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FIREBAUGH, CA - APRIL 24: Shells remain on dry cracked earth that used to be the bottom of an irrigation ditch on April 24, 2015 in Firebaugh, California. As California enters its fourth year of severe drought, farmers in the Central Valley are struggling to keep crops watered as wells run dry and government water allocations have been reduced or terminated. Many have opted to leave acres of their fields fallow. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A protester throws a tear gas canister back toward riot police after a 10 p.m. curfew went into effect in the wake of Monday's riots following the funeral for Freddie Gray, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 26: Atmosphere at day three of 2015 Stagecoach, California's Country Music Festival, at The Empire Polo Club on April 26, 2015 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Stagecoach)
In this photograph taken on April 25, 2015, people look on at the devastation after an avalanche triggered by an earthquake flattened parts of Everest Base Camp. Rescuers in Nepal are searching frantically for survivors of a huge quake on April 25, that killed nearly 2,000, digging through rubble in the devastated capital Kathmandu and airlifting victims of an avalanche at Everest base camp. AFP PHOTO/Roberto SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
CURRUMBIN, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25: Members of the Albert Battery shoot a volley of fire during the Currumbin RSL dawn service on April 25, 2015 in Currumbin, Australia. Australians are celebrating the centenary of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC) landing on the shores of Gallipoli on April 25, 1915, during World War 1. Anzac day is a national holiday in Australia, marked by a dawn service held during the time of the original Gallipoli landing and commemorated with ceremonies and parades throughout the day. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA - APRIL 24: Indonesian police stand guard at the front gate of Wirogunan prison as they prepare transfer death row drug trafficker Mary Jane Veloso of the Philippines to Nusakambangan prison on April 24, 2015 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Veloso was sentenced to death after being arrested in Adisucipto International Airport in Yogyakarta attempting to smuggle 2.6kg of heroin. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
An Egyptian youth carries a lit flare as supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood gather in the El-Mataria neighborhood of Cairo, Egypt, to protest the 20-year sentence for ousted president Mohammed Morsi and verdicts against other prominent figures of the Brotherhood Friday, April 24, 2015. Morsi was convicted of using force against protesters and sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday, the first verdict against him since he was removed by the military nearly two years ago. (AP Photo/Belal Darder)
The sun sets over the destroyed village of Paslang village near the epicenter of Saturday's massive earthquake in the Gorkha District of Nepal, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Military operations continue Tuesday to reach the isolated areas following the powerful earthquake that has devastated the nation and killed at least 4,400 people, according to district official Surya Mohan Adhikari. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Police move a protester back, Monday, April 27, 2015, following the funeral of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
WILLINGTON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 28: Rapeseed blooms dance in the breeze in front of the former Willington Power Station cooling towers on April 28, 2015 in Willington, England. Willington coal fired power station closed in 1999 and all that remains are it's cooling towers. There are plans to build a new state-of-the-art gas fired power station on the site. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Performers wave Vietnamese national flags during a parade celebrating the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War which is also remembered as the "Fall of Saigon", in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Thursday, April 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: A man gestures to a police officer during a Solidarity Baltimore rally on April 29, 2015 in New York City. Baltimore, Maryland remains on edge in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray, though the city has been largely peaceful following a day of rioting this past Monday. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images)
A Nepalese villager injured in an earthquake holds her son as they sit inside an Indian Army helicopter after being evacuated from Lapu in Gorkha on April 28, 2015. Rescuers in Nepal battled April 28, 2015 to reach remote communities devastated by a huge earthquake that has killed at least 4,349 people, as the impoverished country's leader said relief workers had still not reached many of the worst-hit areas. AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD HUSSAIN (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)
Pemba Tamang is carried on a stretcher after being rescued by Nepalese policemen and U.S. rescue workers from a building that collapsed five days ago in Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday, April 30, 2015. Crowds cheered Thursday as a Tamang was pulled, dazed and dusty, from the wreckage of a seven-story Kathmandu building that collapsed around him five days ago when an enormous earthquake shook Nepal. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shresta)
Nepalese students and volunteers clear the rubble at Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook Nepal’s capital and the densely populated Kathmandu valley on Saturday devastating the region and leaving tens of thousands shell-shocked and sleeping in streets. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
In this Sunday, April 26, 2015, photo taken by Amul Thapa and provided by, four-month-old baby boy Sonit Awal is held up by Nepalese Army soldiers after being rescued from the rubble of his house in Bhaktapur, Nepal, after Saturday's 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook the densely populated Kathmandu valley. Thapa says that when he saw the baby alive after 20 hours of rescue efforts all my sorrow went. Everyone was clapping. It gave me energy and made me smile in spite of lots of pain hidden inside me." (Amul Thapa/ via AP)

This week was packed with huge news stories, from the tragic earthquake and avalanche in Nepal, to both peaceful protests and violent riots in Freddie Gray's name in Baltimore and beyond. Click through the slideshow above to see the most beautiful and dramatic photos from these huge events and more, and check back next week for the best shots from the coming days.

