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A long exposure picture shows the activity of the Chilean volcano Villarrica as seen from Pucon, some 750 km South of Santiago de Chile, Chile, 30 March 2015.

Shaba the giraffe on a truck on his way to the National Zoo in Canberra, Australia, 31 March 2015. Shaba will join the young female Mzungu as part of a breeding program at the Zoo.

US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier wait for a meeting with officials from the

A Filipino child rests inside a damaged school building turned into a temporary evacuation center in Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao Province, Southern Philippines. The Philippines` military announced a halt to a month-long military offensive agains

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


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Vladimir Putin: Overwhelmingly Absent, then Overwhelmingly Present

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

Putin's reappearance hasn't hit civic enthusiasm, as shown by the "change" of this website which counted the seconds of Putin's absence.

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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