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A Germanwings employee places flowers in commemoration of the victims of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps, at the airport in Düsseldorf, Germany, 26 March 2015. A chartered Lufthansa plane earlier the same day departed from Düsseldorf to Fr

Milen Mihov, an MP from the Bulgarian nationalist coalition Patriotic Front, still uses his first car, a Trabant, to go to work.

A Yemeni man holds a picture depicting a child riding a horse and claiming the child was killed in a Saudi air strike, in Sana`a, Yemen, March 26, 2015.

Joachim Baron von Marschall (C-R), German Ambassador to Cambodia, attends an inauguration ceremony at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21 prison), in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Cambodia built a memorial for Victims who died during the Khmer Rouge regime.

Models present creations from the BIFT·BGU·SCU launching by young fashion designers during the Mercedes-Benz China Fashion Week at Beijing Hotel in Beijing, China, March 26, 2015.

Tunisians wave national flags of Tunisia (R) and Japan (L) at the National Bardo Museum after it was reopened following a deadly attack in Tunis, Tunisia, March 24, 2015.

Nationalist leader Valeri Simeonov showing in Parliament a clock that runs backwards with an inscription "DPS", an acronym for Movement for Rights and Freedoms. "Your clocks go backwards", he told DPS, which claims to represent minorities in Bulgaria.

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Vladimir Putin: Overwhelmingly Absent, then Overwhelmingly Present

1 of 18 | March 22, 2015, Sunday // 15:46 EPA/BGNES

The next day a concert took place in Moscow on the same occasion. "A woman holds a poster saying `Putin sows good in the world, the US sows bombs all over the world," the poster above reads.

For about ten days, Russian President Vladimir Putin was absent from spotlight, and a number of Russian media outlets started speculating on the reasons. While a number of websites criticizing the political elite suggested this is a peculiar development, the Kremlin downplayed any hypotheses that there was something wrong. All of this highlights Putin's importance: both as a subject to ...

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