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Pictures Of The Day: 12th March 2013

11/03/2013 23:44 | Updated 12 March 2013

The Huffington Post pictures of the day brings you the very best images from around the world chosen by our own photo editors, Elliot Wagland, Matthew Tucker and Tahira Mirza.

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12/03/2013 16:40 GMT

Giddy Up! It's The Leadership Race

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Rumours abound in the political world of a number of plots to replace David Cameron as Conservative leader. In honour of this week's Cheltenham Festival, HuffPost UK Picture Desk have compiled a list of top runners and riders, each hoping to jockey themselves into position and whip the party into shape...

12/03/2013 16:40 GMT

Aurora Shooter In Court

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James Holmes sits with defense attorney Tamara Brady during his arraignment in district court in Centennial, Colo., on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Judge William Blair Sylvester entered a not guilty plea on behalf of James Holmes on Tuesday after the former graduate student's defense team said he was not ready to enter one.

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12/03/2013 16:21 GMT

Now That's A Way To Get Publicity

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The Close Shave Society has launched a new advertising campaign which will certainly grab your attention. Close Shave Society is an online subscription service offering razor blades to men and women. They cost 50% off what you pay in stores while maintaining the highest quality. Even better than that, we deliver them straight to you in a sleek package that fits through your letter box. There is no long term commitment, no added shipping cost, we make it as easy as possible for you to keep clean shaved. After many months of sampling different razors and many nicks and cuts later we found the one we wanted to use. A German manufactured blade that is of the same quality as the leading brand but without all the unnecessary add ons like a vibrating handle. Although we could have outsourced to Asia and improved our margins greatly we decided to keep the business within the EU and deliver the best shave we could. Take a look HERE and see what you think.

12/03/2013 16:14 GMT

Taking A Tough Tumble

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Poole Master and jockey Tom Scudamore falls during the JLT Specialty Handicap Chase during day one of the 2013 Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire.

12/03/2013 16:11 GMT

Golfer Falls Down Sinkhole

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Hank Martinez, top, Ed Magaletta, right, and Russ Nobbe, look into an 18-foot-deep and 10-foot- wide sinkhole that golfer Mark Minhal fell into while playing golf at the Annbriar Golf Course in Waterloo, Ill. Mihal, 43, a mortgage broker from Creve Coeur, Mo., was hoisted to safety with a rope and suffered a dislocated shoulder.

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12/03/2013 16:01 GMT

Fern Does The Splits

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Natalie Lowe, Aliona Vilani, Russell Grant, Richard Arnold, Dani Harmer, Louis Smith and Fern Britton (centre) at the 2013 TRIC Awards, at Grosvenor House on Park Lane, London.

12/03/2013 15:39 GMT

Brighton Blanketted By Snow

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Brighton beach is covered in a blanket of snow on March 12, 2013 in Brighton, England. Snowfall is affecting Southern parts of the UK with yellow weather warnings issued for London and South-East England.

12/03/2013 15:36 GMT

Who's The Toughest...Lilly Or Boris?

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Lilly Becker and judo fighter Ole Bischof at a training session at Favela Rocinha. Lilly and husband Boris Becker are in town for the Laureus Sports Awards. Featuring: Ole Bischof,Boris Becker Where: Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

12/03/2013 15:28 GMT

Celebrities On Ice tour

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Beth Tweddle and her skating partner Dan Whiston at the launch of the Celebrities On Ice tour at the Ice Bar, London.

12/03/2013 14:40 GMT

How's Your Head?

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Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte, of Italy, collide with Neil Brown, of the Czech Republic, during a practice session for the World Figure Skating Championships Tuesday, March 12, 2013, in London, Ontario.

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WARNING! If you don't want to see Nicki Minaj's boobs... it's too late, here they are.

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The not-so shy popstar donned a pair of skin-tight leggings, nipple pasties and not much else as she took to the set of her new music video with French rapper Montana. The 30-year-old is clearly taking the side-boob trend to the next level and going all-boob, let's just hope it doesn't catch on.

If you haven't seen enough of Nicki, here's a little more:

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A Darth Vader Balloon was taking a trip over Canberra, Australia, as part of the city's centenary celebration. Radio presenter Adam Shirley managed to catch this great image of the Jedi Knight while it was taking off.

