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A paramilitary policeman wearing a mask stands guard in front of the giant portrait of Chinese late chairman Mao Zedong, amid heavy smog after the city issued its first ever “red alert” for air pollution in Beijing, China
German Bundeswehr soldiers of an honour guard salute during a welcoming ceremony at the Defence Ministry in Berlin on Friday
German Chancellor Angela Merkel reviews an honor guard as she is welcomed by China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang (unseen) in Beijing, China, on Thursday
A sniper of the Ukrainian National Guard takes up a position during a training session on the shooting range in the village of Stare, some 80 km from Kiev, Ukraine on Friday
Jordanian riot policemen stand guard during a protest following the Friday prayers in Amman, Jordan on Friday. Several thousand people marched in solidarity with Palestinians who clashed with Israeli security forces around the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, in Jerusalem for several consecutive days
Armed guards patrol Marhaba beach at the scene where 38 people were killed last Friday, on Monday, Sousse, Tunisia
An armed policeman stands guard at the entrance of Belgium’s federal prosecutor office in Brussels on Friday. Belgian police arrested 13 people during a dozen raids overnight
A soldier closes a curtain after the honour guard rehearses for a welcome ceremony for visiting Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China
Romanian Honor Guard soldiers pay respects to the victims of the 1989 revolution during a commemoration ceremony held at Heroes of the Revolution Memorial, in central Bucharest, Romania. Romanians these days pay their respect to the 1989 activists who took to the streets 25 years ago, taking part at the revolution that toppled Eastern Europe’s most repressive communist regime. More than 1,000 people were killed across Romania during clashes between demonstrators and forces loyal to then dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
A pro-Russian-separatist patrols the street in front of Russian humanitarian trucks in Makiivka (Makeyevka) in Donetsk region on Friday
A Chinese security guard sits on a bench as he watches over a park on Wednesday in Beijing, China.
Captain Bui Sy Tung inspects the guard of honour before a welcoming ceremony for Pranab Mukherjee, president of India, at the presidential palace in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Members of the The Fort McHenry Guard Field Musicians perform at the base of the Battle Monument during the Star Spangled Spectacular on Friday in Baltimore, Maryland. Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the United States’ national anthem, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor will host tall ships, fireworks displays, concerts, historic tours and other events
Pakistani army soldiers stand alert inside the parliament building during an emergency session in Islamabad, Pakistan. Lawmakers met over the political crisis roiling the country as thousands of anti-government protesters remained camped out in front of the parliament building, demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resign.
A Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldier stands guard at the entrance to the PLA’s Hong Kong Garrison headquarters in Hong Kong
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 rebel gunman patrols a high-security prison after shelling in Donetsk, Ukraine. More than 100 inmates broke out of jail when shells rained down on the prison in the besieged rebel stronghold
A Chinese honour guard prepares for the arrival of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on Monday.