Pictures of the Week: March 23 – March 30

Lightbox March 26, 2012
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March 26, 2012. A former Taliban fighter looks on after joining Afghan government forces during a ceremony in Herat province, Afghanistan.

From student protests in Jakarta and Tibetan self-immolations in India to Pope Benedict XVI’s Cuba visit and fires in Colorado, TIME’s photo department presents the best images of the week.

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