The week in photos

This is the week that was, in pictures.

FORGIVENESS, A FIRESALE, colourful celebrations and poignant memorials – just some of the emotions and events caught this week in‘s favourite images:

The week in photos
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  • There's a storm moving in...

    Fishermen row boats under an ominous sky as a thunder storm moves in on the River Brahmaputra in Gauhati, India. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
  • I could sleep anywhere...

    A participant manages to rest on a tin during the culmination of 'Save River Yamuna March' in New Delhi, India. The tributary of the Ganges is being polluted by factories dumping untreated sewage and industrial pollution. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)
  • When the Dalai Lama met Brigid

    School children Felim Ayala and Niamh Hopkins present Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, with a St Brigid's cross during his visit to Kildare town this week. (PA Images/Niall Carson)
  • Forgiveness

    John McAreavey and Mickey Harte, husband and father of the late Michaela McAreavey, attend a talk by the Dalai Lama entitled 'The Power of Forgiveness. (PA Images/Niall Carson).
  • Friendly fire?

    Re-enactors fire mortars to commemorate moment the first shots of the US Civil War which were fired 150 years ago in Charleston, South Carolina. (AP Photo/Alice Keeney)
  • Firesale fever

    Hundreds of people attend the Allsop/Space auction of 80 cut-price properties at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin today. (PA Images/Niall Carson)
  • Oil on their hands

    Shrimp farmer Diane Wilson from Texas daubes herself with oil as she tries to gain access to the BP AGM in London. (PA Images/Stefan Rousseau)
  • Holy dip

    A Sikh devotee soaks up the sacred pond of the Golden Temple, the holiest Sikh shrine in the world, in Amritsar. (PA Images/Sanjeev Syal)
  • Soft on the inside

    The FIBO Power bodybuilding fair in Essen, Germany, one the world's biggest fitness fairs. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Take the weight off

    Relaxing in an outdoor seating creation called 'Driade' by designers Philippe Stark and Eugeni Quittlet at Milan's Furnishing Accessories Exhibition. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
  • Pizza the action

    Dajki Yamamoto of Japan tosses his dough during the freestyle event at the Pizza World Championships in Italy. (AP Photo/Marco Vasini)
  • Happy birthday - and R.I.P.

    North Koreans pay their respects at a monument to the country's founder Kim Il Sung - his birthday is still the country's biggest holiday although he has been dead for the best part of two decades. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
  • At least my wings fit me...

    Choreographer Monika Bieniek and Harriet Lerner, 3, at the launch of the Mindfield Festival in Dublin's Merrion Square. (PA Images/Niall Carson)
  • It's a boy!

    Dublin Zoo keepers managed to reveal that this baby gorilla is a male - his mother Lena had been holding him too close to her chest since he was born two weeks ago for his gender to be discovered. (PA Images/Julien Behal)
  • River of watermelons

    The plastic sheeting protecting watermelons in Velanidi village, Greece, looks like a shimmering river in the early summer sun. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
  • Soft sculpture

    Sand sculptor Paul Hoggard creating the Giant's Causeway from sand in the Victoria centre shopping complex in Belfast. (PA Images/Paul Faith)
  • Preparations for Palm Sunday

    A worker in the Philippines prepares palm fronds to be sold for Palm Sunday celebrations. (AP Photo/Pat Roque)
  • Colourful new year

    Bangladeshi vendors sell bangles in the backdrop of a wall painted as part of celebrations of the Bangla New Year. (AP Photo/Pavel Rahman)
  • Water way to ring it in

    ...While in Thailand, people welcome in the Thai New Year with a mass water fight in Prachinburi province. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)
  • Never forget

    Photo albums and other personal memorabilia retrieved from the muddy debris of Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeast are on display in a school gym for their owners to come and reclaim them. With an estimated 25,000 killed and many more displaced at shelters, only a small fraction of the photos have been reclaimed by survivors so far. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)