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The week in photos

This is the week that was, in pictures.

THIS WEEK SAW the continuing fallout from the natural disaster in Japan – and the potential for a nuclear one. But among the poignant images of devastation were some of hope, revolution, celebration and proof that the world continues to turn…

The week in photos
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  • Back to basics

    A construction worker controls the traffic at a devastated area in Kesennuma, northern Japan, while traffic lights destroyed by the tsunami lie behind him. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
  • Apocalypse now

    Vehicles pass through an apocalyptic scene - this is what is left of the city of Minamisanriku in northeastern Japan. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
  • Miracle girl

    This man had just been reunited with his four-month-old baby girl who was miraculously found alive in the rubble of tsunami-torn Ishinomaki on Monday. (AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Hiroto Sekiguchi)
  • I'll do the talking

    Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin looks pensive as Finance Minister Michael Noonan reports on their talks with IMF officials in Dublin on Wednesday. Pic:Niall Carson/PA Wire.
  • Danger! High voltage!

    A lone engineer works in a gondola attached to high voltage power lines high above the ground in Hampshire, England. Pic:Chris Ison/PA Wire
  • Emerald angel

    The Angel of the North in Gateshead, England is lit green on behalf of Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day. Pic: Scott Heppell/PA Wire
  • Snakes, begone.

    The artist known as ADW leaves his mark on a Dublin city wall. It depicts snakes of a particularly modern species - corruption, white collar crooks, gangland and, er, Michael Flatley - sneaking past a sleeping St Patrick. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Images.
  • Surf, sunset and a swim

    A dog splashes in the surf as the sun sets in front of Gull Rock off the coast of Cornwall. Pic: Ben Birchall/PA Images.
  • Final countdown

    Fireworks mark the beginning of the 500-day countdown to the Olympic Games at the BT Tower in London. Pic: Sean Dempsey/PA Images.
  • Read the small print

    A miniature 19th century Bijou picture book of London, one of a number of tiny books up for auction in England. Pic: Rui Vieira/PA Images.
  • One gesture, one demand

    Anti-government protestors demand the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
  • Hybrid vehicle?

    Vendors carry bags of onions on an extraordinary-looking modified truck to sell at a local bazaar in Mandalay in central Myanmar. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)
  • For all the tea in...

    A farmer pick green tea leaves in Pujiang county in China's Sichuan province ahead of the traditional spring tea trading markets.(Photo By Zheng Duo/Color China Photo/AP Images)
  • Blank canvas

    This photograph is almost like a vivid painting - it depicts Indian villagers who smeared themselves with colours to celebrate Holi festival in Nandgaon, near Mathura. (AP Photo/Pankaj Nangia)
  • Tall order

    Turkish man Sultan Kosen, 28, has been confirmed by the Guinness World Record Association as the world's tallest man. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)
  • Revolutionary steps

    A young Bahraini anti-government protester slips into a pair of plastic shoes from a collection at Pearl roundabout in Manama, Bahrain, lost by people during Sunday's fierce clashes. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
  • Table mountain, St Patrick's Day

  • New York, St Patricks Day

  • St Patricks Day, Dublin

  • Obama

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