Manuel Valls (left), France’s newly appointed prime minister, meets President François Hollande before the first cabinet meeting of his government, at the Élysée Palace in Paris.
A boy carries election material to polling stations inaccessible by road in Shutul, Panjshir province, Afghanistan. Presidential elections will be held on Saturday.
A man attaches prayer petitions, with names written on cards, to lotus lanterns in preparation for the upcoming birthday of Buddha, at Jogye temple in Seoul. Buddha’s birthday falls on May 6 this year for countries in east Asia, except Japan. Read more
Pope Francis and US President Barack Obama exchange gifts at the Vatican on Thursday. It is their first meeting.
A Cossack guard stands in front of Crimea’s regional parliament building in Simferopol
A man takes a nap in the departure hall of the Kuala Lumpur International airport, Malaysia
Muslim Palestinians take part in Friday noon prayers blocked by Israeli police in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ras al-Amud. Clashes broke out after police confronted stone-throwing Palestinians at the al-Aqsa mosque compound
Papier mâché pandas created by French artist Grangeon are displayed outside Taipei City Hall as part of an exhibition called “Pandas on Tour”
Policemen set up barbed wire to block pro-Taiwan independence activists outside the Taipei Peace Park. It is the anniversary of the 1947 massacre, known as the 228 Massacre, during which thousands were killed by nationalist Kuomintang troops from China
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Nominee for Queen of the 2013 Santa Cruz carnival Itziar Marrero performs in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on the Canary island of Tenerife, Spain. The carnival brings thousands of revellers every year. Santa Cruz is the closest European equivalent to the Brazilian Carnival from Rio Janeiro.