The Week in Pictures, March 11-17

South Korea removes their president, Trump faces controversy, North Korea ratchets up tension and more in The Week in Pictures.
A Twist of Caliphate
The Week in Pictures, March 11-17 Laurent Van der Stockt/Le Monde/Getty Reportage

From a soldier in Iraq taking a moment to smoke a cigarette; to the continued fight against the Islamic State militant group in Iraq; to school children in Japan practicing what to do in the event of another North Korean missile test; this is the week in pictures.

This week began with people cheering in the streets as news broke on the impeachment of South Korean president Park Geun-hye. South Korea's Constitutional Court upheld the impeachment of Geun-hye, removing her from office over a graft scandal that has gripped the country for months. Park, 65, became the country's first democratically elected leader to be ousted from office. A presidential election will be held in 60 days, according to the constitution.

The upheaval also rasied tensions in the regon due to recent rhetoric and missile testing performed by North Korea, prompting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to head to South Korea in a show of solidarity against North Korea.

Back in the United States, the northeastern corridor was hit by a major late season snow storm while the west coast welcomed back its first wildflower blooms after nearly five years of drought.

It was also a wild week for President Trump, who was hounded to provide proof for his wiretapping claims, had his revised travel ban blocked by two federal judges and is struggling to draw the conservative wing of the Republican party into the fold with a new budget proposal and health care reform.

Across the Atlantic, the UK's exit from the European Union may be moving forward without Scotland if First Minister Nicola Sturgeon gets her way. Sturgeon is attempting to hold a second Scottish independence referendum in the wake of the Brexit results.

Mosul, Iraq—Iraqi federal police officers access the damage after a suicide bomber from the Islamic State militant group attacked them with a bulldozer in this city on March 15, killing four people and injuring 12. Already in control of the eastern half of the city, Iraqi forces are making their way west through the Old City, home of Mosul’s al-Nuri mosque, where three years ago ISIS announced its caliphate. A black ISIS flag still hangs from one of the mosque’s minarets, but it may not be there for long. Laurent Van der Stockt/Le Monde/Getty Reportage