Pictures of the month: March

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A dog waits as its owner votes in a polling booth during the second round of the regional elections in Nice, France, March 21, 2010. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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A survivor of a bomb explosion talks on the phone near the exit of Park Kultury metro station in Moscow, Russia, March 29, 2010. Two female suicide bombers killed at least 39 people on two Moscow metro trains in the rush hour, officials said. The blasts took place at Lubyanka and Park Kultury metro stations. REUTERS/Ria Novosti/Vladimir Fedorenko

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A Thai Muslim boy cries as he is circumcised during a mass ceremony in a small village in Yala province in southern Thailand April 1, 2010. The event was organized to promote circumcision as a part of a local tradition in Thailand's predominantly Muslim deep south. Circumcision is compulsory for Muslim boys under Sharia (Islamic Law). REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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Singer Katy Perry gets slimed at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles March 27, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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A member of the Zverca society holds a bucket of frogs as boys watch in Hrase, central Slovenia, March 25, 2010. Zverca organises events annually to help frogs cross a road with heavy traffic in Hrase. 15,000 frogs have been brought across the road in the past three days. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic

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A boy carries plastic bottles filled with water at the drought-hit Dashiqiao village of Shilin county, Yunnan province March 22, 2010. A severe drought across a large swathe of southwest China is now affecting more than 50 million people, and forecasters see no signs of it abating in the short term, state media said. REUTERS/Stringer

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A Hindu devotee wraps his cloth after a ritual dip in the polluted Yamuna river in New Delhi, India, March 21, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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Actor Jeff Bridges celebrates after he won best actor for his role in "Crazy Heart" during the 82nd Academy Awards in Hollywood, March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews stand near a spring in the West Bank near Jerusalem as they take part in the ritual of "Mayim Shelanu" March 23, 2010. The water is used to prepare matza, the traditional unleavened bread eaten during the upcoming Jewish holiday of Passover. Passover commemorates the flight of Jews from ancient Egypt as described in Exodus. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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Chelsea's Frank Lampard (L) celebrates scoring his third goal and completing his hat trick against Aston Villa with teammate Nicolas Anelka during their English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge in London March 27, 2010. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh

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A rioter uses a door as a shield as he is fired on by a metro police officer during a protest at the Phomolong informal settlement, outside Pretoria, March 23, 2010. South African police fired buckshot to disperse township rioters who threw stones and looted shops to protest over poor housing and lack of rail services. Hundreds of people in the Phomolong township near Pretoria blocked roads with rocks and burning tyres, in a latest...

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A woman looks out the window of her one-room hut at a squatter camp for poor white South Africans at Coronation Park in Krugersdorp, March 9, 2010. A shift in racial hiring practices and the recent global economic crisis means many white South Africans have fallen on hard times. Researchers now estimate some 450,000 whites, of a total white population of 4.5 million, live below the poverty line and 100,000 are struggling just to...

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A balloon seller struggles against the wind during Holy Week in Malaga, southern Spain, March 30, 2010. Hundreds of Easter processions take place around the clock in Spain during Holy Week, drawing thousands of visitors. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

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An autistic child wears a toy mask as he plays at the Consulting Centre for Autism in Amman, Jordan, March 30, 2010, one of the few places in the country that helps children with the condition. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji

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A gaucho rides a wild horse during the celebration of "Criolla" (Creole) Week in Montevideo, Uruguay, April 1, 2010. Gauchos all over the country come to Montevideo during Creole Week to compete in various contests of gaucho skills including riding bulls, breaking horses and trick riding. REUTERS/Andres Stapff

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A child trains his racing pigeon at the Matraman district in Jakarta, Indonesia, March 18, 2010. REUTERS/Beawiharta

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Pope Benedict XVI leads the Palm Sunday mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican March 28, 2010. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

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A Haitian woman screams and shouts slogans next to her child after the detention of her husband at a local police station in Port-au-Prince March 18, 2010. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

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A British national flag is seen in front of the Seed Cathedral, the centerpiece of the UK Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo site, in Shanghai March 15, 2010. The 20-meter-high cube-like Seed Cathedral is covered by 60,000 slim, transparent acrylic rods, which will quiver in the breeze, according to the official website of Shanghai Expo. REUTERS/Aly Song

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A watchman from the rural area of the northern Indian state of Haryana holds his moustache during a protest in Chandigarh, India, March 16, 2010. Hundreds of watchmen protested against the state government in demand to get minimum wages and to be treated as fourth class employees of the state government, a protester said. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

