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Day in pictures

Children throw coloured powder in Ahmadabad, India, 9 March 2009

School children throw coloured powder as they celebrate Holi, the Indian festival of colours, in the Indian city of Ahmadabad.

Cyclists compete in the 2009 Paris-Nice cycling race, between Saint-Brisson-sur-Loire and La Chapelle-Saint-Ursin, 9 March 2009

The pack rides during the second stage of the 2009 Paris-Nice cycling race run for 1,250km (777 miles) between Saint-Brisson-sur-Loire and La Chapelle-Saint-Ursin.

Horses gallop at Cheltenham, UK

Horses from the Noel Meade stables take part in early morning gallops ahead of this week's racing festival at Cheltenham, England.

Cheerleaders perform during the fifth cricket test between England and West Indies at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad, 9 March 2009

Cheerleaders perform during the fifth cricket test between England and West Indies at Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Tibetan Buddhist monks in Dharamsala, India, 9 March 2009

Tibetan Buddhist monks, who live in exile in India, pray at Dharamsala's main temple Tsuglag Khang ahead of the 50th anniversary of Tibet's uprising.

Attendants at the National People's Congress in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, China, 9 March 2009

Chinese attendants wait for delegates at the second plenary session of the National People's Congress in Beijing's Great Hall of the People.

From the left, the flags of Finland, Norway and Sweden are seen behind icicles in Sweden, 9 March 2009

From left, the flags of Finland, Norway and Sweden are seen behind icicles ahead of the Ski World Cup finals in Sweden.

Actress Akina Minami shows off the 50th anniversary model of Barbie in Tokyo, Japan, 9 March 2009

Half a century after Barbie was introduced at a New York toy fair, Japanese actress Akina Minami shows off the model issued for the celebrated toy's 50th anniversary.

Harry Patch receives the French Legion of Honour medal

The last surviving British veteran of World War I, 110-year-old Harry Patch from Somerset, receives France's highest decoration, the Legion of Honour medal.



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