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Guardian Picture desk live: the best news pictures of the day

From conflict-stricken regions and politicians to Barbie dolls, the Guardian’s award-winning picture team rounds up the most eye-catching images of the day

As always the Guardian uses great photographs, here are just a few that caught my eye although of the 20 or 30 on show I could have picked most, go and see for yourselfGeorgian state academic folk song and dance ensemble 'Rustavi' perform in Moscow

Rhapsody in blue: The Georgian state academic folk song and dance ensemble Rustavi perform at the Crocus City Hall, Moscow. Photograph: Dzhavakhadze Zurab/ITAR-TASS Photo/Corbis


Dorothy Hughes, one of the first two female Chelsea Pensioners, lines up for inspection with other Chelsea Pensioners who will take part in Baroness Thatcher’s funeral, during a uniform inspection at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London. Photograph: Olivia Harris/Reuters


A Sotheby’s employee in front of one of Gerard Richter’s photo-realist images. The work will go on sale at Sotheby’s New York in May. Photograph: Piero Cruciatti/Barcroft Media


A man paddles on a boat with his wife in a flooded street during spring flood in a village of Vereshitsa near Pripyat river, Belarus Photograph: Viktor Drachev/AFP/Getty Images


Craftsmen work on instruments at Nadir Ali & Company in Uttar Pradesh, India. Meerut, a city about 50 miles from New Delhi, is home to many musical instrument manufacturers. Photograph: Xinhua/Landov/Barcroft Media


A supporter of the Venezuelan acting president and presidential candidate Nicolás Maduro attends his closing campaign rally in Caracas. Photograph: Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images


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