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Day in pictures

A Palestinian with an umbrella walks along a deserted road in Ramallah

A Palestinian with an umbrella walks along a deserted road on a rainy day in Ramallah, the West Bank.

The Jefferson Memorial in Washington DC on a sunny day

Schoolchildren climb the steps of the Jefferson Memorial, Washington DC, in sunny spring weather.

The Soyuz rocket being pulled to its launch pad

The Russian-built Soyuz rocket makes its way to the launch pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome. The rocket will carry a new crew to the international space station, with lift-off scheduled for Thursday.

3,000 police were deployed in Umm al-Fahm

Israeli riot police fire tear gas at stone-throwing Israeli Arabs in Umm al-Fahm, one of the largest Arab-Israeli towns. Arab Israelis were protesting against a march by far-right Israeli activists.

Serb mourners lay flowers at the new monument

Serbs gather at the opening ceremony in Kosovo of a monument dedicated to those killed in Nato air-strikes 10 years ago.

Mongolian champion Harumafuji  (right) winning the bout againts Asashoryu

Grand Sumo champion Asashoryu is shoved out of the ring by his opponent Harumafuji, on day 10 of the 15-day Spring Grand Sumo tournament in Osaka, western Japan.

Walking on Derwent Water

A volunteer walks on water inside an inflatable sphere at the Keswick Mountain Festival in the English Lake District.

Elmar Weisser has won the international beard championships several times

A contestant shows off his beard in the shape of a bicycle in the southern German town of Brigachtal, ahead of the upcoming international beard championships on 28 March.

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