In Pics: What happened across the world on April 1

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Bengaluru, April 1: Iraqi security forces launched rockets against Islamic State extremist positions in Tikrit on Tuesday. Iraqi forces battled Islamic State militants holed up in downtown Tikrit, going house to house Tuesday in search of snipers and booby traps, and the prime minister announced security forces had reached the city's center.

Meanwhile, explosions and gunfire rang out on Tuesday at the Istanbul court building where a prosecutor was being held hostage by an armed leftist group, an AFP correspondent reported.

OneIndia brings to you news from across the world in pictures.

Iraqi security forces launch rockets against ISIS

Iraqi security forces launch rockets against Islamic State extremist positions in Tikrit, 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq.

Hostage situation in Istanbul

Members of special security forces prepare to enter the main courthouse in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish news agencies say that members of a banned leftist group have taken a chief prosecutor hostage in his office inside the courthouse.

Procession during beginning of Easter Holy Week

Penitents from "Las Siete Palabras (Seven words)" brotherhood carry an image of Jesus Christ as they take part in a procession in Zamora, Spain, on the early hours of Wednesday. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week

Obama signs a Memorandum of Disapproval Regarding S.J. Res. 8

President Barack Obama signs a Memorandum of Disapproval Regarding S.J. Res. 8, a Joint Resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the National Labor Relations Board relating to representation case procedures in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

Fierce Djokovic on court

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns to Alexandr Dolgopolo, of Ukraine, at the Miami Open tennis tournament.

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