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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. Read more
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.
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. Read more
A protester holds a placard outside the Bundestag in Berlin calling for Germany to give political asylum to Edward Snowden, the fugitive former National Security Agency contractor
Joe Biden, US vice-president, greets Environmental Protection Agency workers with muffins as they return to work after 16 days of a US government shutdown at the William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building in Washington.
A National Park Service ranger removes a closed sign from the Korean war veterans memorial in Washington on Wednesday. After the partisan passions and heated rhetoric, the disruptions of a US government shutdown and displays of dysfunction, Congress finally voted to fund the government and lift the debt limit.