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This week, thousands of Georgians protested against a controversial ‘foreign agents’ bill proposed by Parliament. This comes after a fight broke out during a parliamentary session on Monday between government MPs and the leader of the opposition party. The bill is being compared by many to Russian legislation used to crack down on dissidents.

In Jerusalem, ultra-Orthodox Jews dressed up in costumes and celebrated the holiday of Purim with parades, festive meals and parties, a commemoration of the deliverance of Jews in ancient Persia from a plot to exterminate them, as recorded in the biblical book of Esther.

In Paris, women danced and sang to denounce the French pension reform plan which they consider discriminatory against women.

India celebrated Holi this week, one of the most popular Hindu festivals in honor of the god Krishna and his consort Radha. In the temple-city of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, southeast of New Delhi, twenty quintals of “tesu” flowers and 50 quintals of “gulal” flowers were showered on the people in a colorful rain.

Finally, in Ukraine, families have been evacuated from the Donetsk region as both sides try to gain control over Bakhmut.

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