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The Week in Pictures: March 15 - 22

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Giant leap for mankind

Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner prepares for a jump during the first manned test flight for Red Bull Stratos on March 15 over Roswell, N.M. In this test he reached an altitude of 71,500 feet, stepped out of a custom-buit capsule and plummeted to Earth in a freefall. He deployed his parachute at 7,890 feet and landed safely about 30 miles from Roswell. Baumgartner is gearing up for an even bigger leap for the ambitious Red Bull Stratos mission — his so-called "space jump" — from 120,000 feet this summer.

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Miracle mud

A believer asking for a miracle emerges from the mud at "El Pozito" in El Espinazo, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon state, Mexico, on March 19. Thousands of believers took part in a procession along the town of El Espinazo to ask for miracles from Nino Fidencio, a famous Mexican "curandero" (folk healer). Nino Fidencio, well-known for performing painless operations without anesthesia, died in 1938.


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Shaken up

People run to safety on the streets of Mexico City after a strong quake hit Mexico on March 20.

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Image: rmy 2nd Lt. Brendan Kasony and his wife Joyce say their goodbyes

Holding on

Army 2nd Lt. Brendan Kasony and his wife Joyce say their goodbyes with other members of the 119th Inland Cargo Transfer Company at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, March 20, in Virginia Beach, Va. The company is leaving for Afghanistan for a yearlong deployment.

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Victim of violence

The body of Rabbi Jonathan Sandler lies in a hearse at the cemetery during his funeral in Jerusalem, March 21. Sandler and three children were gunned down at a Jewish school in France. The victims were buried in a Jerusalem cemetery. A 23-year-old man blamed for the slayings died in a hail of bullets on March 22 as he scrambled out of a ground-floor window during a gunbattle with police in Toulouse, France.

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Hard labor

A sandstorm rages as Iraqi men move newly dried bricks at a small factory in Maysan, 250 miles south of the capital Baghdad, on March 18.

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Image: A farmer carries cucumbers from his field to sell in the markets in Allahabad

Off to market

A farmer carries cucumbers from his field to sell in the markets in the northern Indian city of Allahabad on March 22. India's inflation rose faster-than-expected in February, due in part to a spike in vegetable prices.


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Image: Bayern Munich supporters celebrate as their team defeats Hertha Berlin during their first division Bundesliga soccer match  in Berlin

Crimson celebration

Bayern Munich fans celebrate as their team defeats Hertha Berlin during their first division Bundesliga soccer match in Berlin, Germany, on March 17.

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Rebel refuge

A rebel with the Free Syrian Army finds refuge in an old storehouse in the mountains close to Al-Janoudia village, in Idlib province in northern Syria, on March 17. The revolt against President Bashar al-Assad's regime has been going for a year.

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Festive flames

Firemen spray water on a traditional "ninot" sculpture as it is burned on the last day of the Las Fallas festival in Valencia, Spain, on March 19. The Fallas structures, made of cardboard, wood or cork and many of which portray famous personalities, are exhibited in the streets of Valencia during the festival and set on fire on the final day of the 10-day celebration.

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Image: Huang Sufang wipes her tears with her relative holding onto her after a part of her house was taken down by demolition workers at Yangji village in central Guangzhou city

Devastating mistake

Huang Sufang weeps as a relative holds her after a part of her house wasmistakenly taken down by demolition workers at Yangji village in central Guangzhou city, Guangdong province,China, March 21. Huang's home was not supposed to be included in the demolition project.

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Party place

A man walks inside the crumbling skeleton of the House of the Bulgarian Communist Party on Mount Buzludzha in central Bulgaria on March 14. More than two decades after the toppling of the regime they glorified, the megalomaniac monuments of the communist era are still standing.That puts Bulgarian authorities in a quandary since they don't have the funds to maintain them, and dismantling them would amount to vandalism, according to an art professor.


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Claiming the body

Relatives mourn next to the coffin of Guatemalan citizen Jose Yovanny Bocel, at an air force base in Guatemala City, March 21. The bodies of 11 Guatemalans were repatriated from Mexico. They were among dozens of migrants from South and Central America killed by the Zetas drug cartel in August 2010 in the northeastern Mexico town of San Fernando, 100 miles from the U.S. border.

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Image: BESTPIX  Daffodils Are Harvested In Cornwall

Spring forward

Daffodils bloom at Fentongollan Farm on March 21 near Truro, England. Some retailers are reporting a surge in demand for daffodils, which have been traditionally grown in Cornwall as it is one of the mildest counties in the U.K. Many of the cut-flower businesses still in existence today were established in the Victorian era when the new railway transport network put once remote locations in touch with the London markets.

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