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From Michelle Obama to Australian dust storms: images from around the world today

Today is St Patrick’s Day and the world has undergone some #GlobalGreening. Parade preparations in Dublin, dust storms and fluke lightning bolts in New York all make up our images from around the world today:

St Patrick's Day in Dublin, Ireland
St Patrick’s Day in Dublin, Ireland Image by St Patrick’s Festival Ireland

The calm of the Dublin street’s in Ireland before the St Patrick’s Day parade gets underway!

Washington Wetlands Centre's quadruplet otter cubs
Washington Wetlands Centre’s quadruplet otter cubs Image by WWT Washington Wetland Centre/PA Wire

WWT Washington Wetland Centre of four otter cubs which have been born to Asian short-clawed otter parents Mimi and Musa at the WWT Washington Wetland Centre in Tyne and Wear.

The otter cubs were born to mother Mimi on March 3
The otter cubs were born to mother Mimi on March 3 Image by WWT Washington Wetland Centre/PA Wire

The quadruplets came safely on March 3 and looking after them is a family affair, with Musa and big sister Squeak caring for new mum Mimi.

Luna, the army dog that was thought drowned
Luna, the army dog that was thought drowned Image by Hayne Palmour IV/The San Diego Union-Tribune

Conner Lamb carries Luna, a 1 1/2-year-old dog that fell off a fishing boat in February, after Luna arrived by a Navy commuter flight Wednesday, March 16 at Naval Base Coronado in California. Luna was found Tuesday on San Clemente Island, a Navy-owned training base 70 miles off San Diego.

The Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud.
The Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Image by NASA, ESA, P Crowther (University of Sheffield)/PA Wire

The central region of the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud, with a star cluster named R136 at the lower right of the image. British astronomers have used the Hubble Space Telescope to find a group of nine massive stars that is 30 million times brighter than the Sun. An international team, led by astronomers from Sheffield University, said the R136 cluster, which is 170,000 light years away from Earth, is the largest group of very massive stars identified to date.

The Lord Mayor of the City of London Jeffrey Mountevans (centre left) with Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh attend a reception to mark Commonwealth week at the Guildhall in London.

Michelle Obama at SXSW in Austin, Texas
Michelle Obama at SXSW in Austin, Texas Image by Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP

First lady Michelle Obama speaks at a panel discussion during South By Southwest at the Austin Convention Center on Wednesday, March 16, in Austin, Texas. She said she will not be considering running for president of the United States when she was asked the question on stage.

One World Trade Center is struck by lightning
One World Trade Center is struck by lightning Image by Claudia Weitzer/Facebook

The moment a lightning bolt hit the Freedom Tower or One World Trade Centre in New York City was captured by a Claudia Weitzer, a Texan woman visiting the Big Apple.

Dust storms ravage southern Australia
Dust storms ravage southern Australia Image by Kaitlin Demaine

Incredibly fierce dust storms swept across South Australia’s Pinery area on Thursday and passersby captured it on Facebook. The South Australia Country Fire Service had warned of the impending dust storm, saying the it was caused by bushfires which the wind had worsened.