A girl jumps near a hot air balloon as it is being prepared for take off in a field near Kibbutz Ruhama, as part of a festival in southern Israel.
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Ali Khan, an Afghan confectioner, works inside a confectionery factory in Kabul, Afghanistan. Locally made sweets are in great demand in Afghanistan due to their low prices – on an average, one kilogram of these sweets cost $1. About 36 percent of Afghan citizens live below the poverty line and about 42 percent of the population live on less than $1 a day, according to USAID.
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Ahmed, an Egyptian boy, looks through the window of a bus as he leaves with his family, who worked in Libya and are now fleeing the unrest in the country, outside the Tunisia-Libyan border, in Ras Ajdir, Tunisia.
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An antigovernment protester waves a Bahraini flag during a rally in Manama.
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Artisan Louis Kersten (l.) checks the size of a 'Gille' costume worn by a participant, ahead of the Binche carnival in Belgium. The carnival, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage event, is one of the biggest and the most popular events in Belgium. The event will end with a parade of the Gilles of Binche on March 8.
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A young member of 'Traditsia' (Tradition), a Bulgarian National Patriotic organization, takes part in a Statehood Day ceremony in Sofia. Bulgaria celebrates its national day, marking the 133rd anniversary of its liberation from Ottoman rule in 1878.
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Police begin their day outside the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., as protesters sleep. Opponents of the governor's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers are in their 16th day of protests. The Wisconsin Department of Administration officials shut the doors to many protesters and some chose to sleep outside.
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First lady Michelle Obama reads 'The Cat in the Hat' to students during a visit to the Oyster Adams Bilingual School, with Mexico's first lady, Margarita Zavala, in Washington.
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Bangladesh's special task force officers with sniffer dogs perform security checks at the Sher-E-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Bangladesh plays West Indies in the Cricket World Cup Group B match Friday.
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Off-duty and retired police officers and firefighters stand with other supporters in a large gathering outside the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J., during a rally to protest staff cuts and promote public safety. They say budget cuts and layoffs have thinned their ranks to unsafe levels. The rally is the second at the Statehouse in a week. The AFL-CIO sponsored a unity rally for Wisconsin state workers Friday. They are fighting limits on their right to collectively bargain.
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A Yemeni girl attends Muslim noon prayer along with anti-government protesters during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa, Yemen. Two antigovernment protesters were shot and killed in southern Yemen, where a hospital official said the deaths occurred during demonstrations in the town of Sadr, in the province of Lahaj.
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Anti-Gbagbo protesters stand near a roadblock and burning tires in the Abobo area of Abidjan. Ivory Coast security forces shot dead seven female protesters on Thursday and the United Nations said at least 365 people had died in violence since disputed elections that have taken the country to the brink of civil war.
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A winter swimmer jumps into a canal in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China.
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Jellyfish swim in an aquarium of Monaco's oceanographic museum. Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancee Charlene Wittstock will celebrate the gala diner at the oceanographic museum of Monaco following their wedding on July 2, 2011.
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A fan of Norway cheers during the women's cross country 4 x 5 km relay event at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Oslo.
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Florist Larisa Maklakova harvests tulips at the 'Sovkhoz Oktyabrskiy' private greenhouse, in a suburb of Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Millions of Russian men will acknowledge women they love by presenting flowers and souvenirs to them on International Women's Day, March 8.
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Thai soldiers ride their motorcycles during a patrol in a village in troubled Yala Province, southern Thailand. Yala is one of three Muslim-dominated provinces bordering Malaysia where more than 4,500 people, both Muslims and Buddhists, have been killed since 2004 in a low-level insurgency.
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A Bolivian indigenous woman from tarqueada group perform during the Anata Andina (Andean carnival) in Oruro. Hundreds of ethnic groups from Oruro Province participated in the carnival.
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Children play at a beach in Chennai (formerly Madras), India.