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An undercover Israeli police officer holds a weapon as another detains a Palestinian suspected of throwing stones during clashes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi al-Joz March 16, 2010. Palestinians mounted violent protests in a "day of rage" in Jerusalem and a U.S.-Israeli crisis over a Jewish settlement project deepened with the cancellation of a U.S. peace envoy's visit. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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A riot policeman hit by red paint stands guard during a labour union rally against austerity measures in Athens, March 30, 2010. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

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An elderly woman smiles while joking with a nurse during her lunch at the Canevaro old people's home in Lima, Peru, March 25, 2010. This public institution is one the biggest in its kind in Latin America, hosting almost 400 elderly people, including dependent patients and those with senile dementia. 90 percent of its population are in abandon condition and more than the half used to live in extreme poverty, according to Canevaro's...

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A Tibetan exile shouts slogan from inside a police van after being detained during a protest in front of Chinese embassy in New Delhi March 9, 2010. Dozens of exiled Tibetans protested to mark the 51st anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against China. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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Villagers dressed up as "Danzantes de San Benito" (Dancers of Saint Benito) perform during the traditional festival of "La danza de las espadas" (The dance of the swords) in Obejo, near Cordoba, in southern Spain March 21, 2010. REUTERS/Javier Barbancho

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Director Kathryn Bigelow (L) of the film "The Hurt Locker" is congratulated by director James Cameron (R) after it won the award for best sound mixing during the 82nd Academy Awards in Hollywood March 7, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

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Penitents wait for the start of the "Nuestro Padre Jesus del Gran Poder y Maria Santisima de la Esperanza Macarena" Holy Week procession in Madrid April 1, 2010. Hundreds of Easter processions take place around the clock during Holy Week in Spain, drawing thousands of visitors. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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A woman is comforted by her mother while waiting for a medical check-up at a hospital in Swat region, located in Pakistan's restive North Western Frontier Province March 21, 2010. Authorities say security has improved since a military offensive nearly a year ago cleared out militants from Swat. But police remain vulnerable to suicide attacks and residents fear the Taliban will return if the military leaves. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

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Locals dance amid a sandstorm during a morning exercise session at the Temple of Heaven park in Beijing March 22, 2010. REUTERS/Grace Liang

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An officer from the local health bureau carries dead babies found dumped in a river on the outskirts of Jining, Shandong province, March 30, 2010. Two hospital staff have been detained by police after at least 21 fetuses and baby bodies were found dumped in a river in east China's Jining City, Xinhua News Agency reported. REUTERS/Stringer

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The Russian Soyuz TMA-16 space capsule, carrying an Expedition 22 U.S. astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut from the International Space Station, lands near the town of Arkalyk, northern Kazakhstan March 18, 2010. The capsule ferrying Expedition 22 Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Maxim Suraev landed in the vast steppe near Arkalyk in northern Kazakhstan as planned, Russia's Mission Control said. REUTERS/Alexander...

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A man offers a rose to a woman to mark International Women's Day in Belgrade, Serbia, March 8, 2010. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

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A girl runs as boys throw water at her as part of traditional Easter celebrations during a media presentation in Holloko, 100 km (62 miles) east of Budapest, March 26, 2010. Locals from the World Heritage village of Holloko, northeast Hungary, celebrate Easter with the traditional "watering of the girls", a fertility ritual rooted in Hungarian tribes' pre-Christian past, going as far back as the second century after Christ....

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Actress Katherine Heigl, ShoWest Female Star of the Year, holds up part of her dress after a strap broke as she came to accept her award during the ShoWest awards ceremony at the Paris Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada March 18, 2010. Show host Billy Bush looks on at left. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

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A man from Lesotho stands in an abandoned building that is home to hundreds of foreigners squatting in the Central Business District of Johannesburg, March 3, 2010. South Africa is polishing its image internationally ahead of the World Cup in June, but faces a host of challenges related to crime and poverty. Just steps from one of the main World Cup stadiums, thousands of foreigners, many of them refugees from Zimbabwe, squat in...

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Singer Iggy Pop performs with the Stooges after being honored with the band during the 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, March 15, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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Antisa Khvichava, 129 years old, rests at her home in the village of Sachino, some 370 km (230 miles) west of Tbilisi, Georgia, March 11, 2010. Khvichava claims to be the oldest person in the world. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

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Residents protest against al Shabaab Islamist insurgents in Mogadishu March 29,2010. The residents were protesting what they say was the desecration of Sufi clerics' graves by al Shabaab. Somalia has a rich Sufi tradition going back more than five centuries and Sufis have been angered by the desecration of graves, the beheading of clerics, and bans on celebrating the birth of the Prophet imposed by the hardline Wahhabi insurgents....

