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Top photos of the day: Thursday, March 20, 2014

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A selection of some of the best photographs from around the world:

An Anti-government activist returns tear gas to members of the National Police during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas. Venezuela upped pressure on the opposition Wednesday after weeks of protests, arresting two mayors including one in the town where they started and seeking a probe of a prominent anti-government lawmaker. Authorities said the death toll from the protests rose to at least 30 after a policeman died trying to break up a protest in the western city of San Cristobal, where the demos began Feb. 4. | Getty Images

Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers bats during the match between Team Australia and the Dodgers at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia. | Getty Images

Renae Tsukamoto, a bartender at Salt River Fields mixes drinks before an exhibition game between the Colorado Rockies and the Milwaukee Brewers in Scottsdale, Ariz. | AP Photo

Members of “Team S3lfish” — an extreme calisthenics team — practice on pull-up bars in Central Park in New York. | Getty Images

The cast of Cirque Du Soleil Amaluna performs during the “Cirque Du Soleil Amaluna” photo call at Citi Field in New York City. | Getty Images

An elderly Iranian woman looks at the graves of soldiers who were killed during 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, at the Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery just outside Tehran, Iran on the eve of the Iranian New Year, or Nowruz. Nowruz which means “New Day” in Persian, marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the year on the Iranian calendar, which occurs exactly on the Spring Equinox, and usually begins on March 21 or the previous or following day. | AP Photo

Pro Russian activists camped near the armory of Ukrainian army where their aim is to prevent the export of arms and ammunition in the village of Poraskoveyevka, eastern Ukraine. The disheveled men barricading the muddy lane leading into a military base in this eastern Ukraine village say they’re taking a stand to defend Russian-speakers. | AP Photo

Jon Peters, of Ohio, gets in the spirit of March Madness before a second-round game of the NCAA Tournament between Ohio State and Dayton in Buffalo, N.Y. | AP Photo