Anti-occupy protesters hold a Chinese national flag and demand barricades be removed from the occupied area in Hong Kong‘s Mong Kok district on Friday
Forces of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad burn a flag of al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in Zor al-Mahruqa village, after they said they had regained control of the area and its surrounding hills in the Hama countryside
A paramilitary policeman spreads a Chinese national flag during a flag-raising ceremony to mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, in Hefei, Anhui province on Wednesday
A wall defaced with a pro independence slogan in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, Scotland, as the Scottish independence referendum campaign continues
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HMS Illustrious Company members prepare to lower the ships White Ensign for the last time during her decommissioning ceremony on Thursday in Portsmouth, England. The HMS Illustrious was the last of the Royal Navy’s Invincible class aircraft carriers, and is to be replaced by HMS Ocean after serving for 32 years
A member of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) honour guard stands with red flags during a welcoming ceremony for Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing
A man in navy uniform holds Japan’s rising sun flag at the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday. Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, stayed away from the war shrine on the 69th anniversary of Japan’s defeat in the second world war.
A Palestinian girl holds Turkish flags in Gaza Port on Thursday during the visit of the Turkish ambassador in Palestine Sakir Torunlar to lay flowers at the memorial of the 10 activists killed aboard the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara in 2010 after it was boarded by Israeli forces
Workers peel papers off a wall as they re-paint the Chinese Communist party flag at the Nanhu revolution memorial museum in Jiaxing
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Philip Triplett recovers an American flag from the destroyed home of a family friend after it was hit by a tornado in Louisville, Mississippi. A string of deadly tornadoes tore through the region beginning on Monday, leaving more than two dozen dead.