MEIZHOU, CHINA - MARCH 05: (CHINA OUT) Local villagers perform a 'dragon dance' as fireworks are set off in Puzhai Twon on March 5, 2015 in Meizhou, Guangdong province of China. Lantern Festival is the last festival of Chinese lunar new year which fell on 15th day of the 1st lunar month. The fire dragon dance in Fengshun County of south China's Guangdong province can be traced back to the reign of Emperor Qianlong in Qing Dynasty that the performance was to celebrate Lantern Festival and new year's fortune. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
HEIHE, CHINA - FEBRUARY 27: (CHINA OUT) Frontier soldiers practice sabreplay without coats in minus twenty degrees celsius conditions on February 27, 2015 in Heihe, Heilongjiang province of China. The sabreplay training in northeast China's Heilongjiang province is to cultivate frontier soldiers' practical combat ability in battlefield rather than performance courses. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
An Indian child looks on as he uses a makeshift raft to cross the Yamuna River in New Delhi on February 28, 2015. India's finance minister pledged major investment in infrastructure February 28, saying it was time for the economy to 'fly', as he unveiled the new right-wing government's first full budget. AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNA (Photo credit should read Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 02: A Hamann is covered at the Geneva International Motor Show on March 2, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. The 85th International Motor Show held from the 5th to 15th March 2015 will showcase novelties of the car industry. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 28: The body of killed Russian opposition leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, covered by plastic, seen on Bolshoi Moskvoretsky bridge near St. Basil cathedral on February 28, 2015 in central Moscow, Russia. Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, a fierce critic of President Boris Yeltsin, was shot dead in central Moscow ahead of a major opposition rally this weekend, investigators and police said. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NANDGAON, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA - 2015/02/27: Thousands of Hindu devotees took part and celebrate 'Lathmar Holi'. The colours fill the atmosphere as people throw abeer and gulal in the air showing great joy and mirth in the arrival of this Spring Festival. The rituals of the ancient festival of Holi are religiously followed every year with care and enthusiasm. (Photo by Shashi Sharma/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Afghan survivors of an avalanche run to get relief goods distributed by an Afghan army helicopter in the Paryan district of Panjshir province, north of Kabul on March 1, 2015. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani February 28 pledged to set up a relief fund for the victims of avalanches that claimed over 280 lives, and called for international help with the relief effort. (Photo credit should read SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)
BERDIANSKE, UKRAINE - FEBRUARY 28: A Ukrainian soldier stands on top of an armored personal carrier in a newly dug trench near the front line of defense against pro-Russian seperatists on February 28, 2015 near in the village of Berdianske, Ukraine. Berdianske is on the eastern side of Mariupol, Ukraine - many Ukrainian soldiers believe pro-Russian seperatists will try to take control of the city of Mariupol next in an effort to create a land bridge between Russia and Crimea. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
A Malaysian youth swims in a river due to the hot weather in Hulu Langat, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 2, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
GAPYEONG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - MARCH 03: Thousands of couples take part in a mass wedding of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, commonly known as the Unification Church, at Cheongshim Peace World Center on March 3, 2015 in Gapyeong-gun, South Korea. Approximately 3,800 couples from around the world exchanged wedding vows in the wedding the Unification Church claims as one of its largest ever. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
MAKEEVKA, UKRAINE - MARCH 03: A quality control specialist collects samples of coal Holodnaya Balka mine on March 3, 2015 in Makeevka, Ukraine. While Ukraine's economy has significantly shrunk in the past year due to the ongoing conflict between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian rebels, many coal mines have continued to operate. Scheglovka Glubokaya mine has operated for over 50 years. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
BOSWORTH, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: The hounds of the Atherstone Hunt look out from a horse box as they eagerly wait for their master to go out on a hunt on March 5, 2015 in Bosworth, England. The hunt is celebrating its bicentenary this year and today's commemorative hunt started from Bosworth. The hunt continues it's tradition with members paying a subscription and has 400 square miles of fox hunting ground within Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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March is staying true to form and coming in like a lion, so take some time to relive the world's biggest news stories through this week's best photography.
Tensions remain high in the Ukraine, as government forces continue to battle pro-Russian separatists in the country's eastern regions. This week near Kurakhove, soldiers performing car checks encountered a small dog in a colorful sweater, and we hope the sweet pug brightened their otherwise demanding day.
In happier news, Indian Hindus continued celebrating the colorful spring Holi festival, while nearby in China, citizens enjoyed the Lantern Festival, which is the last celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year.
Check out photos from these stories and more in the slideshow above, and be sure to come back next week to see our selection of the best photos from the next seven days.