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The most STUNNING photographs of the week gone by

Last updated on: March 27, 2012 08:24 IST

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We present some of the most stunning pictures from around the globe in the week gone by.

A school student is escorted as he leaves the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school in Toulouse, southwestern France, March 19, 2012, after a man on a scooter opened fire outside the school killing three children and one adult, a police source said.

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Photographs: Jean-Philippe Arles/Reuters

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Huang Sufang reacts as she sees a part of her house being taken down by demolition workers at Yangji village in central Guangzhou city, Guangdong province, China, March 21, 2012.

 

Huang, who is a resident of Yangji village, clashed with demolition workers as they mistakenly demolished a part of her home, which is not included in the demolition project, local media reported.

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Photographs: Reuters

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An anti-government protester pushes an armchair to set up a roadblock during clashes with riot police in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama, Bahrain, March 21, 2012.

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Photographs: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters
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Somali police officer (R) arrests a suspected rebel member (L) of the Al Qaeda-affiliated al Shabaab among beach goers at the Lido beach, north of Somalia's capital Mogadishu, on March 23, 2012.

Lido beach was a famous attraction before Somalia tumbled into chaos in 1991 with the ousting of dictator Mohamed Siad Barre. In the last few years, the beach was a frontline for the Islamist al Shabaab militants, who later withdrew from most parts of Mogadishu around August 2011. 

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Photographs: Feisal Omar/Reuters

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Believers are reflected on a glass door as they arrive for a prayer session at an evangelical church "The light of world" before the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI in Leon, on March 22, 2012.

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Photographs: Edgard Garrido/Reuters

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Military police restrain mourners surrounding the ambulance carrying the coffin of Pope Shenouda III, the head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, upon its arrival for burial at St Bishoy Monastery in Wadi al-Natrun, 100km north of Cairo, March 20, 2012.

Thousands of mourners dressed in black gathered in Cairo for the funeral of Egypt's Orthodox Christian Pope Shenouda, who spent his final years trying to comfort a community disturbed by the rise of political Islam. 

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Photographs: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

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Bride Dayami Tellez of Havana, Cuba, boards a 1958 Chevrolet Impala convertible car after her wedding with groom Joaquin Camacho of Spain in Havana, March 21, 2012. 
 
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Photographs: Desmond Boylan/Reuters

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Alevtina Byagisheva (2nd R), 54, Ekaterina Shklayeva (R), 74, Zoya Dorodova (2nd L), 74, and Granya Baisarova, 62, members of the singing group "Buranovskiye Babushki", offer home made dumplings at a folk museum near the village of Ludorvai in the central Russian region of Udmurtia, on March 16, 2012.

A group of ladies ranging in age from 42 to 86 who sing traditional songs and pop classics in their own language have been voted by popular demand to represent Russia in the forthcoming Eurovision song contest.

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Photographs: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

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A coach scolds a young gymnastics student during a training session at a gymnastics school in Shanghai, on March 23, 2012.

More than 30 children, aged between 5 and 9, were chosen from local kindergartens or elementary schools to attend training courses five times a week. 

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Photographs: Aly Song/Reuters
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A veterinarian conducts sterilization surgery on a cat in a pets clinic near Calvia on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca, on March 19, 2012.

Many local governments pay part of the costs of sterilization to control the population of stray animals. 

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Photographs: Enrique Calvo/Reuters

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George Andrianakis, 56, milks a sheep in the yard of his farm in the village of Stafania in the Peloponesse area of Greece, on March 21, 2012.

Andrianakis lives with his wife Athina, 48, and sons Dimitris, 24, and Panagiotis, 21. They all help with the milking of the goats and sheep as well as the harvesting of orange and olive trees, but his profit margins are down by almost 50 percent with production costs rising by almost 30 percent. He says: "I am surviving rather than living".

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Photographs: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

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A farmer carries cucumbers from his field to sell in the markets in Allahabad, on March 22, 2012.

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Photographs: Jitendra Prakash/Reuters
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An aerial view of houses near a U.S. military base in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan, on March 22, 2012. 


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Photographs: Erik De Castro/Reuters

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A boy plays in the mud on the bank of the Bago river in Bago, Myanmar, on March 20, 2012.

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Photographs: Reuters
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An Ethiopian migrant sleeps in the open outside a transit centre in the western Yemeni town of Haradh, on the border with Saudi Arabia, on March 21, 2012.

Some 12,000 migrants, mostly from the Horn of Africa, are stranded in Haradh, which they are using as a stepping stone to reach Saudi Arabia, according to the International Organisation for Migration.

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Photographs: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

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A child plays on the road near the bank of Yangon River, Myanmar, on March 18, 2012.

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Photographs: Reuters

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People react around unclaimed human remains taken out of grave during a Thai Chinese ceremony at the Mang Teung Sua Jung Cemetery in Chonburi province, southeast of Bangkok, on March 18, 2012.

Every 10 years, hundreds of people wearing white, a customary colour for funerals and visiting temples, gather at this cemetery to exhume and cremate corpses as they believe they are helping the dead who have no friends or relatives.

The ashes of the unclaimed bodies are spread on the sea to make room at the burial ground for more unclaimed bodies in the coming years. The tradition originated 90 years ago after diseases like Malaria killed many Thais of Chinese descent living in Chonburi.

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Photographs: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

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A woman wipes away a tear during a protest called "A Million Hoodies March" to demand justice for the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin in New York's Union Square, on March 21, 2012.

Martin, 17, wore a hooded sweatshirt when he was killed last month in a gated community in Sanford, Florida, by neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. The incident has drawn national attention and sparked debate over Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law since Zimmerman, 28, has claimed self-defence in the fatal shooting. The police have declined to arrest him.

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Photographs: Andrew Burton/Reuters

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Seventeen-year-old prostitute Hashi, embraces a Babu, her "husband", inside her small room at Kandapara brothel in Tangail, a northeastern city of Bangladesh.

Many young and inexperienced prostitutes have "lovers" or "husbands" who normally live outside the brothel occasionally taking money and sex from them in exchange for security in this male dominated society. She earns about 800-1000 taka daily ($9.75 - $12.19) servicing around 15-20 customers every day.

Hashi is one of hundreds of mostly teenage sex workers living in a painful life of exploitation in Kandapara slum's brothel who take Oradexon, a steroid used by farmers to fatten their cattle, in order to gain weight and appear "healthier" and more attractive to clients.

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Photographs: Andrew Biraj/Reuters

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Several inches of snow cover a house and its surroundings in Flagstaff, Arizona, on March 18, 2012. The late winter storm kept temperatures well below normal in California last Sunday and generated heavy snow fall in several states, including Arizona, where several highways in the northern part of the state were temporarily closed, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

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Photographs: Joshua Lott/Reuters

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