An image depicting shells on a dried, cracked surface, which used to be the bottom of an irrigation ditch, revealed the scope of the severe drought plaguing California for the past four years. Farmers are struggling to keep their crops watered, as wells dry and government water allocations have been reduced.

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Lightning brightens the night sky over Washington, DC, during a rainstorm on April 20, 2015. (Photo credit Mladen Antonov, AFP/Getty Images)
Saudi soldiers stand alert at the border with Yemen in Najran, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, April 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
Aboubakar Soumahoro, from the Ivory Coast, spokeman of the association 'Sans-Papiers' in Italy, cries during a demonstration of asylum seekers in front of the Italian parliament in Rome, on April 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
RAMSGATE, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: UKIP leader Nigel Farage speaks during a public meeting on April 18, 2015 in Ramsgate, England. Mr Farage is holding several public meetings across the county today. Britain goes to the polls in a General Election on May 7. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
People take part in the Color Run near the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, France, Sunday, April 19, 2015. The Color Run is a 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) running event where participants are covered in bright colored powder at each check station and is less about speed and more about enjoying a day with friends and family. (AP Photo/Binta)
Members of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions shout slogans while raising banners reading "Let's end Park Geun-hye and Let's go on general strike" during a rally against the government policy in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 24, 2015. Thousands of anti-government protesters marched in cities across South Korea denouncing the labor policies of the increasingly unpopular President Park Geun-hye. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
An Egyptian youth carries a lit flare as supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood gather in the El-Mataria neighborhood of Cairo, Egypt, to protest the 20-year sentence for ousted president Mohammed Morsi and verdicts against other prominent figures of the Brotherhood Friday, April 24, 2015. Morsi was convicted of using force against protesters and sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday, the first verdict against him since he was removed by the military nearly two years ago. (AP Photo/Belal Darder)
The Calbuco volcano erupts near Puerto Varas, Chile, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. The Calbuco volcano erupted Wednesday for the first time in more than 42 years, billowing a huge ash cloud over a sparsely populated, mountainous area in southern Chile. Authorities ordered the evacuation of the 1,500 inhabitants of the nearby town of Ensenada, along with residents of two smaller communities.(AP Photo/Diego Main/Aton Chile) CHILE OUT - NO USAR EN CHILE
Riot police spray South Korean protestors with a water cannon in front of the Gwanghwamun (top), the main gate to the Gyeongbok Palace, during a rally to commemorate the first anniversary of the Sewol ferry disaster in Seoul on April 18, 2015. Hundreds of protestors clashed with police in Seoul on April 18 after families of the victims of South Korea's ferry disaster were prevented from marching to the president's residence. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 20: A man looks out at the Statue of Liberty in the rain and fog from the Staten Island Ferry on April 20, 2015 in New York City. Much of the East Coast experienced heavy rains and high winds following a beautiful spring weekend. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A member of the Baltimore Police Department stands guard outside of the department's Western District police station as men hold their hands up in protest during a march for Freddie Gray, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
In this Saturday, April 4, 2015 photo, Vietnamese-American Jillian Nguyen, 3, stands with others during their baptism into the Catholic faith, at Saint Helena Catholic Church in Philadelphia. When Pope Francis visits Philadelphia in September, after stops in Washington and New York, the crowd that gathers to hear the papal Mass will look different from the one that greeted Pope John Paul II in 1979. The Catholic population has been buoyed by new immigrants, including from Mexico, the Philippines and Vietnam. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
KATHMANDU, NEPAL - APRIL 18 : A Nepalese man washes his head before performing ruitals at Matatritha during the Matatritha Aunsi or Mothers Day in Kathmandu, Nepal on April 18, 2015. Nepalese whose mothers have passed away, take a holy dip to honour their soul at the sacred Matatritha shrine, give offerings to priests to commemorate the departed and others observe Mothers Day by presenting sweets and gifts to their mothers. (Photo by Sunil Pradhan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A young boy reaches up for a cherry blossom while a smaller tree is lit up by a a street lamp at Branch Brook Park, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Smoke rises after a Saudi-led airstrike hit a site where many believe the largest weapons cache in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. The Saudi-led coalition pounded Shiite rebels in Yemen on Tuesday, killing at least 19 in a city in the country's west, officials said. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
A man walks past the rubble of a building following reported shelling by Syrian government forces in the Bab al-Hadid neighbourhood of the northern city of Aleppo on April 18, 2015. Aleppo has been devastated by fighting since rebel fighters seized its eastern half in 2012, setting up a front line that carves through its historic heart. AFP PHOTO / ZEIN AL-RIFAI (Photo credit should read ZEIN AL-RIFAI/AFP/Getty Images)
