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Great shots from around the world, including burning effigies in Spain and a colourful festival in Malaysia

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Effigies burn during the finale of the Fallas festival in Valencia, Spain, in the early hours of March 20, 2012.

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The festival is a noisy week full of fireworks and processions, which climaxes in the burning of large papier mâché figures displayed around the streets of the city.

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The festival is in honour of Saint Joseph.

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A woman gets her face smeared with coloured powder during Holi, a religious spring festival, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, March 18, 2012.

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A woman blows coloured powder to a young girl. Holi, the Hindu festival of colours, is celebrated by people throwing coloured powder and water at each other.

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A girl smiles as her face is covered in coloured powder during Holi. The festival celebrates the death of the Demoness Holika, and the love between Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha.

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Cherry trees blossom next to the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., on Monday, March 19, 2012.

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This year marks the hundredth year since Japanese flowering cherry trees first graced the National Mall.

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Over one million people are expected to attend the National Cherry Blossom Festival this year.

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Princess Diana-themed wallpaper decorates a hallway in Kensington Palace, which reopened March 20, 2012, after a 12-million pound renovation.

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The palace is located in central London.

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Two actors in costume walk through a new reception area in Kensington Palace.

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Tourists gather around the arches of the Basilica, the main administrative building of Volubilis, Morocco’s most famous Roman ruin, March 8, 2012.

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The afternoon sun shines on the arches of the Basilica, the main administrative building in the ancient Roman city of Volubilis, near Meknes, Morocco.

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A stone used to grind olives to produce olive oil peeks through the undergrowth in Volubilis.

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