Bloomberg’s Week in Pictures

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This week, we take you beyond the latest departure from the White House, as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reacts to his dismissal via Twitter, to the infamous nuclear wasteland of Chernobyl, Ukraine, now home to the world's unlikeliest green-energy experiment, and we reveal how Norway’s battery powered vessel, “MF Ampere,” takes the first step toward cleaning up the globe's fuel-guzzling shipping fleets  by operating the first zero-emissions ferry service. Protesters in New York demanding more diversity at the Fed were more than matched by students calling for measures to curb gun violence in Washington. And as China's President, Xi Jinping, voted to extend his term of office at the National People's Congress, we discover that the cult of Mao Zedong is alive and kicking at a ceramics workshop in Jiangxi province.

Students sit outside the U.S. Capitol building during the Enough: National School Walkout rally in Washington on Wednesday, March 14. Politicians, law enforcement and survivors of the Florida school shooting last month came together at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday as students left classrooms across the country to protest gun violence, the gun industry and what many of them consider to be America's dangerously lax gun laws. 

Photographer: Toya Sarno Jordan/Bloomberg

An unfinished bust of the late Chinese leader Mao Zedong sits inside a workshop in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China. As Xi Jinping leads China into a new era of personality-driven rule, they're still making statues of the country's last Great Helmsman, Mao.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

A watchmaker assembles a Grand Seiko watch manufactured by Seiko Watch Corp. in Shizukuishi, Iwate Prefecture, Japan. Forty years after nearly wiping out the Swiss watch industry with cheap quartz models, Japanese brands such as Seiko are eyeing the high end of timekeeping that's been the Alpine country’s turf. New boutiques in posh Beverly Hills, California, and London shopping districts show off models such as a Grand Seiko, with an eight-day power reserve—and a $58,000 price tag.

Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Attendees cheer as election numbers are reported during an election night rally for Conor Lamb, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, not pictured, in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, March 13. Lamb and Republican Representative Rick Saccone were locked in a tight contest for a House seat in Pennsylvania that may be a bellwether for the fall elections that will decide control of Congress. 

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister, attends a budget committee session at the upper house of parliament in Tokyo on Wednesday, March 14. Abe and his deputy, Finance Minister Taro Aso, were compelled in quick succession Wednesday to deny they ordered changes to documents related to the heavily discounted sale of public land to an Abe family acquaintance.

Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Employees sort batteries moving on a conveyor belt at the Raw Materials Co. recycling facility in Port Colborne, Ontario. The province recycles more single-use batteries than any state or province in North America—almost 3226 metric tonnes in 2016. 

Photographer: James MacDonald/Bloomberg

Coils of cable hang from areca palms at a farm in the village of Kuragunda in Karnataka, India, on Thursday, March 8. After sweeping to victory with the help of the rural vote, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity has tumbled as farm incomes slumped, debts piled up, joblessness rose and suicides climbed. Hit by criticism that he neglected his rural base and following his party's worst electoral showing in two decades in his home state of Gujarat, Modi has set out on a course of correction.

Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Xi Jinping, China's president, casts his ballot during a vote to repeal presidential term limits during the 13th National People's Congress in Beijing on Sunday, March 11. China's parliament voted affirmatively, allowing Xi to retain power indefinitely in a formal break from succession rules set up after Mao Zedong's turbulent rule.

Photographer: Giulia Marchi/Bloomberg

Maria Rubio, a member of Make the Road New York, speaks during a Fed Up protest outside Federal Hall in New York on Monday, March 12. Advocates for more diversity atop the U.S. central bank took to Wall Street on Monday to press their message on the doorstep of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which is in the process of picking a new chief.

Photographer: Holly Pickett/Bloomberg

A man reads a newspaper featuring U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on the front page in Seoul on Friday, March 9. Trump took the biggest gamble of his presidency, breaking decades of U.S. diplomatic orthodoxy by accepting an invitation to meet with Kim.

Photographer: Jean Chung/Bloomberg

The "MF Ampere", the first zero-emissions ferry, sails between the villages of Oppedal and Lavik along the Sognefjord near Bergen, Norway, on Wednesday, Feb. 21. While progress in electrifying the world’s excessively polluting shipping fleets lags dramatically behind advances in automobiles, Europe is making the first steps toward cleaning up the world’s fuel-guzzling shipping fleets in order to meet Paris Climate Accord goals for cutting carbon dioxide emissions.

Photographer: Carina Johansen/Bloomberg

Radiation is put to good use a hundred yards from the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster in Chernobyl, Ukraine, on Wednesday, Feb. 28.  Almost 4,000 photovoltaic panels sit atop a thick concrete slab that caps a grave of radioactive waste in the solar park operated by Solar Chernobyl SP. The company, a partnership between Rodina Energy Group and Enerparc AG, is at the vanguard of the latest experiment to give a place synonymous with catastrophe a new life after previous, failed efforts.

Photographer: Vincent Mundy/Bloomberg

Newly manufactured Volkswagen AG automobiles sit quayside, waiting to be loaded onto a roll-on/roll-off cargo ship at Germany's Port of Emden on Friday, March 9. The German carmaker will spend about 400 million euros ($495 million) to switch power plants to gas from coal at its Wolfsburg headquarters as it moves to slash carbon emissions in production.

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Kasper Rorsted, chief executive officer of Adidas AG (left), and Harm Ohlmeyer, chief financial officer, at the company’s annual earnings conference in Herzogenaurach, Germany, on Wednesday, March 14. Revenue at Adidas jumped 12 percent in the fourth quarter, led by sales in China and North America. Adidas has had a phenomenal run since Rorsted became CEO in October 2016; just look at the buzz from its tie-up with Kanye West and from millennials snapping up its Stan Smith and Superstar styles.

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

A worker monitors a mixing machine filled with Hemomycin antibiotic 500mg film tablets during manufacture at the Hemofarm AG pharmaceutical plant operated by Stada Arzniemittel AG, in Vrsac, Serbia, on Wednesday, March 7. Stada’s Hemofarm unit, purchased in 2006, is expanding with a new, 22 million euro ($27 million) packaging plant that the company will officially open this year to separate production from packaging.

Photographer: Oliver Bunic/Bloomberg

Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pauses while delivering remarks at the State Department in Washington on Tuesday, March 13. President Donald Trump ousted Tillerson on Tuesday, ending a rocky tenure in an abrupt move that stunned the former Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO and set in motion a shakeup of the administration's foreign policy team. 

Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg