The Week in Pictures: March 13 - 20

A festival of colors, a vet’s overdue award, a family’s frustration, a soldier’s surrender, a takeoff turns into a landing and more.

A family member of a Chinese passenger on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 breaks down as she speaks to the media at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, in Malaysia on March 19, 2014. The search for the missing plane spans both sides of the equator in an area almost the size of Australia, covering the deep seas of the Indian Ocean and the rugged terrain of Central Asia. A total of 25 countries are helping Malaysia search for the jetliner that was carrying 239 passengers and crew en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur when it radically changed course.

Azhar Rahim / EPA

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Christopher Schneider, uses a lint roller on the uniform of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. (Ret.) Melvin Morris, a Vietnam War veteran, as they prepare to go to the White House on March 18, in Washington, D.C. Morris and two others were the only living soldiers who received a Medal of Honor along with 21 others who were honored posthumously at the White House by President Barack Obama on Tuesday. Following a congressionally mandated review, the 24 Army veterans were found to have been wrongly denied the award due to prejudice. The veterans received the Medal of Honor for action during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

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A Ukrainian Navy Officer leaves the Navy Headquarters building while armed soldiers without identifying insignia guard its entrance on March 19 in Sevastopol, Ukraine. Crimean self-defense forces stormed the Ukrainian Navy Headquarters a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty with Crimean leaders to annex the region.

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Women have their lunch as they watch Russian President Vladimir Putin on television address the Russian Federal Assembly on the Crimean referendum to reunify with Russia outside Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, on March 18. Putin signed a treaty with leaders from Crimea and its biggest city Sevastopol, making the two entities new members of the Russian Federation.

Yuri Kochetkov / EPA

Passengers evacuate US Airways Flight 1702 after the pilot was forced to abort takeoff due to a tire on the plane's front landing gear blowing out, on March 13, in Philadelphia. The Airbus A320 jet, bound for Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was carrying 149 passengers and five crew members. All were rescheduled on departing flights on Thursday night, an airport spokeswoman said.

Dennis Fee / AP

An anti-government activist is arrested by national police during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on March 13. A total of 28 people have been killed and 365 injured in anti-government protests rocking Venezuela, the country's top prosecutor said Thursday, lamenting an atmosphere of "violence and chaos".

Leo Ramirez / AFP

A man smears the face of a woman with colored powder during celebrations marking Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, in Mumbai, India, on March 17. The holiday, celebrated mainly in India and Nepal, marks the beginning of spring and the triumph of good over evil.

Rajanish Kakade / AP

Seventh-grader Maddie Nelson, left, and Abbey Zayan, 12, commemorate the life of late Linden Middle School gym teacher Andy Kargel alongside several hundred community members and students at a memorial service on March 17, in Linden, Mich. Kargel, 34, died on March 13, following a morning snowmobile crash in York Township, Mich. "Mr. Kargel was my role model," Nelson said. " I will always have the memory of him scaring me in the halls, and how he always brought a smile to my face."

Jake May / The Flint Journal

Firefighters look over the site of a building explosion in New York, on March 14. Using sound devices to probe for voices and telescopic cameras to peer into small spaces, workers searched the pile of rubble from a gas explosion in East Harlem, Manhattan. The blast brought down two apartment buildings and killed at least eight people.

Seth Wenig / AP

An Afghan woman peers through a window where women line up to have their picture taken to register for the upcoming presidential elections in a school in Kabul, Afghanistan, on March 18. Last minute registration of voters continues despite the fact that more than 21 million voter registration cards have been issued while only roughly 12 million Afghans are eligible to vote. The discrepancy is the result of repeated registrations since the first round of elections in Afghanistan in 2004.

Anja Niedringhaus / AP