Portraits of Bhim Rao Ambedkar, wearing the glasses, are displayed for sale in Mumbai, India, on the anniversary of his death. Ambedkar, an untouchable, or dalit, and a prominent Indian freedom fighter, was the chief architect of the Indian Constitution, which outlawed discrimination based on caste.
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Ukrainian police officers stand in line during protests in Kiev. Ukrainian pro-Europe demonstrators vowed to stay on the streets and continue their blockade of government buildings, despite a police threat to enforce a court order that the protesters disperse.
Young Indian schoolchildren hold candles and portraits of former South African president Nelson Mandela as they pay tribute to him on hearing of his death, at a school in Ahmadabad, India.
A van drives through seawater washed on to the promenade of the north bay in Scarborough, during stormy weather in the UK on Thursday
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As Thailand celebrates the 86th birthday Of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, monks stand before a giant portrait of the revered king near the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
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Newly qualified midwives attend a commencement ceremony at the Governor’s House in Jalalabad, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. About 40 midwives graduated after undergoing a two and half year midwifery programme.
Afghan refugee children lie on a pile of straw gathered for the livestock, while playing in a poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistan hosts more than 1.6m Afghans, the largest and most protracted refugee population in the world, according to the UN refugee agency.
Two nuns look on as workers erect a Christmas tree in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The tree comes from Bavaria, Germany, is 25 metres high and weighs 7.2 tonnes.
George Osborne, UK chancellor, and Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the Treasury, make their way to the House of Commons to deliver the 2013 Autumn Statement.
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Soldiers patrol the streets of Bangui as shots ring out and blasts from heavy weapons rock several districts of the Central African Republic capital on Thursday morning amid communal tensions ahead of a UN vote authorising force to stop the country’s descent into chaos.