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A Darth Vader Balloon was taking a trip over Canberra, Australia, as part of the city's centenary celebration. Radio ...Read More"},{"id":"27","created":"12/03/2013 12:47 GMT","title":"Missed A Bit?","tweet_link":"27_missed-a-bit","entry_text":"

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King Abdullah helps Queen Rania with some stray makeup, as they wait to greet the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to the Royal Palace in Amman the capital of Jordan. The Royal couple are on the first leg of a tour of the Middle East taking in Qatar, Saudia Arabia and Oman.

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King Abdullah helps Queen Rania with some stray makeup, as they wait to greet the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to the Royal Palace in Amman the capital of Jordan. The Royal couple are on the first leg of a tour of the Middle East taki...Read More"},{"id":"26","created":"12/03/2013 12:30 GMT","title":"Do They Have Laser Beams?","tweet_link":"26_do-they-have-laser-beams","entry_text":"

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second left, watches sturgeons in a pond at the Ryongjong Fish Farm in South Hwanghae, southwestern North Korea.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves at military officers after inspecting the Wolnae Islet Defense Detachment, North Korea, near the western sea border with South Korea. North Korea's young leader urged front-line troops to be on \"maximum alert\" for a potential war as a state-run newspaper said Pyongyang had carried out a threat to cancel the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second left, watches sturgeons in a pond at the Ryongjong Fish Farm in South Hwanghae, southwestern North Korea.

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Actress Olivia Wilde attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 11, 2013 in Hollywood, California.

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Actress Olivia Wilde attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 11, 2013 in Hollywood, California.

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Cardinals attend a mass at the St Peter's basilica before the start of the conclave on March 12, 2013 at the Vatican. Cardinals moved into the Vatican today as the suspense mounted ahead of a secret papal election with no clear frontrunner to steer the Catholic world through troubled waters after Benedict XVI's historic resignation.The 115 cardinal electors who pick the next leader of 1.2 billion Catholics in a conclave in the Sistine Chapel will live inside the Vatican walls completely cut off from the outside world until they have made their choice.

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Cardinals attend a mass at the St Peter's basilica before the start of the conclave on March 12, 2013 at the Vatican. Cardinals moved into the Vatican today as the suspense mounted ahead of a secret papal election with no clear frontrunner to st...Read More"},{"id":"23","created":"12/03/2013 11:29 GMT","title":"Distracted Much?","tweet_link":"23_distracted-much","entry_text":"

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Actress Halle Berry during an interview with host Jay Leno

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Actress Halle Berry during an interview with host Jay Leno

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Simon Cowell with Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon during a sketch for Comic Relief which will be shown on Friday March 15. will be walking down the aisle in front of a close-knit circle of celebrity friends and acquaintances, as he finally looks set to marry in what promises to be the wedding of the year. In an emotionally charged ceremony, a whole host of famous faces from the worlds of showbiz and entertainment will gather together to celebrate Simon's special day, but who is the lucky bride? read in full here

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Simon Cowell with Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon during a sketch for Comic Relief which will be shown on Friday March 15. will be walking down the aisle in front of a close-knit circle of celebrity friends and acquaintance...Read More"},{"id":"21","created":"12/03/2013 10:56 GMT","title":"Inside The Sistine Chapel","tweet_link":"21_inside-the-sistine-chapel","entry_text":"

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Italian Renaissance painter Michaelangelo's \"Last Judgement\" fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel above the seating arrangement of the cardinals for the conclave, at the Vatican. Cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday to elect the next pope amid more upheaval and uncertainty than the Catholic Church has seen in decades: There's no front-runner, no indication how long voting will last and no sense that a single man has what it takes to fix the many problems.

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Italian Renaissance painter Michaelangelo's \"Last Judgement\" fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel above the seating arrangement of the cardinals for the conclave, at the Vatican. Cardinals enter the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday to elect the ...Read More"},{"id":"20","created":"12/03/2013 10:51 GMT","title":"Man Pulls 18-Ton Public Bus With A Full Load Of Passengers","tweet_link":"20_man-pulls-18ton-public-bus-with-a-full-load-of-passengers","entry_text":"

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A man is seen pulling an 18-ton public bus with a full load of passengers in Shijiazhuang, capital of northern China's Hebei Province. Chen Yanqiang, who weighs 102kg, pulled the bus and its 26 passengers for 15 meters.

