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Spectacular PHOTOS of the Month: April

Last updated on: May 3, 2012 10:59 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

Children sit in front of a tombstone waiting for their relatives at a public cemetery during the Qingming Festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, in Jinjiang, Fujian province.

The festival, which falls on April 4 this year, is a day for the Chinese to remember and honour one's ancestors.

Chinese experts have called for legislative efforts to standardize funeral services, in an attempt to regulate the country's unscrupulous funeral service providers who siphon huge profits from the relatives of the dead, Xinhua News Agency reported.

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Photographs: Reuters

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An amateur actor performs the part of Jesus Christ in a Passion play to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in the north Bohemian city of Ceska Lipa.

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Photographs: Petr Josek/Reuters

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Spanish legionnaires carry a statue of the Christ of Mena inside a church during a ceremony before they take part in Mena brotherhood procession during the Holy Week in Malaga, southern Spain.

Hundreds of Easter processions take place round-the-clock during the Holy Week in Spain, drawing thousands of visitors.

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Photographs: Jon Nazca/Reuters
Tags: Mena , PHOTOS , Spain , Malaga

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US President Barack Obama does push-ups while playing basketball during the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn in Washington.

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Photographs: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

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The sun causes lens flare as it is photographed between the towers of the National Congress in Brasilia.

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Photographs: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

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Jade Laverty, a council employee, models the dress worn by Kate Winslet in the film Titanic in front of exhibition of Titanic artifacts and memorabilia at City Hall in Belfast.

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Photographs: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

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A pupil walks past a classroom at the Hamar boarding school in Somalia's capital Mogadishu.

Somalia has been beset by conflict since 1991 and different regions are variously controlled by Islamist groups, clan militias or the weak transitional government.

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Photographs: Ismail Taxta/Reuters

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A man rests between two bars at a stadium, where a rally was being held against the seizure of northern Mali by Tuareg and Islamist rebels, in the capital Bamako.

Since a military coup in Mali last month, nearly 80 percent of Malian territory comprising the northern regions of Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal have come under the control of MNLA Tuareg rebels, who have declared an independent state in the north, and other armed Islamic groups.

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Photographs: Joe Penney/Reuters

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A Socialist party activist glues a poster for Francois Hollande, Socialist party candidate in the French 2012 presidential election, over a poster of Nicolas Sarkozy, France's President and UMP candidate, along a street in Reze near Nantes.

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Photographs: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

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Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi makes her way through the crowd as she arrives to the office of her National League for Democracy in Yangon.

Aung San Suu Kyi won a seat in parliament on Sunday, her party said, after an historic by-election that is testing the country's nascent reform credentials and could persuade the West to end sanctions.

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Photographs: Reuters

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Women Afghan Special Forces members participate in a night raid training exercise in Kabul.

Afghanistan's new elite soldiers insist they will be no less effective in countering insurgents than controversial night raids by US forces.

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Photographs: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters

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Penitents light their candles as they take part in the Calvario brotherhood procession during the Holy Week in Malaga, southern Spain.

Hundreds of processions take place around the clock in Spain during the Holy Week, drawing thousands of visitors.

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Photographs: Jon Nazca/Reuters

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Men use ropes to try and right a supply truck overloaded with wheat straw, used as animal feed, along a road in Dargai, in the Malakand district, about 165 km northwest of Islamabad.

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Photographs: Mian Khursheed/Reuters

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The Space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, flies over the Washington skyline as seen from a NASA T-38 aircraft in this NASA handout photo. 

Discovery, the first orbiter retired from NASA's shuttle fleet, completed 39 missions, spent 365 days in space, orbited the Earth 5,830 times, and traveled 148,221,675 miles. NASA will transfer Discovery to the National Air and Space Museum to go on display. 

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Photographs: Robert Markowitz/Reuters

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A Kashmiri vegetable vendor holds a basket of bread at a floating market in the interiors of the Dal Lake in Srinagar.

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Photographs: Danish Ismail/Reuters

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A police officer stands guard in front of the President Secretariat before Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrives to meet his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo. Abbas is on a two-day official visit to the island.

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Photographs: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

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Prostitutes walk a street of the old city, as heads of state met for the Americas Summit in Cartagena.

Headlines from this weekend's gathering of more than 30 heads of state have focused on an embarrassing scandal after members of US President Barack Obama's security detail were caught with prostitutes in historic Cartagena.

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Photographs: Joaquin Sarmiento/Reuters

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A tornado makes its way through farmlands near Rush Center, Kansas, during the third day of severe weather and multiple tornado sightings.

A spate of tornadoes tore through parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa, churning through Wichita and other areas, causing widespread damage and killing two. 

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Photographs: Gene Blevins/Reuters

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Storm chaser photographer Brad Mack from Orange County California takes photos of lightning from a tornadic super cell near Apache City Oklahoma.

Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are expected over central and eastern Kansas, central and eastern Nebraska and central and north central Oklahoma.

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Photographs: Gene Blevins/Reuters

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People throw vermillion powder on one another to celebrate the Nepali New Year, also known as Sindoor Jatra at Bal Kumari in Thimi, near Kathmandu.

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Photographs: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

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A displaced Somali family stands out in the rain after their makeshift shelter was destroyed by heavy rains in the Hodan district, south of Somalia's capital Mogadishu.

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Photographs: Feisal Omar/Reuters

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Wrestlers carry each other as they warm up at a practice session in an Akhara, or a gym, in Allahabad.

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Photographs: Jitendra Prakash/Reuters

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A member of the Cryophil winter swimmers club lies on floating ice from the spring melting on the Yenisei River in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.

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Photographs: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters

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A remembrance day cross with a poppy on it is wedged between carvings of soldiers on the cenotaph in Liverpool, northern England.

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Photographs: Phil Noble/Reuters

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A Ugandan soldier tracking down Lord's Resistance Army's fugitive leaders takes position behind a machine gun at a forest bordering Central African Republic, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo, near river Chinko.

The Ugandan "hunting squad" pushes through the thick jungle of central Africa in search of the fugitive warlord Joseph Kony.

The 58-man special operations group, codenamed 77-kilo, is at the forefront of a reinvigorated international drive to close the net on the sadistic Kony and the remnants of his depleted LRA rebel group.

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A man wears a cut-out of Salafi preacher and presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu Ismail as they attend Friday prayers in Tahrir square in Cairo.

Tens of thousands of Egyptians demanded  that their military rulers stick to a pledge to hand over power by mid-year after a row over who can run in the presidential election raised doubts about the army's commitment to democracy.

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Photographs: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

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Defendant Anders Behring Breivik, who is expected to give his account of events on the July 22, 2011 attacks at Utoeya island, is pictured in court during his trial in Oslo.

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Photographs: Heiko Junge/Reuters

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A Syrian refugee runs with a Syrian opposition flag during a demonstration against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, outside the Syrian embassy in Amman.

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Photographs: Ali Jarekji/Reuters

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Singer Justin Bieber and host Will Smith are slimed on stage at Nickelodeon's 25th annual Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California.

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Photographs: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

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A man, who identified himself as Mohawk Gaz, sports an image of black teenager Trayvon Martin on his hair during a rally to protest his killing in Miami, Florida.

Thousands of protesters gathered in a downtown bayfront park to demand the arrest of the neighbourhood watch volunteer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin, in central Florida.

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Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

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