Afghan families gather near the Sakhi shrine, the centre of the Afghanistan new year celebrations in Kabul during Nowruz festivities on March 21, 2013. Nowruz, one of the biggest festivals of the war-scarred nation, marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar. Nowruz is calculated according to a solar calendar, this coming year marking 1392. KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - MARCH 21: Afghan families gather near the Sakhi shrine, which is the centre of the Afghanistan new year celebrations during the Nowruz festivities on March 21, 2013 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Nowruz is an ancient festival which marks the beginning of the spring equinox and the start of the year in the Iranian calendar, which this coming year will be 1392.
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Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf is greeted by supporters after landing on Pakistani soil at Jinnah International airport on March 24, 2013 in Karachi, Pakistan. The former Pakistani president and military ruler returned to Pakistan after 4 years of self-imposed exile to participate in historic elections in May. Mr Musharraf has been granted protective bail in several cases, including conspiracy to murder which has paved his way allowing for his return amidst threats from the Taliban.
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Huge waves crash against the South Gare lighthouse on March 24, 2013 in South Gare, Teesside, England. Strong winds continue to batter the East coast as unseasonal weather hits many part of the United Kingdom.
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In this photo provided by the German Government Press Office (BPA), Italian President Giorgio Napolitano (R) and and his German counterpart Joachim Gauck pay their respects to the victims of the Sant'Anna Di Stazzema Nazi Massacre on March 24, 2013 in Sant'Anna di Stazzema, near Lucca, Italy. The heads of state paid homage to the 560 victims of the Nazi massacre which took place on August 12, 1944. The ceremony was also attended by survivors and relatives of the victims.
An ultra-Orthodox Jew takes part in the ritual of purifying kitchen utensils in boiling water to make them kosher for Pesach (Passover) on March 24, 2013 in Bnei Brak, Israel. Religious Jews throughout the world eat matzoth during the eight-day Passover, or Pesach, holiday, The Jewish holiday commemorates the Israelis' exodus from Egypt some 3,500 years ago and their ancestors' plight by refraining from eating leavened food. Passover begins March 25 and ends on the evening of April 02.
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Secretary of State John Kerry meets with members of the U.S. Air Force 816 Expeditionary Airlift Squadron aboard a C-17 aircraft bound for Baghdad on March 24, 2013 in Amman, Jordan. Kerry is expected to urge Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to ensure that Iranian flights over Iraq do not carry arms and fighters to Syria.
Easter eggs hang in the apple tree, which pensioners Volker and Christa Kraft have decorated with 10.000 Easter eggs on March 24, 2013 in Saalfeld, Germany. The family started decorating an apple tree with painted hen's eggs in their garden in 1965 as amusement for child and grandchildren, now it is an attraction that draws thousands of visitors and tourists to the garden of the family.