Children watch a soccer match held by activists as part of the “Rebel Cup” in downtown São Paulo. The Rebel Cup is an informal tournament bringing together social movements as a way of protest against government spending for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. One of the boys, left, wears a T-shirt of Real Madrid while another, second from right, wears the shorts of Barcelona.
A pro-Russia militiaman stands in front of a flag of the so-called Donetsk Republic outside the regional police building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk. Ukraine’s latest ultimatum to pro-Kremlin militias who have seized buildings across a swath of the separatist east expired on Monday without any sign of the gunmen ready to give in. Read more
People dance with umbrellas during a celebration for the New Year of the Dai minority in Xishuangbanna, China. Last Sunday marked the beginning of the 1,376th New Year, according to the ethnic Dai calendar.
Firefighters work to put out a fire in Valparaiso city, northwest of Santiago, Chile Read more
The “pachuco” scene in Mexico is thought to date back to the 1930s and 1940s in Los Angeles, where Mexican migrants would wear the snazzy outfits partly as a symbol of defiance against discrimination. The custom’s continuation in Mexico is seen in part as a continuing protest against the treatment of Mexican immigrants north of the border. Read more
Garment workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, gathered to demand compensation for those who were killed and injured in the collapse of the eight-storey Rana Plaza building last year. Protestors formed a human chain in the run-up to April 24, the first anniversary of the tragedy, which saw 2,500 people rescued but left more than 1,100 people dead.
A farm worker walks through wheat during a harvest in Panipat, Haryana, India. Inflation is a main issue in the general election campaign and uncertainty over guaranteed agriculture prices poses a risk to inflation forecasts, the country’s central bank said.
Kyrgyzstan opposition activists rally in the capital Bishkek to demand reforms on Thursday. About a thousand people gathered for the protest organised by the National Opposition Movement, which was formed earlier this year from several smaller parties.
Muslim women leave a polling station after casting their votes for the general election at Shahpur, in Muzaffarnagar district in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The election is spread out over five weeks, with voting ending on May 12. It was the turn of voters in Delhi, the capital, on Thursday and many parts of Uttar Pradesh, including Muzaffarnagar, where Narendra Modi’s popularity is running high and Muslims are worried about their future. Read more
Soldiers of the Presidential Regiment march during the Change of Guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow Read more