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