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Monsoon season in southern Asia has begun, and in India the rains arrived ahead of schedule, easing drought concerns. Monsoon rains can be disruptive and even deadly, but crucial for the farmers whose crops feed millions of people. Though concerns for flooding are prevalent, the arrival of the rains brings colorful celebrations and relief from the heat every year. -Leanne Burden Seidel (32 photos total)
An Indian buffalo herder holding a traditional handmade umbrella stands in a field to keep watch of his buffaloes as monsoon clouds hover above in Bhubaneswar, India, on June 13, 2013. (Biswaranjan Rout/Associated Press)     

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People walk on the OCBC Skyway linking the Supertrees in the nearly completed Gardens By The Bay just next to Singapore’s busy financial district on Monday April 30, 2012 in Singapore. This is part of the city-state’s efforts to bring and nurture greenery within the city and capture the essence of Singapore as a tropical [...]

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Christians commemorated the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Sunday, a holiday that marks the end of Holy Week and the end of Lent. Observances around the world bring a diversity of traditions as varied as the countries celebrating. Eastern Orthodox Christians will observe Easter on April 15. Gathered here are images of Christians during Holy Week and Easter, including reenactments of the Crucifixion, pilgrimages, baptisms, sunrise services, and more. -- Lane Turner (37 photos total)
A girl wears an angel costume during Blood of Christ celebrations at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Managua on March 30, 2012. (Esteban Felix/Associated Press)

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SMALL, BIGGER, BIGGEST: An elderly woman sorted fish to sell in a market on the banks of the River Brahmaputra in Gauhati, India, Tuesday. (Anupam Nath/Associated Press)

BOUND FOR ROME: An employee prepared flowers for packaging and shipping in Lisse, the Netherlands, Tuesday. The flowers will be used for the Easter service on Sunday at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City. (Robin Utrecht/AFP/Getty Images)

MADNESS ENDS: Kansas player Elijah Johnson (15) watched as streamers fell after his team lost its NCAA college basketball championship game to Kentucky, 67-59, Monday in New Orleans. (David J. Phillip/Associated Press)

SURVIVORS’ SPORT: Sabahudin Delalic relaxed after a training session for Bosnia’s national sitting volleyball team in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Monday. The team is made up of victims of war, most of whom are missing limbs. (Amel Emric/Associated Press)

SCHOOL SHOOTING: A body lay next to a coroner’s van outside Oikos University in Oakland, Calif., Monday. Seven people were killed and three wounded in a shooting rampage at the small Christian college. The suspect had been expelled from the school, police said. (Noah Berger/Associated Press)

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An Indian man dances amid a cloud of colored powder during Holi celebrations in Gauhati, India, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, also heralds the coming of spring. Jerry Vonderhaar, left, comforts Charles Kellogg after severe weather hit the Eagle Point subdivision in Limestone County, Ala. on Friday, March 2, 2012. [...]

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ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? Wilfred Spencer polished the Vince Lombardi Trophy on Friday before a news conference for Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. The championship game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots will be played Sunday. (David J. Phillip/Associated Press)

OFF THE RAILS: A rescuer searched a car of a derailed passenger train for casualties after an accident at Sathi Sarapa village, near Gauhati, India, Friday. A railway official said the train hit a bulldozer at an unmanned crossing in the northeastern Indian state. (Anupam Nath/Associated Press)

HAIR CARE: A man dusted mannequins displaying wigs in a hair and beauty store Thursday in London. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

WINTER STORM: Snow covered a car after an overnight snowstorm in Aurora, Colo., on Friday. A powerful winter storm swept eastward across Colorado on Friday, bringing blizzard warnings to eastern Colorado and western Kansas. (Andy Cross/The Denver Post/Associated Press)

BUNDLED UP: A woman wore heavy winter clothes as she tried to sell cigarettes to passersby in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, on Friday. The death toll from the cold spell reached 101 in Ukraine, where temperatures plummeted to below minus 30 degrees Celsius. (Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA)

POLAR PLUNGE: Members of a local winter swimming club warmed up before taking a swim on the bank of the Yenisei River near the town of Divnogorsk, Siberia, on Friday. (Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)

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MEDITATIVE STATE: A woman floated in the Dead Sea near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Mitzpe Shalem Wednesday. The Dead Sea, a salt lake below sea level, is one of 28 landmarks vying for the title of one of the new 7 Wonders of Nature. (Nir Elias/Reuters)

CLEAN SWEEP: Members of a trade union protested in a cloud of foam in front of the Brussels Stock Exchange Wednesday. (Bruno Fahy/European Pressphoto Agency)

EGG IN HIS EYE: Protesters egged members of a Syrian opposition delegation who were meeting with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil el-Araby in Cairo Wednesday. The protesters accused the delegation of secretly working with the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. (Mohamed Abd El-Ghany/Reuters)

LOCKED UP: People cried inside a police van as they were taken to prison outside a courthouse in Mehsana, India, Wednesday. The court sentenced 31 Hindus to life imprisonment for killing dozens of Muslims by setting a building on fire nine years ago. (Ajit Solanki/Associated Press)

TRUCK FIRE: A tractor-trailer exploded after it collided with another tractor-trailer on a busy highway in a south Phoenix suburb at the height of rush hour Wednesday morning, killing one driver and closing both directions of Interstate 10. (Mark Henle/The Arizona Republic/Associated Press)

CONCRETE SHELTER: A woman cooked under the cover of a concrete structure that eventually will be used in a construction project on the outskirts of flooded Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday. (Apichart Weerawong/Associated Press)

A LASTING IMPRESSION: A man displayed a footprint taken from the feet of legendary singer Bhupen Hazarika during the musician’s cremation in Gauhati, India, Wednesday. Mr. Hazarika, who composed music for hundreds of films, died over the weekend in Mumbai. He was in his 80s. (Anupam Nath/Associated Press)

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