Today in Pictures: Syria Mourners, Republican Debate, and Avalanches in Kashmir

Feb 23, 2012 3:49pm

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In a long exposure photograph, skiers and snowboarders carrying lights head down the Leavenworth Ski Hill in Leavenworth, Wash., Feb. 22, 2012 during a public memorial for the three local skiers who died in an avalanche on Stevens Pass. Chris Rudolph and Jim Jack from Leavenworth and Johnny Brenan of nearby Peshastin were swept away and killed in the avalanche. (Don Seabrook/The Wenatchee World/AP Photo)

 

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Russian Orthodox faithful follow the priests carrying the icon of the Virgin Mary, the Theotokos of Pochayiv, after the relic’s arrival in Manas airport, late Feb. 22, 2012. The icon, which is responsible for hundreds of miracles according to Russian Orthodox Church officials, is traveling through Kyrgyzstan. (Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP/Getty Images)

 

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An Iraqi policeman inspects a destroyed vehicle at the site of a blast in the northern city of Kirkuk, Feb. 23, 2012. A wave of bombings and shootings across Iraq killed more than 30 people and wounded dozens more, security officials said. (Marwan Ibahim/AFP/Getty Images)

 

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Republican presidential candidates U.S. Rep. former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talk after participating in a debate at the Mesa Arts Center, Feb. 22, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona. The debate is the last one scheduled before voters head to the polls in Michigan and Arizona’s primaries and Super Tuesday. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

 

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Men mourn the end of carnival and the beginning of lent by burying a symbolic sardine during “The burial of the Sardine” (El Entierro de la Sardina) festival, Feb. 22, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. The Sardine procession is a centuries-old Spanish tradition made famous by a painting by Spanish artist Francisco de Goya. (Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

 

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Syrian mourners, one carrying the pre-Baath national flag adopted by the rebel movement, carry the body of a youth reportedly killed in violence in the northwestern Idlib region before his burial, Feb. 23, 2012. Three Syrian soldiers were killed and seven others wounded in a bomb at the southern entrance to the flashpoint city of Idlib , according to SANA news agency. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

 

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A child cries as he gets a haircut at a gymnasium during the traditional festival known as Dragon Head Raising Day, Feb. 23, 2012 in Hefei, China. Dragon Raises Head Day is celebrated on the second day of the second lunar month in China during which the traditional custom of getting a haircut is believed to bring good luck. (ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)

 

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Pro-choice advocate Margaret Doyle from Richmond, Va., is removed by Capitol Police from the General Assembly Building in Richmond after HB1, the bill that states human life begins at conception, passed the Senate Education and Health committee, Feb. 23, 2012. Eight Republicans voted for the measure, and the committee’s seven Democrats opposed it after an hour-long hearing on the bill. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch/AP Photo)

 

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