Day in Photos, March 15, 2013

Published March 15, 2013


Visitors take pictures at the flower show in Hong Kong. Organizers expect around 500,000 visitors for the annual event that includes pristine show gardens from competing local districts, lavish international flower displays, and more than a dash of kitsch.

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Visitors take pictures at the flower show in Hong Kong. Organizers expect around 500,000 visitors for the annual event that includes pristine show gardens from competing local districts, lavish international flower displays, and more than a dash of kitsch.

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South Korean army soldiers patrol along a barbed-wire fence at sunset near the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north of Seoul. Busloads of tourists still show up to gawk at the world's most heavily fortified border.

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Tourists view newly-printed pictures of the newly-elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, at a souvenir shop near the Vatican in Rome.

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Police block the traffic at M1-M7 highway outside of Budapest, as heavy snow hits Hungary.

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Israeli policemen stand guard at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City. Israeli police declared an age limit on Friday for Palestinians wanting to enter the Old City, only allowing males above the age of 50 and all females to enter.

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Anti-government protesters confront riot police during clashes in the village of Sanabis, west of Manama, Bahrain.

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A delegate wearing an ethnic minority costume arrives at the Great Hall of the People where a plenary session of the National People's Congress is being held in Beijing, China.

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A trainer prepares an Afghan Hound before competing at the Shanghai International Dog Show.  Dog shows got their start about 15 years ago in China and are gaining popularity among a fast-growing sector of the upper class.

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Visitors walk around inside the installation 'Big Air Package' during the unveiling at the Gasometer in Oberhausen, Germany.  Bulgarian aritst Christo's latest monumental sculpture is in the interior of the industrial monument.

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Indian army soldiers spit fire as they perform the mallakhamb, a traditional Indian gymnastic sport, during a display of skills at the Officers Training Academy in Chennai.