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Masked

Masked faithfuls dressed as devils, popularly known as "Talciguin," during a local ancient traditional celebration marking the start of the Holy Week in Texistepeque, 84km west of San Salvador, El Salvador.


Blooming

Blooming cherry trees near the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. The first cherry trees were ceremonially planted by First Lady Helen Taft and Japanese Viscountess Iwa Chinda on March 27, 1912. Over 3,000 trees were planted as a gift from the City of Yokohama to Washington.


Beekeeper

She Ping, a 34-year-old local beekeeper, is covered with a swarm of bees on a small hill in southwestern China's Chongqing.


Royal play day

Britain's Prince George plays with toys during a visit to the Plunket nurse and parents group at Government House in Wellington on April 9, 2014. Plunket is a national not-for-profit organisation that provides care for children and families in New Zealand. Britain's Prince William, Kate and their son Prince George are on a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia.


First tour

Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, carrying baby Prince George, arrive at the international airport in Wellington on April 7, 2014. William, Kate and their son Prince George are on a three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia.


Indonesian island sees future in age-old horseback battle

Two teams of tribesmen on horseback charge at each other hurling bamboo spears in a thousand-year-old ritual on the Indonesian island of Sumba aimed at producing a prosperous rice harvest.


Painted for life

A mural, part of the "Medellin is Painted for :Life" project at Comuna 13 shantytown, one of the poorest areas of Medellin, Colombia, ahead of the World Urban Forum 7 to be held in the city. Medellin has been elected "Innovative City of the Year" in a contest organized by The Wall Street Journal and Citigroup. Photo courtesy: AFP


Earth Hour

The Petronas towers in Kuala Lumpur after its lights were switched off for Earth Hour. Lights went off in thousands of cities and towns across the world for the annual Earth Hour campaign.


Open-air shop

Pet birds, mostly nightingales, are displayed in cages for sale at an open-air bird shop in a public park in downtown Hanoi, Vietnam.


Purification

Balinese attending a Melasti ceremony prayer session at Petitenget beach in Kuta, Bali. Melasti is a purification festival held several days before "Nyepi," a day of silence, when Hindus on the island are not allowed to work, travel or take part in any indulgence. The island will be shut down for the day of silence to mark the Hindu new year on March 31.