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Week in pictures: 12-18 April

Revellers on a pick-up truck celebrate Buddhist New Year with a water festival on Inya road in Rangoon on Monday

Revellers in the Burmese city of Rangoon are soaked in water as part of celebrations for Buddhist New Year.

Spanish Defence Minister Carme Chacon reviews troops in Madrid on Monday

Spain's new Defence Minister Carme Chacon - the first woman in the post - reviews troops in Madrid.

Chinese paramilitary police in Beijing

In Beijing, Chinese paramilitary police practice anti-riot drills after the authorities announced tighter security ahead of this year’s Olympic Games.

Silvio Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right People of Freedom (PDL) party wins a decisive victory in Italy's general elections.

Alain Robert scaling the Four Seasons hotel in Hong Kong

An office worker looks at "French Spiderman" Alain Robert - famous for illegally climbing buildings across the world - as he nears the top of the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong.

Indian police break up a protest by Tibetan activists in Delhi

Indian police break up a protest by Tibetan activists in Delhi against Chinese repression in Tibet ahead of the arrival of the Olympic torch in India on Thursday, on its way to the Beijing Games.

National stadium, Washington DC, 17 April 2008

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass at a stadium in Washington DC.

Rescue workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Rescue workers continue their search for bodies after a DC-9 jet crashed into a market in Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Fencing in Beijing

In Beijing, athletes from Japan and China compete in the men's team foil semi-finals at the 2008 FIE World Championships ahead of the Olympics in August.

Farmer in rice field

A farmer works in a rice field next to the Satellite Control and Operation Centre in Vietnam ahead of the weekend launch of Vietnam's first satellite in Guiana.

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