The week in photos: March 13-19, 2022

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This week’s selection of news, sports, lifestyle, entertainment and human-interest photos from the Philippines and around the world

Festival celebrations are taking place in Asia despite a new outbreak of COVID-19 in China. Protests against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continue across Europe as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy calls on the US Congress to back him.

Check back for more of these striking visuals in the weeks to come.

DEMONSTRATION. A carnival float by Düsseldorf artist Jacques Tilly depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin is pulled through Berlin during an anti-war demonstration against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Berlin, Germany, on March 13. Lisi Niesner/Reuters
FACES OF MARTIAL LAW ABUSE. People walk past a series of portraits for a photo documentary exhibit showcasing the horrors of martial law under the dictatorial regime of Ferdinand Marcos, for the 2022 UPD Arts and Culture Festival, at the UP Academic Oval in Quezon City on March 13. Jire Carreon/ Rapper
HIWATARI MATSURI. Buddhist monks walk barefoot over coals during the annual firewalking festival praying for safety, overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic and for world peace, at Mount Takao in Tokyo, Japan, on 13 March. Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters
FEAST. Elephants enjoy a “buffet” of fruits and vegetables during the National Elephant Day celebration in Thailand, at Nong Nooch Tropical Garden in Pattaya, Thailand on March 13. Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters
END OF THE GAMES. Fireworks are seen above the National Stadium during the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games on March 13. Aly Song/Reuters
TO OCCUPY. Police officers prepare to enter a mansion believed to be owned by Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, which was placed on Britain’s sanctions list last week as squatters occupy it, in Belgravia, London, Britain, on 14 March. Peter Nicholls/Reuters
SOLIDARITY. Street artist Nathan Murdoch creates an artwork in support of Ukraine and Palestine, in Peterborough, Britain on March 15. Andrew Couldridge/Reuters
VIDEO CALL. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy addresses senators and members of the House of Representatives gathered in the Congressional Auditorium of the Capitol Visitor Center at the United States Capitol in Washington on March 16.J. Scott Applewhite/Pool/Reuters
11 WEEKS OF FUEL PRICE INCREASE. Members of Akbayan Partylist call for the suspension of fuel excise tax, during a creative protest action at a gas station in Quezon City on March 16. Angie de Silva/Rappler
ANOTHER WATCH. A child has a swab sample taken from a mobile nucleic acid testing site, following an outbreak of COVID-19, in Beijing, China, March 16. Tingshu Wang/Rappler
TREMBLING. Scattered goods are seen at a convenience store in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, Japan, after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake on March 17. Kyodo/Reuters
STREET DRESS. People dressed in costumes walk down a street as they take part in a two-day costume event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on March 17. Ahmed Yosri/Reuters
PARADE MASCOT. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge hugs Irish Guards mascot Turlough Mor, during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Aldershot, Britain on March 17. Hannah McKay/Reuters
JUST STOP THE OIL. A protester ties to a goal post demanding the government halt fossil fuel supply plans, during the Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park, Liverpool, Britain March 17 . Lee Smith/Action Images/Reuters
DRAG QUEEN. Drag Vulcano reacts after winning a contest, during carnival festivities in Las Palmas on the Spanish Canary island of Gran Canaria, Spain, March 19. Borja Suarez/Reuters
NAKED PROTEST. Women put on a show to protest against the vandalism of the genitals of a woman’s naked figure which will be burned during the traditional Fallas festival in Valencia, Spain, on March 19. Eva Manez/Reuters

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