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Pictures Of The Day: Thursday 17th March 2016

The best pictures from around the world

17/03/2016 07:10 GMT

Pictures of the day from The Huffington Post brings you the very best news and sports images from around the world, chosen and created by our own photo editors, Elliot Wagland and Tahira Mirza.

  • NASA
    U.S. Astronaut Terry Virts on Feb. 6, 2015 captured this Earth observation of Ireland, United Kingdom and Scandinavia on a moonlit night under an amazing and ever-changing aurora. Terry is a flight engineer on the international Space Station  with Expedition 42.
  • Simon Peach/PA Wire
    A view of the new England football kit.
  • STR via Getty Images
    Hollywood star and UN refugee agency envoy Angelina Jolie (C) talks with w refugee boy as she visits the Moria refugee camp at the island of Lesbos on March 17, 2016. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
  • STR via Getty Images
    Hollywood star and UN refugee agency envoy Angelina Jolie is kissed by a girl as she visits the Moria refugee camp at the island of Lesbos on March 17, 2016. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
    Queen Elizabeth II unveils a plaque as she officially opens the new lion enclosure at London Zoo.
  • Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire
    Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, visits ZSL London Zoo to officially open the Land of the Lions exhibit.
  • Neil Lancefield/PA Wire
    Mayor of London Boris Johnson takes the controls of a Tube simulator at London Underground's training headquarters at Ashfield House, West Kensington, London.
  • Cadbury
    Great Western Railway (GWR) has today launched its first colouring book ‘Iron Horses of the West’ with Bristol-based urban street artist Andy Council. Created in consultation with train enthusiasts, the book celebrates the art of ‘ferroequinology’ - the study of railways, and the locomotives ‘Iron Horses’ that traversed them.
  • Gareth Cattermole via Getty Images
    LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: A general view of the original Bagpuss during a photocall for the Bagpuss And The Clangers Retrospective Of Smallfilms at the V&A Museum Of Childhood on March 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
  • Gareth Cattermole via Getty Images
    LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: Curator Alice Sage holds up one of the original Clangers during a photocall for the Bagpuss And The Clangers Retrospective Of Smallfilms at the V&A Museum Of Childhood on March 17, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
  • David Parry/PA Wire
    Captain David Hawker a Captain Birdseye look-a-like at St Katharine Docks in London to take part in a captain's boot camp to reveal the biggest Captain Birdseye fan.
  • Burhan Ozbilici/AP
    A man is being searched by security officials on busy Tunali Hilmi Street four days after a deadly explosion in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, March 17, 2016. A Kurdish militant group on Thursday claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack in the Turkish capital Ankara which killed 37 people. In a statement posted on its website, the Kurdistan Freedom Falcons said the attack was in response to Turkish military operations against Kurdish rebels in the southeast Turkey.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
  • Sergei Savostyanov via Getty Images
    BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN. MARCH 17, 2016. A Russian Orthodox priest leads prayers and sprays holy water during a blessing ceremony at the launch pad where the Soyuz FG booster rocket with the Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft has been installed, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. On 19 March, 2016, the rocket is due to take three crew members to the International Space Station where they will join ISS Expedition 47. Sergei Savostyanov/TASS (Photo by Sergei Savostyanov\TASS via Getty Images)
  • Gretel Ensignia/PA Wire
    The Coca-Cola London Eye, on London's South Bank is lit green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Thursday 17th March.
  • Alexandre Schneider via Getty Images
    RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - MARCH 11: View of Christ the Reedemer during sunset at Copacabana beach as seen from the arena of the FIVB Rio Grand Slam during day four of the FIVB Beach Volleyball Rio Grand Slam, on March 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images for FIVB)
  • Jon Super/PA Wire
    Intu Trafford Centre in Manchester is lit green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Thursday 17th March.
  • Franco Origlia via Getty Images
    VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - MARCH 12: Pope Francis kisses a disabled girl during a Jubilee Audience in St. Peter's Square on March 12, 2016 in Vatican City, Vatican. As part of ongoing celebrations of the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis held a special General Audience on Saturday morning. The special Saturday Audiences are being held once each month throughout the Jubilee Year. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
  • The RFU via Getty Images
    LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: In this handout photo provided by The RFU Collection, RFU Vice Patron Prince Harry meets students from Great Barr School (Birmingham) and Ace Academy (Tipton, West Mids) who are part of the CBRE All Schools programme at Twickenham Stadium on March 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Rogers - WPA Pool/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)
  • Justin Sullivan via Getty Images
    YOUNGSTOWN, OH - MARCH 12: Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a pint of Guinness beer at O'Donold's Irish Pub and Grill on March 12, 2016 in Youngstown, Ohio. Hillary Clinton is campaigning in Missouri and Ohio. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
  • Mark Thompson via Getty Images
    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 17: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP in the Paddock during previews to the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 17, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
  • Sandy Young/PA Wire
    The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, is lit green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Thursday 17th March.
  • BART MAAT via Getty Images
    Netherlands' Queen Maxima helps out at playground and neighborhood association Vreugdeoord in Alphen aan den Rijn, on 12 March 2016. / AFP / ANP / Bart Maat / Netherlands OUT (Photo credit should read BART MAAT/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Scott Heppell/PA Wire
    Gateshead Millennium Bridge in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, is lit green by Tourism Ireland to celebrate St Patrick's Day, which is on Thursday 17th March.
  • Matt Cardy via Getty Images
    IDOMENI, GREECE - MARCH 11: Migrants hold up placards at the Idomeni refugee camp on the Greek Macedonia border on March 11, 2016 in Idomeni, Greece. The decision by Macedonia to close its border to migrants on Wednesday has left thousands of people stranded at the Greek transit camp. The closure, following the lead taken by neighbouring countries, has effectively sealed the so-called western Balkan route, the main migration route that has been used by hundreds of thousands of migrants to reach countries in western Europe such as Germany. Humanitarian workers have described the conditions at the camp as desperate, which has been made much worse by recent bouts of heavy rain. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
  • Simon Peach/PA Wire
    A view of the new England football kit.