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Photos of the week - Times of Malta

16-22 April 2015

A week dominated by the worst Mediterranean maritime disaster since World War Two, in which up to 800 migrants may have perished - Times of Malta presents a selection of its photographers' choice of their best photos over the  past days.

Italian coastguard personnel in protective clothing carry the body of a dead immigrant off their ship 'Bruno Gregoretti' in Senglea on April 20. As many as 800 migrants were feared dead on Sunday after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean, raising pressure on Europe to face down anti-immigrant bias and find money for support as turmoil in Libya and the Middle East worsens the crisis. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiItalian coastguard personnel in protective clothing carry the body of a dead immigrant off their ship 'Bruno Gregoretti' in Senglea on April 20. As many as 800 migrants were feared dead on Sunday after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean, raising pressure on Europe to face down anti-immigrant bias and find money for support as turmoil in Libya and the Middle East worsens the crisis. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Italian Coast Guard vessel Bruno Gregoretti prepares to dock at Boiler Wharf, Senglea in Malta on April 20, after bringing survivors and the bodies of victims of a boat capsize. Up to 800 people are feared dead following the capsizing off Libya of a fishing boat that had been crammed with migrants trying to reach Europe. Photo: Matthew MirabelliItalian Coast Guard vessel Bruno Gregoretti prepares to dock at Boiler Wharf, Senglea in Malta on April 20, after bringing survivors and the bodies of victims of a boat capsize. Up to 800 people are feared dead following the capsizing off Libya of a fishing boat that had been crammed with migrants trying to reach Europe. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

An Italian naval officer salutes one of the bodies as it is taken off the Coast Guard vessel Bruno Gregoretti at Boiler Wharf, Senglea in Malta April 20. Photo: Matthew MirabelliAn Italian naval officer salutes one of the bodies as it is taken off the Coast Guard vessel Bruno Gregoretti at Boiler Wharf, Senglea in Malta April 20. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Rescued migrants watch as the bodies of 24 fellow migrants are offloaded by the Italian Coast Guard vessel Bruno Gregoretti at Boiler Wharf, Senglea in Malta on April 20. The 28 survivors continued on to Italy. Photo: Matthew MirabelliRescued migrants watch as the bodies of 24 fellow migrants are offloaded by the Italian Coast Guard vessel Bruno Gregoretti at Boiler Wharf, Senglea in Malta on April 20. The 28 survivors continued on to Italy. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Tunisian national Mohammed Ali Malek, one of the survivors and understood to be the captain of the boat that overturned off the coasts of Libya, sits on board the Italian Coast Guard vessel Bruno Gregoretti at Boiler Wharf, Senglea in Malta on April 20. Photo: Matthew MirabelliTunisian national Mohammed Ali Malek, one of the survivors and understood to be the captain of the boat that overturned off the coasts of Libya, sits on board the Italian Coast Guard vessel Bruno Gregoretti at Boiler Wharf, Senglea in Malta on April 20. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Bodies of dead immigrants lie on the deck of the Italian coastguard ship "Bruno Gregoretti" in Senglea, on April 20. As many as 800 migrants were feared dead on Sunday after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean, raising pressure on Europe to face down anti-immigrant bias and find money for support as turmoil in Libya and the Middle East worsens the crisis. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiBodies of dead immigrants lie on the deck of the Italian coastguard ship "Bruno Gregoretti" in Senglea, on April 20. As many as 800 migrants were feared dead on Sunday after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean, raising pressure on Europe to face down anti-immigrant bias and find money for support as turmoil in Libya and the Middle East worsens the crisis. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Surviving immigrants lie on the deck of the Italian coastguard ship 'Bruno Gregoretti' in Senglea, on April 20. As many as 800 migrants were feared dead on Sunday after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean, raising pressure on Europe to face down anti-immigrant bias and find money for support as turmoil in Libya and the Middle East worsens the crisis. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiSurviving immigrants lie on the deck of the Italian coastguard ship 'Bruno Gregoretti' in Senglea, on April 20. As many as 800 migrants were feared dead on Sunday after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean, raising pressure on Europe to face down anti-immigrant bias and find money for support as turmoil in Libya and the Middle East worsens the crisis. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Surviving immigrants lie on the deck of the Italian coastguard ship 'Bruno Gregoretti' in Senglea on April 20. An Italian patrol ship arrived in Malta on Monday with 24 corpses recovered out of hundreds feared drowned after a migrant boat capsized in the Mediterranean, in one of the worst disasters yet in a growing humanitarian crisis. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiSurviving immigrants lie on the deck of the Italian coastguard ship 'Bruno Gregoretti' in Senglea on April 20. An Italian patrol ship arrived in Malta on Monday with 24 corpses recovered out of hundreds feared drowned after a migrant boat capsized in the Mediterranean, in one of the worst disasters yet in a growing humanitarian crisis. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Mohammed Ali Malek (centre, rear), one of two survivors of Saturday's migrant boat disaster, later arrested on suspicion of people trafficking, is seen watching bodies of dead migrants being disembarked from the Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti, at Senglea on April 20. Italian authorities arrested two survivors of Sunday's migrant boat disaster on suspicion of people trafficking, Infrastructure Minister Graziano Delrio said on Tuesday after the men arrived in the Sicilian port of Catania. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiMohammed Ali Malek (centre, rear), one of two survivors of Saturday's migrant boat disaster, later arrested on suspicion of people trafficking, is seen watching bodies of dead migrants being disembarked from the Italian coastguard ship Bruno Gregoretti, at Senglea on April 20. Italian authorities arrested two survivors of Sunday's migrant boat disaster on suspicion of people trafficking, Infrastructure Minister Graziano Delrio said on Tuesday after the men arrived in the Sicilian port of Catania. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Armed Forces of Malta personnel in protective clothing carry the body of a dead immigrant into a hearse after disembarking from the Italian coastguard ship 'Bruno Gregoretti' in Senglea on April 20. An Italian patrol ship arrived in Malta on Monday with 24 corpses recovered out of hundreds feared drowned after a migrant boat capsized in the Mediterranean, in one of the worst disasters yet in a growing humanitarian crisis. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiArmed Forces of Malta personnel in protective clothing carry the body of a dead immigrant into a hearse after disembarking from the Italian coastguard ship 'Bruno Gregoretti' in Senglea on April 20. An Italian patrol ship arrived in Malta on Monday with 24 corpses recovered out of hundreds feared drowned after a migrant boat capsized in the Mediterranean, in one of the worst disasters yet in a growing humanitarian crisis. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

