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Photos Of The Week -- March 17-23

Norouz celebrations, Ukrainian protests, and parachuting priests.

Spectators try to catch sweets thrown to the public during a Norouz (New Year) celebration in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on March 21. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)
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Spectators try to catch sweets thrown to the public during a Norouz (New Year) celebration in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on March 21. (Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov)

Wearing their traditional costumes men cook a dish made from wheat germ called "semene" as they celebrate Norouz in the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat, on March 22. (AFP)
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Wearing their traditional costumes men cook a dish made from wheat germ called "semene" as they celebrate Norouz in the Turkmen capital, Ashgabat, on March 22. (AFP)

Afghan  boys selling balloons wait for customers on the second day of Norouz celebrations in Kabul on March 21.  (AFP/Shah Marai)
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Afghan  boys selling balloons wait for customers on the second day of Norouz celebrations in Kabul on March 21.  (AFP/Shah Marai)

Kyrgyz girls wearing traditional costumes dance on Ala-Too Square in Bishkek as part of Norouz celebrations on March 21. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledo)
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Kyrgyz girls wearing traditional costumes dance on Ala-Too Square in Bishkek as part of Norouz celebrations on March 21. (AFP/Vyacheslav Oseledo)

Kurdish Iraqis hold burning torches as they celebrate Norouz in Irbil on March 21. (EPA/Kamal Akrayi)
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Kurdish Iraqis hold burning torches as they celebrate Norouz in Irbil on March 21. (EPA/Kamal Akrayi)

Russian Orthodox priests from the Airborne Forces undergo practical training before parachute jumps at the Ryazan Higher Airborne School outside Moscow on March 21. (AFP/Andrey Smirnov)
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Russian Orthodox priests from the Airborne Forces undergo practical training before parachute jumps at the Ryazan Higher Airborne School outside Moscow on March 21. (AFP/Andrey Smirnov)

President Barack Obama walks past a pumpjack on his way to deliver remarks on energy independence at the Maljamar Cooperative Association Unit in New Mexico on March 21. (Reuters/Jason Reed)
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President Barack Obama walks past a pumpjack on his way to deliver remarks on energy independence at the Maljamar Cooperative Association Unit in New Mexico on March 21. (Reuters/Jason Reed)

A U.S. Army soldier rests among the luggage of other soldiers on March 23 while waiting for a flight home to the United States after finishing a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan. (Reuters/Erik De Castro)
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A U.S. Army soldier rests among the luggage of other soldiers on March 23 while waiting for a flight home to the United States after finishing a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan. (Reuters/Erik De Castro)

A pigeon in mid-flight close to the Hazrat-e Ali shrine in Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan, on March 23. (AFP/Johannes Eisele)
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A pigeon in mid-flight close to the Hazrat-e Ali shrine in Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan, on March 23. (AFP/Johannes Eisele)

Ukrainian opposition activists attend an antigovernment protest rally on Independence Square in central Kyiv on March 22. (Reuters/Anatolii Stepanov)
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Ukrainian opposition activists attend an antigovernment protest rally on Independence Square in central Kyiv on March 22. (Reuters/Anatolii Stepanov)

Somali police arrest a suspected member of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab group on Lido Beach on March 23. (Reuters/Feisal Omar)
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Somali police arrest a suspected member of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Shabaab group on Lido Beach on March 23. (Reuters/Feisal Omar)

A Pakistani child sells beverages on a beach in Karachi on the eve of UN World Water Day on March 21. (AFP/Rizwan Tabassum)
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A Pakistani child sells beverages on a beach in Karachi on the eve of UN World Water Day on March 21. (AFP/Rizwan Tabassum)

A farmer carries cucumbers from his field to sell at markets in the northern Indian city of Allahabad on March 22. (Reuters/Jitendra Prakash)
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A farmer carries cucumbers from his field to sell at markets in the northern Indian city of Allahabad on March 22. (Reuters/Jitendra Prakash)

Musicians from Ukraine's Border Guards band take part in a show to present a new soccer anthem in the arrival area of Borispol airport on March 21 ahead of the Euro 2012 tournament. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)
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Musicians from Ukraine's Border Guards band take part in a show to present a new soccer anthem in the arrival area of Borispol airport on March 21 ahead of the Euro 2012 tournament. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

An Egyptian Coptic Christian boy looks down from the roof of Bishoy Monastery in Beheira Province on March 20. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)
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An Egyptian Coptic Christian boy looks down from the roof of Bishoy Monastery in Beheira Province on March 20. (AFP/Khaled Desouki)

A visitor passes by paintings of Vladimir Putin that are being exhibited at an art gallery in St. Petersburg on March 22. (Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk)
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A visitor passes by paintings of Vladimir Putin that are being exhibited at an art gallery in St. Petersburg on March 22. (Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk)

Tuvan inmates pray in a Buddhist prayer room at a male prison camp outside the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on March 22. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)
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Tuvan inmates pray in a Buddhist prayer room at a male prison camp outside the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on March 22. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)

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