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A Cossack guard stands in front of Crimea’s regional parliament building in Simferopol
A man takes a nap in the departure hall of the Kuala Lumpur International airport, Malaysia
Muslim Palestinians take part in Friday noon prayers blocked by Israeli police in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ras al-Amud. Clashes broke out after police confronted stone-throwing Palestinians at the al-Aqsa mosque compound
Papier mâché pandas created by French artist Grangeon are displayed outside Taipei City Hall as part of an exhibition called “Pandas on Tour”
Policemen set up barbed wire to block pro-Taiwan independence activists outside the Taipei Peace Park. It is the anniversary of the 1947 massacre, known as the 228 Massacre, during which thousands were killed by nationalist Kuomintang troops from China
Nominee for Queen of the 2013 Santa Cruz carnival Itziar Marrero performs in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on the Canary island of Tenerife, Spain. The carnival brings thousands of revellers every year. Santa Cruz is the closest European equivalent to the Brazilian Carnival from Rio Janeiro.
A Hindu Sadhu (holy man) poses for a photograph during the Maha Shivaratri festival at the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu today. Hindus mark the festival by offering special prayers and fasting.
Dancers parade during the Nice Carnival in southeastern France. The theme of this year’s carnival, running until March 4, is the ‘King of Gastronomy’.
Anti-government protesters wave Thai flags as they arrive for a rally outside the national police headquarters in Bangkok today.