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Filipino boys play basketball at an improvised court hooked on multi-layered tombs at a public cemetery in Navotas, north of Manila, Philippines. Filipinos are expected to flock to cemeteries on Nov. 1 to remember their dead as they observe All Saints Day in this predominantly Roman Catholic country.
Participants dressed up as zombies march during a Halloween event in Tokyo, Japan.
The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps march during a ceremony held by US Congress to dedicate a bust of the late UK prime minister Winston Churchill, in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill, Washington DC. Churchill became an honorary US citizen in 1963.
Models perform in the financial district on Paulista Ave, wearing creations from the Fause Haten winter collection, as part of Fashion Week in São Paulo, Brazil.
A potter in Amritsar, India, paints earthenware lamps ahead of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Hindus light lamps, wear new clothes, exchange sweets and gifts and pray to goddess Lakshmi during the festival.
Afghan women wait to receive medical treatment at a local hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. In rural areas women are not allowed to seek medical help from a male doctor. Afghanistan has the second-highest maternal mortality rate in the world.
Students dressed as zombies take part in an annual Halloween costume parade in Manila on Wednesday.
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An Indian snake charmer poses with his cobras as he waits for alms from devotees outside a temple in Amritsar, ahead of the Hindu festival of Diwali.
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US health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the public face of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare programme, testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill, Washington. The Obama administration claims the botched rollout of the Act was the result of contractors failing to live up to expectations, not bad management at HHS.