Police tape blocks a closed Lincoln Memorial on Tuesday in Washington, DC. The US government is in a forced shutdown after lawmakers failed to pass a spending bill.
An Iranian woman walks past a mural showing a gun painted with an interpretation of the American flag on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran on Wednesday. Leaders from Iran and the United States have not met since the 1979 Islamic Revolution brought often open hostility to their contacts, particularly over Iran’s contested nuclear program.
Cher, the US singer and actor, arrives by police motorcycle for a performance on NBC’s Today show on Monday.
Army Private First Class Bradley Manning arrives at a US military court facility to hear his sentence in his trial at Fort Meade, Maryland, on Wednesday. Manning was sentenced for 35 years for his part in the WikiLeaks affair
Cyclists ride past the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his “I have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This coming week, Washington will play host to an array of events marking the historic anniversary
Lightning strikes above the Mandalay Bay and Luxor casinos on the Las Vegas Strip as a thunderstorm moves through Las Vegas, Nevada in the US.
Re-enactors march away from the Old State House after a public reading of the US Declaration of Independence, part of July 4 Independence Day celebrations, in Boston, Massachusetts on Thursday.
Mya McNeal looks for her mother, US Army Sgt. Kionna Huewitt, during a homecoming ceremony for 184 troops in the 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan on Wednesday at Fort Stewart, Georgia
Confetti falls on police officers on Tuesday during the graduation ceremony for the July 2013 New York City Police Academy class at Barclays Centre in New York.
A wildfire burns homes in the Glenn Ilah area near Yarnell, Arizona in the US. An Arizona fire chief says the wildfire, which killed 19 members of his crew near the town, was moving fast, fueled by hot, dry conditions.
Barack Obama, US president, waves as he arrives to give a speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate at Pariser Platz in Berlin on Wednesday
A Marine on Tuesday closes the door to Marine One, carrying President Barack Obama, on the south lawn of the White House, Washington. Mr Obama is travelling to the New Jersey shore to survey rebuilding efforts in areas affected by last year’s Hurricane Sandy.
US First Lady Michelle Obama dances with pre-kindergarten students while she visits the Savoy School on Friday in Washington, DC. The school, once one of the lowest performing in the District of Columbia, has shown significant signs of improvement since being designated as one of eight schools selected last year for the Turnaround Arts Initiative by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.
Michelle Obama, the US first lady, meets sixth graders from Willow Springs elementary school in Fairfax, Virginia, during a surprise visit to Decatur House, a historic building in Washington, on Wednesday. Decatur House is a National Trust for Historic Preservation site, which received a $1m grant from American Express to preserve its slave quarters and fund educational programming
Solar Impulse, piloted by André Borschberg, takes flight during the second leg of the 2013 Across America mission at dawn on Wednesday from Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona.
US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron walk off the stage after their joint news conference on Monday in the East Room of the White House in Washington, where they talked about various topics including Syria’s civil war.
Ariel Castro (R), Pedro Castro (C) and Onil Castro appear in court in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday. Ariel Castro, 52, a veteran school bus driver was fired from his job last autumn, was formally charged with kidnapping and raping the three women, who were rescued from his house on Monday.
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama adjusts his University of Maryland visor while attending the Anwar Sadat Lecture for Peace at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland on Tuesday.
US President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the Anthropology Museum during his visit to Mexico City on Friday.