A nightime aerial view of downtown in the US city of Chicago
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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.
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
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
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
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
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.