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Week in Photos: April 13, 2013

From the NCAA championship game to cherry blossoms in Washington, see the week’s most striking images.

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Atlanta, Georgia

April 8, 2013

Peyton Siva (No. 3) of the Louisville Cardinals attempts to save the ball from going out of bounds against the Michigan Wolverines during the 2013 NCAA Men’s Final Four Championship at the Georgia Dome. The Cardinals triumphed, 82–76.

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Chongqing, China

April 7, 2013

A customer examines a pigeon with a magnifier at a pigeon market. China reported three more H7N9 infections on Sunday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 21 as the country is gearing up to fight the disease, which has left six dead, Xinhua News Agency reported.

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Kathmandu, Nepal

April 10, 2013

Locals carry a dead leopard which was killed after wandering into town. The leopard attacked and injured 15 people, including three policemen, before it was killed, according to local media. 

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Sydney, Australia

April 11, 2013

Buoy, a green sea turtle, swims before being fitted with a tag that will provide location updates when he is released next week following a 20-month rehabilitation stint at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary. When he was rescued, Buoy was suffering from a systemic infection, with a missing front left flipper, and was covered in barnacles that left him unable to swim.

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Augusta, Georgia

April 9, 2013

In a photo taken through a metal cutout of the Masters logo, Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain hits balls on the driving range during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament.

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Seville, Spain

April 10, 2013

A woman takes pictures of the art installation “Alice” by Spanish artist Cristina Lucas in the Andalusian Centre of Contemporary Art.

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Beijing, China

April 10, 2013

A Chinese flag bearer is momentarily engulfed by a ceremonial red flag during a welcome ceremony for New Zealand Prime Minister John Key held outside the Great Hall of the People.

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Bangkok, Thailand

April 10, 2013

A member of the “red shirt” movement joins her hands in prayer during a gathering near the Democracy Monument, the site of bloody clashes with Thai security forces. Supporters of Thaksin Shinawatra, the former prime minister, and members of the “red shirt” movement gathered on Wednesday to mark the third anniversary of bloody clashes and to commemorate their deceased comrades. 

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Beijing, China

April 11, 2013

A North Korean Air Koryo attendant wears a pin showing portraits of the late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, while she prepares the cabin before take off for Pyongyang from Beijing airport.

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London, England

April 11, 2013

Labels mark the positions of foreign ministers from France, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Russia for a group photograph during the Foreign Ministers G8 meeting at Lancaster House. G8 foreign ministers are holding a two-day meeting to discuss the situation in the Middle East, including Syria and Iran, security and stability across North and West Africa, North Korea, and climate change. British Foreign Secretary William Hague also will highlight five key policy priorities. 

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New York, New York

April 8, 2013

People walk up to Manhattan’s High Line park. New Yorkers took advantage of the warm temperatures as spring weather finally arrived in the city.

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Aleppo, Syria

April 10, 2013

A Syrian man walks amid the destruction. The United States is mulling ways to step up support for the Syrian opposition, a top U.S. official said, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and G8 ministers were to meet with rebel leaders. 

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Washington, D.C.

April 9, 2013

Phil Jones of Arlington, Va., adjusts his hat as he walks along the tidal basin under the blooming cherry trees.

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Vatican City, Vatican

April 10, 2013

Pope Francis’s skullcap is blown away in a gust of wind as he leaves St. Peter’s Square in his popemobile after his weekly general audience.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh

April 9, 2013

Bangladeshi laborers unload bricks from boat during a nationwide strike called by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party in protest against the detention of their leaders. BNP called the general strike after the bail petition of its top leaders, including acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, was rejected and they were sent to jail for several violence-related cases. 

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Kabul, Afghanistan

April 11, 2013

An Afghan woman waits in a changing room to try out a new burqa in a shop at in the old city. Before the Taliban took power in Afghanistan, the burqa was infrequently worn in cities. While they were in power, the Taliban required the wearing of a burqa in public. Officially, it is not required under the present Afghan regime, but local warlords still enforce it in southern Afghanistan. 

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Azaz, Syria

April 10, 2013

A Syrian boy who works as a car mechanic poses for a picture.