the town of Odolena Voda near Prague on March 11, 2015. The Czech government has approved a sale of 15 subsonic fighter planes to Iraq, the defense minister said on Monday, following the failure of a previous attempt to offload surplus stock to Baghdad.
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A gallery worker installs sculptures by the late Israeli artist Ofra Zimbalista on the Art Market gallery rooftop for a show titled "Purifcation," in Tel Aviv, Israel, on March 10, 2015.
People take pictures as the SLS five-segment Solid Rocket Motor undergoes a static test fire at the Orbital ATK facility in Promontory, Utah, on March 11, 2015. A beefed-up space shuttle solid rocket motor passed a two-minute test firing in Utah on Wednesday, a key milestone toward the debut flight of NASA's deep-space launcher in 2018, the U.S. space agency said.
U.S. President Barack Obama hugs U.S. Representative John Lewis of Georgia, one of the original marchers at Selma, during an event marking the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on March 7, 2015.