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The week in photos

This is the week that was, in pictures.

PROTESTS AND PROMENADES dominated the streets of Dublin this week – but we also enjoyed a week of lovely sunshine.

This is how the week looked to us:

The week in photos
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  • Escape

    Afghan refugee girls pose for a picture while playing on a railway track, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.
  • What about my medal?

    Soldiers from 104 Military Working Dog Squadron of the British Army during a presentation ceremony.
  • Springing for spring

    These dancers from the Irish National Youth Ballet Company are like a host of golden daffodils as they rehearse for their 15th anniversary celebration next week. Pic: Niall Carson
  • Bird's eye view

    A male stork prepares the nest on the chimney of an old distillery as he waits for his partner to arrive at sunrise near Berlin, Germany.
  • Torn apart

    Soldiers loyal to Alassane Ouattara point to men they claim to recognise among several dozen prisoners captured during fighting and patrols in Abidjan, Ivory Coast earlier this week.
  • Timeless beauty

    Charlene Wittstock, fiancee of Prince Albert of Monaco, catches the spotlight as the couple made a tour of Ireland this week. Pic: Julien Behal.
  • Crouching tigress

    An Afghan girl practices the martial arts with a sword at a Wosho training club in Injil, Herat province, Afghanistan.
  • Protest

    Four-year-old Edie O'Brien joins her mum and women's groups outside Leinster House Dublin today during the lunchtime protest over the recording of gardai making rape remarks after the arrest of two women protesters at the Corrib Gas Shell Protest. Pic: Julien Behal/PA Wire.
  • Full of hot air

    A hot air balloon pilot prepares his balloon for take off near Canterbury, Kent, during a world record-breaking attempt for the largest number of hot air balloons to cross the English Channel.
  • Held high

    The coffin of PSNI Constable Ronan Kerr, killed in a car bomb last weekend, is carried through his home town of Beragh in Co Tyrone. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Images
  • Golden octopus

    The remains of World Cup match predicting octopus Paul are exhibited in a golden urn at the aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany.
  • Remembrance day

    Chinese people arrange flowers to put on the tomb of a deceased relative at a cemetery on the Qingming Festival in Beijing, also known as Grave Sweeping Day, when the Chinese honour their lost loved ones.
  • Against the barricades

    A Lebanese protester clashes with riot policemen outside the central Roumieh prison in Beirut, Lebanon. Two died in a prison riot as inmates demanded better conditions.
  • Because we are girls...

    The joy on these London schoolgirls' faces is infectious - they were marching to raise funds for the '”Because I Am a Girl' campaign.
  • Oh, happy day

    Hugh Walsh, left, and partner Barry Dignam, celebrate their civil partnerships in Dublin this week with family and friends cheering them on.
  • Hatching beauties

    Butterflies hatching in a chrysalis window at 'Sensational Butterflies' at the National History Museum in England.
  • Remembering mine victims

    A Colombian amputee soldier, victim of a land mine, walks through a shoe installation marking International Day for Landmine Awareness at Simon Bolivar Square in Bogota, Colombia.
  • Sun, sun, sun

    A man stretches out at City Hall, London in the warm sunny spring weather we've all enjoyed this week.

All images courtesy of Press Association/AP

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