The Week in Pictures: March 14-21

Flames engulf a protester, legislators debate with their fists, a batter makes solid contact with his own face, and more.

A bodysurfer punches through a wave at the Ehukai sandbar near the surf break known as Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, on March 20.

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden gestures while entering to meet Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano at the Quirinale Palace in Rome on March 18. Biden was in Italy to attend the installation Mass of newly elected Pope Francis, which was held at the Vatican the next day.

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Vehicles sit on the M1 highway west of Budapest, Hungary, on March 15. Snow stranded people in cars, buses and trains through the night and, combined with strong winds, cut off dozens of towns and villages in Hungary. The situation was critical on the M1 motorway linking Budapest and Vienna, Austria, where hundreds of cars and trucks were stranded, most of them for more than 20 hours.

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A Bahraini anti-government protester is engulfed in flames after a shot fired by riot police hit the gasoline bomb in his hand that he was preparing to throw during clashes in Sanabis, Bahrain, on March 14. Protests and clashes erupted in opposition areas nationwide that day, with government opponents observing a "dignity strike" called by the February 14 youth group, blocking roads, closing shops, protesting and staying home from work and school.

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Opposition lawmakers clash with deputies of the pro-presidential majority during a parliament session in Kiev, Ukraine, on March 19. The fight broke out when opposition lawmakers took offense that a member of the governing party delivered a speech in Russian, not Ukrainian.

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Workers make final preparations for a welcoming ceremony for U.S. President Barack Obama on his arrival at Ben Gurion Airport on March 20 near Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Youth take part in a "paint war" flash mob at the city park in Brasilia, Brazil, on March 17.

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Snow clings to the branches of a tree at the Imperial Ancestral Temple after an overnight snowfall on March 20 in Beijing, China.

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Pope Francis speaks to the crowd in St. Peter's Square from the window of his residence before the Angelus prayer at the Vatican on March 17.

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Barry Maddox sprays thick layers of snow and ice off the seats of Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn., on March 19. Crews used high-pressure heated water to clean snow and ice from the seats in preparation for the Minnesota Twins' opening day baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on April 1.

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Protesters are hit by water cannons during a protest by ArcelorMittal workers in Namur, Belgium, on March 20. The steelmaker announced it would close more of its operations in Liege, cutting 1,300 jobs.

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The barrel of New York Yankee Brennan Boesch's broken bat smacks his face during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton, Fla., on March 17.

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Attendees photograph President Barack Obama with their mobile phones at a Women's History Month reception at the White House in Washington on March 18.

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Justin Leonard looks at a squirrel on the 10th fairway during the third round of the Tampa Bay Championship golf tournament on March 16 in Palm Harbor, Fla.

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