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Day in pictures

A Christie's auction house employee displays Van Gogh's "L'Arlesienne"

Vincent Van Gogh's painting "L'Arlesienne", displayed at Christie's auction house in London, is expected to fetch $40 million at auction in New York in May.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi jokes with French President Jacques Chirac

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi enjoys a joke with French President Jacques Chirac at a European Union summit in Brussels.

Demonstrators in Bangkok line up for food

Demonstrators against Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra line up for food outside Government House in Bangkok.

Aftermath of a fire in a slum in Zamboanga City, southern Philippines

Daylight shows the extent of a fire which raged through a slum area of Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines, destroying 1,500 homes.

Diver watches a red bass fish on Australia's Barrier Reef

Diving instructor Colin Reed enjoys a close encounter as he instructs tourists on Australia's Barrier Reef.

Synchronised divers James Sandayud and Bryan Nickson of Malaysia in the men's 10m synchronised platform final

Synchronised diving finalists compete at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.

A Pakistani camel owner sits under his camel

A Pakistani camel owner sits under his camel during celebrations linked to Pakistan Day.

Brazilian children form a corn plant

Children form a corn plant during the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in Curitiba, Brazil.

Israeli soldier tries to clear his way through sheep in the West Bank

An Israeli soldier tries to clear his way through a flock of sheep during a search for militants in the West Bank village of Burqin.





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