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Our top photos from the last 24 hours.

Ringling's circus elephants

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus plans to eliminate its elephant acts by 2018 amid public outcry over animal rights.

Battle for Tikrit

Inside the Iraqi offensive to retake the city from Islamic State militants.

Dressed for Purim

Purim is a celebration of the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia.

China's Congress meets

Tight security in Beijing as military, political and ethnic minority delegates arrive for China's National People's Congress.

Lost at sea

Several North African migrants perish at sea while trying to cross into Europe.

Life on the Woolwich ferry

Woolwich, in southeast London, has been the site of a river crossing since Saxon times. It is now home to a free ferry service transporting passengers and vehicles over the River Thames.

Volcano erupts in Chile

Chile is on high alert following the eruption of the Villarrica volcano.

Fire shuts Vancouver Port

A large portion of Canada's biggest port was shut down after a four-alarm chemical fire broke out amid numerous shipping containers piled up in a yard east of Vancouver's downtown core.

Celebrating Holi

Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, heralds the beginning of spring.

Paris Fashion Week

Backstage and collection highlights from Paris.

REUTERS/Thomas Peter

It's raining cats

An army of feral cats rules a remote fishing island in southern Japan, outnumbering humans six to one.  Full Coverage 

REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun

Capturing 'The Butcher'

The Chadian military captures a man accused of belonging to the Boko Haram insurgency. Accused of killing five people, the soldiers nicknamed him 'The Butcher.'  Full Coverage 

REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

The big smoke

Decades of red-hot economic growth in China has lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty, but industrialization has taken its toll on the environment and led to dangerous levels of air pollution in Beijing.  Full Coverage 


Reunions and ransoms

In a camp for displaced Rohingya Muslims, residents frequent bamboo internet huts where they can communicate with relatives who have left the country successfully or the human traffickers who are holding them.  Full Coverage 

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

The winner takes all

Reuters photographers share their experience covering the Academy Awards.  Full Coverage 

REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

Life in the High Atlas

The snowy foothills of the High Atlas mountains in Morocco are home to several Berber villages where the inhabitants make their living by farming, baking bread in traditional ovens, herding cattle, and the making and selling of honey, olive oil and pottery.   Full Coverage