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A Hindu sadhu (holy man) applies paint to his forehead at his ashram on the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. Hindu holy men from Nepal and India come to this temple to take part in the Shivaratri festival, which this year falls on March 10. Celebrated by Hindu devotees all over the world, Shivaratri is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and holy men mark the occasion by praying, smoking marijuana or smearing their bodies with ashes.


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Musher Sonny Lindner snacks his dogs at the Finger Lake checkpoint in Alaska during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Bill Roth/The Anchorage Daily News/AP

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Atlanta Braves pitcher David Hale, right, throws to New York Mets' Wilfredo Tovar, left, as home plate umpire Sean Barber watches during the seventh inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The Braves won 4-2.

Julio Cortez/AP

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Masai wait to cast ballot papers outside a polling station during the presidential and parliamentary elections near town of Magadi some 85 km south of Nairobi.


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Seagulls are seen silhouetted against the setting sun on a beach in Acapulco.


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Lorenzo Gammarelli, nephew of Annibale Gammarelli, adjusts one of three Papal vestments on display at their family's tailor shop in Rome.


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Canadian Cardinal Thomas Christopher Collins arrives for a meeting at the Synod Hall in the Vatican. Preparations for electing Roman Catholicism's new leader begin in earnest on Monday as the College of Cardinals opens daily talks to sketch an identikit for the next pope and ponder who among them might fit it. The idea is to have the new pope elected during next week and officially installed several days later so he can preside over the Holy Week ceremonies starting with Palm Sunday on March 24 and culminating in Easter the following Sunday.


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A child stands at the door of a shipping container serving as his accommodation, in Shanghai. The containers, which house different families, were set up by the landlord, who charges a rent of 500 yuan ($ 80) per month for each container.


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Chinese military personnel watch over Tiananmen Square from a rooftop across from the Great Hall of the People, where sessions of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference are held in Beijing. In a rare move, China on Monday declined to reveal its defense budget request for 2013. It has been customarily that the country announces its defense spending plan for a new year at a press conference that is held a day before the opening of an annual session of the National People's Congress, China's parliament.

Andy Wong/AP

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Pakistani women cook for their family using a fire inside their makeshift home, in a slum in Islamabad, Pakistan. Slums which are built on illegal lands have neither running water or sewage disposal.

Muhammed Muheisen/AP

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