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    MARCH 2: A student of Rabindra Bharati University lets a friend apply colored powder to her face during celebrations for Holi, in Calcutta, on Monday. Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. Reuters

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    MARCH 2: A man pours gasoline into a canister at a fuel pump covered in sandbags to protect it from possible shelling, in Donetsk, Ukraine, Monday. More than 6,000 people have died in eastern Ukraine since the start of the conflict almost a year ago that has led to a "merciless devastation of civilian lives and infrastructure," the U.N. human rights office said Monday. The Associated Press

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    MARCH 2: A day after 4.5 inches of wet snow fell in the New York City area, a man runs on the beach along Coney Island in Brooklyn on Monday. The mercury was in the upper 30s, but winds up to 20 mph made it feel much colder. Reuters

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    MARCH 2: An elderly woman waits to get her allotment of bread baked by Russia-backed separatists who distributed it to residents in Chornukhyne, Ukraine, Monday. The Associated Press

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    MARCH 2: Roses are placed at the site where Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down on Friday, Feb. 27, near the Kremlin. The Associated Press

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    MARCH 2: Monks practice martial arts in subzero temperatures at Wanshou Temple in Changchun, Jilin province, China, on Monday.

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    MARCH 3: Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, gives his son Andrew Jr. a kiss before the Florida Legislative session was to begin in Tallahassee. The Associated Press

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    MARCH 3: A ranger from the Kenya Wildlife Service walks past 15 tons of burning elephant tusks that were set on fire as part of an anti-poaching ceremony Tuesday during World Wildlife Day at Nairobi National Park Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said that 25 years after the historic banning of the ivory trade, new demand from emerging markets is threatening Africa's elephants and rhinos. The Associated Press

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    MARCH 3: Spring breakers play bubble soccer in Panama City Beach, Florida, on Tuesday. What is bubble soccer, you might ask? The game is a cross between soccer and zorbing, another quirky sport where an individual rolls down the side of a hill or sometimes a level surface in a giant plastic orb. The Germans call it Loopyball, while other countries in Europe call it “bubble football.” The game started out as a joke on a Norwegian comedy sports show. The Associated Press

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    MARCH 3: Shi'ite fighters fire a rocket during clashes with Islamic State militants in Salahuddin province of Iraq Tuesday. Thousands of Iraqi soldiers and Shi'ite militiamen sought to seal off Islamic State fighters in Tikrit and nearby towns on the second day of Iraq's biggest offensive yet against a stronghold of the Sunni militants. Reuters

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    MARCH 3: Smoke and lava spew from the Villarrica volcano, as seen from Pucon town in the south of Santiago, Chile, on Tuesday. The volcano went quiet after an eruption that sent a plume of ash and lava high into the sky in the early hours and put Chile on high alert. Reuters

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    MARCH 3: This extraordinary image taken by Martin Le-May, of Essex, England, went viral on Wednesday after it was posted on Twitter and picked up by several international news organizations. The amateur photographer told BBC News: “I heard a distressed squawking noise and feared the worst.” The photo was taken Monday at Hornchurch Country Park in east London. News of the weasel’s ride made it to “Today,” “Good Morning America” and “BuzzFeed” and earned #WeaselPecker status on Twitter.

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    MARCH 3: A horse pulls a sled during competition in Mongolia's annual Ice Festival on Khuvsgul. Reuters

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    MARCH 3: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill Tuesday. In a speech that stirred political intrigue in two countries, Netanyahu told Congress that negotiations underway between Iran and the U.S. would "all but guarantee" that Tehran will get nuclear weapons, a step that the world must avoid at all costs. Behind him sit House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

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    MARCH 3: Circus elephants Icky, right, and Alana stand together Tuesday at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation, in Polk City, Florida. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus said it would phase out its iconic elephant acts by 2018. The Associated Press

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    MARCH 4: Latoya Watson, of Planned Parenthood, cheers during a rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday as the court was hearing arguments in King v. Burwell, a major test of President Barack Obama's health overhaul. The challenge, if successful, could halt health care premium subsidies in all the states where the federal government runs the insurance marketplaces. The Associated Press

