Closeup: Best Pictures of the Week, April 1 – April 8

Afghanistan
Rahmut Gul—AP
April 4, 2011. Florida preacher Terry Jones’ public burning of a Koran on March 20 was ignored by most. But Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s condemnation of the act sparked protests across ­Afghanistan that left at least 20 people dead, including seven U.N. workers. Thousands of men waving Taliban flags rioted in Kandahar, and these protesters in Nangarhar province burned the pastor in effigy.

This week Afghanistan protestors react to a U.S. pastor’s burning of the Quran, the Libyan conflict continues, UN peacekeepers provide security in Ivory Coast, and, as the 50th anniversary of  Yuri Gagarin’s first manned space mission approaches, Russia’s Soyuez space ship carries a new crew to the International Space Station.

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