Afghan women collecting saffron flowers from fields in the Gozara district of Herat. Saffron is prized for its colour, flavour and medicinal properties. It has been indicated as an alternative to opium, and the price and demand for it is increasing. Read more
An anti-government protester cries as she joins others outside the defence ministry in central Bangkok, Thailand. Read more
He Zili at his home in Zhejiang province, China. Zili, 11, injured his head when he was a year old and suffers from mental disorders. His family say they have to restrain him as he has attacked people in the past.
Competitors wait to get on the stage during a bodybuilding competition in Mumbai.
A child looks at French police standing guard as Roma families are evicted from their illegal camp near the Var river in Nice, southeastern France Read more
An anti-government protester waves a Thai national flag next to a portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok, Thailand Read more
Young Typhoon Haiyan survivors ask for help in Palo, Philippines Read more
An elderly woman participates in a protest about pensions in New Delhi, India. India is home to 142.9 million people aged 54 years or above Read more
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Buses are packed into an inter-district bus terminal during a blockade organised by Bangladesh Nationalist party activists and its Islamist allies in Dhaka. Bangladesh opposition supporters went on the rampage, blocking roads and ripping up railway tracks after rejecting plans for a January 5 election, plunging the nation into fresh political turmoil. Read more