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    MARCH 4: A Ukrainian coal miner waits for a bus after exiting the Zasyadko mine, where he helped search for bodies of colleagues and clear up debris following an explosion, in Donetsk, Ukraine, Wednesday. The explosion ripped through the coal mine before dawn, killing at least one miner and trapping more than 30 others underground. The Associated Press

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    MARCH 4: Displaced Somali families help push a pickup truck carrying personal belongings from a camp that was closed early Wednesday morning by Somali forces, leaving hundreds of families without shelter, in capital Mogadishu. Reuters

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    MARCH 4: Thai Buddhist monks pray and gather at Wat Dhammakaya temple in Pathum Thani province to participate in Makha Bucha Day ceremonies on Wednesday, Makha Bucha is a religious holiday that marks the anniversary of Buddha's mass sermon to the first 1,250 newly ordained monks 2,558 years ago. The Associated Press

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    MARCH 4: In this aerial photo, a groundskeeper works near a green and sand trap at Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club in Portsmouth, Virginia, Wednesday, as intricate patterns form in the melting ice on the Elizabeth River. The Associated Press

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    MARCH 4: Men sit in a makeshift gondola to cross a river in Charsadda, near Peshawar, Pakistan, on Wednesday.

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    MARCH 4: President Barack Obama signs H.R. 240 – the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2015 – in the Oval Office on Wednesday. The House of Representatives approved full fiscal-year funding for the Department of Homeland Security after attempts by conservative Republicans to make funding contingent on blocking Obama's executive order on relaxing some immigration rules. Reuters

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    MARCH 4: Firecrackers go off next to people during the Beehive Rockets Festival, ahead of the Chinese Lantern Festival in Tainan, Taiwan, on Wednesday. It is believed by locals that bad luck will go away after one is "bombed" with beehive firecrackers, a tradition that has evolved into a huge tourist attraction. The Lantern Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the Lunar New Year with festivities across the island. Reuters

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    MARCH 4: Nohelia Balmaceda, 17, attends a boxing class at the National Institute of Sport in Managua, Nicaragua, on Wednesday. Reuters

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    MARCH 5: A boy wears a fake beard during a snowstorm on the Jewish festival of Purim, in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. The festival of is celebrated every year to commemorate the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from a plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day.” The festival is celebrated with costumes and drinking. The Associated Press

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    MARCH 5: Delta flight 1086 rests where it slid off the runway upon landing at New York's LaGuardia Airport on Thursday. The jetliner landed during a snowstorm, slid off the runway and struck a fence before coming to rest at the edge of Flushing Bay. There were no serious injuries, but the accident closed LaGuardia for the rest of the day. Reuters

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    MARCH 5: A grave digger works as his wife watches on Thursday, at a cemetery where workers killed by a blast at the Zasyadko coal mine in Donetsk were to be buried. Thirty-three miners were confirmed dead late Wednesday after the coal mine blast in the rebel-held city of Donetsk near the battlefront in eastern Ukraine, indicating no one trapped in the rubble survived. Reuters

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    MARCH 5: An acrobat crosses a tightrope with his knees over the Wanda Plaza in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, China, on Thursday. Reuters

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    MARCH 5: A model presents a creation by Indian designer Manish Arora on Thursday as part of his women's ready-to-wear collection during Paris Fashion Week. Reuters

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    MARCH 5: Actor Harrison Ford was injured on Thursday when the vintage WWII airplane he was piloting crash landed at Penmar Golf Course in Venice, California, shortly after takeoff from Santa Monica Airport. Doctors who were playing golf assisted Ford from the wreckage, and he was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Ford's son, Ben, a chef in Los Angeles, tweeted from the hospital: "Dad is ok. Battered, but ok!," adding, "He is every bit the man you would think he is. He is an incredibly strong man." Reuters

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    MARCH 6: A great dane "hugs" its owner after they win a first-place ribbon in their class during the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, England, Friday. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world and features thousands of dogs from across the globe. The Associated Press

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    MARCH 6: Marine Lance Cpl. Matt Clapp marches back to his post as Air Force One, with President Barack Obama aboard, departs from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, en route to Columbia, S.C., where he was to participate in a town hall meeting about the importance of community involvement. The Associated Press

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