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A woman poses for a wedding picture at the Bund in front of the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai on a sunny day on March

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A woman poses for a wedding picture at the Bund in front of the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai 

Tadjik women throw water on men from roof top as they take part in a festival celebration to welcome the coming Spring in Tadjik autonomous county, Kashgar...Tadjik women throw water on men from roof top as they take part in a festival celebration to welcome the coming Spring in Tadjik autonomous county, Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, March 18, 2015. Picture taken March 18, 2015. REUTERS/CHINA DAILY Women throw water on men from roof top in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur  REUTERS/China Daily             TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY            TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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Tadjik women throw water on men from roof top as they take part in a festival celebration to welcome the coming Spring in Tadjik autonomous county, Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. 

A young boy plays amongst a destroyed ba...A young boy plays amongst a destroyed banana plantation in Mele, outside the Vanuatu capital of Port Vila on March 19, 2015, after Cyclone Pam ripped through the island nation. Vanuatu has hit out at aid groups swarming the cyclone-ravaged Pacific nation over a lack of coordination, which it said cost precious time getting help to those in need, while warning food will run out in a week.    AFP PHOTO / Jeremy PIPERJEREMY PIPER/AFP/Getty Images

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A young boy plays amongst a destroyed banana plantation in Mele, outside the Vanuatu capital of Port Vila, after Cyclone Pam ripped through the island nation. Vanuatu has hit out at aid groups swarming the cyclone-ravaged Pacific nation over a lack of coordination, which it said cost precious time getting help to those in need, while warning food will run out in a week. 

Northern lights show...The aurora borealis, or the northern lights as they are commonly known, over Derwent water near Keswick in the Lake District. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 18, 2015. See PA story ENVIRONMENT Aurora. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

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The aurora borealis, or the northern lights as they are commonly known, over Derwent water near Keswick in the Lake District. 

A 'Blockupy' anti-capitalist protester walks near a burning barricade near the European Central Bank (ECB) building before the official opening of its new headquarters in Frankfur

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A ‘Blockupy’ anti-capitalist protester walks near a burning barricade near the European Central Bank (ECB) building before the official opening of its new headquarters in Frankfurt 

Sri Lanka's Tharindu Kaushal bowls during the Cricket World Cup quarter-final match against South Africa at the SCG...Sri Lanka's Tharindu Kaushal bowls during the Cricket World Cup quarter-final match against South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) March 18, 2015.     REUTERS/Steve Christo  (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SPORT CRICKET TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Sri Lanka’s Tharindu Kaushal bowls during the Cricket World Cup quarter-final match against South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

Paul Alexander Hatyay (C), the headmaster, and teachers of Central School lay out books to dry in the sun after the roof of the school's library was blown away by Cyclone Pam in Port Vila, the capital city of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu March 18, 2015.   REUTERS/Edgar Su     REUTERS NEWS PICTURES HAS NOW MADE IT EASIER TO FIND THE BEST PHOTOS FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT STORIES AND TOP STANDALONES EACH DAY. Search for "TPX" in the IPTC Supplemental Category field or "IMAGES OF THE DAY" in the Caption field and you will find a selection of 80-100 of our daily Top Pictures.

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Paul Alexander Hatyay (C), the headmaster, and teachers of Central School lay out books to dry in the sun after the roof of the school’s library was blown away by Cyclone Pam in Port Vila, the capital city of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. 

A member of the Iraqi security forces stands between Islamic State ammunition being displayed in al-Alam Salahuddin province

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A member of the Iraqi security forces stands between captured ammunition of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant being displayed in al-Alam Salahuddin province, Iraq on Tuesday

A priest sprinkles holy water on members of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) before they depart to the frontline in eastern Ukraine, in central Kiev...A priest sprinkles holy water on members of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) before they depart to the frontline in eastern Ukraine, in central Kiev, March 17, 2015. Three Ukrainian servicemen have been killed in fighting in the east of Ukraine in the past 24 hours despite a ceasefire agreement with Russian-backed rebels, a Kiev military spokesman said on Tuesday.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich  (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT RELIGION)

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A priest in central Kiev sprinkles holy water on members of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists before they depart to the frontline in eastern Ukraine. Three Ukrainian servicemen have been killed in fighting in the east of Ukraine in the past 24 hours despite a ceasefire agreement with Russian-backed rebels, a Kiev military spokesman said on Tuesday. 

