Today in Pictures: Pope in Mexico, Turkish Riots, Nepal’s Living Goddess

Mar 23, 2012 3:21pm

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Glass eels are reintroduced to the Havel River near Potsdam, Germany, March 23, 2012. Around 1.2 million eels are being reintroduced to the local watercourses as part of a project to stabilize the local fauna and population of eels in the region. (DPA/Newscom)

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Turkish riot policemen clash with Libyans in front of the consulate of Libya in downtown Istanbul, March 23, 2012. Dozens of Libyans were arrested after they stormed the consulate, demanding financial aid to pay for treatment they received in Turkey for their injuries during the Libyan unrest. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

 

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Pope Benedict XVI flanked by Vatican secretary of state Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone and Italian Premier Mario Monti walks with a stick on the tarmac as he boards a plane on his way to Mexico and Cuba, March 23, 2012 at Rome’s Fiumicino airport. (Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images)

 

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Orphans point their toy rifles during the parade as part of Pakistan’s National Day celebration in Islamabad, March 23, 2012. Pakistan National Day commemorates the passing of the Lahore Resolution, when a separate nation for the Muslims of the British Indian Empire was demanded in 1940. (Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images)

 

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Alex Colvin of Waikato BOP competes in the Men’s Under 17 Long Jump final during day one of the New Zealand Track and Field Championships-Olympic Trials at Trusts Stadium, March 23, 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

 

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An Indian man dressed as the evil king Rawan, takes part in a procession celebrating ‘Gudhi Padwa’ or the Maharashtrian new year in Mumbai, March 23, 2012. Gudhi Padwa is the Hindu new year for the people of India’s state of Maharashtra and marks the end of a harvest and the beginning of a new one, which for an agricultural community signifies the beginning of a new year. (Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images)

 

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Afghan men compete with horses during the traditional Afghan sport Buzkashi in Mazar-i Sharif, March 23, 2012. The ancient game of Buzkashi is an Afghan national sport which is played between two teams of horsemen competing to throw a animal carcass into a scoring circle. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

 

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Nepal’s living goddess Mateena Shakya, 7, is seen inside her chariot travelling to the Ghode Jatra festival held at Tundhikhel in Kathmandu, Nepal, March 22, 2012. Shakya, who appears in public only thirteen times in a year, is worshiped by both the Hindus and Buddhists as a living goddess. It is believed that she is the protector from evil and a sign of good luck. (EPA)

 

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A tourist makes their way through the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, March 23, 2012. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press/AP Photo)

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A Philippine Navy band plays a welcome piece as U.S. navy ship USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) docks at Manila’s South Harbor, Philippines, March 23, 2012. The Blue Ridge, flagship of the United States Seventh Fleet, was on a routine port call and on a four-day goodwill visit in the country. (Pat Roque/AP Photo)

 

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Worshippers carry a giant effigy called ogoh-ogoh that represents evil spirits during a parade a day before Nyepi, the annual day of silence marking the Balinese Hindu New Year in Jakarta, Indonesia, March 22, 2012. (Tatan Syuflana/AP Photo)

 

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