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Around the world in 12 photographs: stunning images from around the globe

Today’s photos from around the world feature elephant polo in Thailand, renovation work in Cuba, a Hindu ritual in Bali, a David Bowie portrait and more.

Elephants enjoy a spread of fruit and vegetables ahead of their polo match in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, March 10, 2016. The annual King's Cup Elephant Polo charity event raises funds for projects that better the lives of Thailand’s wild and domesticated elephant population and is being held on the banks of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River until March 13.
Image by AP Photo/Mark Baker

Elephants enjoy a spread of fruit and vegetables ahead of their polo match in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday. The annual King’s Cup Elephant Polo charity event raises funds for projects that better the lives of Thailand’s wild and domesticated elephant population and is being held on the banks of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River until 13 March.

Balinese men covered with mud to purify themselves from evil spirits during a Hindu ritual called ''Mabuug-buugan'' at Kedonganan village in Bali, Indonesia.
Image by AP Photo Firdia Lisnawati

Balinese men covered with mud to purify themselves from evil spirits during a Hindu ritual called ”Mabuug-buugan” at Kedonganan village in Bali, Indonesia.

Workers restore a spire of the Nikolskaya Tower in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 10, 2016.
Image by AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Workers restore a spire of the Nikolskaya Tower in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, 10 March.

People walk amid renovation work in downtown Havana, Cuba, Thursday, March 10, 2016. U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Cuba for three days this month. The Rolling Stones will play in Havana's Ciudad Deportiva three days after President Barack Obama visits the city. The concert is expected to draw a massive audience becoming the most famous act to play Cuba since its 1959 revolution.
Image by AP Photo/Desmond Boylan

People walk amid renovation work in downtown Havana, Cuba, Thursday, 10 March. U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Cuba for three days this month. The Rolling Stones will play in Havana’s Ciudad Deportiva three days after President Barack Obama visits the city. The concert is expected to draw a massive audience becoming the most famous act to play Cuba since its 1959 revolution.

Muslim pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, during the minor pilgrimage, known as Umrah, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, March 10, 2016,.
Image by AP Photo/Amr Nabil

Muslim pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, during the minor pilgrimage, known as Umrah, in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, 10 March.

A pilot inflates his balloon as he prepares for his first flight at the start of the Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Putrajaya, Malaysia on Friday, March 11, 2016. About 20 pilots from 10 countries participated in this year's balloon fiesta.
Image by AP Photo/Vincent Thian

A pilot inflates his balloon as he prepares for his first flight at the start of the Putrajaya Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Putrajaya, Malaysia on Friday, 11 March. About 20 pilots from ten countries participated in this year’s balloon fiesta.

Lyon & Turnbull employee Irena Navrocka holds a painting by David Bowie at the auction house in Edinburgh ahead of their Contemporary Paintings Sale. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 10, 2016. The late pop icon donated the self-portrait DHEAD for the fundraising ARTAID 98 exhibition in the city in 1998. The star died on January 10 after a private 18-month battle with liver cancer. His work is going on sale at Lyon & Turnbull's contemporary paintings sale on March 16 and is valued at £3,000-£5,000.
Image by Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Lyon & Turnbull employee Irena Navrocka holds a painting by David Bowie at the auction house in Edinburgh ahead of their Contemporary Paintings Sale. The late pop icon donated the self-portrait DHEAD for the fundraising ARTAID 98 exhibition in the city in 1998. The star died on 10 January after a private 18-month battle with liver cancer. His work is going on sale at Lyon & Turnbull’s contemporary paintings sale on March 16 and is valued at £3,000-£5,000.

The Perito Moreno Glacier's ice bridge collapses into Lake Argentina, at Los Glaciares National Park, near El Calafate, in Argentina's Patagonia region, Thursday, March 10, 2016. The massive natural monument in the province of Santa Cruz periodically advances over the lake, and then breaks off. The glacier last ruptured in March 2012.
Image by AP Photo/Francisco Munoz

The Perito Moreno Glacier’s ice bridge collapses into Lake Argentina, at Los Glaciares National Park, near El Calafate, in Argentina’s Patagonia region, Thursday, 10 March. The massive natural monument in the province of Santa Cruz periodically advances over the lake, and then breaks off. The glacier last ruptured in March 2012.

A man lights a candle to mourn for victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami prior to a special memorial event in Tokyo Friday, March 11, 2016. Japanese gathered in Tokyo and along the country's ravaged northeast coast to observe a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. Friday, exactly five years after a powerful earthquake struck offshore and triggered a devastating tsunami that killed more than 18,000 people.
Image by AP Photo/ Eugene Hoshiko

A man lights a candle to mourn for victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami prior to a special memorial event in Tokyo Friday, 11 March. Japanese gathered in Tokyo and along the country’s ravaged northeast coast to observe a moment of silence at 2:46 p.m. Friday, exactly five years after a powerful earthquake struck offshore and triggered a devastating tsunami that killed more than 18,000 people.

A Pakistani waits for customers to take a ride on his horse ride at Clifton beach, Karachi, Pakistan, Thursday, March 10, 2016.
Image by AP Photo/Shakil Adil

A Pakistani waits for customers to take a ride on his horse at Clifton beach, Karachi, Pakistan, Thursday.

Sonia Merate trims her poodle Layla during day one of Crufts 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham
Image by Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Sonia Merate trims her poodle Layla during day one of Crufts 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham.