A snack and fruit vendor waits for customers near the advertisement board of a shopping mall and apartment building in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The country is set to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War on Thursday
People release yellow balloons during a ceremony to commemorate the first anniversary of South Korea‘s Sewol ferry disaster. The southern island of Jindo is the closest landfall to the site where the Sewol sank.
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Police officers observe a minute of silence on March 11, 2015 in Ukedo, Fukushima prefecture. Japan commemorates the fourth anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 18,000 lives, and subsequent nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
Jock VI, the current cat in residence at Chartwell, on a memorial bench during a preview of Death of a Hero exhibition at Winston Churchill’s Chartwell family home on Friday. The National Trust’s Chartwell is commemorating the 50th anniversary of his death with the exhibition
Protesters show symbolical red cards during a protest against President Miloš Zeman in Prague, Czech Republic. The country is marking the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution
German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a special session of the German parliament to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall at the Bundestag in Berlin, on Friday
An Iranian woman stands in front of the painted wall of the former US embassy on Tuesday in Tehran. A demonstration marked the anniversary of the storming of the embassy by student protesters 35 years ago that triggered a hostage crisis in which 52 American diplomats were held hostage for 444 days.
A paramilitary policeman spreads a Chinese national flag during a flag-raising ceremony to mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, in Hefei, Anhui province on Wednesday
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A woman walks among some 3,000 US national flags erected by students and staff from Pepperdine University Malibu, to honor the victims of the September 11 2001 attacks
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Residents launch paper boats in the far eastern city of Vladivostok in Russia on Tuesday to mark the 69th anniversary of the end of the second world war.
Soldiers place a wreath during a ceremony outside the Czech Radio building in Prague to commemorate the 46th anniversary of the Soviet-led occupation of the former Czechoslovakia in 1968
A man in navy uniform holds Japan’s rising sun flag at the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday. Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, stayed away from the war shrine on the 69th anniversary of Japan’s defeat in the second world war.
A policeman stands in al-Haram street in Cairo, Egypt, during clashes with Muslim Brotherhood supporters following a rally marking the first anniversary of a Cairo crackdown
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Visitors head to the 69th anniversary commemoration of the dropping of the atomic bomb, which in 1945 destroyed much of Hiroshima and three days later Nagasaki effectively ending the second world war. The ceremony took place on Wednesday in front of the atomic bomb dome at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Japan
People experience an artwork entitled ‘Spectra’ by Japanese visual artist Ryoji Ikeda during ‘Lights Out’, part of commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the first world war, in London
A Chelsea Pensioner walks among poppies in the moat at the Tower of London on Friday. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the first world war, which cost more than 37 million military and civilian casualties between 1914 and 1918.
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An Iranian soldier walks past a portrait of the Ayatollah Khomeini outside Khomeini’s shrine on the 25th anniversary of his death on Wednesday on the outskirts of Tehran, Iran
Young participants hold candles as they join tens of thousands of people attending a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong on Wednesday to mark the 25th anniversary of the June 4th Chinese military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Beijing
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Chinese paramilitary police stand guard near Tiananmen Square on Wednesday in Beijing. Twenty-five years ago on this day Chinese troops cracked down on pro-democracy protesters and in the clashes that followed scores were killed and injured.
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French teenagers, who are part of a second world war re-enactment group, relax on the promenade of Arromanche next to Gold beach, as preparations for the 70th anniversary of D-day are finalised on Monday in Bayeux, France