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Prague

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Prague

A 1933 double eagle $20 gold coin on display during the two-day long exhibition at the National Museum on March 12, 2012 in Prague. The coin, one of two 1933 Saint-Gaudens gold $20 double eagles held in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution since 1934, is on a tour in Europe for the first time. The coin was sold in 2002 by Sotheby’s for $7.59 million to an anonymous buyer, making it the most expensive gold coin in the world.

Dortmund, Germany

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Dortmund, Germany

Models present outfits made out of artificial hairs by German fashion designer Luisa Verfuerth on March 13, 2012 in Dortmund, western Germany, at the Creativa fair for creative design and leisure.

Valencia, Spain

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Valencia, Spain

A painter works on a cardboard satirical sculpture, known locally as a Falla, during preparations for the Fallas Festival in Valencia on March 13, 2012. The Fallas will be burned in the streets of Valencia on March 19, 2012, as a tribute to St Joseph, patron saint of the carpenters’ guild.

San Nicolas de los Ranchos, Puebla State, Mexico

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San Nicolas de los Ranchos, Puebla State, Mexico

A group of painted youngsters run during the “Los Pintados” (The Painted ones) carnival, in San Nicolas de los Ranchos community, Puebla State, Mexico on March 13, 2012. Los Pintados is a 60-year old tradition during which young people paint their bodies and “threaten” locals and tourists to paint them if they refuse to give them a coin.

Rome

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Rome

Artists of the Cirque Du Soleil perform during a show entitled “Saltimbanco” in Rome on March 14, 2012.

Paris

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Paris

South Korean conductor Myung-Whun Chung conducts for a joint concert of North Korean musicians from the Unhasu orchestra and musicians from the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, during a rehearsal on March 14, 2012 at the salle Pleyel concert hall in Paris.

Karaj, Iran

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Karaj, Iran

An Iranian female Ninja demonstrates her Ninjutsu skills in a martial arts club during a showcase for the media in the city of Karaj, 40 kms west of the capital Tehran, on March 15, 2012. Martial arts have become popular among Iranian women in recent years as more than 3,000 women train in Ninjutsu in private clubs under the supervision of the Islamic republic’s Martial Arts Federation.

Tokyo

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Tokyo

A performer races with his pedal-powered box cart decorated as a sumo wrestler during the 2nd Red Bull Box Cart race at the Kasai Rinkai Park in Tokyo on March 17, 2012. Some 60 race teams attended the race.

Washington, DC

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Washington, DC

Jefferson Memorial is seen through cherry blossom trees adjacent to the Tidal Basin on the National Mall in Washington, DC, on March 17, 2012. The iconic trees are beginning to bloom, with the National Park Service forecasting peak bloom between March 20 and 23, one of the earliest years on record due to warmer than average temperatures.

New York

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New York

Parade-goers watch the 251st St Patrick’s Day Parade up 5th Avenue in New York on March 17, 2012.

Mount Buzludzha, Bulgaria

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Mount Buzludzha, Bulgaria

A man walks inside of the crumbling oval skeleton of the House of the Bulgarian Communist Party on mount Buzludzha in central Bulgaria on March 14, 2012. Over two decades after the toppling of the regime they glorified, the megalomaniac monuments of the communist era are still standing, setting a quandary for Bulgarian authorities, who can neither maintain nor dismantle them.