A man rescues an migrant from the Aegean sea, in the eastern island of Rhodes, Monday, April 20, 2015. Greek authorities said that at least three people have died, including a child, after a wooden boat carrying tens of migrants ran aground off the island of Rhodes. (Argiris Mantikos/Eurokinissi via AP) GREECE OUT
People lay flowers at a memorial to Armenians killed by the Ottoman Turks, as they mark the centenary of the mass killings, in Yerevan, Armenia, Friday, April 24, 2015. Armenians on Friday marked the centenary of what historians estimate to be the slaughter of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks, an event widely viewed by scholars as genocide. Turkey, however, denies the deaths constituted genocide and says the death toll has been inflated. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
One World Trade Center stands in Lower Manhattan, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in New York. The visitors center at the top of the 104-floor skyscraper, One World Observatory, is scheduled to open to the public on May 29. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
A girl walks amongst bags and mattresses as Eastern European migrants wait to temporarily settle in a locale in Decines after staying in buildings belonging to the army and the diocese of Lyon, on April 21, 2015. With the help of the association Coordination Urgence Migrants (Coordination Emergency Migrants), around 145 people, mostly Albanians, started to set up in the 350m2 industrial building rented by the diocese of Lyon. AFP PHOTO / JEFF PACHOUD (Photo credit should read JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers help children to disembark in the Sicilian harbor of Pozzallo, Italy, early Monday, April 20, 2015. About 100 migrants, including 28 children, were rescued on Sunday by a merchant vessel in the Sicilian Strait while they were trying to cross. Another smuggler's boat crammed with hundreds of people overturned off Libya's coast on Saturday as rescuers approached, causing what could be the Mediterranean's deadliest known migrant tragedy and intensifying pressure on the European Union Sunday to finally meet demands for decisive action. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
A Syrian refugee woman begs with her children on the street in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul on April 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Zulu hostel dwellers wait in a hallway during a joint South African Police and South African army raid in Johannesburg on April 21, 2015.South African soldiers deployed overnight to tackle gangs hunting down and killing foreigners after at least seven people died in a wave of anti-immigrant violence. AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)
School children from Belgium sit on a tank on display as they listen to an Israeli soldier speaks about Israel's wars, near the wall of names of fallen soldiers, at the Armored Corps memorial, before a ceremony marking the annual Memorial Day for soldiers and civilians killed in more than a century of conflict between Jews and Arabs, in Latrun near Jerusalem, Israel, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Israel came to a standstill on Wednesday as sirens wailed across the country on its annual Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Local people console a shocked mother whose child was found under the debris of a residential building, in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. One man and a child were killed and at least nine others were injured when a three-storey residential building collapsed following an explosion in a cooking gas cylinder, according to local news agency Press Trust of India. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Egyptian dancers in traditional costumes perform Sufi dance known as "whirling dervish." in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, April 23, 2015. Whirling dervishes of al-Tannura entertain visitors with their colorful and artistic spinning dance. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
In this photo made available Thursday, April 23, 2015, migrants crowd and inflatable dinghy as rescue vassel "Denaro " (not in picture) of the Italian Coast Guard approaches them, off the Libyan coast, in the Mediterranean Sea, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. European Union leaders gathering for an extraordinary summit are facing calls from all sides to take emergency action to save lives in the Mediterranean, where hundreds of migrants are missing and feared drowned in recent days. (Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP Photo)
In this April 18, 2015 photo, a monkey holds onto the finger of an Animal Defenders International worker, as pet carriers housing rescued animals are unloaded from a military aircraft at the airport in Iquitos, Peru. More than three dozen mammals rescued from Peruvian circuses and animal traffickers were taken by boat to their new home in a jungle sanctuary, after they were airlifted from Lima to Iquitos. The animals are accustomed to human contact and feeding, and could not be released into the wild. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
Italian police officers identify a migrant suspected to be a smuggler after disembarking off the Italian Guardia Costiera vessel Fiorillo at the Sicilian harbour of Catania on April 24, 2015. EU leaders gathered in Brussels on April 23 considered launching a military operation against human traffickers in Libya, in a bold effort to halt the deadly flow of refugees trying to reach Europe by sea. (Photo credit Alberto Pizzoli, AFP/Getty Images)
A man sweeps volcanic ash deposited from the eruption of the Calbuco Volcano, from the roof of a house in Puerto Varas, Chile, Thursday, April 23, 2015. Due to the eruption the Chilean government has declared a state of emergency in the region surrounding the volcano, including the cities of Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas, and handed over civil authority to the armed forces. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

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