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A picture made available on 30 March 2015 shows an Indian artist from New Delhi dressed up Lord Hanuman in a performance of the religious observance of `Mata Ka Jagran` at the end of the Navratri festival in Bhopal, India, 29 March 2015. The Navratra fest

Swiss `Solar Impulse 2` pilot Bertrand Piccard (C) waves before he departs from the Mandalay International airport in Mandalay, Myanmar, 30 March 2015. The Swiss solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 took off early 30 March from Mandalay, Myanmar, bound

Relatives of victims who died in a grenade attack in 1997 give offerings to Buddhist monks during a ceremony in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Victims` families hold the ceremony to pray for their relatives who died in the grenade attack during a political rally a

A contest for the tallest palm underway in Lipnica Murowana, southern Poland, 29 March 2015, during the celebration of Palm Sunday.

Several faithfuls carry elaborate decorations made with palm leaves as they participate in a Palm Sunday procession in Elche, eastern Spain, 29 March 2015.

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi (C-R) and French President Francois Hollande (C-L) lead an anti-extremism march, in Tunis, Tunisia, 29 March 2015. The march started from central Tunis heading to the Bardo Museum where the March 18 attack occurred.

Expedition 43 crew members NASA astronaut Scott Kelly (L) and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka (C) and Mikhail Kornienko (R) pose for pictures on 27 March 2015 at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan prior to the launch of the Soyuz spacecraft set for 28 Ma


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Vladimir Putin: Overwhelmingly Absent, then Overwhelmingly Present

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

Sculptor Pavel Greshnikov gives the last touches to a bust of the Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg, Russia, March 14, 2015.

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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