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Italy's Christopher Sacchin takes part in the Men's 1m springboard semi-final during the XII FINA World Championships in Melbourne, Australia.

Italy's Christopher Sacchin takes part in the Men's 1m springboard semi-final during the XII FINA World Championships in Melbourne, Australia.

A boy enjoys a fairground ride in Kabul on Noruz

A boy enjoys a fairground ride in Kabul as Afghans celebrate Nowruz, which marks the solar New Year and is believed to have originated in ancient Persia.

South Korean police officers guard the Japanese embassy compound in Seoul, South Korea, as protester Oh Sung-taek stands atop its walls

A South Korean activist protests at the Japanese embassy in Seoul against Japan's denial of responsibility for forcing women to work as sex slaves during War World II.

Cuban government supporters (R) chant pro-revolutionary slogans as a group of political prisoners' wives known as Ladies in White (L) march in Havana (photo released Wednesday)

Cuban government supporters (R) chant pro-revolutionary slogans as a group of political prisoners' wives known as Ladies in White (L) march in Havana.

Nude activist Ashley Fruno of Canada holds a banner to protest against eating meat at a shopping centre in Bangkok

A Peta animal rights activist stages a protest in Bangkok to encourage people to go vegetarian.

A woman crosses herself during a commemoration church service for the Ulyanovskaya mine explosion victims in the Siberian city of Novokuznetsk

Russia observes a national day of mourning in memory of some 176 people killed in recent days in three disasters - a mine explosion, a fire at an old people's home and a plane crash.






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