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    FEB. 23: Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Monday. The Defenders of the Fatherland Day, celebrated in Russia on Feb. 23, honors the nation's military and is a nationwide holiday. The Associated Press

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    FEB. 23: Local revelers celebrate Clean Monday with a flour war, a unique colorful flour fight marking the end of the carnival season in the port town of Galaxidi, some 120 miles west of Athens, on Monday. The flour fight, on the coastal road lining Galaxidi’s old harbor, takes place on Clean Monday, the beginning of the 40-day Christian Lent fast that ends on Easter Sunday. Although Clean Monday ceremonies abound across Greece, the most common being kite-flying, Galaxidi’s flour-fight is unique, and is thought to have been influenced by similar goings-on in Sicily in the 19th century. The Associated Press

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    FEB. 23: Afghan refugee schoolchildren attend a class at a makeshift school on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday. The Associated Press

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    FEB. 23: New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez speaks with members of the news media at the Yankees minor league facility on Monday in Tampa, Fla. It was Rodriguez' first day back with the team since September 2013, when he was suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs. "I cringe when I look at some of things I did. No mistake that I made has any good answer, no justification. It's unexplainable, and that's on me. I've dug a big hole for myself. Paid a price."

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    FEB. 24: With a view of Brooklyn in the background, ice surrounds the Brooklyn Bridge, on Tuesday in New York. A wide swath of the country was experiencing record-breaking temperatures while other areas were expecting even more snow.

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    FEB. 24: Models display creations by designer Anya Hindmarch during the Autumn/Winter 2015 show at London Fashion Week Tuesday. The Associated Press

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    FEB. 24: Counter-narcotics police display seized packages of cocaine to the news media at a police station in Necocli, Colombia, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. National Police Chief Gen. Rodolfo Palomino said police seized just over three tons of cocaine from the Los Usuga criminal gang in a rural area of Unguia in Choco state.

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    FEB. 24: Shaneah Jenkins, the girlfriend of Odin Lloyd, and Ursula Ward, the mother of Odin Lloyd, hold hands while photographs of Lloyd's body are shown as evidence in the murder trial of former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez at Bristol County Superior Court on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is charged in the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013.

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    FEB. 24: 72-year-old Aurea Murillo gets ready to make a pass during a team handball match among elderly Aymara indigenous women in El Alto, Bolivia. Dozens of traditional Aymara grandmothers ease many of the aches and pains of aging by practicing a sport that is decidedly untraditional in Bolivia.

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    FEB. 24: Former Marine Cpl. Eddie Ray Routh stands during his capital murder trial in Stephenville, Texas. Routh, 27, was convicted Tuesday night in the 2013 deaths of Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas.

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    FEB. 25: Smoke billows from a mock U.S. aircraft carrier during lnaval and air defense drills by Iran's Revolutionary Guard near the Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday. Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, spokesman for the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet in Bahrain, said they were monitoring the drills, but downplayed the simulated attack on the carrier, saying the U.S. military was "not concerned about this exercise."

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    FEB. 25: A Homeland Security police officer, left, joins a federal court policeman as security is enhanced during the arraignment of two men on terrorism related charges Wednesday in Brooklyn, N.Y. The men were arrested along with a third man on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and wage war against the U.S.

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    FEB. 25: Relatives of swine flu patients sit outside an isolation ward at the Civil Hospital in Ahmadabad, India, on Wednesday. A surge in infections has killed more than 800 people in India and health workers say it's possible the virus has developed resistance to the anti-viral medicine oseltamivir.

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    FEB. 25: A Russia-backed separatist uses a cable to climb inside an airport terminal outside Donetsk, Ukraine, while supervising Ukrainian prisoners of war who were removing bodies of Ukrainian servicemen from the rubble. The dead troops were fellow soldiers killed last month in a bitter battle for the airport.

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    FEB. 25: Dead fish and trash float in Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday. Rio de Janeiro’s environmental agency was trying to determine why the thousands of dead fish were floating where next year’s Olympic sailing events are to be held.

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    FEB. 25: Firefighters survey the outer shell of a midtown Manhattan building that was in the process of being demolished when it partially collapsed iWednesday. Rubble from the building damaged a school bus parked on the street. Firefighters used drilling equipment to examine the wreckage.

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    FEB. 25: Identical triplets Alexander, Nicholas and Timothy Whiteley, left to right, sleep at their home in St. Clair Shores, Mich., Wednesday, as the Whiteley family celebrated the boys' one-month birthdays. They were born Jan. 25 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, but spent nearly a month in the newborn intensive care unit. The boys have two older brothers, ages 3 and 2. "I always wanted a big family, and I guess this is the way to do it, get them all at once," their 32-year-old mom, Laura Whiteley, joked.

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    FEB. 25: Vehicles involved in a 75-vehicle pileup await untangling by wrecker crews on Interstate 95 in Carmel, Maine. The chain reaction accident during a sudden snow squall closed the northbound lanes for hours and made national headlines. Miraculously, no one was killed and there were few serious injuries, according to hospitals and aw enforcement authorities.

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    FEB. 26: Mohammed Emwazi was identified by news organizations as the masked militant more commonly known as “Jihadi John” in videos circulated by the Islamic State. “Jihadi John” appeared in a video released in August showing the slaying of American journalist James Foley.

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    FEB. 26: Students march and light flares during the second day of student strike in Madrid, Spain, Thursday. Students across the nation were protesting changes in the system of university degrees with protests and a two-day strike.

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    FEB. 26: A worker smokes a cigar while she selects tobacco leaves at the H. Upmann cigar factory in Havana, Cuba, Thursday. Cuban cigar makers are licking their chops over new U.S. rules that let more Americans travel to the island and legally bring back as much as $100 worth of prized Cuban stogies for the first time in decades. Officials said they expected to double sales of hand-rolled "habanos" during the annual cigar festival this week.

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    FEB. 26: Chinese soldiers from the People's Liberation Army take part in a cold endurance training exercise in Heihe in northeast China's Heilongjiang province. The purpose of the exercise was to improve soldiers' capacity for completing a task under extreme weather conditions.

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    FEB. 26: Rica Madrid smokes marijuana in her home on the first day of legal possession for recreational purposes, Thursday, in Washington, D.C. Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser defied threats from Congress by implementing the voter-approved initiative.

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    FEB. 26: Rising temperatures begin to melt away some of the record foot of snow that fell in Huntsville, Ala., Thursday.

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    FEB. 26: A dog peeks over a fence in Cape Charles, Va., on Thursday morning, after a winter storm dumped about 6 inches of snow on parts of Virginia's Eastern Shore..

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    FEB. 26: House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio responds to reporters about the impasse over passing the Homeland Security budget because of Republican efforts to block President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration on Thursday.

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    FEB. 27: Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock, right, gives the Vulcan salute to William Shatner as Captain Kirk in this image from "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan." (1982). Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of “Star Trek” fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer, died Friday at the age of 83.

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    FEB. 27: The royal blue and black dress, left, alongside an ivory and black version, made by Roman Originals, that sparked a global debate on Twitter over its true color is on display in Birmingham, England. Optometry experts are calling the photo a one-in-a-million shot that perfectly captures how people’s brains perceive color and process contrast in dramatically different ways.

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