A schoolgirl from St Theresa College Primary School holds flowers during a memorial service for migrant victims in Msida on April 22. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA schoolgirl from St Theresa College Primary School holds flowers during a memorial service for migrant victims in Msida on April 22. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Schoolgirls from St Theresa College Primary School hold flowers during a memorial service for migrant victims in Msida on April 22. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiSchoolgirls from St Theresa College Primary School hold flowers during a memorial service for migrant victims in Msida on April 22. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Schoolchildren from St Theresa College Primary School pray after throwing flowers into the sea during a memorial service for migrant victims in Msida on April 22. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiSchoolchildren from St Theresa College Primary School pray after throwing flowers into the sea during a memorial service for migrant victims in Msida on April 22. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Flowers float on the sea's surface after schoolchildren and teachers from St Theresa College Primary School threw flowers into the sea during a memorial service for migrant victims in Msida on April 22. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiFlowers float on the sea's surface after schoolchildren and teachers from St Theresa College Primary School threw flowers into the sea during a memorial service for migrant victims in Msida on April 22. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

A member of the public lays flowers at the Mater Dei Hospital mortuary where the bodies of 24 migrants lie in Tal-Qroqq on April 22. Public outrage over the deaths peaked this week after up to 800 migrants died last Sunday when their boat sank on its way to Europe from Libya. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA member of the public lays flowers at the Mater Dei Hospital mortuary where the bodies of 24 migrants lie in Tal-Qroqq on April 22. Public outrage over the deaths peaked this week after up to 800 migrants died last Sunday when their boat sank on its way to Europe from Libya. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

A migrant cries during a candlelight vigil to commemorate migrants who died at sea in Sliema on April 22. Public outrage over the deaths peaked this week after up to 800 migrants died last Sunday when their boat sank on its way to Europe from Libya. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA migrant cries during a candlelight vigil to commemorate migrants who died at sea in Sliema on April 22. Public outrage over the deaths peaked this week after up to 800 migrants died last Sunday when their boat sank on its way to Europe from Libya. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