Artist has his face painted to resemble Hindu god Shasthappan before performing during the Theyyam ritual in Somwarpet...An artist has his face painted to resemble Hindu god Shasthappan before performing during the Theyyam ritual in Somwarpet town in the southern Indian state of Karnataka March 16, 2015. Theyyam is a form of worship and is celebrated mostly in southern parts of the country. Picture taken March 16, 2015. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa (INDIA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY RELIGION SOCIETY)

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An artist has his face painted to resemble the Hindu god Shasthappan, before performing during the Theyyam ritual in Somwarpet town in the southern Indian state of Karnataka

Aftermath of Cyclone Pam...epa04665535 A photo provided by UNICEF Pacific on 17 March 2015 shows three year-old Rachel (R) helping her father Ken (background) as they clear away the debris at their house in Vanuatu, 17 March 2015. This house was washed away when a municipal water tank ruptured and collapsed, sending thousands of gallons of water down the hillside. Whole villages have been blown away and homes have been flattened after Cyclone Pam ripped through the Pacific Island nation. The UN has unconfirmed reports that the cyclone has killed 44 people in one province alone and Oxfam says the destruction in Port Vila is massive, with 90 per cent of houses damaged.  EPA/GRAHAM CRUMB / UNICEF PACIFIC /  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

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A Unicef photo shows three-year-old Rachel helping her father Ken as they clear away the debris at their house in Vanuatu. Whole villages have been blown away and homes have flattened after Cyclone Pam ripped through the Pacific Island nation. 

Cyclone Pam toll expected to rise...epa04664494 Samuel stands his father Phillip in what remained of their family home in Port Villa, capital of Vanuatu, 16 March  2015. International relief work was under way 16 March in Vanuatu and Tuvalu, impoverished island nations ravaged by the worst tropical cyclone on record in the South Pacific with aid agencies saying conditions in cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu are among the most challenging they have faced. Tropical Cyclone Pam left a trail of destruction when it ripped through the region at the start of the weekend with winds in excess of 250 kilometres per hour, heavy downpours and flooding.  EPA/DAVE HUNT AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

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Samuel and his father Phillip stand in the remains of their family home in Port Vila, Vanuatu, after tropical cyclone Pam devastated the islands of Vanuatu and Tuvalu in the South Pacific, with winds of more than 250 kph, heavy downpours and flooding.

A new South Korean military officer runs into an echelon as they attend a joint commissioning ceremony for 6,478 new officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines at the military headquarters in Gyeryong

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A new South Korean military officer runs into an echelon as they attend a joint commissioning ceremony for 6,478 new officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines at the military headquarters in Gyeryong on Thursday

TOPSHOTS The Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft is...TOPSHOTS The Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 42 commander Barry Wilmore of NASA, Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Elena Serova of Roscosmos near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Thursday, March 12, 2015. NASA Astronaut Wilmore, Russian Cosmonauts Samokutyaev and Serova are returning after almost six months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 41 and 42 crews.   AFP PHOTO / NASA / BILL INGALLS    == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL  USE / MANDATORY CREDIT:  "AFP PHOTO /   NASA / BILL INGALLS"/  NO A LA CARTE SALES  / NO MARKETING / NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS / DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==BILL INGALLS/AFP/Getty Images

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The Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 42 commander Barry Wilmore of Nasa, Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Elena Serova of Roscosmos near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. The crew are returning after almost six months on board the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 41 and 42. 

Children draw on the sidewalk with chalk outside the Ferguson Police Department on March11, 2015 in Ferguson, MO. Protests erupted after the announcement of the resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson earlier in the day. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

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Children draw on the sidewalk with chalk outside the Ferguson Police Department on Wednesday Missouri. Protests erupted after the announcement of the resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson earlier in the day. 

A delegate takes a nap during the third plenary meeting of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

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A delegate takes a nap during the third plenary meeting of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday.

The Moerai School choir gather as they w...The Moerai School choir gather as they wait to sing the national anthem and raise the national flag during a visit by French Overseas Territories Minister George Pau-Langevin on March 10, 2015 on the island of Rurutu, south of Tahiti, on her first official visit to the Indian Ocean territory. AFP PHOTO / GREGORY BOISSYGREGORY BOISSY/AFP/Getty Images

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The Moerai School choir gather as they wait to sing the national anthem and raise the national flag during a visit by French Overseas Territories Minister George Pau-Langevin on the island of Rurutu, south of Tahiti, French Polynesia. 

UKEDO, JAPAN - MARCH 11:  Police officers observe a minute of silence on March 11, 2015 in Ukedo, Fukushima prefecture, Japan. On March 11 Japan commemorates the fourth anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 18,000 lives, and subsequent nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

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Police officers observe a minute of silence on March 11, 2015 in Ukedo, Fukushima prefecture. Japan commemorates the fourth anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 18,000 lives, and subsequent nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. 

A member of the Iraqi government forces sits in an armed military vehicle on the outskirts of the northern city of Tikrit as they prepare to launch a military operation to take control of the city from Islamic State (IS) group fighters.

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A member of the Iraqi government forces sits in an armed military vehicle on the outskirts of the northern city of Tikrit as they prepare to launch a military operation to take control of the city from Islamic State group fighters.

ECB To Inaugurate New Headquarters

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A BMX rider jumps over a nail plate at a ‘Osthafen’ bridge arch with the new headquarters of the European Central Bank and the skyline of Frankfurt in the background.