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Pictures Of The Day: 8th April 2013

07/04/2013 22:11 | Updated 08 April 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.

We would love to hear your thoughts on the stories of the day - leave a comment at the bottom of the blog.

08/04/2013 18:16 BST

Flag Flies At Half Mast Over Westminster

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The Union Flag flies at half mast over the Houses of Parliament following the death of former British Prime Minster Baroness Margaret Thatcher on April 8, 2013 in London, England. It has been confirmed that Lady Thatcher has died this morning following a stroke aged 87.

08/04/2013 16:51 BST

Is Soap Making A Come Back?

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Old Spice is aiming to breathe new life into a stodgy bar of soap with a new “manly” scented bars and a quirky new ad campaign.

08/04/2013 16:46 BST

Bit Over Excited Richard??

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Sir Richard Branson flashes his underpants on his arrival in Edinburgh after he left the inaugural Virgin Atlantic Little Red flight from London Heathrow to Edinburgh.

08/04/2013 16:40 BST

Laura Marano Goes Gaga

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Disney Channel starlet Laura Marano dazzles in a fashion shoot honouring half a decade of Lady Gaga, who released her first ever single, Just Dance, five years ago todayThe shoot takes its fashion inspiration from iconic songwriters of the century – Lady Gaga, Jessie J, Elton John, Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson – in a nod to the actress’s song writing character Ally, in the hit Disney Channel series Austin & Ally. The stylistic shots were created by a high profile team of fashion gurus – renowned photographer David Oldham and Anne-Marie Curtis, Elle magazine’s Fashion Director and stylist to stars like Cheryl Cole, Kristen Stewart and Alexa Chung, along with A-list glam team Maxine Leonard and Raphael Salley on hair and makeup.

08/04/2013 16:13 BST

Welfare Petition

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Campaigners (back row left to right) Lucia Molina, Eileen Short, Dominic Aversano who started the petition, Ian Mortimer Jones, Heather Simpson and Zoe Simpson (front) deliver a petition to the Department of Work and Pensions in London, calling for Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith to try living on 53 a week

08/04/2013 16:07 BST

Lucky Escape

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In a photo provided by Virginia State Police, the driver of a tractor-trailer is stuck inside the cab of her truck that is dangling from the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge Tunnel on Interstate I-664, in Newport News, Va. Emergency personnel rescued the driver, who was uninjured, from the cab. Virginia State Police say the tractor-trailer went out of control and struck the bridge Monday morning. The truck caught fire and the cab is hanging over the bridge that connects Suffolk and Newport News. State police shut down all southbound and northbound lanes as they respond to the crash

08/04/2013 15:39 BST

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy And David Cameron Chat In Madrid's La Moncloa Palace

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Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (L) welcomes his British counterpart David Cameron outside La Moncloa palace in Madrid on April 8, 2013.

08/04/2013 15:15 BST

Tributes For Thatcher Start To Pour In

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A detail of a floral tribute left outside the residence of Baroness Thatcher in Chester Square on April 8, 2013 in London, England. It has been confirmed that Lady Thatcher has died this morning following a stroke aged 87. Margaret Thatcher was the first female British Prime Minster and governed the UK from 1979 to 1990. She led the UK through some turbulent years and contentious issues including the Falklands War, the miner’s strike and the Poll Tax riots.

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Workmen lower Britain's Union flag to half-mast above 10 Downing Street in London, on April 8, 2013, following the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

08/04/2013 15:13 BST

Margaret Thatcher's Last PMQs

Margaret Thatcher's last Prime Minister's Question Time took place on Tuesday 27 November 1990. Mrs Thatcher resigned as Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party on 22 November 1990, formerly tendering her resignation to the Queen on 28 November. She was succeeded by John Major.

08/04/2013 13:53 BST

Margaret Thatcher Dead: Former Prime Minister's Life In Pictures

Baroness Margaret Thatcher has died aged 87. The former Prime Minister suffered from ill health in her later years and passed away after a stroke on Monday morning.

Lord Bell confirmed the news and said "It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning.

Prime Minister David Cameron also added: "It was with great sadness that l learned of Lady Thatcher’s death. We've lost a great leader, a great prime minister and a great Briton."

Take a look below at the gallery of her life in pictures.

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A four-year-old ram appears to have grown two extra horns. The ram lives on a sheep farm in Binzhou city.

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One of the Expedition 35 crew members aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station exposed this 400 millimeter night image of the greater New York City metropolitan area on March 23, 2013. For orientation purposes, note that Manhattan runs horizontal through the frame from left to the midpoint. Central Park is just a little to the left of frame center.

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Wrestler John Cena, left, wrestles with Dwayne Douglas Johnson, known as The Rock Sunday, April 7, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J., during Wrestlemania.

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Singer Taylor Swift attends the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Katy Perry fist bumps a young boy at a pre-school in Sahavola, Madagascar. According to UNICEF, Perry is visiting the organization's programmes in health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, education, child protection and youth development to focus attention on the situation of children in the country

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Katy Perry joins young girls jumping rope on a visit to a primary school that was rebuilt by UNICEF after it was destroyed by a cyclone in Ampihaonana, Madagascar

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Katy Perry pumps water at a water point on a visit to a primary school that was rebuilt by UNICEF after it was destroyed by a cyclone in Ampihaonana, Madagascar.

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Singer Rihanna watches the Los Angeles Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers in their NBA basketball game

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Singer Rihanna watches the Los Angeles Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers in their NBA basketball game

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One Direction's Liam Payne pulls bandmate Harry Styles pants down whilst performing

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One Direction's Liam Payne pulls bandmate Harry Styles pants down whilst performing

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Lambs enjoy the spring sun in a field in Rutland

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People celebrate in clouds of colored dust after The Color Run in Matosinhos, Portugal, Sunday, April 7, 2013. The Color Run is a 5K feel good, happy event where participants run through different color stations, where they are splashed with colored powder, and then partied at the finish line in clouds of multicolored fun.

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Youth Police and Crime Commissioner Paris Brown breaks down during media interviews outside Maidstone Police Station, Kent, following reports of comments she has recently made on social networking site, Twitter

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A striped Hyles Livornica moth known, as the 'Sphinx Livournien ', is pictured on the leaf of an orange tree in the Israeli Mediterranean coastal city of Netanya on April 7, 2013.

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A striped Hyles Livornica moth known, as the 'Sphinx Livournien ', is pictured on the leaf of an orange tree in the Israeli Mediterranean coastal city of Netanya on April 7, 2013.

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Blaise Matuidi of PSG and Andres Iniesta of Barcelona (L) in action during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final match between Paris Saint-Germain FC and FC Barcelona at the Parc des Princes stadium on April 2, 2013 in Paris France. (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)

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Cardinal Agostino Vallini helps Pope Francis after his robes were blown over his head by a gust of wind as he was delivering his blessing from the central balcony of St. John Lateran Basilica on April 7, 2013 in Rome, Italy. The pontiff was formally installed as the Bishop of Rome today, during a mass at the Basilica of Saint John Lateran.

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Proud mum-to-be Kim Kardashian debuted her bare baby bump for the first time in an Instagram. The 32-year-old reality star captioned the photo with a simple phrase: \"Baby love.\"

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