An Indian contingent of Assam Rifles rehearses for the upcoming Indian Republic Day parade along Rajpath in New Delhi. French soldiers will march down Rajpath on Republic Day along with Indian troops in the presence of President Francois Hollande, who is the chief guest for India’s upcoming 67th Republic Day, to be celebrated on January 26
Indonesian police take position behind a vehicle as they pursue suspects after a series of blasts hit the Indonesia capital Jakarta on Thursday
Police secure the area after an explosion in central Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish police sealed off a central Istanbul square in the historic Sultanahmet district on Tuesday after a large explosion
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Filipino, Fil Binay battles to contain a fire in Mandaluyong City, east of Manila, Philippines
Flames rise from a petrochemical plant in Rizhao, China. A fire, caused by a liquefied hydrocarbon leak, broke out on Thursday at the plant and took 24 hours to put out. No casualties have been reported, according to firefighters
Indian widows greet the founder of Indian NGO Bindeshwar Pathak of Sulabh International. They participate in an event to mark the International Widows’ Day in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India. Widows from shelter homes gathered to celebrate International Widows’ Day which was introduced by the United Nations to address injustice faced by widows in many countries.
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Indonesia’s Agus Prayogo (R) in action during the mens 5000m final at the SEA Games in Singapore
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe eats a pickled plum as he meets with Miss Plum Fuyuka Baba and Miss Plum Kozue Kimoto, who are representing the Kishu Plum Organisation, at Abe’s official residence in Tokyo
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A migrant, who was found at sea on a boat, arrives at a temporary shelter near Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar.
A resident throws an empty bottle towards advancing policemen and a demolition team during the demolition of an informal settlers community in Manila to redevelop the area into a business district in a joint venture with a private firm
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Indian Hindu devotees help bathe an elderly woman as they perform rituals in the the river Ganges on Somvati Amavasya, or no moon day, in Allahabad, India on Monday. Somvati Amavasya is the no moon day that falls on a Monday in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar
A Kashmiri shopkeeper reads a newspaper outside his closed shop during a strike in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF) called for a shutdown on Monday to protest the government’s alleged failure to rehabilitate flood-hit traders
Nepalese soldiers stand next to wrecked buildings at Durbar square, a UNESCO world heritage site that was badly damaged by the earthquake, in the historical centre of Kathmandu, Nepal
China boasts the world’s most extensive high speed rail network with more than 16,000 km of track, but steam trains still have a role to play. The Shixi-Bagou railway connects the two towns and is kept going by tourist cars carrying passengers for ten times the price locals pay. The rail line came into service in the late 1950s and the train was initially used to transport coal from a now-shuttered mine before passenger carriages were added.
Residents look out of windows of an apartment in Mumbai, India. The cost of buying a 200 sq ft one-bedroom apartment in this building is around Rs5m ($80,000). The rent for an apartment in the same building is around Rs12,000 ($190) per month
Local people and members of National Disaster Response Force clear the debris of a residential building to look for the survivors, in New Delhi, India. One man and a child were killed and at least nine others were injured when a three-storey residential building collapsed following an explosion in a cooking gas cylinder, according to local news agency Press Trust of India
Workers clean windows of a building at a commercial district in Beijing
Online hostess Xianggong gives a live broadcast in her bedroom in Beijing. In China’s online hostessing world, men find virtual company and the women can find riches. Xianggong is one of more than 10,000 hostesses on the internet site bobo.com
Some of the coverage in Raffles Place of the death of Singapore’s first elected prime minister, Lee Kuan Yew. Lee, who helped transform Singapore from a colonial trading center into one of Asia’s most prosperous nations, has died at the age of 91.
Indian fishermen are silhouetted by the rising sun as they prepare for an early morning catch at the banks of Narmada river in Nemawar district Dewas, 200 kilometers from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India