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A man is seen pulling an 18-ton public bus with a full load of passengers in Shijiazhuang, capital of northern China's Hebei Province. Chen Yanqiang, who weighs 102kg, pulled the bus and its 26 passengers for 15 meters.

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Wink ;) twitpic.com/ca3l06

— Amanda Bynes (@AmandaBynes) March 10, 2013

Amanda Bynes showed a way different look on her Twitter page at the weekend when she shared a photo, presumably of herself, with the caption \"Wink ;).\" The photo shows a heavily rouged Bynes wearing a red beanie and fatigue shirt and sporting long, curly blond hair as she stares into a compact mirror. The former Nickelodeon star's new cheek piercing can also be seen in the snapshot.

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The Prince of Wales visits the King Hussein Mosque on the second day of a visit to the country on March 12, 2013 in Amman, Jordan. The Royal couple are on the first leg of a tour of the Middle East taking in Qatar, Saudia Arabia and Oman

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The Prince of Wales visits the King Hussein Mosque on the second day of a visit to the country on March 12, 2013 in Amman, Jordan. The Royal couple are on the first leg of a tour of the Middle East taking in Qatar, Saudia Arabia and Oman

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You've seen them without their clothes,now see them without makeup. These 'actresses' truly reveal it all in this amazing before-and-after photo series by Melissa Murphy, makeup artist to the porn industry

See The Pictures Below

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You've seen them without their clothes,now see them without makeup. These 'actresses' truly reveal it all in this amazing before-and-after photo series by Melissa Murphy, makeup artist to the porn industry

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Icicles on the side of a road in South Derbyshire as large parts of the UK continue to experience winter weather conditions

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Icicles on the side of a road in South Derbyshire as large parts of the UK continue to experience winter weather conditions

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Emma Stone filming on location for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' on March 11, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

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Emma Stone filming on location for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' on March 11, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

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Curator of Mammals at Chester Zoo Tim Rowlands at home, hand rearing a baby Dik Dik which was abandoned by its mother.

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Curator of Mammals at Chester Zoo Tim Rowlands at home, hand rearing a baby Dik Dik which was abandoned by its mother.

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The view of the sun is partially obscured by Earth as seen by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory on Mar. 11, 2013, at 2:20 a.m. EDT. Credit: NASA/SDO

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This image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory on Mar. 11, 2013, at 8:00 a.m. EDT, shows the moon crossing in front of the sun. Credit: NASA/SDO

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Wow, 12 hours to get from London to brighton! #a23 #m23 twitter.com/Mudbathstudio/…

— Mudbath (@Mudbathstudio) March 12, 2013

@bbc_haveyoursay twitter.com/tateyboi2011/s…

— SIMON TATE (@tateyboi2011) March 12, 2013

Snowing heavily in RH16, A23, M23 at gridlock, no gritters, took this when got up at 5am for a wee twitter.com/stopfakery/sta…

— jp (@stopfakery) March 12, 2013

#M23 #snow #traffic #chaos #sleepinginthecartonight #gridlock #brighton #uk #england twitter.com/JimmyMelophoni…

— Jim Dude (@JimmyMelophonic) March 12, 2013

#M23 #snow #traffic #chaos #sleepinginthecartonight #gridlock #brighton #uk #england twitter.com/JimmyMelophoni…

— Jim Dude (@JimmyMelophonic) March 12, 2013

Southbound M23 - not moving. Slowly being snowed in... twitter.com/JimmyMelophoni…

— Jim Dude (@JimmyMelophonic) March 11, 2013

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(left to right) Reggie Yates,Danny O'Donoghue, Sir Tom Jones, Jessie J, will.i.am and Holly Willoughby at the launch of latest series for the BBC talent show, The Voice, at the Soho Hotel in London.

