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Bride-to-be Gemma Blease enjoys a ride on a horse racing simulator as she and her hen party enjoy the atmosphere of Ladies Day at the Aintree Grand National Festival on April 4, 2014 in Aintree, England. Friday is traditionally Ladies Day at the three-day meeting of the world famous horse race where fashion and dressing to impress is as important as the racing.
People throw colored powders in the air during celebrations for the Holi Festival of Color in Barcelona, Spain, on April 6. The festival is fashioned after the Hindu spring festival Holi, which is mainly celebrated in the north and east of India.
Pro-Russia protesters, right, scuffle with police near a regional government building in Donetsk on April 6. Dozens of pro-Russia protesters in the eastern Ukrainian city stormed the building on Sunday and hung a Russian flag.
A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, on April 5. Voting was peaceful during the first few hours of Afghanistan's presidential election on Saturday, with only isolated attacks on polling stations as the country embarked on the first democratic transfer of power since the fall of a Taliban regime in 2001.
A police officer is comforted after a ceremony in honor of officer Dennis Guerra at Police Headquarters in New York on April 9 . Guerra died Wednesday morning after he and his partner, Rosa Rodriguez, were injured while responding to a mattress fire at a residential high-rise building in Brooklyn on Sunday. Rodriguez remains in critical condition.
Girls look at their hands after shaking hands with President Barack Obama, left, after he spoke at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Md., on April 7. During his visit, Obama announced the winners of $107 million in grant money for high schools and partner organizations working to prepare students with skills needed for careers in high-demand industries after graduation.
A tourist reacts as an elephant sprays her with water in celebration of the Songkran Water Festival in Thailand's Ayutthaya province, on April 9. Songkran, the most celebrated festival of the year, marks the start of the traditional Thai New Year.
Sauber F1 Team driver Esteban Gutierrez of Mexico crashes ahead of Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado of Venezuela during the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix at Sakhir circuit in Manama on April 6.
Men rescue a boy from under rubble after what activists said was explosive barrels dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad in Aleppo on April 6.
A woman consoles Bizimana Emmanuel, 22, during the 20th anniversary commemoration of the 1994 genocide at Amahoro Stadium in Kigali, Rwanda, on April 7. Thousands of Rwandans and global leaders, past and present, joined together at the stadium to remember the Rwandan genocide, when more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsi and moderate Hutus were slaughtered over a 100-day period.
Communist lawmakers scuffle with right-wing Svoboda (Freedom) Party lawmakers during a parliament session in Kiev, Ukraine, on April 8.
University of Connecticut students celebrate their team's 60-54 victory over Kentucky in the NCAA championship game on April 7 in Storrs, Conn.
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