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Illuminated giant flower pot on Tiananmen Square, Beijing. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

Picture desk live: the best news pictures of the day

A Boma carving, a Balinese protector spirit, is shown on a cremation tower during the funeral of Balinese royal Tjokorda Ngurah Wim Sukawati in Ubud on Indonesias resort island of Bali. Balinese Hindus believe cremation is intended to return bodies to the fundamental elements of fire, air, water, earth and void. Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP/Getty Images

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German sailing ship "Alexander Von Humboldt II" (L) sails close to Russian sailing ship "Mir" (R) during a parade for the Mediterranean Tall Ships regatta in Toulon. Some 37 tall ships have gathered for the competition which ended in a parade in the bay of Toulon. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

Picture desk live: the best news pictures of the day

I'm Batman - No, I'm Batman! Mexico City, Santiago Gomez, dressed in a Batman costume, poses for a photograph with a Batman street performer. Gomez's parents Rosio and Pepe brought him from Toluca as a gift for his sixth birthday, which is tomorrow. Photograph: Ivan Pierre Aguirre/AP

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Berlin, Germany: Furry enthusiasts attend the Eurofurence. Furry fandom refers to a subculture whose followers express an interest in anthropomorphic - half-human, half-animal, creatures in artistic contexts. Berlin, Germany: furry enthusiasts attend the Eurofurence. Furry fandom is a subculture whose followers have an interest in anthropomorphic, or half-human, half-animal creatures in artistic contexts. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

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This is the other Eiffel Tower: A half-sized copy of the Eiffel Tower in Tianducheng, a small Chinese community replicating Paris, in Hangzhou city, China. Famous landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysees, and the Champ de Mars are already taking shape in the area. Photograph: Imaginechina/Corbis

Picture desk live: the best news pictures of the day

snowboarding on the South Downs near Brighton in southern England March 2013

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A Greenpeace activist dressed as a polar bear demonstrates against the detention of Arctic Sunrise crew members who were detained after trying to board an offshore oil platform. Photograph: Shamukov Ruslan/ITAR-TASS/Corbis