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    APRIL 13: A motorcyclist gets doused in the annual water-splashing festival to mark the New Year of the Dai minority in Menglian, China. Reuters

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    APRIL 13: The "Boeoegg" – a snowman made of wadding and filled with firecrackers – burns atop a bonfire in Sechselaeuten Square in Zurich, Switzerland. According to tradition, as the bells of St. Peter's church chime 6 o'clock, the bonfire below the Boeoegg is set alight and mounted guildsmen gallop around the pyre to the tune of the "Sechselaeuten March." The faster the head of the Boeoegg, the symbol of winter, catches fire and explodes, the warmer and more beautiful the summer will be. Reuters

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    APRIL 13: Cheng Chen, left, a 27-year-old worker at a state-owned enterprise, helps his nephew put on homemade Iron Man armor in Xuzhou, China. It cost Cheng about $81 to make the armor, which weighs about 10 pounds, with plastic boards and LED lights, local media reported. Reuters

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    APRIL 13: As California enters its fourth year of severe drought, proposed new rules would require communities where residential customers use more than 165 gallons of water per person per day would have to cut back by 35 percent. In Palm Springs, pictured here, the average daily water usage per person is 201 gallons, more than double the California average. Reuters

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    APRIL 14: A Hindu priest blesses ritually bound devotees as part of the annual Shiva Gajan religious festival at Pratapgarh, India. Hundreds of the faithful offered sacrifices and performed acts of devotion during the festival in the hopes of winning the favor of Hindu god Shiva and ensuring the fulfillment of their wishes, and also to mark the end of the Bengali calendar year. Reuters

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    APRIL 14: Actor Daniel Craig appears at the United Nations headquarters in New York where he was designated a U.N. Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards. Reuters / United Nations

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    APRIL 14: President Abraham Lincoln's top hat from the night of his assassination is displayed in Washington on the 150th anniversary of the assassination at historic Ford's Theatre where he was killed.

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    APRIL 14: Demonstrators climb on the Brooklyn Bridge during a protest against police brutality against minorities in New York. Organized by the group "Stop Mass Incarceration Network," the protesters hoped to promote a national discussion on the thorny issue of police violence against unarmed black men in the United States. Reuters

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    APRIL 14: A surfer retreats behind the rocks as a wave crashes onto Angourie Point on the far north coast of New South Wales. Large swells, generated by an offshore low-pressure system, were hitting the coastline and prompting warnings of hazardous conditions for rock fishing, swimming and surfing. Reuters

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    APRIL 15: A relative of a victim of the Sewol ferry disaster sits on the deck of a boat during a memorial visit to the site of the sunken ferry, off the coast of South Korea's southern island of Jindo. The sinking one year ago claimed the lives of 300 people, mostly high school kids on a field trip. Across the nation, flags in public buildings were lowered to half-staff and a minute of silence was observed. Reuters

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    APRIL 15: A protester jumps on the table in front of the European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, disrupting a news conference in Frankfurt.

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    APRIL 15: A Ukrainian soldier rides a bicycle in Shyrokyne, eastern Ukraine. Russia and Ukraine agreed in Berlin on Monday to call for the pullback of some types of smaller-caliber weapons from the front lines of the conflict that has claimed more than 6,000 lives. The Associated Press

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    APRIL 15: A gosling rests on its mother's back in Santa Clara, Calif. The Associated Press

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    APRIL 15: Actress Carey Mulligan reacts as she has a picture taken with a fan on arrival at the the world premiere of the film "Far From The Madding Crowd" in central London. The movie, based on the Thomas Hardy novel, is set in Victorian England. Mulligan plays the lead role of Bathsheba Everdene, who attracts three very different suitors: a sheep farmer, a reckless Sergeant and a prosperous bachelor. The Associated Press / Invision

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    APRIL 15: Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen, right, celebrates her retirement from modeling at the end of the Colcci Summer collection show at Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Bundchen, who is married to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, retired from the runway after lighting up catwalks around the world for 20 years.

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    APRIL 15: A court officer places handcuffs on former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez after the guilty verdict was read during his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts. Hernandez, 25, was convicted of murder in the first degree for the fatal shooting of semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd in an industrial park near Hernandez's home in June 2013. Reuters

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    APRIL 15: A woman gets the words "Boston Stronger" written on her arm near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on the second anniversary of the bombings that killed three people and injured hundreds.

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    APRIL 15: Two-year-old Mirza plays in a water fountain in downtown Duisburg, Germany, during warm, sunny weather Wednesday. Temperatures were in the high 70s.

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    APRIL 15: A Jamaican Rastafarian who call himself Nature smokes marijuana outside the Trench Town Culture Yard Museum in downtown Kingston, Jamaica, where he works as a tour guide. Nature, like most adherents of the Rastafarian movement, said he smokes for spiritual purposes. Drug law amendments decriminalizing small amounts of pot and paving the way for a lawful medical marijuana sector took effect Wednesday in Jamaica.

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    APRIL 15: Keukenhof Park, also known as the Garden of Europe, in Lisse, The Netherlands, is touted as the world's largest flower garden. It displays millions of flowers each year and employs about 30 gardeners.

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    APRIL 16: A lone tulip flower begins to open in a field of blossoming hyacinths near Lisse, Netherlands. The Associated Press

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    APRIL 16: Snow falls on flowers during a spring storm in Boulder, Colorado. The storm moving slowly across the state was expected to dump more than 2 feet of snow in parts of the mountains by the end of Friday. The Associated Press

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    APRIL 16: A visitor holds up her toy bunny in front of Aurora the Russian polar bear at the Sao Paulo Aquarium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Two Russian polar bears, Aurora and Peregrino, were moved from the Kazan Zoo and arrived in Brazil in December. After four months of adaptation the two bears made their public debut Thursday. The Associated Press

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    APRIL 16: A 249-foot-high bronze-forged Buddhist Avalokitesvara or Guan Yin statue, part of the Tsz Shan Monastery, stands behind luxurious houses in the Taipo District of Hong Kong. The monastery, which officially opened to the public by reservation, received a contribution of $219 million from Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing to cover its construction and daily operating costs, according to the monastery. Reuters

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    APRIL 16: A man dressed as a stormtrooper poses for photographers in Paris next to a group of moviegoers queuing up to attend the live streaming broadcast of the Star Wars Celebration from the Anaheim Convention Center in California. The celebration is a fan gathering to mark the release of a Star Wars franchise movie, panel discussions, and exclusive reveals. The Associated Press

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    APRIL 16: A man carries a woman from a ship that arrived at the port of Bosasso in Somalia's Puntland region. The ship was carrying people fleeing violence in Yemen. where Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies have been bombing for over three weeks to stem the Iran-allied Houthis' progress. Reuters

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    APRIL 16: A model presents a creation from Lino Villaventura Summer 2016 Ready To Wear collection during Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo.

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    APRIL 16: Michael Phelps competes in the men's 100-meter butterfly preliminary at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Mesa, Ariz. The race was the 18-time Olympic champion's first competition in eight months after serving a suspension for DUI. He went on to win the event. The Associated Press

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    APRIL 17: A drop of sweat falls from the face of Rafael Nadal of Spain during his quarter-final match against his compatriot David Ferrer at the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco. Nadal beat Ferrer, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.

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    APRIL 17: A competitor gets sprayed with tan paint before the Mr. Thailand 2015 bodybuilding competition in Bangkok. The three-day competition attracts more than 400 bodybuilding enthusiasts from across the country. The Associated Press

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    APRIL 17: Yamin Pyae, 8, sports the ancient hairstyle known as Sanyitwine. The village of Sat Sat Yo in Nyaung Oo township, near Myanmar's ancient city Bagan, is the only place left in Myanmar where children still wear their hair in this traditional style. Reuters

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    APRIL 17: An Air Force carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains Tech. Sgt. Anthony E. Salazar as, from left, U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Timothy S. Green, Brig. Gen. Steven R. Rosenmeier U.S. Air Force Reserve, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody, Chief Master Sgt. Cameron B. Kirksey Air Force Reserve Command and Col. Daniel F. Merry U.S. Air Force salute, at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. According to the Department of Defense, Salazar, 40, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., died April 13 at an air base in southwest Asia in a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation. The Associated Press

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