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Chinese military band members rehearse before the opening session of the National People's Congress in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, China. China's government promised its people Tuesday deficit-fueled spending to fight deep-seated corruption, improve the despoiled environment and address other quality-of-life issues demanded by an increasingly vocal public looking for change.

Kin Cheung/AP

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A couple takes pictures of an LED display on 50-ft tall glass towers, projecting images of faces in Crown Plaza during snow in Chicago. A deadly late winter storm dumped heavy snow on the Midwestern United States on Tuesday, contributing to numerous highway crashes and flight cancellations as it moved east toward the Ohio Valley and the mid-Atlantic states.

JIM YOUNG/REUTERS

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Pedestrians are framed by cherry trees in full bloom in downtown Vancouver. Guided walks and bike tours are among highlights of Vancouver's annual Cherry Blossom Festival, which celebrates the 40,000 cherry trees planted in parks and along streets throughout the city.

DARRYL DYCK/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Men stand next to meat hooks in a slaughterhouse in Gao, Mali.

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Activists from the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) set fire to tyres during a country-wide strike in Kanchpur. The BNP called for a country-wide strike in protest against what it said were violence and killings by the police over war tribunals, local media reported.

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A business man walks through the hallway of the Deutsche Post DHL headquarters prior to the balance news conference of the logistics company in Bonn, Germany.

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A boy does a backflip into the Niger River in Gao, Mali.

JOE PENNEY/REUTERS

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Locusts fly near a car belonging to experts as they map the swarms of locusts near Kmehin in Israel's Negev desert. The Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said on Tuesday that the location of the locusts which crossed into Israel from neighbouring Egypt had been mapped and and will be fumigated tomorrow.

AMIR COHEN/REUTERS

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Indigenous people, wearing traditional costumes, play basketball during a cultural festival which aims to preserve the town's rich culture and traditional practices in Tadian, Mountain Province north of Manila.

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A tourist takes a picture of his friend sitting on a 3D street painting entitled "World of Illusion" by the Netherlands' Ruben Poncia during the Living Arts Festival, in Bangkok.

Sakchai Lalit/AP

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A paramilitary policeman monitors the surroundings above Tiananmen Square as the sun rises before the opening session of the National People's Congress in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, China. China's government promised its people Tuesday deficit-fueled spending to fight deep-seated corruption, improve the despoiled environment and address other quality-of-life issues demanded by an increasingly vocal public looking for change.

Kin Cheung/AP

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