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An exhausted firefighter rests while his colleagues continue to extinguish a huge fire in the Shalimar Paints factory in Howrah, 30km west of Kolkata, India, on Wednesday morning
An anti-government demonstrator sits behind a barricade on Friday in the central square in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovich moved to defuse the country’s worst crisis since independence by accepting calls for snap presidential elections and constitutional changes that would curb powers of the presidency.
Police catch fire as they stand guard during clashes with anti-government protesters in Kiev, Ukraine. Several thousand protesters clashed with police near the Ukrainian parliament after being stopped from marching to the building in a move to keep up pressure on President Viktor Yanukovich. After being blocked by a line of trucks about 100 metres short of the building, protesters hurled stones at police, a Reuters witness said. Read more
Anti-government protesters wait for riot police between clashes in the debris-filled main street of Malkiya, Bahrain. Rubbish and oil smeared on the road are meant to deter police jeeps from entering the village, where shops were shuttered in observance of a general strike called by opposition groups in the run-up to Friday’s third anniversary of the pro-democracy uprising in the Gulf kingdom.
A woman cries after losing all of her belongings in a fire at a slum at Mirpur in Dhaka, Bangladesh. According to local media, at least 200 shanties and 20 shops were destroyed in the fire on Tuesday, which was caused by an electric short circuit.
A firefighter looks on at the seniors residence Residence du Havre after a fire in L’Isle Verte, Quebec on Friday.
An artillery firing exercise is under way at a shooting range in Yeoncheon County, South Korea. South Korea’s Defence Ministry on Friday urged North Korea to prove sincerity through actions as an official response to an open letter from the North to the South calling for resolution and an end to intimidating military acts. Read more