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The Week in Pictures: Feb. 26 - March 5

A starlit volcano fumes, wild horses escape capture, avalanche engulfs, cats take over an island and more.

A Ukrainian coal miner waits for a bus after exiting the underground of the Zasyadko mine, where he helped search for bodies of colleagues and clear up debris following an explosion, in Donetsk, Ukraine, on March 4, 2015. The explosion ripped through a coal mine before dawn Wednesday in war-torn eastern Ukraine, killing 33 miners.

Vadim Ghirda / AP

Several wild horses escape as a helicopter is used by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to gather wild horses into a trap along Highway 21 near the Sulphur Herd Management Area south of Garrison, Utah, on Feb. 26. According to the BLM, the range has 830 horses on land that is suppose to have only 250. Citing public safety concerns, 100 horses were gathered after three confirmed automobile collisions with horses in the last year. The gathered horses will be made available for adoption through the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Program.

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A Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) officer stands near a burning pile of 15 tonnes of elephant ivory seized in Kenya at Nairobi National Park on March 3, the largest amount of contraband ivory burned in Africa to date. The pile was offically burned by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to mark World Wildlife Day and African Environment day. An average of 30,000 elephants are poached every year in Africa.

Carl De Souza / AFP

An elderly woman walks on a destroyed bridge on the road to the airport which was the scene of heavy fighting, on her way to retrieve belongings from her home, in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, on March 1. The piecemeal pullback of heavy weapons Friday from the line separating government and rebel forces in Ukraine has boosted the prospects for peace, although both sides are warning of their readiness to resume fighting if necessary.

Vadim Ghirda / AP

A house is covered with snow from an avalanche in the Paryan district of Panjshir province, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Feb. 27. The death toll from severe weather that caused avalanches and flooding across much of Afghanistan has jumped to more than 200 people, and the number is expected to climb with cold weather and difficult conditions hampering rescue efforts, relief workers and U.N. officials said Friday.

Rahmat Gul / AP

Cats crowd the harbor on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture in southern Japan on Feb. 25. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Originally introduced to the mile-long island of Aoshima to deal with mice that plagued fishermen's boats, the cats stayed on - and multiplied.

This image was release by Reuters on March 3.

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A woman with colored powder on her face joins celebrations of the Holi festival in suburban Pasay, south of Manila, Philippines, on March 1. The event is led by Indian nationals as they mark Holi, a Hindu spring festival also known as festival of colors.

Aaron Favila / AP

The Villarrica volcano erupts near Villarrica, Chile, on March 3. More than 4,000 people have been evacuated due to the risk of floods from snow melting on the volcano's slopes following the eruption.

Ariel Marinkovic / EFE

Fran Collings, 82, sits amongst the remains of her destroyed home in Tokai, Cape Town, South Africa on March 4. A fire fanned by gale force south easterly winds started four days ago and has destroyed over 3000 hectares of land and some homes around the Cape Town south peninsula from Muizenberg to Hout Bay. Residents in some areas were forced to evacuate.

Nic Bothma / EPA

Passengers walk away from a Turkish Airlines plane after it skidded off the runway while landing at Kathmandu airport on March 4. Aviation officials said no one on board was injured, although one witness described how terrified passengers leapt from their seats as the cabin filled with smoke after the plane skidded to a halt.

Dikesh Malhotra / AFP

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert, center, gets into a car to leave for a hospital in Seoul, South Korea, on March 5 after being attacked by a man. Lippert was slashed on the face and wrist by a man wielding a blade and screaming that the rival Koreas should be unified, South Korean police said Thursday.

Kim Ju-sung / Yonhap

An armed man with the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic army pushes another on a cart in the parking lot of the destroyed Donetsk airport on March 3.

Baz Ratner / X02483

Russian police investigate the the body of Boris Nemtsov, a former Russian deputy prime minister and opposition leader at Red Square with St. Basil Cathedral in the background in Moscow, Russia, on Feb. 28. Russia's Interior Ministry says Boris Nemtsov, a leading opposition figure and former deputy prime minister, was shot and killed near the Kremlin early Saturday. His death came just a day before a major opposition rally in Moscow.

Pavel Golovkin / AP

A fisherman casts his line as birds fly over the Sao Conrado beach in Rio de Janeiro on Feb. 26. Rio de Janeiro celebrated its 450th anniversary on March 1.

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A man walks with his luggage over the Brooklyn Bridge in the snow on March 5, in New York City. New York City and much of the Northeast is experiencing one of its most severe winters in recent history. Heavy snowfall, frigid temperatures and days of difficult commutes have lead to a citywide exhaustion with winter and a longing for spring.

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