TOPSHOT - Competitors take part in the 31st edition of the Marathon des Sables on April 10, 2016 in the southern Moroccan Sahara desert.
The 31st edition of the marathon is a live stage 257 kilometre race through a formidable landscape in one of the world's most inhospitable climates. / AFP / JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK (Photo credit should read JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images)
Two sparrows take a bath in a fountain in the center of Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on April 11, 2016. / AFP / dpa / Frank Rumpenhorst / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read FRANK RUMPENHORST/AFP/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tosses his notes as he speaks during a Suffolk County Republican Committee fundraising reception, Thursday, April 14, 2016, in Patchogue, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
TOPSHOT - Syrian children run with balloons past heavily damaged buildings in the neighbourhood of Jobar, on the eastern outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus on April 9, 2016. / AFP / AMER ALMOHIBANY (Photo credit should read AMER ALMOHIBANY/AFP/Getty Images)
Tourists float in the Dead Sea, Israel, Friday, April 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
In this April 12, 2016 picture electrical machine builder Oleg Glebov works at the stator windings of a generator in the Erfurt Generator Plant of the German Siemens AG in Erfurt, central Germany. The Power Generator plant celebrates the production of the one thousandth generator, a component for the south Californian energy utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), USA. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 11: A view shows an underwater room structure installed by the Airbnb accommodation site in the Aquarium of Paris, on April 11, 2016 in Paris, France. Airbnb and the Aquarium of Paris offer contest winners a night underwater sleeping with sharks. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)
A visitor shoots photos of a blooming cherry tree in the Japanese Kare San Sui garden at the horticultural exhibition 'ega' in Erfurt, central Germany, Thursday, April 14, 2016. Weather forecasts predict changeable weather conditions in Germany for the upcoming days. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
In this Sunday, April 10, 2016 photo, external Tank, ET- 94, NASA's only remaining space shuttle external tank, is transported by trailer to a dock at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. The tank was built for the space shuttle program but never used in flight. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
An unidentified man weeps as bodies of victims lie outside a morgue at the Kollam district hospital after a massive fire broke out during a fireworks display at the Puttingal temple complex in Paravoor village, Kollam district, southern Kerala state, India, Sunday, April 10, 2016. Dozens were killed and many more were injured when a spark from an unauthorized fireworks show ignited a separate batch of fireworks that were being stored at the temple complex, officials said.(AP Photo/ Jyothiraj. N.S)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant walks off the court after finishing his last NBA basketball game before retirement, against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. Bryant scored 60 points as the Lakers won 101-96. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
A Chinese People's Liberation Army soldier adjusts a hat of a member of an honor guard as they prepare for a welcome ceremony for visiting Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Tuesday, April 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge walks with baby rhinos at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) at Panbari reserve forest in Kaziranga, east of Gauhati, northeastern Assam state, India, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. The royal couple spent several hours at the Kaziranga National Park in hopes of drawing attention to the plight of endangered animals, including the park's 2,200-population of a rare, one-horned rhinos. (Anupam Nath/Pool photo via AP)
African illegal migrants wait to receive medial assistance after being rescued by coastal guards on a port in Tripoli, Libya, Monday, April 11, 2016. More than 100 migrants were rescued by two coastal guards on Monday after their boat started sinking in the sea. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa)
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., waves at the crowd during a campaign rally at Washington Square, Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Ivan Shamyanok, 90, shaves in his house in the village of Tulgovichi, near the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, Belarus March 15, 2016. Shamyanok says the secret to a long life is not leaving your birthplace even when it is a Belarusian village poisoned with radioactive fallout from a nuclear disaster. In April 1986, a botched test at a nuclear plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine, sent clouds of smouldering nuclear material across swathes of Europe and forced more than 100,000 people to leave a permanently contaminated "exclusion zone". April 26, 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the worst nuclear meltdown in history. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko SEARCH "EXCLUSION IVAN" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "THE WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
President Barack Obama blows a soap bubble using a 3-D printed bubble wand designed by Jacob Leggette, 9, of Baltimore, Md., while touring the 2016 White House Science Fair at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
TOPSHOT - Indian police and rescue officials gather in front of a disused Air India passenger plane which fell from a ground transporter while being moved near Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad on April 10, 2016.
