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Day in pictures

Hindu holy men perform morning prayers at the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna.

In India, Hindu men perform morning prayers at the point where two rivers - the Ganges and the Yamuna - meet.

Picture of Ingrid Betancourt

A portrait of Ingrid Betancourt - a kidnapped Colombian politician with French citizenship - hangs at Paris city hall entrance a week before the third anniversary of her capture.

Hong Kong judges in robes and horsehair wigs attend the ceremonial opening of the legal year 2005

Donning scarlet robes and horsehair wigs, judges in Hong Kong attend the ceremony marking the beginning of the legal year.

An Indonesian man works on the construction site of a relocation project in Banda Aceh.

Building a new home, a man in Banda Aceh works on a site intended to re-house those affected by the tsunami.

Young Vietnamese men take part in a traditional spring festival procession in Tan Trieu village in Thanh Xuan district of Hanoi, Vietnam.

Bright colours break through the dull winter weather in Vietnam where spring festivals are being celebrated across the north of the country.

The Bilsdale Hunt, the oldest foxhunt in England, dating back to 1658, begins their meet near Thirsk.

Hunting supporters are riding out in England and Wales on the last day that hunting with dogs is legal.

Baby hippo, named Ellen MacArthur makes her first outside public appearance at Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland.

Named after the round-the-world yachtswoman, baby hippo Ellen MacArthur makes her first public appearance at Edinburgh Zoo.

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