With Sochi Olympics winding towards a close to violent protests and clashes in Ukraine and Venezuela, this was a happening week with events ranging all the way from mesmerizing to haunting.
John Vernuccio of Italy and his elephants perform during the "History" show at the Arlette Gruss Circus in Bordeaux. The circus, which celebrates its 30th year in 2015, is comprised of 137 people from fourteen nationalities, with a caravan of one hundred vehicles and around sixty animals.
From L-R: Germany's Thomas Fischer, France's Arnaud Bovolenta, Canada's Brady Leman and Sweden's John Eklund compete during the men's freestyle skiing ski-cross quarter-finals at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
Ukraine: The helmet of a dead anti-government protester lies on bloody sheets in the lobby of a hotel in Kiev. Fighting broke out in central Kiev shattering a truce declared by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich between the ruling government and the opposition.
Venezuela: Opposition supporter Genesis Carmona is evacuated on a motorcycle after being shot in the head during a protest against Nicolas Maduro's government in Valencia.
Venezuela: Local beauty queen and college student Genesis Carmona died of a gunshot wound on February 19, 2014. This was the fifth fatality from Venezuela's political unrest.
Ukraine: A man holds the hand of his dead son while over a dozen corpses are being shifted from a hotel lobby to a local hospital following violent clashes in Kiev.