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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)
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)
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)
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)

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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Photos of the week: 4/24 - 5/1
Lightning brightens the night sky over Washington, DC, during a rainstorm on April 20, 2015. (Photo credit Mladen Antonov, AFP/Getty Images)
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)
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)
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 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 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)
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)
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)

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