A schoolboy walks past a street mural depicting a school bus and students in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia begins the first day of the new school year of 2014.
Villagers walk home carrying water collected from the Kuakhai River on a foggy morning in Bhubaneswar, India
This photo, taken using long exposure, shows star trails over Mount Sinabung as it spews volcanic ash into the air as seen from Tiga Pancur, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Authorities raised the alert status of the volcano to the highest level on Sunday after a series of eruptions.
A soldier wears glasses given to him by one of the anti-government protesters who broke into the compound of the Royal Thai army headquarters in Bangkok
Workers clean the glass canopy of the Ocean Financial Center office building in the central business district in Singapore.
Displaced people rest at a shelter in Karo, Indonesia, as the Mount Sinabung volcano continues to erupt. Several thousand people left their homes overnight, taking the total number of those who have fled since the volcano rumbled to life to about 12,300, the national disaster agency said.
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Commuters take to their bikes in Dhaka during a nationwide strike called by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which left thousands of buses, minibuses and trucks idled. Led by the BNP, an 18-Party alliance is encouraging an 84-hour strike to support their demand for a non-party neutral caretaker to conduct upcoming parliamentary polls and to protest about the arrest of its senior leaders.
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Children wait for social workers in the devastated city of Tacloban, in the province of Leyte in central Philippines, having escaped from their village after it was allegedly attacked by armed men amid the devastation caused by typhoon Haiyan.
US golfer Tiger Woods hits a shot on the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul on Tuesday, during an event to promote the upcoming Turkish Airlines Open golf tournament
Participants of an annual convention of women’s advocacy groups chant slogans vowing to empower women, in Seoul, South Korea. President Park Geun-hye spoke at the convention and promised to make the country a better place for women, with more jobs and opportunities, and less gender-based discrimination. One of the slogans was ‘Becoming one Korea, through women’s power.’
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India’s Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Assistant Commandant and sub inspectors march during their passing out parade at National Industrial Security Academy (NISA) on the outskirts of Hyderabad, India. The CISF is a paramilitary security force which provides security cover to nuclear installations, space establishments, airports, seaports, power plants, sensitive Government buildings and heritage monuments in India.
An Indian artist decorates earthenware oil pots or ‘diyas’ on the outskirts of Hyderabad, ahead of the Diwali festival of lights which will be celebrated on November 3 this year. Diyas, which are lit and placed around the home, are in heavy demand during the festival which marks the victory of good over evil and commemorates the time when Hindu God Lord Rama achieved victory over Ravana and returned to his Kingdom Ayodhya after 14 years of exile.
Men ride on a motorcycle while leading a recently purchased camel ahead of Eid al-Adha celebrations on the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan.
Thousands of people line up for charity packages being given out by the Filipino sect Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) in Manila as they hold an evangelical event in five areas in the city. The event attracted more than 1m people and brought Manila to a standstill. The sect of about 3m is dwarfed by the number of Roman Catholics but is known for the unity and discipline its followers show to their leaders. Its members vote as a bloc which gives them political weight.
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Children dressed as Mahatma Gandhi gather in Chennai to mark the anniversary of the birth of India’s political and spiritual leader
A young boy yawns during early morning self defense training at a summer boot camp on the outskirts of Beijing, China. Running in its fifth year, the youth military summer camp first opened in 2008, when it only had a handful of students signed up. Today the camp caters to over 2,000 kids a year over a two month period. The camp is ran mainly by former military, police, and fire fighters, looking after kids ranging from 6 to 17 years of age, with 70 percent being boys and 30 percent girls.
A survivor is rescued from the rubble after a four-storey residential building collapsed in Mumbai, India. According to news reports, at least four people were killed and more than 100 were feared trapped under the debris after the building collapsed near the Babugenu Market on Dockyard Road.
Relatives of residents trapped under the rubble react at the site of a collapsed residential building in Mumbai, India, on Friday. The five-storey apartment block collapsed in the Indian financial centre of the city, killing one person, with dozens feared trapped.
A worker activates an hydraulic press at a waste paper collection outlet in Hong Kong on Wednesday. The former British colony already recycles about half of its waste, and its per capita generation of domestic waste remains significantly higher than other leading Asian cities, including Tokyo, Seoul and Taipei.
An artist prepares an idol at a workshop ahead of the Durga Puja festival in New Delhi, India. The five-day Durga Puja festival commemorates the slaying of a demon king by goddess Durga to mark the triumph of good over evil, begins on October 10.