Japan‘s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is also leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, eats a local grilled fish during his official campaign kick-off for the December 14 lower house election, at the Soma Haragama fishing port in Soma, Fukushima prefecture.
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Yes voter Duncan Thomson waits for the doors to open at St Martins Church hall polling station in Renton, West Dunbartonshire, as the people of Scotland take to the polls to decide whether the country should become an independent nation
No campaigner Judy Shaw Stewart from Doune as she sits out at the A84 to protect vandalised NO Thanks signs on Monday ahead of the Scottish Referendum on September 18th
A wall defaced with a pro independence slogan in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland, as the Scottish independence referendum campaign continues
A boy wearing a mask of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for India‘s main opposition Bharatiya Janata party, waits for the start of an election campaign rally being addressed by Mr Modi in Kheralu town in the western Indian state of Gujarat
Ukip leader Nigel Farage (centre) stands with Paul Sykes (left) and an unnamed man at the launch of his party’s European election billboard campaign in Barkers Pool, Sheffield. The anti-European Union party is using £1.5 million of funding from Mr Sykes, a millionaire ex-Tory donor, to launch its biggest-ever publicity drive ahead of the EU elections on May 22.
Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai listen to his campaign address during a political rally in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Monday. Afghans will go to the polls on April 5 to choose a new President.
A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul carries chairs as he prepares for an election rally in Panshir, northern Afghanistan. Afghan presidential elections will be held on April 5.
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Pakistani health workers mark the thumb of a child after giving him vaccine during a polio vaccination campaign in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Pakistani health workers go door to door to administer vaccinations to children for diseases including polio, tuberculosis, tetanus, whooping cough, measles and hepatitis.
Supporters of Angela Merkel show their support for the German chancellor at an election campaign event for the Christian Democratic Union in Fulda, Germany, on Thursday
A girl walks past campaign posters on the windows of a mud brick house in Gao, Mali, on Thursday. Mali’s presidential election is going ahead on Sunday despite logistical and technical lapses, including a voter roll that does not contain the names of tens of thousands of registered voters.
President Barack Obama, accompanied by Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate, Rep. Ed Markey, right, talk with patrons at Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe in Boston on Wednesday. Obama traveled to Boston to campaign for Markey in his campaign.
Female supporters with their children listen to a speech by Saeed Jalili, the Iranian presidential candidate, during an election campaign rally in the city of Arak on Thursday. Iran is to hold its presidential elections on June 14
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UK Labour party leader Ed Miliband during a hustings in Long Eaton’s high street, Nottinghamshire, while on the local election campaign trail.
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Prime Minister David Cameron speaks to workers at the Morrisons Distribution Centre in Bridgewater, Somerset, UK, as he goes on the local election campaign trail.
An AICC supporter with his body painted waves a party flag as All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary Rahul Gandhi campaigns for his party for the Karnataka State Assembly elections 2013, Bangalore, India on Friday. The elections for the 14th Karnataka Assembly will be held on May 5th.
A boy jumps over a barricade of burning rubbish that supporters of opposition leader Henrique Capriles used to block a street, as they demonstrated for a recount of the votes in Sunday’s election, in Caracas. Hundreds of protesters clashed with police in the Venezuelan capital on Monday after Mr Capriles called for demonstrations to demand a recount of votes from the election to replace the late Hugo Chavez.