Smoke and fireworks trails cloud the front of the Town Hall in Valencia, Spain, on March 1, on the occasion of the start of the Fallas Festival, a tribute to St. Joseph.
Elsewhere in Spain, a hotel receptionist tries to put out a fire during a demonstration on Feb. 29 in Barcelona. Student associations have called upon 120,000 students to strike in protest against education cuts recently announced by the Catalan government.
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Syrian mourners carry the body of a man killed by shrapnel in Qusayr, nine miles from Homs, on Feb. 28. As Michael Weiss wrote in Foreign Policy, this week "the Syrian rebels have made a 'tactical withdrawal' from the restive neighborhood of Baba Amr, which withstood a month of rocket fire, drone-guided artillery shelling, and possibly even helicopter gunship attacks by President Bashar al-Assad's security forces."
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A Haitian sugar cane worker pauses in a field on Feb. 29, in San Pedro, Dominican Republic. For decades, Haitians have fled the turmoil of their country to come and work as seasonal workers in the sugar cane industry in the Dominican Republic, with many staying on permanently in the country. It is estimated that somewhere between 500,000 and 1,000,000 Haitians are currently living there.
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A marijuana themed belt adorns the victim of an apparent drug-related execution on Feb. 29 in Acapulco, Mexico. Drug violence surged in the coastal resort last year, making Acapulco the second most deadly city in Mexico after Juarez.
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Members of a U.S. Army honor guard fold a flag that covered the casket of U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Terence Hildner, during a full-honors burial service at Arlington National Cemetery on Feb. 29 in Virginia. Brig. Gen. Hildner, who died of natural causes, led the 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command from Fort Hood, Texas, and is the highest ranking U.S. military officer to die in Afghanistan.
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Giant Olympic rings are towed on the river Thames past Tower Bridge on Feb. 28 in London, England. The London 2012 Olympic Games begin on July 27.
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Conservative activist and professional provacateur Andrew Breitbart passed away on March 1. Breitbart was a publisher, wrote for many publications, and helped launch The Huffington Post. Above, Breitbart is shown speaking at an event at the Heritage Foundation on April 21, 2011 in Washington, D.C.
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A couple sit amongst daffodils in St James's Park on March 1 in London, England. After a recent cold snap, Britain is expected to see a short period of unseasonably mild weather following one of the driest Februarys on record.
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A candlelight vigil is held at St. Mary's of the Assumption Church in Chardon, Ohio, on Feb. 28. Gunman and student TJ Lane opened fire inside the Chardon High School cafeteria during a shooting spree that left three students dead and two injured.
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A protestor from the AVAAZ campaigning group wears a mask depicting James Murdoch outside the headquarters of News International on Feb. 29 in London, England. James Murdoch announced that he is stepping down from his role as executive chairman of News International and as the publisher of the Sun and the Sunday Times newspapers.
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Actress Meryl Streep, winner of the Best Actress Award for The Iron Lady, and actor Jean Dujardin, winner of the Best Actor Award for The Artist, pose in the press room at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood and Highland Center on Feb. 26 in Hollywood, California.
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Rania and Adnan Miki walk across the Syrian border into Israel. Rania left her family in Syria to reunite with her husband on Feb. 27 at the Quneitra crossing in the Golan Heights, Israel. The Syrian-Israeli couple were married two years ago in Jordan, but have have not seen each other since. The couple plan to live in a the town of Ghajar on the Israel-Lebanon border.
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British cruiser Adonia arrives at Arturo Prat harbor in Punta Arenas, Chile, on Feb. 28. The British cruise liners Star Princess and Adonia were turned away from the Argentinean harbor of Ushuaia after visiting the contested Falkland Islands.
Newborn Swedish Princess Estelle, photographed at four days old at Haga Palace, in a cardigan knitted by the Crown Princess's grandmother, on Feb. 27, in Stockholm. The baby girl, born on Feb. 23 to Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, was given the full name and title of Princess Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary of Sweden, Duchess of Ostergotland.
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