Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister-designate, talks to reporters after a meeting with President Giorgio Napolitano at the Quirinale Palace in Rome. Mr Renzi said on Monday he would begin official consultations to form a new government in the next 24 hours and expected to lay out a programme of reforms to be completed in the next few months
A man and three boys, covered with dust, sit in a state of shock following a reported air strike attack by government forces on the Hanano district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.
Portraits of 12 anti-government protesters standing at a road block in Kiev on Friday.
A woman speaks as she kneels down in front of a line of riot police in the center of Kiev Ukrainian protesters today expanded their protest camp in Kiev closer to the administration of President Viktor Yanukovych, after crisis talks to end Ukraine‘s worst crisis since its 1991 independence ended in deadlock. After five days of clashes that activists say left five dead, Ukraine’s three main opposition leaders held several hours of talks with Yanukovych late on January 23 but the minor concessions they announced were greeted with derision by protesters.
Orthodox priests pray as they stand between pro-EU activists and police lines in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Friday. A top Ukrainian opposition leader on Thursday urged protesters to maintain a shaky ceasefire with police after at least two demonstrators were killed in clashes this week, but some in the crowd appeared defiant, jeering and chanting “revolution” and “shame”.
Employees take pictures though a window as anti-government protesters march through Bangkok’s business district on Thursday. The government declared a 60-day state of emergency, hoping to prevent an escalation in protests that have entered their third month.
US Secretary of State John Kerry looks out at Lake Geneva outside of his meeting room in Montreux. Syria’s government and its enemies came face to face on Wednesday for the first time as world powers tried to set aside their own differences and push for an end to three years of civil war that is unsettling the entire Middle East.
A supporter of social movement leader Anna Hazare waves the national flag in New Delhi, India, as he celebrates the news of the passing of an anti-graft bill that empowers an independent ombudsman to investigate and prosecute cases of corruption by politicians and bureaucrats. The Lokpal, or watchdog, bill was passed by the lower house of parliament on Wednesday after the government agreed to several amendments suggested by opposition lawmakers. Ms Hazare has been on hunger strike for the last nine days in an attempt to make both houses of parliament adopt the bill.
An anti-government protester waves a Thai national flag next to a portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok, Thailand
French interior minister Manuel Valls speaks to the press as he leaves the Elysée Palace in Paris after the weekly cabinet meeting.
A National Park Service ranger removes a closed sign from the Korean war veterans memorial in Washington on Wednesday. After the partisan passions and heated rhetoric, the disruptions of a US government shutdown and displays of dysfunction, Congress finally voted to fund the government and lift the debt limit.
US House Speaker John Boehner arrives at Capitol Hill in Washington. The US Senate prepared for a last ditch effort on Wednesday to avoid a historic lapse in the government’s borrowing authority, a breach that President Barack Obama has said could lead to default and deliver a damaging blow to the global economy.
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Treasury secretary Jack Lew testifies at the Senate finance committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Washington, on Thursday. The committee is hearing testimony on the nation’s debt limit.
Italian center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi attends a Senate meeting as Italy’s Prime Minister Enrico Letta calls for a confidence vote in Rome. Letta said on Wednesday that the government’s survival must be separated from the legal troubles of Berlusconi and that its collapse could be “fatal” for the country.
Police tape blocks a closed Lincoln Memorial on Tuesday in Washington, DC. The US government is in a forced shutdown after lawmakers failed to pass a spending bill.