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Day in pictures

Iraqi bagpipers at opening of Iraqi Museum

Iraqi bagpipers at the re-opening ceremony of the Iraqi Museum in Baghdad. Many of the museum's ancient treasures were looted after the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

The Entroido carnival in Laza, in north-western Spain.

Carnival season has kicked off in many places around the world. These mud men take part in the "Farrapos" mud battle in the Entroido carnvival in Laza, north-west Spain.

Dancers from Unidos de Vila Isabel samba school at Rio de Janeiro's Sambodrome

The best known carnival is probably Rio de Janeiro's. Dancers from the Brazilian city's famed samba school parade through the Sambadrome.

The Rose Monday carnival parade in Rottweil, Germany.

Many cities in Germany host a carnival parade as well, including this one in the southern German city of Rottweil.

Sand sculpture at Puri, India

Indian sand artist Sudarson Patnaik created this homage to the eight Oscars won by the film Slumdog Millionaire at the Academy Awards.

Wall in Jabaliya, Gaza Strip

Palestinian children peer through holes in a wall in the Gaza Strip created by Israeli shelling.

Afghan men push a cart of oil cans along a muddy road in the old city area of Kabul

While efforts to rebuild the Afghan capital, Kabul, are being made, some areas bear the scars of the country's two decades of war.

Dog wearing sunglasses and bandana in Bangkok, Thailand

A dog wards off the bright lights of a shopping centre in the Thai capital, Bangok. Red is the colour adopted by anti-government protesters.

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