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The week in 40 photos

Updated 7:07 AM ET, Fri April 17, 2015
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A member of a bomb squad approaches a small personal aircraft called a "gyrocopter" after it landed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, April 15. The aircraft's pilot, a mailman from Florida named Doug Hughes, was arrested after he flew for an hour over restricted airspace in Washington. Hughes was carrying letters for every member of Congress, urging them to reform campaign finance laws. The bizarre incident shut down the Capitol for part of the day. Andrew Harnik/AP
Costume designer Keeley Scothern applies the finishing touches to a wax figure of Princess Leia, which along with Jabba the Hutt is part of Madame Tussauds' Star Wars Experience attraction that opens in London next month. LAUREN HURLEY/PA Wire/Landov
Hillary Clinton shakes hands with local residents in LeClaire, Iowa, on Tuesday, April 14, two days after she announced that she was running for president again. The former first lady and secretary of state also ran for president in 2008. Charlie Neibergall/AP
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio holds up his son Anthony on Monday, April 13, after he announced in Miami that he, too, would be running for president. The 43-year-old freshman senator from Florida is the youngest candidate in the race so far. Wilfredo Lee/AP
Paramilitary policemen stand guard during an ice blasting in China's Heilongjiang province on Friday, April 10. Ice blasting is done during the spring to break up melting ice that can lump together and clog rivers. Imaginechina/Corbis/Getty Images
Young gymnasts practice at a sports school in Jiaxing, China, on Saturday, April 11. WILLIAM HONG/Reuters/Landov
An unidentified passer-by pulls Mathew Sitko to safety after Sitko's SUV left a road, traveled downhill and was stopped by a chain-link fence just short of a 30-foot drop Wednesday, April 15, in Lewiston, Idaho. "The mesh was the only thing holding (the SUV)," police officer Eric Olson told The Lewiston Tribune. Barry Kough/Lewiston Tribune/AP
With the Allianz Arena in the background, a man walks his dogs at sunrise Friday, April 10, in Munich, Germany. Peter Kneffel/DPA/AP
Sheep drink from a spring in the Jordan Valley as a young Israeli settler snorkels past them on Wednesday, April 8. ABIR SULTAN/EPA
From his residence in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI toasts his 88th birthday on Thursday, April 16. Benedict was joined by his brother Georg Ratzinger, far right; Monsignor Georg Ganswein, second from right; and people from his hometown region of Bavaria, Germany. L'Osservatore Romano/Pool/AP
Former NFL football player Aaron Hernandez is placed in handcuffs after he was found guilty of first-degree murder on Wednesday, April 15. The state of Massachusetts accused Hernandez of orchestrating the shooting death of Odin Lloyd, the boyfriend of his fiancee's sister, in 2013. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Dominick Reuter/Pool/AP
Members of a wedding band gather on swings as they wait for a religious procession in Amritsar, India, on Sunday, April 12. NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images
An Asiana Airlines plane sits at Japan's Hiroshima Airport after it skidded off a runway on Tuesday, April 14. Authorities are investigating initial reports that the aircraft may have hit an object on the runway during landing, causing damage to the rear of its body and the cover of the engine on the left wing, the Japanese transportation ministry said. At least 23 people suffered minor injuries. Muneyuki Tomari/Kyodo News/AP
Rhett Krawitt, 6, speaks to lawmakers in Sacramento, California, during a hearing of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday, April 15. Krawitt has survived nearly four years of chemotherapy for leukemia and has been in remission for a year and a half. But his immune system is still too weak to get vaccines, so he depends on "herd immunity" -- being surrounded by others who are vaccinated -- to stay healthy. His father, Carl, has been asking school officials and lawmakers to pass a bill barring children from attending school until they have been vaccinated. Rich Pedroncelli/AP
A woman in Izba, an impoverished neighborhood on the outskirts of Khartoum, Sudan, fills out a ballot Monday, April 13, on the first day of Sudan's presidential and legislative elections. Mosa'ab Elshamy/AP
A girl lies in a hammock in a New Delhi slum on Sunday, April 12. ADNAN ABIDI/Reuters/LANDOV
Madonna kisses Drake on stage Sunday, April 12, at the Coachella music festival in Indio, California. The rapper appeared less than enthused immediately after the kiss, but he later clarified his reaction on Instagram: "Don't misinterpret my shock!! I got to make out with the queen Madonna and I feel 100 about that forever. Thank you @Madonna." Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, are seen walking outside a restaurant in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Wednesday, April 15. Christie, a likely presidential candidate, held a town hall meeting in Manchester where he fielded unscreened questions for nearly two hours. ARISTIDE ECONOMOPOULOS/NJ Advance Media/Landov
A fox looks for food on a snow-covered pasture in Tibet on Tuesday, April 7. Ge Qingmin/Xinhua/Sipa USA
The Boogg, a snowman figure made of wadding and filled with firecrackers, burns atop a bonfire in Zurich, Switzerland, on Monday, April 13. The Boogg, a symbol of winter, is burned every year for the Sechselauten holiday. It is said that the faster its head catches fire and explodes, the warmer and more beautiful the summer will be. Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters/LANDOV