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Mark Roberts was climbing Parsley Fern Lefthand Gully. Mid climb he was knocked right off the mountain by a large chunk of ice. He proceeds to fall hundreds of feet down the mountain until he eventually comes to a stop, Mark thankfully survived the fall

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Mark Roberts was climbing Parsley Fern Lefthand Gully. Mid climb he was knocked right off the mountain by a large chunk of ice. He proceeds to fall hundreds of feet down the mountain until he eventually comes to a stop...Read More"},{"id":"9","created":"12/03/2013 07:55 GMT","title":"Waxing Lyrical","tweet_link":"9_waxing-lyrical","entry_text":"

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One Direction singer Harry Styles is measured by experts from Madame Tussauds waxworks museum in this Jan.9 photo made available by the museum on Monday March 11 2013. Madame Tussauds on Monday confirmed all five members of the phenomenally successful band, One Direction, are to be created as wax figures for a touring attraction that will kick off in three Madame Tussauds venues – London,New York, and Sydney.

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One Direction singer Harry Styles is measured by experts from Madame Tussauds waxworks museum in this Jan.9 photo made available by the museum on Monday March 11 2013. Madame Tussauds on Monday confirmed all five members of the phenomenally succ...Read More"},{"id":"8","created":"11/03/2013 19:50 GMT","title":"Feeling Better Ma'am?","tweet_link":"8_feeling-better-maam","entry_text":"

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Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth signs the Commonwealth Charter at a reception at Marlborough House, London.

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Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth signs the Commonwealth Charter at a reception at Marlborough House, London.

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Tian Tian the Panda plays in the snow at Edinburgh Zoo and he's not quite sure what to make of it.

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Tian Tian the Panda plays in the snow at Edinburgh Zoo and he's not quite sure what to make of it.

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Indonesia's minority Hindu devotees parade their 'Ogoh Ogoh' effigies during a ceremony at Jakarta's central National Monument on March 11, 2013 on the eve of Nyepi or Day of Silence. The effigies symbolizes evil and after the procession are torched in a symbolic act of destroying all the negative and demonic elements in the universe and will usher in Hindu's total Day of Silence on March 12, 2013.

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Indonesia's minority Hindu devotees parade their 'Ogoh Ogoh' effigies during a ceremony at Jakarta's central National Monument on March 11, 2013 on the eve of Nyepi or Day of Silence. The effigies symbolizes evil and after t...Read More"},{"id":"5","created":"11/03/2013 18:11 GMT","title":"Clinton Visits Haiti","tweet_link":"5_clinton-visits-haiti","entry_text":"

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Former US President Bill Clinton with an agricultural investment delegation visiting Sisal Company on March 11 2013 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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Former US President Bill Clinton with an agricultural investment delegation visiting Sisal Company on March 11 2013 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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Italian carabinieri policemen stand in front of St Peter's square on March 11, 2013 at the Vatican. Catholic cardinals had a final day of talks on March 11, 2013 before going into lockdown in the Sistine Chapel to elect a new pope after Benedict XVI's shock resignation, with an Italian and a Brazilian among the top contenders.

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Italian carabinieri policemen stand in front of St Peter's square on March 11, 2013 at the Vatican. Catholic cardinals had a final day of talks on March 11, 2013 before going into lockdown in the Sistine Chapel to elect a new pope after B...Read More"},{"id":"2","created":"11/03/2013 17:55 GMT","title":"Queen Elizabeth II Delivers Her Commonwealth Day Message","tweet_link":"2_queen-elizabeth-ii-delivers-her-commonwealth-day-message","entry_text":"

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In this image released on March 11, 2013, Queen Elizabeth II delivers her Commonwealth Day message at Buckingham Palace on March, 2013 in London, England. In her annual address, the Queen highlighted this year's Commonwealth theme - Opportunity Through Enterprise - and stressed how 'ambition and curiosity' can create new possibilities. She also urged the family of nations to think about the possibilities 'a bold heart, dedication and teamwork' can bring.

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Former British energy minister Chris Huhne comes into contact with a photographers lens as he arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London, on March 11, 2013. Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce were both jailed for 8 months today for perverting the course of justice over speeding points a decade ago.

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Former British energy minister Chris Huhne comes into contact with a photographers lens as he arrives at Southwark Crown Court in London, on March 11, 2013. Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce were both jailed for 8 months today for perverting the...Read More"}]

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