A migrant cries during a candlelight vigil to commemorate migrants who died at sea in Sliema on April 22. Public outrage over the deaths peaked this week after up to 800 migrants died last Sunday when their boat sank on its way to Europe from Libya. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA migrant cries during a candlelight vigil to commemorate migrants who died at sea in Sliema on April 22. Public outrage over the deaths peaked this week after up to 800 migrants died last Sunday when their boat sank on its way to Europe from Libya. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Migrants cry during a candlelight vigil to commemorate migrants who died at sea in Sliema on April 22. Public outrage over the deaths peaked this week after up to 900 migrants died last Sunday when their boat sank on its way to Europe from Libya. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiMigrants cry during a candlelight vigil to commemorate migrants who died at sea in Sliema on April 22. Public outrage over the deaths peaked this week after up to 900 migrants died last Sunday when their boat sank on its way to Europe from Libya. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

People place candles on the shoreline rocks as they take part in a vigil to commemorate migrants who died at sea in Sliema on April 22. Public outrage over the deaths peaked this week after up to 800 migrants died last Sunday when their boat sank on its way to Europe from Libya. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiPeople place candles on the shoreline rocks as they take part in a vigil to commemorate migrants who died at sea in Sliema on April 22. Public outrage over the deaths peaked this week after up to 800 migrants died last Sunday when their boat sank on its way to Europe from Libya. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

People place candles on the shoreline rocks as they take part in a vigil to commemorate migrants who died at sea in Sliema on April 22. Public outrage over the deaths peaked this week after up to 900 migrants died last Sunday when their boat sank on its way to Europe from Libya. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiPeople place candles on the shoreline rocks as they take part in a vigil to commemorate migrants who died at sea in Sliema on April 22. Public outrage over the deaths peaked this week after up to 900 migrants died last Sunday when their boat sank on its way to Europe from Libya. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

People place candles on the shoreline rocks as they take part in a vigil to commemorate migrants who died at sea in Sliema on April 22. Public outrage over the deaths peaked this week after up to 900 migrants died last Sunday when their boat sank on its way to Europe from Libya. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiPeople place candles on the shoreline rocks as they take part in a vigil to commemorate migrants who died at sea in Sliema on April 22. Public outrage over the deaths peaked this week after up to 900 migrants died last Sunday when their boat sank on its way to Europe from Libya. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Party agents pictured behind a perspex screen watch as the sorting of votes in the Local Council elections gets under way at Naxxar on April 18. Photo: Matthew MirabelliParty agents pictured behind a perspex screen watch as the sorting of votes in the Local Council elections gets under way at Naxxar on April 18. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Party agents pictured behind a perspex screen watch as the sorting of votes in the Local Council elections gets under way at Naxxar on April 18. Photo: Matthew MirabelliParty agents pictured behind a perspex screen watch as the sorting of votes in the Local Council elections gets under way at Naxxar on April 18. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

