Photos of the Week: 3/12-3/18

A human-robot embrace in Germany,  a 3-D portrait of Vladimir Putin at a library for the blind in Siberia, dangerous levels of pollution in the skies above Mexico City, preparations for a launch to the ISS at at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Marco Rubio drops out of the presidential race in Florida, and much more.

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