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A daughter of a worker rests at a brick factory in La Paz Centro, about 62 km (39 miles) west of Managua, Nicaragua, March 8, 2010. Around 50 labourers work in the factory and earn about $8 a day. REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas

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A supporter of President Barack Obama is told to leave the area by a police officer while people wait for the Tea Party Express bus to arrive on the steps of the state capitol in Denver, Colorado March 31, 2010. The Tea Party movement is a grass roots right wing activist movement that has held a series of protests around the nation to voice their dissatisfaction with the government. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

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A policeman answers a question in front of a house destroyed by a major earthquake in La Pezca, Chile, March 1, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian

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Marco Huck (R) of Germany fights Adam Richards of the U.S. during the WBO Cruiserweight championship fight in Berlin March 13, 2010. Huck won after knockout in the third round. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

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An earthquake survivor poses for a photo while he plays a table game called dominoes at the Cite Soleil slum in Port-au-Prince March 18, 2010. The man is covered in clothing clips as a penalty for losing multiple hands of the game. International donors are ready to provide $3.8 billion over 18 months to help Haiti rebuild after its devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, experts and officials preparing a high-level donors conference said....

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Riot police stand behind a pool of human blood poured by supporters of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra in front of the Democrat Party headquarters in Bangkok March 16, 2010. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang

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A man cries as the hearses carrying the coffins of five British soldiers are driven through the streets of Wootton Bassett, southern England March 11, 2010. Five British soldiers were repatriated to Britain after being killed during the conflict in Afghanistan. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty

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Actor Dennis Hopper holds his plaque, accompanied by his daughter Galen (C) and his granddaughter Violet Goldstone, at a ceremony where he was honored with a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California March 26, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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Men and women take part in "huranga" in Dauji temple near the northern Indian city of Mathura March 2, 2010. Huranga is a game played between men and women a day after Holi, the festival of colours, during which men drench women with liquid colours and women tear off the clothes of the men. REUTERS/K.K. Arora

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A child who was diagnosed with having excessive lead in his blood receives medical treatment at a hospital in Chenzhou, Hunan province, March 24, 2010. Another 13 children were diagnosed with high blood lead levels in central Chinese city Chenzhou, raising the total toll to 191, the health authority said, Xinhua News Agency reported. REUTERS/Kevin Zhao

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A girl stands among blossoming cherry trees next to the tidal basin while waiting for her mother in Washington April 1, 2010. REUTERS/Molly Riley

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Security forces drag members of the Ladies in White, a group made up of family members of imprisoned dissidents, into a bus after a march in Havana March 17, 2010. The march turned nasty when government supporters shouted at and harassed the protesters who were rallying against the imprisonment of 75 dissidents in the "Black Spring" crackdown of March 2003. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

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A Bursaspor player hides behind shields from the objects thrown by Diyarbakirspor fans, as an injured assistant referee lays on the pitch, during their Turkish Super League soccer match in Diyarbakir March 6, 2010. The game between Bursaspor and Diyarbakirspor was suspended at the 17th minute, when Diyarbakirspor fans began throwing foreign objects onto the pitch. REUTERS/Anatolian/Ibrahim Yakut

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A worker walks past a pile of iron ore from Australia at a port in Tianjin municipality, China, March 29, 2010. REUTERS/Vincent Du

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Ottawa Senators Matt Carkner (L) is roughed up by Montreal Canadiens Travis Moen (C) and Hal Gill (R) during the first period of NHL action in Montreal, March 22, 2010. REUTERS/Shaun Best

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An anti-government protester joins other supporters of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra as they protest in front of a major army base in Bangkok March 12, 2010. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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Students from Moulton Hall Methodist School choir perform in the "Primary School Choir 8-14 years" category of the 29th Biennial Music Festival in Queen's Hall, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, March 16, 2010. REUTERS/Andrea De Silva

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A boy swims in the murky waters of Manila Bay, Philippines, March 21, 2010. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo

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Bryan Clay of the U.S. competes during the men's heptathlon event at the IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships at the Aspire Dome in Doha March 12, 2010. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler

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A child leaves his home with his parents after a 6.6-magnitude aftershock rattled the city of Concepcion, Chile, March 5, 2010. REUTERS/Victor Ruiz Caballero

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A U.S. Army soldier with 508th Special Troops Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, walks inside a cell for detainees at a local police station outside the town of Kandahar, southern Afghanistan March 25, 2010. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

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A shadow is cast on a wall in shanty town Pamplona at Villa Maria Del Triunfo, near Peru's capital Lima, March 20, 2010. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo

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