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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
Pro-Russian supporters demonstrate in front of Ukrainian police officers guarding the entrance of a state city building in Mariupol, Ukraine
An Afghan honour guard stands next to pictures of late Afghan vice-president Mohammed Qasim Fahim outside his house in Kabul, Afghanistan on Monday. Afghanistan’s influential vice-president, a leading commander in the alliance that fought the Taliban who was later accused with other warlords of targeting civilian areas during the country’s civil war, died on Sunday of natural causes. He was 57.
A member of the Swiss special police force stands on the roof of the Kongress Hotel next to the Congress Centre in Davos, Switzerland. The world’s financial and political elite will head this week to the Swiss Alps for the 2014 gathering of the World Economic Forum at the ski resort
Thai royal guards of honour march as part of a parade to celebrate King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s 86th birthday, at Klai Kangwon Palace, Hua Hin, Prachuap Khiri Khan province, Thailand, on Thursday