Protesters listen during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill on Thursday in Washington, DC. Witnesses testified about the use of the Guantanamo Detention Facility in Cuba and US detention policy
Scaffolding surrounds the U.S. Capitol Building while it undergoes repairs in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday. Republicans roared back in the midterm elections on Tuesday night, capturing control of the Senate from the Democrats
The media sets up on the risers before Democrat Tom Wolf’s rally in the Utz Arena of the York Expo Center in York Pennsylvania.
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Residents wait in line in the pre-dawn hours to vote in the 2014 US midterm elections at a historic property called the Hunter House at Nottoway Park in Vienna, Virginia
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Democratic US Senate candidate Bruce Braley (L) hugs volunteer Pat Halferty during a campaign stop at the Lynn Count Democratic HQ on November 3 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Polls put Braley neck-and-neck with Republican Joni Ernst and the Iowa result could decide which party controls the Senate
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Members of the National Guard watch from a small hilltop two blocks away from protesters in Ferguson, Missouri
Demonstrators protest the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, as the National Guard announces its withdrawal from the town as calm descends following two weeks of often violent clashes
South Korean special police officers enter a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, during an anti-terror exercise as part of Ulchi Freedom Guardian, an annual joint military operation between South Korea and the US
Police fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters on Monday in Ferguson, Missouri, after days of unrest sparked by the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white policeman
Police officers aim their weapons at demonstrators, having fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.
US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen arrives for testimony before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee in Washington, DC. Ms Yellin delivered her semi-annual monetary policy report to Congress.
US secretary of state John Kerry, centre left, speaks with Lithuanian foreign minister Linas Linkevicius during a meeting of the North Atlantic Council at Nato headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday
William Temple, from the Golden Isle Tea Party in Brunswick, GA, sits in the audience at the beginning of the second day at the 5th annual Faith & Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” Policy Conference in Washington
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz poses for a selfie with US President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House to honour the 2013 World Series Champions
US President Barack Obama arrives at the San Damaso courtyard for a meeting with Pope Francis in Vatican City, Vatican. This is Mr Obama’s first audience with Pope Francis, and it is the second time he has been received at the Vatican, after an audience with Pope Benedict XVI on July 10 2009. He is the ninth US president to make an official visit to the Vatican. The first, Woodrow Wilson, was received by Pope Benedict XV after the end of World War I.
US Federal Reserve board governor Daniel Tarullo (left) administers the oath of office to new board chairwoman Janet Yellen in the Fed’s board room, Washington
US President Barack Obama greets supporters, local politicians and store employees after delivering remarks at Costco in Lanham, Maryland on Wednesday. Repeating some of the same policy proposals from his State of the Union speech the night before, Mr Obama is beginning a two-day, four-state tour to promote immigration reform and an increase in minimum wage.
A man stands in quiet protest outside the War Memorial building in Trenton, New Jersey. Governor Chris Christie is being sworn in today for his second term.
A worker power-washes the West Wing of the White House in Washington D.C.
Michelle Obama, US first lady, and her daughters Sasha and Malia welcome the official White House Christmas tree to the White House in Washington. The 18.5ft Douglas Fir was grown by Chris Botek, a second-generation Christmas tree farmer from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pennsylvania.