A party checks cast votes behind a perspex screen as the sorting of votes in the Local Council elections gets under way at Naxxar on April 18. Photo: Matthew MirabelliA party checks cast votes behind a perspex screen as the sorting of votes in the Local Council elections gets under way at Naxxar on April 18. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Clint Camilleri celebrates after being elected as Mayor of Qala at the voting hall in Naxxar on April 18. Photo: Matthew MirabelliClint Camilleri celebrates after being elected as Mayor of Qala at the voting hall in Naxxar on April 18. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Clint Camilleri celebrates after being elected as Mayor of Qala at the voting hall in Naxxar on April 18. Photo: Matthew MirabelliClint Camilleri celebrates after being elected as Mayor of Qala at the voting hall in Naxxar on April 18. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Tensions rise for a brief moment at the counting Hall in Naxxar during the counting of votes on April 18. Photo: Matthew MirabelliTensions rise for a brief moment at the counting Hall in Naxxar during the counting of votes on April 18. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Tensions rise for a brief moment at the counting Hall in Naxxar during the counting of votes on April 18. Photo: Matthew MirabelliTensions rise for a brief moment at the counting Hall in Naxxar during the counting of votes on April 18. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Labour party counting agents celebrate after a brief press statement at the counting of the votes in the Local Council Elections in Naxxar on April 18. Photo: Matthew MirabelliLabour party counting agents celebrate after a brief press statement at the counting of the votes in the Local Council Elections in Naxxar on April 18. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Labour Mayor Rosianne Cutajar is overcome with emotion after securing her position as Mayor of Qormi at the Local Council Elections in Naxxar on April 18. Photo: Matthew MirabelliLabour Mayor Rosianne Cutajar is overcome with emotion after securing her position as Mayor of Qormi at the Local Council Elections in Naxxar on April 18. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Labour Mayor Rosianne Cutajar is overcome with emotion after securing her position as Mayor of Qormi at the Local Council Elections in Naxxar on April 18. Photo: Matthew MirabelliLabour Mayor Rosianne Cutajar is overcome with emotion after securing her position as Mayor of Qormi at the Local Council Elections in Naxxar on April 18. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Nationalist Party agents bang on the perspex, as the final votes are counted electing Karl Gouder as Mayor of St Julian’s during the Local Council Elections vote counting in Naxxar on April 18. Photo: Matthew MirabelliNationalist Party agents bang on the perspex, as the final votes are counted electing Karl Gouder as Mayor of St Julian’s during the Local Council Elections vote counting in Naxxar on April 18. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Karl Gouder celebrates after being elected as mayor of St Julian’s during the Local Council Elections vote counting in Naxxar on April 18. Photo: Matthew MirabelliKarl Gouder celebrates after being elected as mayor of St Julian’s during the Local Council Elections vote counting in Naxxar on April 18. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Nationalist Party agents bang on the perspex, welcoming Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil to the Local Council Elections vote counting in Naxxar on April 18. Photo: Matthew MirabelliNationalist Party agents bang on the perspex, welcoming Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil to the Local Council Elections vote counting in Naxxar on April 18. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil and deputies Mario de Marco and Beppe Fenech Adami are given an enthusiastic welcome by party supporters at the Naxxar counting hall on April 18. Photo: Jason BorgNationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil and deputies Mario de Marco and Beppe Fenech Adami are given an enthusiastic welcome by party supporters at the Naxxar counting hall on April 18. Photo: Jason Borg

A driver was hospitalised after his Renault Megane crashed down an old quarry now used as an animal quarantine facility in Corradino on April 22. Photo: Jason BorgA driver was hospitalised after his Renault Megane crashed down an old quarry now used as an animal quarantine facility in Corradino on April 22. Photo: Jason Borg

Archbishop Charles Scicluna celebrates Mass at St John’s Co-Cathedral on April 16, held on the occasion of the visit of Fra Matthew Festing, Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of St John. Photo: Jason BorgArchbishop Charles Scicluna celebrates Mass at St John’s Co-Cathedral on April 16, held on the occasion of the visit of Fra Matthew Festing, Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of St John. Photo: Jason Borg

Grand Master Fra Matthew Festing shares a private moment with Archbishop Charles Scicluna at St John’s Co-Cathedral on April 16. Photo: Jason BorgGrand Master Fra Matthew Festing shares a private moment with Archbishop Charles Scicluna at St John’s Co-Cathedral on April 16. Photo: Jason Borg

A magician performs a trick at the Medieval Fest in Mdina on April 18. Photo: Chris Sant FournierA magician performs a trick at the Medieval Fest in Mdina on April 18. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

An archer launches an arrow during the Medieval Fest in Mdina on April 18. Photo: Chris Sant FournierAn archer launches an arrow during the Medieval Fest in Mdina on April 18. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

A woman carries an owl at the Medieval Fest in Mdina on April 18. Photo: Chris Sant FournierA woman carries an owl at the Medieval Fest in Mdina on April 18. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Children perform with flags at the Medieval Fest in Mdina on April 18. Photo: Chris Sant FournierChildren perform with flags at the Medieval Fest in Mdina on April 18. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Singer Kurt Calleja reads to Year 1 schoolchildren at the Żabbar A Primary School, St Margaret College on April 17. Photo: Jason BorgSinger Kurt Calleja reads to Year 1 schoolchildren at the Żabbar A Primary School, St Margaret College on April 17. Photo: Jason Borg

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