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Members of a special police forces unit leave after the scene after an assault on the apartment of Mohamed Merah ended with the death of the suspect in the shooting deaths of seven people.


A frame from a video broadcast on French TV channel France 2 shows a man believed to be Mohamed Mehra, the suspect in the fatal shootings of seven people who was killed in a police raid on his apartment after a 31-hour standoff,


Students burn tires and vandalize a government car while protesting the government's plan to raise fuel prices 33% next month to avoid a budget deficit.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Binsar Bakkara / Associated Press

A man runs through burning tires during student protests against the government's plans to raise fuel prices,


Anxious residents run past soldiers in a Bamako street after Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure was forced to flee his palace during an overnight coup. Amadou is well and in a safe location, a loyalist military source said Thursday.


A couple sit in what is expected to be confirmed as the world's largest deck chair on Bournemouth beach. The giant chair, built by sculptor Stuart Murdoch, weighs almost six tons and measures almost 28 feet tall.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chris Ison / Associated Press

Women hold signs directed at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney while protesting outside the Hyatt Regency hotel where Romney was scheduled to attend a fundraiser. Supporters of Planned Parenthood and the National Assn. for the Repeal of Abortion Laws participated in the protest against Romney's position on women's healthcare.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Lisbon's Rossio train station is nearly deserted during a general strike, called by Portugal's main union, the General Confederation of Portuguese Workers, to protest austerity measures imposed by the government.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Francisco Seco / Associated Press

Police officers guard the perimeter after evicting Occupy Wall Street protesters from Union Square Park after a midnight curfew passed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Louis Lanzano / Associated Press

Sparks shoot from a fire as Kurds celebrate Noruz, a festival traditionally know as the Iranian New Year, which corresponds to the arrival of spring. Norus is celebrated in Turkey, central Asian republics, Iraq, Azerbaijan and Afghanistan.


Huang Sufang falls to the ground in despair after workers mistakenly demolished part of her home while tearing down another nearby building to make way for a new housing development, local media reported.


A coffin is carried from St. Peter's Church after a funeral for seven children killed in a March 13 bus crash in Switzerland. The crash in a tunnel in southern Switzerland, claimed the lives of 28 people, including 22 children on their way home from a ski vacation.


A vendor fills jugs with water to sell in the Mathare slum, where a water shortage continues on World Water Day.


A costumed horse participates in the annual Ghode Jatra festival, or Horse Racing Day. According to legend, the festival is held to celebrate the victory over the demon Tundi who lived in the area known as Tundikhel. It is believed that the clamor of the horses' hooves keeps the demon's sprit away.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Niranjan Shrestha / Associated Press

A couple enjoys the annual bloom of cherry blossoms around Washington's Tidal Basin. It was 100 years ago this month that First Lady Helen Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted two Yoshino cherry trees on the banks of the basin.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press

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Thursday’s Pictures in the News begins in Toulouse, France, where a standoff with the suspect in a series of shootings ended with the death of Mohamed Merah in a police raid.

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Size matters in England, where a couple sit in what is expected to be confirmed as the world’s largest deck chair on Bournemouth beach.

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