Debris is scattered on a platform at the Oktyabrskaya underground station after an explosion ripped through a train during the evening rush hour, killing at least 11 people and injuring more than 126, many seriously. The president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, whose office is adjacent to the station, believes the blast was an act of terrorism aimed at destabilizing the country.
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An ultra-Orthodox Jew prepares matzah, a traditional handmade Passover unleavened bread, at a bakery near Tel Aviv. The weeklong commemoration marks the exodus of the ancient Hebrews from Egypt. It begins Monday at sunset.
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The Boeoegg, a snowman made of wadding and filled with firecrackers, a symbol of winter, explodes atop a bonfire in Sechselaeuten Square. As the bells of St. Peter's church toll 6 o'clock, the bonfire is lighted, and mounted guildsmen gallop around the pyre to the tune of the Sechselaeuten March. The faster the head of the Boeoegg catches fire and explodes, it is said, the warmer and more beautiful the summer will be.
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Torafu Architects creations are displayed at the Temporary Museum for New Design and Innovation during Milan Design Week 2011.
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A balloon reading "Silvio, resist!" floats in front of justice court before the arrival of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to attend a hearing involving charges of fraud and breach of trust.
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Billboards are barely above water along Highway 29, closed because of flooding of the Red River.
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Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan serves against Richard Gasquet of France in their match on day two of the ATP Masters Series Tennis at the Monte Carlo Country Club.
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"Trilogy," an exhibition by Mexican photographer Flor Guarduno at the San Idelfonso School in the nation's capital, celebrates three decades of black-and-white images from around the world.
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The St. Louis Cardinals' Kyle McClellan pitches to Diamondbacks batter Stephen Drew in the first inning.
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The Solar Impulse HB-SIA is positioned on the tarmac before a test flight at Payerne Airport. The aircraft has 12,000 solar cells built into its wings spanning 208 feet. It is the prototype for an aircraft intended to be the first to utilize solar power alone to circumnavigate the world, beginning next year.
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A Royal Canadian Mint silver $20 coin, minted to commemorate the upcoming marriage of Britain's Prince William to Kate Middleton at London's Westminster Abbey on April 29, includes a sapphire-colored crystal inlay symbolizing the royal engagement ring.
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Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton have a photo op at Witton Country Park. Their wedding is April 29.
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Cycling beneath the cherry blossoms.
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A man repairs a wooden wheel at his workshop.
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Rebel fighters are seen through a flag at a staging area at the western gate of Ajdabiya. According to the rebels, 35 pro-Kadafi fighters were killed in Sunday's NATO airstrike on the restive town.
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A soldier loyal to Alassane Ouattara holds a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo was captured Monday after fresh airstrikes by the French.
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The artwork "Tomato Head," by Paul McCarthy, is displayed as part of the exhibition "The Luminous Interval: The D. Daskalopoulos Collection" at the Guggenheim Museum. Greek financier Dimitris Daskalopoulos' private collection of contemporary art by more than 30 international artists can be seen at the Guggenheim until Sept. 11.
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Nayet, wearing a burqa, speaks with the media near Notre Dame Cathedral. France's ban on full-face veils, a first in Europe, went into effect today, exposing anyone who wears the Muslim niqab or burqa in public to fines of $216 and lessons in French citizenship.
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An East Timorese girl collects paddy seedlings for planting in the Manatutu district on the outskirts of Dili.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: LIRIO DA FONSECA / RuetersLink
Greenpeace activists project an anti-nuclear message, "No More Fukushima," on the Asco nuclear power plant.
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Greenpeace activists and other environmentalists light candles amid hundreds of paper cranes at the Heroes Monument as a symbol of solidarity with Japan's disaster victims. The protesters are calling for an end to nuclear power around the world.
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A Hindu devotee walks into the polluted Tawi River to immerse barley shoots on the eighth day of the Navratri, or nine nights festival. The festival, widely celebrated in north India, involves feasting and fasting.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Channi Anand / Associated PressLink
New Jersey Devils left wing Ilya Kovalchuk, of Russia, carries hockey sticks out of the team locker room. A day earlier, the Devils ended the regular season, failling to make the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Julio Cortez / Associated PressLink
A Cirque du Soleil acrobat, from the new production "Iris," opening in Hollywood this summer, performs at the 22nd annual GLAAD Media Awards, by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
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