Twins sleep Monday, April 13, during the Vaisakhi festival in Hasan Abdal, Pakistan. Hundreds of Indian Sikh pilgrims traveled to Pakistan to celebrate the festival at the shrines of Panja Sahib and Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Sikh founder Guru Nanak Dev. Caren Firouz/Reuters/LANDOV
An aerial view shows seasonal workers picking asparagus near Ruhlsdorf, Germany, on Friday, April 10. RALF HIRSCHBERGER/EPA
A woman enjoys some champagne while attending the Grand National horse racing festival near Liverpool, England, on Friday, April 10. REX Shutterstock
Immigrant men armed with machetes make their way onto a street in Durban, South Africa, on Tuesday, April 14. Thousands of people have sought refuge in temporary shelters after mobs attacked immigrants in Durban, leaving at least five people dead, an aid group said. Heavily armed police have scrambled to stop clashes after local residents accused immigrants from other African nations of taking their jobs. Tebogo Letsie/AP
Workers set up the venue of the Beijing International Film Festival on Wednesday, April 15. Xing Guangli/Xinhua/Sipa USA
A boy in Bangkok, Thailand, reacts as a bucket of water is splashed on him Monday, April 13, during the Songkran festival that marks the traditional Thai New Year. Often referred to as the "world's biggest water fight," Songkran is an annual three-day event where revelers splash water on each other. Sakchai Lalit/AP
Christian pilgrims hold candles as they gather at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed to be the burial site of Jesus Christ, during the Holy Fire ceremony Saturday, April 11, in Jerusalem. Thousands of Christians gathered in Jerusalem for the ancient ceremony that celebrates Jesus' resurrection. Dan Balilty/AP
A small, unoccupied house sits in the middle of a road in Nanning, China, on Friday, April 10. The property owners have so far refused to sign a demolition agreement, according to The Telegraph, and in China the government doesn't have the authority to bulldoze property without one. Whitehotpix/ZUMA Wire
Rescued migrants wait to disembark from an Italian Coast Guard ship in the harbor of Palermo, Italy, on Tuesday, April 14. Italy is coping with a rising wave of desperate migrants from Africa and Middle East hoping to make it to Europe. From April 10-13, a total of 8,480 migrants were rescued, according to the Coast Guard, and on April 13 alone it received SOS calls from 20 boats in distress. Francesco Malavolta/AP
Debris is collected Monday, April 13, at the site where Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed in the French Alps last month. Yves Malenfer/French Interior Ministry/AP
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter describes how three people were at the top of the chain during sentencing Tuesday, April 14, for a massive school cheating scandal in Atlanta. Eleven educators were convicted April 1 of racketeering and other lesser crimes related to inflating test scores of children from struggling schools. One teacher was acquitted. Kent D. Johnson/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Pool/AP
Fields of blossoming tulips are seen from the window of an airplane as it flies over Keukenhof, a large flower bulb garden near Lisse, Netherlands, on Wednesday, April 15. Peter Dejong/AP
An undated handout image made available by the European Southern Observatory on Wednesday, April 15, shows the rich galaxy cluster Abell 3827 as seen from the Hubble Space Telescope. The strange blue structures surrounding the central galaxies are gravitationally lensed views of a much more distant galaxy behind the cluster. Observations of the central four merging galaxies have provided hints that the dark matter around one of the galaxies is not moving with the galaxy itself, possibly implying that dark matter might be interacting with other dark matter. R.MASSEY/ESO/EPA
A man sits on a tree stump in Summerville, South Carolina, as he waits to attend the funeral of Walter Scott on Saturday, April 11. Scott, an unarmed 50-year-old, was fatally shot by police officer Michael Slager earlier this month in North Charleston, South Carolina. The incident was caught on video, and Slager has been charged with murder. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
The mummified body of Peder Winstrup, former bishop of Lund, Sweden, is exhibited to the press Friday, April 10, after it had been examined by experts in Lund. The research team said the body from the 1600s is one of the best-preserved in Europe, according to Radio Sweden. Ola Torkelsson/TT/Sipa USA
Holocaust survivor Ester Reiss is seen through a car window as she tells her story to Israeli border police officers Thursday, April 16, near Ksalon, Israel. Millions of Israelis observed a moment of silence Thursday to remember those killed in the Holocaust. Oded Balilty/AP
Alain Robert, the urban climber known as the "French Spiderman," scales the Cayan Tower in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Sunday, April 12. MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images
Emergency personnel in Aleppo, Syria, try to pull a woman out from under the rubble of a building following a reported barrel bomb attack by government forces on Monday, April 13. ZEIN AL-RIFAI/AFP/Getty Images
This aerial view shows a campsite at the Coachella music festival on Monday, April 13, after its first weekend ended in Indio, California. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters/Landov
Supermodel Gisele Bundchen cheers at the end of a show Wednesday, April 15, at Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It was an emotional farewell for Bundchen, who announced that she is retiring from the runway. See last week in 47 photos Andre Penner/AP