March 11 Photo Brief: Japan commemorates second anniversary of 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Pakistani Christians, camel races, 2,200 pigs dead

March 11 Photo Brief: Japan commemorates second anniversary of 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Pakistani Christians, camel races, 2,200 pigs dead

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Japan commemorates second anniversary of 2011 earthquake and tsunami, Pakistani Christians, camel races in Mongolia, 2,200 pigs found dead in China and more in today’s daily brief.

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March 10 Photo Brief: World’s largest functional tuba, World Baseball Classic brawl, Burning of the bulls, Chuck Hagel in Kabul

March 10 Photo Brief: World’s largest functional tuba, World Baseball Classic brawl, Burning of the bulls, Chuck Hagel in Kabul

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World’s largest functional tuba, World Baseball Classic brawl, Burning of the bulls in Mexico, Chuck Hagel in Kabul and more in today’s daily brief.

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Traditional headdresses, banned by Islamist group, return to Mali

Traditional headdresses, banned by Islamist group, return to Mali

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Issues surrounding women’s rights and the treatment of women received special attention around the globe during International Women’s Day on March 8. To commemorate the occasion, Reuters photographer Joe Penney documented traditional headdresses worn by the women of Gao in Mali.

Radical Islamist group MUJAO (Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa) placed limitations on these headdresses during their nine-month reign, which ended in January with the arrival of French and Malian troops. The headdresses, made of beads, gemstones, fabric and fake hair and traditionally worn by elites for special occasions, were criticized by MUJAO, who said they were not Islamic enough.

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Baltimore cobbler shutters his neighborhood store

Baltimore cobbler shutters his neighborhood store

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The corner store seems innocuous enough; faded signs advertise above the crumbling plaster of a whitewashed exterior, which mask the flavor and heritage of photos, paintings and the warm smile of a man who still has a twinkle in his eye as he shares how proud he feels about having been a cobbler for 37 years.

Malcolm Spaulding, 66, received ten shillings to invest in the shoe repair service, trying to earn a living in his homeland of Kingston, Jamaica. He eventually moved to Baltimore, opening his business 37 years ago.

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2013 Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, England

2013 Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, England

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The first day of the Crufts dog show got under way in Birmingham, England. The four-day show features over 25,000 dogs, with competitors travelling from 41 countries to take part. Crufts, which was first held in1891, sees thousands of dogs vie for the coveted title of ‘Best in Show.’

Dogs have been entered into breed judging, Gamekeepers’ classes and the Obedience Championships, including a record number of dogs from overseas. In addition, thousands more dogs will take part in agility, heelwork to music, flyball and a number of other competitions and displays as well as the popular Discover Dogs area.

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Hot cars at the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show

Hot cars at the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show

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On press day the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show opened its doors to displayed the latest models from the auto industries’ leading manufacturers. On display are some of the desirable autos on wheels. Such cars as the Lamborghini Veneno with a price tag of $3.9 million, the new LaFerrari hybrid from Ferrari, slick looking McLaren P1 and the new Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible where decked out for display. The show takes place at the Palexpo exhibition center this week in Geneva, Switzerland and will be open to the public March 7 – 17, 2013.

The European market suffered a devastating sales year in 2012 and there is little sign of a rebound in sight for the auto industry as they gather in Geneva for one of the most important car shows of the year.

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184th Philadelphia Flower Show finds inspiration in British culture

184th Philadelphia Flower Show finds inspiration in British culture

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Prepare for the British Invasion. The nearly 184th Philadelphia Flower Show runs through March 10 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. This year’s theme is “Brilliant!” with exhibits focusing on the landscapes, culture and beauty of Great Britain. The event, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, offers a variety of exhibits that pay homage to all things British, including a digitally enhanced rendition of Big Ben, cottage gardens, a floral take on the crown jewels and a greened-up version of the royal gates.

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