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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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
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)
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. / AFP / INTI OCON (Photo credit should read INTI OCON/AFP/Getty Images)
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. (Photo by Sergey Anisimov /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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 TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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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.