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An image released by NASA taken from the intenational space station and dated March 28 shows the lights of the city of Moscow about 240 miles below. The view is to the north-northwest from a position about 100 miles west-northwest of Volgograd. A solar array panel of the space station is in the foreground. The green crescent across the image is the Aurora Borealis, and the white spike of light to the right is the approaching daybreak.


Chancellor Angela Merkel proves a popular perch for lories, small parrots native to the South Pacific, during a visit to a bird park on a trip to her electoral district in northern Germany.


Mounted, costumed representatives of one of Zurich's guilds circle the "boeoegg" in the Sechselaeuten meadow as part of a traditional end-of-winter festival that includes a parade of guild members in historical uniforms and the burning of the boeoegg, a symbolic snowman, at Sechselaeuten, the ringing of the 6 p.m. bells. According to legend, the faster the boeoegg burns the hotter the summer will be, and the snowman got quite hot quite quickly this year.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steffen Schmidt / Keystone

A military choir sings during celebrations to mark what would have been the 100th birthday of the country's founding leader Kim Il Sung.


The Dalai Lama, center, jokes with members of the crew of the Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hokulea after the Earth Blessing and Consecration of the vessel Monday. The Hokulea is being prepared for an around-the-world trip.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pillars of Peace Hawaii

Costumed actors add to the festive scene as the Red Ribbon Express, a train traveling around India spreading awareness about HIV/AIDS, stops in the southern city of Bangalore.


Seasonal workers harvest asparagus in an aerial photo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert / dapd

Indian police confront protesting government workers with batons and water cannons. The protesters are demanding back pay and an increase in the retirement age. Using colored water in the cannons allows authorities to more easily track down suspects who may escape.


Chinese youngsters practice martial arts moves during rehearsal for a ceremony Wednesday in Beijing, where the last Summer Olympics were held, starting the countdown of the final 100 days leading up to the 2012 Games in London.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Feng Li / Getty Images

An Afghan boy playfully challenges a photographer at a graveyard.


Defendant Anders Behring Breivik, who has admitted killing 77 people in a bomb-and-shooting massacre last Juy, talks with his lawyer during the second day of his trial. Breivik will have five days to explain why he set off a bomb in Oslo's government district, killing eight, and then gunned down 69 at a Labor Party youth camp outside the Norwegian capital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lise Aserud / Pool

A royal Bengal tiger takes a bite at a floating stick while taking a dip in a pool in his enclosure at the Nehru Zoological Park. As temperatures in the region have soared, zoo authorities have taken extra steps to keep the animals and birds in their care cool.


An Iranian soldier flashes the victory sign during a military parade commemorating National Army Day in front of the mausoleum of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini outside Tehran.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Vahid Salemi / Associated Press

Space shuttle Discovery, resting atop a specially fitted NASA Boeing 747, flies over the National Mall as it arrives from Kennedy Space Center in Florida en route to its final home at the National Air and Space Museum near the Capitol.


Rescue workers look for survivors in the debris of a three-story textile factory that collapsed late Sunday night, killing at least five people. Workers said they heard the building creak before the walls and ceiling crashed down.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Channi Anand / Associated Press

An Army carry team salutes a vehicle transporting the remains of Sgt. Tanner S. Higgins after their return to the United States. Higgins, 23, of Yantis, Texas, died April 14, 2012 in Logar province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire, the Department of Defense said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Ruark / Associated Press

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