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Paper pandas and Death Valley blooms: images from around the world

From surprise Spring snow in the UK to blooming flowers in Death Valley, here’s our selection of the best images from around the world today:

Paper pandas in Thailand
Paper pandas in Thailand

Paper pandas created by French artist Paulo Grangeon are placed in front of the Grand Palace in BangkokThailand, Friday 4 March. The exhibit is part of the World Wide Fund’s project where the 1600 paper pandas symbolise the last pandas still present in nature.

Sheep in the snow in Blacko, Lancashire
Sheep in the snow in Blacko, Lancashire Image by Lauren Brown/PA Wire

Sheep wandered in the snow in Blacko, Lancashire, as parts of the UK woke up to almost four inches of snow on Friday morning as March continues to feel more like winter than spring. Weather warnings are in place for Northern Ireland, north Wales, northern and western England and Scotland as a frontal system continues to make its way in from the Atlantic. The north of England has been blanketed, with as much as 10cm of snow reported on high ground. More than 50 schools in Oldham, Greater Manchester, 28 in West Yorkshire and eight in Leeds have been closed.

The Badwater Basin in bloom in the Death Valley
The Badwater Basin in bloom in the Death Valley Image by AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Michael Gilbert walks through a field carpeted with wildflowers near Badwater Basin in Death Valley, California. A rare “super bloom” of wildflowers in Death Valley National Park has covered the hottest and driest place in North America with a carpet of gold, attracting tourists from all over the world and enchanting visitors with a stunning display from nature’s paint brush. The display happens about once every 10 years and the last time tourists saw so many spring wildflowers was in 2005.

Delegates going to the China's National People's Congress
Delegates going to the China’s National People’s Congress Image by AP Photo/Andy Wong

Delegates arrive at the Great Hall of the People to attend a session ahead of Saturday’s opening of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) in Beijing, Friday 4 March. The political conclave comes as China’s leaders are being tested by new challenges including an economy that has slowed to a 25-year low, global uncertainty over the country’s tumultuous stock markets and currency movements, and tensions over the South China Sea.

Hostesses pose for photos on Tiananmen Square
Hostesses pose for photos on Tiananmen Square Image by AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

Hostesses, who facilitated the arrival of delegates on buses, pose for photos on Tiananmen Square near the Great Hall of the People in Beijing during a meeting ahead of Saturday’s opening session of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC), Friday,  4 March, 2016. The political conclave comes as China’s leaders are being tested by new challenges including an economy that has slowed to a 25-year low, global uncertainty over the country’s tumultuous stock markets and currency movements, and tensions over the South China Sea.

Arlington at dawn
Arlington at dawn Image by AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

A jogger passes by the Arlington Memorial Bridge at sunrise in Washington, Thursday, 3 March. The National Park Service is preparing to patch up the Arlington Memorial Bridge one last time, but even that fix will only extend the life of Washington’s most iconic river crossing by another five years.