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Trumpeter swans fly over a farm in Chilliwack, B.C., on Thursday March 20, 2014.

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Resident cat, El dueño de casa, tears through a Government Palace corridor as officials await the arrival of U.S. Assistant Secretary of State of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta S. Jacobson, for her official meeting with Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes, in Asuncion, Paraguay, Thursday, March 20, 2014.

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Iraqi Kurdish people carry fire torches up a mountain where a giant flag of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region is laid, as they celebrate Newroz Day, a festival marking their spring and new year, near Dahuk, March 20, 2014. Newroz Day is also celebrated in other countries including Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan.

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Ballet dancers Vladimir Malakhov (R), Elisa Carrillio Cabrera (top) and Mikhail Kaniskin (L) perform "Clear", with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, during a dress rehearsal at the Schiller theatre in Berlin March 20, 2014. Malakhov performs for the last time with the "Staatsballett' ballet ensemble". Picture taken with multiple exposure.

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Dancers of the Staatsballett ballet ensemble perform "Namouna", choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, during a dress rehearsal at the Schiller theatre in Berlin March 20, 2014.

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A butterfly takes off in the Pollinator Garden at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, California March 20, 2014. Spring officially began on Thursday in the northern hemisphere, and is known as both the spring or vernal equinox.

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Robins feed on staghorn sumac on a tree at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Whittesley Avenue in North Adams, Mass., Thursday, March, 20, 2014. While the sight of robins have often been linked to the beginning of spring as some travel south for the winter, many of the birds are actually seen throughout the winter in the Northeast.

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A French farmer walks behind a tractor which sows a field near Arras, northern France March 20, 2014.

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A woman walks past a colourful hotel through hoarfrost covered trees of the Exchange District in Winnipeg, Manitoba, March 20, 2014. The first day of spring brings with it sunny skies and overnight lows in the - 20 Celsius (- 4 Fahrenheit) range for the weekend, according to the weather service.

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A woman writes a message for passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, on a glass at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, March 20, 2014. An Australian search and rescue official says that planes have been sent to check on two objects possibly related to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight that were spotted on satellite imagery in the Indian Ocean about 2,500 kilometers (1,550 miles) southwest of Perth.

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