Photos of the week: 3/24 - 3/31

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Photos of the week: 3/24 - 3/31
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) holds a news conference after Republicans pulled the American Health Care Act bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act act known as Obamacare, prior to a vote at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, March 24, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A child peers through a cut made in one of the stars that make up the European Union flag, during a support rally organised to mark the EU's 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome in downtown Bucharest, Romania, March 25, 2017. Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. ROMANIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN ROMANIA. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Puppies are seen holding for photo with the cherry blossom flowers blooming near the Washington Monument in Washington, U.S., March 25, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A man adjusts his tie at a Pro-Brexit event to celebrate the invoking of Article 50 after Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May triggered the process by which the United Kingdom will leave the European Union, in London, Britain March 29, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A migrant onboard a drifting overcrowded wooden boat reacts during a rescue operation by the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, north of the Libyan city of Sabratha in central Mediterranean Sea, March 29, 2017. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the cave of Arctic Pilots Glacier in Alexandra Land in remote Arctic islands of Franz Josef Land, Russia March 29, 2017. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Migrants have a first glimpse of Europe aboard the former fishing trawler Golfo Azzurro, two days after they were rescued by the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms in the central Mediterranean Sea, as they arrive at the port of Pozzallo in Sicily, March 30, 2017. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Pro-Trump rally participants yell at an Anti-Trump protester as the two sides clash during the Southern California Make America Great Again march in support of President Trump, the military and first responders at Bolsa Chica State Beach in Huntington Beach, California, U.S. March 25, 2017. Picture taken March 25, 2017. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
The Aurora Australis, or 'Southern Lights' light up over the Mersey River in Devonport on March 27, 2017 in Devonport, Australia. Aurora Australis, also known as the Southern Lights, happens when the sun releases a massive burst of solar wind and magnetic fields into space. These solar winds carry particles which interact with earth's magnetic field, colliding to produce energy releases in the form of auroras. (Photo by Heath Holden/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 28: British Prime Minister Theresa May in the cabinet office signs the official letter to European Council President Donald Tusk invoking Article 50 and the United Kingdom's intention to leave the EU on March 28, 2017 in London, England. After holding a referendum in June 2016 the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, the signing of Article 50 now officially triggers that process. (Photo by Christopher Furlong - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Flowers are left outside the Houses of Parliament in memory of those who died in last weeks Westminster terror attack on March 27, 2017 in London, England. Five people including the assailant were killed and around 40 people injured following last week's attack outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. (Photo by Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - China's Premier Li Keqiang (L) is welcomed to Government House by a Maori elder during a welcome ceremony in Wellington on March 27, 2017. Li is on a three-day visit to New Zealand. / AFP PHOTO / Marty MELVILLE (Photo credit should read MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MARCH 26: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian riot policemen detain an opposition activist during a protest rally at Pushkinskaya Square on March 26, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. Russia. Russia's leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny and thousands of his supporters took to the streets in anti-corruption demonstrations against Prime Minister Medvedev and President Putin across Russia. Hundreds of activists taking part in the unsanctioned protest in Moscow were detained. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway (L) and Omarosa Manigault (R) attend an event celebrating Women's History Month, in the East Room at the White House March 29, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30: The newest members of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) attend their police academy graduation ceremony at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, March 30, 2017 in New York City. Over 600 new officers were sworn in during the ceremony. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 30 : A body is covered with a white sheet as Chicago Police officers investigate the scene where four people were shot and killed at a restaurant in the 2700 block of East 75th Street on March 30, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. A second shooting took place less then 2 miles away where a pregnant woman shot and killed. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 30: George Lewys, age 5, poses with two Forest Giant Owl butterflies (Caligo eurilochus) sat on slices of oranges at the Natural History Museum on March 30, 2017 in London, England. The Natural History Museum's Butterfly House, which features an array of butterflies and chrysalises, is open to the public from March 31, 2017. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, USA - MARCH 28: White Press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, USA on March 28, 2017. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 28: Protestors carry rafts, signifying the struggle of refugees, as they march past the Building on Wall Street during a protest against the Trump administration's proposed travel ban and refugee policies, March 28, 2017 in New York City. The Trump administration's proposed travel ban includes a provision that would bar refugees entry into the United States for 120 days. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
BUCHAREST, ROMANIA - MARCH 31: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales receives a hug from Valentin Blacker, son of William Blacker who is a local conservationist during a walking tour of the Old Town on the third day of his nine day European tour on March 31, 2017 in Bucharest, Romania. The Monuments Ambulance is a pilot restoration project supported by William Blacker. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 30: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump (R) answers reporters' questions during a photo opportunity with Prime Minister Of Denmark Lars Lokke Rasmussen in the Oval Office at the White House March 30, 2017 in Washington, DC. The White House said Trump looks forward to talking with Rasmussen about 'deepening already robust economic ties, defeating ISIS, and strengthening our defense and security relationship, both bilaterally and through the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.' (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 29: A Chinese mechanic from bike share company Ofo Inc. stands amongst a pile of thousands of damaged bicycles in need of repair that were pulled off the streets where they are kept at a repair depot for the company on March 29, 2017 in Beijing, China. The popularity of bike shares has exploded in the past year with more than two dozen providers now battling for market share in major cities across China. The bikes are hailed as an efficient, cheap, and environmentally-friendly solution for commuters, where riders unlock the stationless bicycles using a mobile phone app, drop them anywhere for the next user, and spend as little as 1 yuan ($0.15) per hour. Given the bikes have several users a day - some of them inexperienced riders who swerve into traffic - they are often damaged, vandalized, or abandoned. Companies like Ofo routinely collect the battered two-wheelers and bring them to a makeshift depot that is part repair shop, part graveyard where they are either salvaged or scrapped. The bike shares are powering a cycling revival of sorts in a country once known as the 'Kingdom of Bicycles'. In the early years of Communist China, most Chinese aspired to own a bicycle as a marker of achievement. When the country's economic transformation made cars a more valued status symbol, the bicycle - a Chinese cultural icon - was mocked as a sign of backwardness. The bike share craze is also a boon for manufacturers who are now mass producing over a million bikes a month to meet demand, and the number of shared bike users will reach 50 million in China by the end of the year, according to Beijing-based BigData Research. Not everyone is cheering the revival though, as municipal officials are drafting new regulations to control the chaotic flood of bicycles on streets and sidewalks. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 29: DJ Koh, president of mobile communications business at Samsung, speaks as he prepares to introduce the new Samsung Galaxy S8 during a launch event, March 29, 2017 in New York City. Following the recall and discontinuation of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the Galaxy S8 is the new flagship smartphone for Samsung. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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One of the biggest stories out of this past week was the official beginning of Brexit, or the United Kingdom's recent decision to leave the European Union. British Prime Minister Theresa May signed Article 50 on Tuesday, formally stating the nation's intent to separate.

Stateside, the GOP elected to pull the American Health Care Act bill, designed to replace the Affordable Care Act, late on Friday. Later on in the week, President Trump welcomes Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Lokke Rasmussen to the White House.

In New York City, a graduation ceremony for the newest members of the city's police department was held at the famous Madison Square Garden. In Washington, D.C., people (and puppies) flocked to see the annual blooming of the cherry blossom flowers.

Click through the slideshow above to see photos from all of these stories and more, and be sure to check back next week for our selection of the best photography from the coming days.

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