The Airbus A-320 was being shifted from the airport to Air Indias cadet training facility,a crane mounted on a 16-wheelbase transport carrier toppled under the weight of the plane, dropping the aircraft on a wall nearby. Police and airport officials confirmed no one was injured in the incident. / AFP / NOAH SEELAM (Photo credit should read NOAH SEELAM/AFP/Getty Images)
Migrant men are reflected in a pond as they walk among tents, at the makeshift camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Monday, April 11, 2016. More than 12,000 people have been stuck her for more than a month amid hopes that the border would reopen. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
In this photo taken Tuesday, April 12, 2016, Sun Wenlin, right, sits with his partner Hu Mingliang at home a day before going to court to argue in China's first gay marriage case in Changsha in central China's Hunan province. A judge on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 ruled against the gay couple in China's first same-sex marriage case that attracted several hundred cheering supporters to the courthouse and was seen as a landmark moment for the country's emerging LGBT rights movement. (AP Photo/Gerry Shih)
Fields of canola bloom extend into the horizon as Bob Calvey looks under the hood of a 1949 Pontiac which sits at his salvage yard, Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in Oak Grove, Ky. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A butterfly comes out from its cocoon during an exhibition of tropical butterflies at the botanical garden in Prague, Czech Republic, on April 10, 2016. / AFP / Michal Cizek (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)
Gabriella Ortiz, of New Orleans, pauses at a makeshift memorial in New Orleans, Tuesday, April 12, 2016, near the spot where former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith was shot and killed, and his wife wounded by gunfire, after a traffic accident last Saturday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Dalia, 6, eats corn soup for breakfast at the central market a day after general elections were held, in Ayacucho, Peru, Monday, April 11, 2016. Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of jailed former President Alberto Fujimori won the first round of the presidential elections and will face Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of the "Peruanos por el Kambio" political party in a June runoff. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
A migrant man throws a can of the tear gas back toward Macedonian police during a protest at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece, Sunday, April 10, 2016. Thousands of migrants protested at the border and clashed with Macedonian police. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
A carp swims in the Chidorigafuchi moat covered with petals of cherry blossoms in Tokyo, Japan April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Toru Hanai TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Police rescue team members search through damaged houses to check possibility of trapped people in Mashiki, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, Friday, April 15, 2016. Aftershocks rattled communities in southern Japan as businesses and residents got a fuller look Friday at the widespread damage from an unusually strong overnight earthquake. (AP Photo/Koji Ueda)
A Quechua indigenous woman holds her identification card before voting during general elections in Iquicha, Peru, Sunday, April 10, 2016. With the daughter of Peruâs jailed former strongman the runaway favorite to get the most votes in Sundayâs presidential election, all eyes are on the race for second place and the right to face Keiko Fujimori in an expected presidential runoff. Also up for grabs on Sunday are all the seats in Peruâs congress. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
A Fiji rugby fan watches a second day match at the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament in Hong Kong, Saturday, April 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains profanity.) A man in a Donald Trump mask joins hundreds of other protesters and activists as they march during a demonstration near a midtown hotel which is hosting a black-tie fund-raiser for the state Republican Party on April 14, 2016 in New York City. Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are all scheduled to appear at the event which comes days before New York will hold its primary. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A demonstrator walks on the Place de la Nation during during clashes with riot police, as part of a protest against the proposed changes to France's working week and layoff practices, in Paris, Saturday, April 9, 2016. Protesters across France are marching to voice their anger at labor reforms being championed by the country's Socialist government. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
GUANGZHOU, CHINA - APRIL 13 : Woman ride a motorcycle and pass blown down trees during strong winds as suffered heavy storm rain in Guangzhou, China on April 13, 2016, wind up to 13, more than 3500 trees were blown down, the current experts are still confirming whether the occurrence of a tornado. (Photo by Zhong Zhenbin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A Bengal tiger cub plays in their cage at the Renato's Circus in San Rafael del Sur, 55km from Managua on April 12, 2016.
A trio of rare Bengal tiger cubs have become the stars of a Mexican circus in Nicaragua that fled laws at home and elsewhere banning it from owning animals. The tigers -- one white, one orange and one golden -- were born three months ago to Paulina, a 200-kilogram (440-pound) female in the De Renato Circus, its owner, Renato Fuentes Townsend, told AFP.
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 12: Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of 16-year-old Pierre Loury block traffic on the Eisenhower Expressway during a march on April 12, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Police have said Loury took off running when the vehicle he was in was pulled over by police because it matched the description of a vehicle used in an earlier drive-by shooting. The chase, according to police, ended with an 'armed confrontation'. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
AMRITSAR, INDIA - APRIL 12: The Sikh Pilgrims wave from the window of special Pakistani train as they leaving for Lahore to celebrate Baisakhi festival in Pakistan from Attari Railway Station on April 12, 2016 in Amritsar, India. Three special trains ferrying 900 devotees chugged off for a 10-day pilgrimage to Sikh historical shrine of Panja Sahib at Hasan Abdal, where, as is the tradition, they will celebrate Baisakhi on April 14. (Photo by Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 13: A detail of paint on Tukta at Taronga Zoo on April 13, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The zoo's three female elephants were painted as they are in Thailand to recognise the Thai New Year. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - People fly kites during the 30th International Kite Festival in Berck-sur-Mer in northern France on April 12, 2016. / AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)
YAMALO, RUSSIA - APRIL 12: A reindeer herder stands on a snowmobile and looks at reindeer herd at Nomad camp, 150 km from the town of Salekhard, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug in Russia on April 12, 2016.
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Audience members sit behind the reflection of a U.S. flag as U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally in a hockey rink at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York April 12, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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As we dive deeper into spring, take a look back at the best photos from this week's biggest news stories.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took a trip to India this week to highlight the plight of the country's endangered animals. Elsewhere in India, a passenger plane fell while being transported via crane, but miraculously no one was injured.
Stateside, we saw the tragic shooting death of former NFL star Will Smith, as well as events and rallies related to the 2016 presidential election and the final game for Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.
Worldwide, we watched as a severe earthquake rattled southern Japan. We were also introduced to Ivan, a man who still insists on remaining in his home along the border of the Chernobyl nuclear exclusion zone.
Click through the slideshow above to see images from all of these stories and more, and be sure to check back next weekend for our selection of the best photography from the coming seven days.