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The spectacular month that went by

Last updated on: April 2, 2013 10:28 IST

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We bring you a presentation of some of the best photos from around the world in the month gone by

Spanish banderillero Luis Garcia "Nino de Leganes" is gored by a bull during a bullfight at The Maestranza bullring in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain March 31, 2013.

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A man pulls a rickshaw carrying his wife in a wedding gown during their wedding ceremony amid snowfall in Weihai, Shandong province of China on March 30, 2013.

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A statue of the Risen Christ is carried during an Easter Sunday procession as confetti streams down in Cospicua, outside Valletta, Malta March 31, 2013.

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A supporter of Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga, the defeated presidential candidate of the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy, reacts after the Supreme Court ruling in Kenya's capital Nairobi, March 30, 2013. Kenyan police fired teargas on Saturday at hundreds of stone-throwing youths in the western city of Kisumu, a stronghold of Odinga, after a court threw out his challenge to the victory of rival Uhuru Kenyatta.

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Pope Francis holds a candle as he leads a vigil mass during Easter celebrations at St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.

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Saudi youths demonstrate a stunt known as "sidewall skiing" (driving on two wheels) in the northern city of Hail, in Saudi Arabia March 30. Performing stunts such as sidewall skiing and drifts is a popular hobby amongst Saudi youths.

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A boy smeared with colours reacts as another boy pours water on him during Holi celebrations in Chennai on March 27, 2013. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India.

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A soldier from the Seleka rebel alliance stands guard as the Central African Republic's new President Michel Djotodia (not pictured) attends Friday prayers at the central mosque in Bangui March 29 2013.

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A woman blows smoke at an activist wearing a gas mask and firefighter jacket during a flash mob event against smoking, in the centre of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on March 28, 2013. About 60 activists from various youth organisations took part in the flash mob to discourage smoking, according to the organisers.

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US President Barack Obama bounces a soccer ball off his head after receiving it as a gift while hosting the 2012 Major League Soccer Cup winner Los Angeles Galaxy, at a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, March 26, 2013.

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A gaucho rides an unbroken horse during the annual celebration of Criolla Week in Montevideo, March 25, 2013. Throughout Easter Week "gauchos", the Latin American equivalent of the North American "cowboy", from all over Uruguay and neighboring Argentina and Brazil visit Montevideo to participate in Criolla Week to win the award of best rider. The competition is held March 24-March 30.

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An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man is seen through the smoke as they burn leaven in the Mea Shearim neighbourhood of Jerusalem, ahead of the Jewish holiday of Passover, March 25, 2013. Passover commemorates the flight of Jews from ancient Egypt, as described in the Exodus chapter of the Bible. According to the account, the Jews did not have time to prepare leavened bread before fleeing to the promised land.

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French soldiers patrol in the Terz valley, about 60 km (37 miles) south of the town of Tessalit in northern Mali March 20, 2013. France has deployed some 4,000 troops to Mali, alongside a regional African force, in a nine-week operation that has driven Islamists into desert hideaways and mountains near the Algerian border. The French soldiers were patrolling for Islamist rebels and rebels' arm caches in the area.

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A devotee looks on in a cloud of coloured powder inside a temple during "Lathmar Holi" at the village of Barsana in Uttar Pradesh on March 21, 2013. In a Holi tradition unique to Barsana and Nandgaon villages, men sing provocative songs to gain the attention of women, who then "beat" them with bamboo sticks called "lathis". Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India.

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A bodysurfer punches through a wave at the Ehukai sandbar near the surf break known as 'Pipeline' on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii on March 20, 2013.

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Policemen (L and 2nd L) stand on a car on a flooded street following heavy rains in Sanaa March 20, 2013.

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North Korean soldiers attend military training in an undisclosed location in this picture released by the North's official KCNA news agency in Pyongyang on March 19, 2013.

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A Brazilian Indian girl from the Guajajaras tribe sits in a hammock at the Brazilian Indian Museum in Rio de Janeiro, March 18, 2013. A native Indian community of around 30 individuals who have been living in the abandoned Indian Museum since 2006, are fighting against the destruction of the museum, which is next to the Maracana Stadium, to make way for a planned 10,000-car parking lot in preparation for the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

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A trainer prepares an Afghan Hound before competing at the Shanghai International Dog Show, in Shanghai March 15, 2013. In a country where dog meat is still being consumed, dog shows got their start about 15 years ago and are gaining popularity among a fast-growing sector of upper-class Chinese. 

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A Balinese man kicks up fire during the "Perang Api" ritual ahead of Nyepi day, which falls on Tuesday in Gianyar on the Indonesian island of Bali on March 11, 2013. Nyepi is a day of silence for self-reflection to celebrate the Balinese Hindu new year, where Hindus in Bali observe meditation and fasting, but are not allowed to work, cook, light lamps or conduct any other activities.

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Police beat and detain a Pakistani Christian protester during a demonstration against the burning of Christian houses and belongings in Badami Bagh, Lahore March 10, 2013.

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A man carries a sofa on his motorcycle on a highway near Kenya's capital Nairobi on March 10, 2013.

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A French soldier directs his colleagues while creating a barrier filled with sand at a French military encampment at a Malian air base in Gao, Mali March 9, 2013. France will only hand over to African troops in Mali when security is restored, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told his forces during a surprise visit to the rugged north of the country where they are battling Islamist rebels.

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Palestinians react to tear gas fired by Israeli police during clashes after Friday prayers at a compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City March 8, 2013. Israeli police fired stun grenades to disperse Palestinian worshippers who had thrown rocks and firebombs at them after prayers at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City.

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A man sits inside a cooking pot as it is being transported on a cycle rickshaw through a busy road in Ahmedabad March 8, 2013.

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Sakiba Covic (L) and Semsa Hadzo (R) wait for the elevator in a coal mine in Breza, March 5, 2013. Covic and Hadzo are the only female coal miners in all of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Their job requires them to take daily measurements of air, gas and to supervise the general safety of the mine. Picture taken March 5, 2013.

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The ash-encrusted hands of a sadhu are seen as he sits beside a fire after applying ashes to his face and body at his ashram at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu March 4, 2013. 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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Members of the Martyr Abdallah Al Kaakeh battalion are seen on the front line in their conflict with forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in Aleppo's Salaheddine district on March 2, 2013. The battalion, which consists mostly of high school graduates and university students, is operating under the Free Syrian Army, and was first established in the memory of a friend of its members, Abdallah Al Kaakeh, who died from injuries received after being arrested by forces of the Assad regime. Al Kaakeh had been arrested because he was an activist during his university years.

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Spectators (bottom) watch skiers descending down from the slope while holding lit torches in the town of Zheleznogorsk, some 50km (31 miles) northeast of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, March 2, 2013. Local residents organized an annual winter torch festival to promote sports and a healthy way of life, according to organizers. Picture taken with long exposure.

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