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Costumed participants wearing traditional wooden masks perform in the annual carnival parade on Thursday in Mittenwald, Germany. The German Alpine Karwendel region carnival, or what is locally known as “Fasching,” goes back centuries and is a celebration meant to awaken the ghosts of spring
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People throw turnips at the Jarramplas (as a punishment for stealing cattle) as he makes his way through the streets beating his drum during the Jarramplas Festival in Piornal, Spain, on Tuesday
A masked devotee walks out from a house to take part in a parade commemorating the Neku Jatra-Mataya festival, the festival of lights, in Lalitpur, Nepal
The Iraqi Special Operations Forces prepare for patrol in Jurf al-Sakhar, south of Baghdad. Iraqi troops battled to dislodge the rebel group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) from the city of Tikrit on Monday, after its leader was declared caliph of a new Islamic state in lands seized this month across of Iraq and Syria
A civilian wearing a mask holds a Tunisian flag in Sidi Bouzid, central Tunisia, to mark the third anniversary of the Tunisian uprising. Several political groups gather at the square where Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation in December 2010 triggered mass protests against social marginalisation and government corruption
A Nepalese Hindu devotee, dressed as a deity, prepares to participate in festivities at the Shikali Temple during celebrations for the Shikali Jatra festival in the village of Khokana, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on Thursday
A demonstrator marches during a teachers protest demanding better working conditions and against police beating, late on Monday night in Rio de Janeiro.
A teacher helps her student put on a face mask at a school in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur, on Wednesday. The Malaysian capital remains shrouded in haze, as the environmental crisis continues after a week of thick hazardous smog covered the country and its neighbour Singapore
A protestor wearing a mask with the colours of the Kenyan flag participates in a demonstration against lawmakers’ salary demands outside the parliament buildings in the capital Nairobi on Tuesday. Kenyan police in riot gear fired teargas and water cannon in attempts to disperse about 200 protesters.