A flight crew member attaches a Japanese national flag on the airplane for Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko’s special flight to Palau before it’s take off at Haneda international airport in Tokyo
Russian Communist party supporters, holding the flag of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk, and portrait of former Soviet leaders Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Lenin, take part in a rally to mark Defender of the Fatherland Day in Moscow, on Monday. Defender of the Fatherland Day, celebrated in Russia, honours the nation’s military and is a nationwide holiday
An Iranian girl shows her hand painted with the national flag colors during a ceremony marking the 36th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, at the Azadi (Freedom) square in Tehran, Iran on Wednesday. The event mark the 36th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, which came ten days after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s return from his exile in Paris to Iran, toppling the monarchy system and forming the Islamic republic
A pedicab (bicitaxi in Cuba) with a US flag on a street in Havana. The US is to ease travel and trade restrictions with Cuba on Friday, marking the first concrete steps towards restoring normal ties since announcing a historic rapprochement
A demonstrator takes a photograph while holding an upside down U.S. flag during a demonstration today against the New York City grand jury decision to not indict in the death of Eric Garner in Berkeley, California.
Retired paramilitary policemen, who raise and lower China’s flag every day in Tiananmen Square, salute during a farewell ceremony in Beijing on Monday.
Masked Libyan military personnel wearing French army uniform and waving their national flag march during a graduation ceremony at the Tripoli air base in the Libyan capital on Wednesday
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.
A villager signals an arriving helicopter at Basa Village Development Committee in Solukhumbu District, Nepal.
A civilian wearing a mask holds a Tunisian flag in Sidi Bouzid, central Tunisia, to mark the third anniversary of the Tunisian uprising. Several political groups gather at the square where Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation in December 2010 triggered mass protests against social marginalisation and government corruption
An anti-government protester waves a Thai national flag next to a portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok, Thailand