Afghan children watch burning expired medical items and food on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Afghanistan. Parwiz/Reuters
Gerald Sousa's team charges down the trail at the re-start of the Iditarod dog sled race in Willow, Alaska, March 3, 2013. From Willow, the race runs for almost 1,000 miles as it crosses the state. Nathaniel Wilder/Reuters
A Hindu sadhu (holy man) applies paint to his forehead at his ashram on the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the Shivaratri festival, which this year falls on March 10. Celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world, Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters
US President Barack Obama participates in his first cabinet meeting of his second term in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. Jason Reed/Reuters
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. waves before speaking at a foreign policy discussion at the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) 2013 Policy Conference, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC. Susan Walsh/AP
Masaai women line up at dawn to vote in a general election in Kumpa, Kenya. Five years after more than 1,000 people were killed in election-related violence, Kenyans went to the polls on Monday to begin casting votes in a nationwide election seen as the country's most important - and complicated - in its 50-year history. Riccardo Gangale/AP
In early morning light a protester walks alongside the East Side Gallery named section of the former Berlin Wall in Berlin, Germany. After massive protest over the last days an investor suspended the removal of a section of the historic stretch of the Berlin Wall known as the East Side Gallery to provide access to a riverside plot where luxury condominiums are being built. Markus Schreiber/AP
An Egyptian motorist uses a fire extinguisher on a police pickup truck that was set on fire by anti-president Mohammed Morsi protesters on the 6th of October bridge, in Cairo, Egypt. Nasser Nasser/AP
US Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick arrives for a meeting at the Synod Hall in the Vatican. Preparations for electing Roman Catholicism's new leader begin in earnest as the College of Cardinals opens daily talks to sketch an identikit for the next pope and ponder who among them might fit it. Max Rossi/Reuters
An armed police officer patrols near a van containing mortars that was stopped during a police operation on the Letterkenny road in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Police in Northern Ireland said they had foiled an attempt to attack a police station with mortar bombs, seizing the weapons from a van in a residential area of Londonderry on Monday morning. Cathal McNaughton /Reuters
Jeremy Bush (r.) is consoled by an unidentified woman Sunday, March 3, 2013, as he sits outside a home where a sinkhole opened up underneath a bedroom late Thursday evening, swallowing his brother, Jeffrey Bush, in Seffner, Fla. Crews on Sunday began the demolition of the Florida home. Chris O'Meara/AP
Bruno Souza (l.), former goalkeeper of Brazil's Flamengo soccer club, talks to his attorney Lucio Astoufo Silva during his trial in Contagem, near Belo Horizonte. Souza is on trial on charges of the murder of his ex-girlfriend Eliza Samudio, who disappeared in 2010, a few months after giving birth to what Samudio said is Souza's child. Pedro Vilela/Reuters
Ethnic minority delegates wearing traditional costumes arrive at the Great Hall of the People to attend a session of the National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference in Beijing. The National People’s Congress, which opens Tuesday, completes the leadership power transition initiated four months ago, approving top government appointments and giving the new leaders a platform to lay out policies. Andy Wong/AP
The Burundian election has a new date. But media and political crackdowns have made it difficult for both journalists and the opposition to work.
ByChristina Goldbaum, Contributor
Goran Tomasevic/ Reuters
Fabrice Nzohabonayo was out with a colleague in Musaga neighborhood last week, filming the now daily protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's third-term bid, when a police officer asked him to stop.
“So I put down my camera, but then he grabbed me and said, ‘you are the one making people protest!’" says Mr. Nzohabonayo. Throwing him to the ground, the police officer started beating him with his baton. Soon another police officer joined him.
In the last six weeks, the government clampdown on independent press has plunged the country in a virtual media blackout: independent radio broadcasts have gone off air, their studios have been destroyed, and an estimated 50 journalists have fled the country, citing death threats and intimidation.