Saturday, March 24, 2018
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The 20 best photos of the week: Pope Francis, rocket launches, protests, adorable ducklings and more

This week's collection of the most interesting photos from around the world features the aftermath of a shooting on the Champs-Elysees, three Easter-related images, protesters in Kashmir and Venezuela, dueling rocket launches, a hologram giving a speech and, of course, animals doing cute things.

All photos are from the Associated Press, Getty Images or the Tampa Bay Times and were taken or transmitted between April 14 and April 21.

(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

A bullet hole is pictured on a shopwindow of the Champs Elysees boulevard in Paris, Friday, April 21, 2017. France began picking itself up Friday from another deadly shooting claimed by the Islamic State group, with President Francois Hollande convening the government's security council and his would-be successors in the presidential election campaign treading carefully before voting this weekend.

(Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

NEWMARKET, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: Runners pull up on the hill after finishing The Plusvital Racing Genepak Handicap Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse on April 18, 2017 in Newmarket, England.

(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan celebrate in Istanbul, Turkey, on Sunday, April 16, 2017. Erdogan declared victory in Sunday's historic referendum that will grant sweeping powers to the presidency, hailing the result as a "historic decision."

(L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Pope Francis addresses the crowd prior to delivering his Urbi et Orbi (to the city and to the world) message from the main balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, April 16, 2017. On Christianity's most joyful day, Pope Francis lamented the horrors generated by war and hatred, delivering an Easter Sunday message that also decried the "latest vile" attack on civilians in Syria.

(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Two cardinals shelter from the rain as they attend Easter Sunday Mass, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, April 16, 2017.

(ANDRES LEIVA | Tampa Bay Times)

Elijah Jones, 3, kisses a chick while his sister, 2-year-old Piper Jones, holds a chick of her own at the Helicopter Egg Drop petting zoo at Robinson High School on Saturday, April 15, 2017. Hundreds of children and families gathered on the Robinson High School football field to play games, pet animals and gather 75,000 Easter eggs dropped from a helicopter on to the field.

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

KAPOLEI, HI - APRIL 15: Cristie Kerr dances the hula on the 18th green after winning the LPGA LOTTE Championship Presented By Hershey at Ko Olina Golf Club on April 15, 2017 in Kapolei, Hawaii.

(AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

Kashmiri protesters throw bricks at Indian police in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, April 21, 2017. Government forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Friday fired tear gas to stop demonstrations after separatists called for protests against a police raid in a college in southern Pulwama town on Saturday in which at least 50 students were injured.

(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

A youth aims his sling during anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Tens of thousands of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets of Caracas in what's been dubbed the "mother of all marches" against the embattled president.

(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Anti-government protesters march along a highway in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro called on Venezuelans to take to the streets to march against the embattled socialist leader.

(AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

A woman takes a selfie with her smartphone next to a bed of tulip blossoms at a public park in Beijing, Thursday, April 20, 2017. Visitors have been coming to parks in China's capital city in increasing numbers as flowers and trees bloom in an annual rite of spring.

(AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

North Korean women soldiers take part in a military parade Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea, to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung, the country's late founder and grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong Un.

(Yang Guanyu/Xinhua via AP)

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a Long March 7 rocket carrying the Tianzhou 1 cargo spacecraft blasts off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Wenchang in southern China's Hainan Province, Thursday, April 20, 2017. China has launched its first unmanned cargo spacecraft Thursday on a mission to dock with the country's space station.

(Photo by Aubrey Gemignani/NASA via Getty Images)

BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN - APRIL 20: In this handout provided by NASA, the Soyuz MS-04 rocket carrying Expedition 51 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on April 20, 2017 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Yurchikhin and Fischer will spend the next four and a half months aboard the International Space Station.

(AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

People work in tulip fields surrounding Keukenhof spring garden, in Lisse, some 20 kilometers form Amsterdam, Netherlands, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Keukenhof has more than 7 million bulbs in bloom this spring, with a total of 800 varieties of tulips and is open from March 23 untill May 21, 2017.

(AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Ducklings follow their mother on the small Nidda river in the outskirts of Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

(Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 20: Swans perform during a media call for the Shanghai Ballet's production of Swan Lake at on April 20, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.

(AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

A hologram of French Left party leader and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election Jean-Luc Melenchon speaks to supporters who gathered in Grenoble, southeastern France, Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Melenchon held a rally in Dijon and his hologram was projected by satellite to six other cities.

(Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa via AP)

An Indian Runner duck searches for food on a snow-covered meadow in Aitrang, southern Germany, Wednesday. April 19, 2017.

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Updated: 7 hours ago
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Updated: 7 hours ago
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Updated: 7 hours ago
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Updated: 8 hours ago

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Updated: 8 hours ago

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Updated: 8 hours ago

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Updated: 9 hours ago
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Updated: 9 hours ago

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Updated: 9 hours ago