A Malaysian girl walks near a painting of the country’s first Prime Minister from independence in 1957, Tunku Abdul Rahman in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia will marks its 57th National Day to commemorate the independence of the Federation of Malaya from British rule on August 31. Read more
An Indian civic worker cleans a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Mumbai ahead of the 144th anniversary of his birth. India celebrates Gandhi’s birthday with prayers and social activities as a mark of respect to the country’s spiritual and political leader who led India to independence from Britain in 1947
Mau Mau veteran Mathenge Iregi, 81, waves a ceremonial whisk to celebrate as he and others await a press conference about their legal case for compensation against the UK government in Nairobi, Kenya on Thursday. Read more
Tongan Rugby player Toby Faletau of the British and Irish Lions team cools off using fans during a training session in Hong Kong on Friday. The rugby team will play the Barbarians at a XV-a-side rugby match on Saturday Read more
A leprosy patient looks on outside one of the huts at the leprosy hospital in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. The leprosy hospital was founded by the British circa 1891. At present there are just over a hundred patients living with their families in the hospital run by the Kashmir state government. The patients live in the same mud made structures which were built by the British over a century ago. Most of them with unhygienic conditions and without proper sanitation
A performer with the Hal-an-Tow pageant takes part in a performance as part of the Helston Flora Day celebrations in Cornwall, England, on Wednesday. The annual Flora Dance, also known as the Furry Dance, is one of the UK’s oldest customs that is still practised and is said to be a celebration of the passing of winter and the arrival of spring. A series of dances take place throughout the day, beginning at 7am, all over the Cornish town and even in and out of private houses and shops. However, the highlight is the midday dance that was traditionally the dance of the gentry in the town and is why men still wear top hats and tails, while the women dance in their finest dresses.
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David Shrigley’s photo ‘I’m Dead’ 2010 has been shortlisted for the Turner Prize 2013. The prize is being presented at a ceremony outside England for the first time this year, in Londonderry in December, and £25,000 goes to the winner. The Turner Prize was established in 1984 and is awarded to a British or British-based artist under 50 for outstanding work in the previous year. Read more