Photos of the Week: Great Bustard, Shinmoedake Volcano, Ghost Mushrooms

A return to the University of Mosul in Iraq, the Festival of the Steel Phallus in Japan, marches commemorate the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., unrest in Kashmir, teachers go on strike in Oklahoma, a disastrous fuel theft attempt in Mexico, flowers for potholes in Belgium, and much more.

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