The Week in Pictures: April 21 - 28

A kiss for John Kerry, a whale's stench, a late visitor for a little prince and more of the week's best pictures.

Children play on a destroyed fighter plane in Juba, South Sudan, on April 21, 2016. Fragile hopes for an end to South Sudan's civil war are being tested by the rebel leader's failure to return to the capital to form a unity government. International pressure is growing after Riek Machar, a former rebel leader turned deputy president who was fired, became a rebel leader again and has now fought his way back to the vice presidency, failed to appear in Juba as expected on April 18 or 19. CARL DE SOUZA / AFP - Getty Images
Anti-frost candles burn in a vineyard in Flaesch, Switzerland, on April 28. Due to unseasonally low temperatures, wine growers are attempting to protect their grape shoots with heat from the candles. GIAN EHRENZELLER / EPA
Japanese champion Kohei Kono, left, sends a right to Thai challenger Inthanon Sithchamuang during their WBA world super flyweight boxing title match in Tokyo on April 27. Kono successfully defended his title in a unanimous decision. ISSEI KATO / Reuters
A woman and a young boy cover their noses as they walk past a massive carcass of a whale at a popular California surfing spot in San Clemente on April 26. Authorities are trying to decide what to do with the huge, rotting carcass. Lenny Ignelzi / AP

Terrance May, a musician who goes by the name May Millions, takes a moment at a growing memorial outside First Avenue, a Minneapolis club where Prince filmed a large portion of his classic movie "Purple Rain" and recorded several songs on the accompanying album in Minneapolis, on April 21.

Prince, one of the most inventive and influential musicians of modern times, was found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis on April 21. He was 57.

PHOTOS: A Look Back at Prince's Career 

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Prince George meets President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama (behind) at Kensington Palace on London as his father, Britain's Prince William, looks on.

PHOTOS: Prince George Stays Up Past His Bedtime to Greet Obama 

Pete Souza / The White House via Reuters
A ranger from the Kenya Wildlife Service stands guard near some of around a dozen pyres of ivory in Nairobi National Park on April 28. The wildlife service has stacked 105 tons of ivory, consisting of 16,000 tusks, and 1 ton of rhino horn, from stockpiles around the country, in preparation for it to be torched on Saturday to encourage global efforts to help stop the poaching of elephants and rhinos. Ben Curtis / AP

Emilia Pechinkova, a 24-year-old Slavic Muslim, or Pomak, poses for a photograph following the "gelina" or face-painting ceremony carried out by female guests and relatives in preparation for her three-day wedding ceremony in Draginovo, Bulgaria, on April 22.

Bulgaria's Muslim population is one of the largest in the European Union. During the Communist regime, religious rituals were not tolerated, and Muslims were forced to abandon wearing their traditional wedding outfits. Recently, more young Pomak women want to include traditional wedding customs that were forbidden during the regime, regardless of their secular lifestyles and the high cost of such a wedding.


Syrians help a wounded youth following an airstrike on a rebel-held neighborhood in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 26. Nearly 200 people have been killed in Aleppo in the past week as rebels have pounded government-held neighborhoods with rocket and artillery fire and the regime has hit rebel areas with air raids.

PHOTOS: Aleppo Rocked by Airstrikes

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Yesica Zambrano, 15, wearing a flower she found in a destroyed home, walks with her sister in search of government food distribution trucks in Pedernales, Ecuador, on April 23, one week after a devastating earthquake. The damage has added to the economic hardships being felt in this OPEC nation because of a collapse in world oil prices. Before the quake, Ecuador was bracing for a bout of austerity, with the IMF forecasting the economy would shrink 4.5 percent this year. Rodrigo Abd / AP
Children keep warm around a bonfire at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees near the village of Idomeni, Greece, not far from the Macedonian border, on April 25. Some 54,000 people, many of them fleeing the war in Syria, have been stranded on Greek territory since the closure of the migrant route through the Balkans in February. JOE KLAMAR / AFP - Getty Images
A Syrian family run in a forest in Macedonia after illegally crossing over the border from Greece on April 23. Some 50,000 people, many of them fleeing the war in Syria, have been stranded in Greece since the closure of the migrant route through the Balkans in February. JOE KLAMAR / AFP - Getty Images
A tiger plays in the water at the Tiger Temple in Thailand's Kanchanaburi province on April 24. The site has been the focus of a dispute with the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) after the DNP asked in 2015 that the temple hands over its 147 tigers since it was not licensed to keep them. The temple has requested for a zoo license, according to its managing director. DIEGO AZUBEL / EPA

People cast long shadows on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 25. With 100 days to go before the Olympic games begin in Rio de Janeiro, a host nation famous for doing things at the last minute faces a novel situation: organization is not an issue, political turmoil and apathy are.

The famous Copacabana Beach will host the beach volleyball, marathon swimming, road cycling and triathlon during the games.

A boy illuminates his home with a candle during a 24-hour blackout in El Hatillo, just outside of Caracas, Venezuela, on April 23. Energy rationing has been added to the hardships faced by Venezuelans overwhelmed by inflation, shortages of food and medicine and rising crime. Fernando Llano / AP
Ella Langdon, 6, waits in line before a campaign rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at The Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on April 23. ANDREW KELLY / Reuters
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry kisses his two-year-old granddaughter Isabelle Dobbs-Higginson after signing the Paris Agreement on climate change at United Nations Headquarters in New York on April 22. MIKE SEGAR / Reuters

Women light fires next to graves in the village of Copaciu, southern Romania, early on April 28. On Maundy Thursday, during the Holy Week, many Romanians visit the graves of their loved ones, light fires and share food with community members in memory of the departed, ahead of Orthodox Easter, celebrated this year on May 1.

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