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Buddhist monks pray at the Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple in Pathum Thani province, north of Bangkok on Makha Bucha Day. Makha Bucha Day honours Buddha and his teachings, and falls on the full moon day of the third lunar month.


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A woman looks her mobile phone as she walks past a Samsung stand at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The GSMA Mobile World Congress, representing the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry, will take place from February 25 to 28 in Barcelona.


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An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy stands amongst men during celebrations for the holiday of Purim in Jerusalem. Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Book of Esther.


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A resident throws a mattress into a fire as part of a road block on the Beetham Highway at Sea Lots, east Port-of-Spain. A protest staged by residents heightened a day after a young mother and her two daughters were killed by a car driven by an off-duty policeman. A total of six people were hit by the driver, who lost control of his vehicle, according to local media.


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A Nepalese Hindu woman devotee dries her hair after taking holy dips at the Hanumante River during the last day of the month-long Madhav Narayan festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal. Unmarried Hindu women pray to meet and marry a good husband while the married women pray for the longevity of their husbands by observing a day long fast during the month long festival.

Niranjan Shrestha/AP

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Local resident Kia Dembele, 7, poses for a picture while doing morning errands with her mother (not pictured) in Gao, Mali.


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A full moon rises behind the Empire State Building in New York as a man walks his dog in a park along the Hudson River in Hoboken, New Jersey.


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The sun rises in Seaside Heights, N.J., behind the Jet Star Roller Coaster which has been sitting in the ocean after part of the Funtown Pier was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy. The private owners of the amusement pier that collapsed in Seaside Heightsare working with insurers to devise a plan to dismantle the ride and get it out of the ocean.

Mel Evans/AP

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Thijs Glas admires icicles on frozen branches in the private area of the nursery garden in Heerhugowaard, Netherlands. Glas sprayed water over the plants to freeze the buds of the hydrangea, a method of protecting them from the freezing night as temperatures within the frozen buds will be higher. Six thousand litres of water per hour are needed to keep the delicate buds frozen and protected.


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Half-naked runners, one wearing a mask and another pushing a baby stroller, as they take part in the "Guangzhu (naked) Run" at the Olympic Forest Park in chilly Beijing. The event, which required participants to run wearing only their underwear for 3.5 kilometers (2.2 miles), as a way to promote environmentally-friendly lifestyles.


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