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Youths play a traditional pillow fight game on a bamboo pole during festivities marking the 69th anniversary of Myanmar Independence Day on the outskirts of Yangon. Photo Ye Aung Thuye/AFP/Getty
Participants struggle to reach the prizes on the top of greasy slippery poles in Jakarta as part of Indonesia’s celebrations to mark its 71st independent day anniversary.
A dog with Indonesian national flags on his head walks during a parade a day before Indonesia Independence Day at Kuta on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali
Muslims hold pigeons, dyed in the colours of the Indian flag, during a march to celebrate India’s Independence Day in Ahmedabad, India
Sri Lankan military personnel march during the country’s 68th Independence Day celebrations in Colombo
A demonstrator shouts and performs a Nazi salute in front of banner reading “Europe awake” followed by a group of Hungarian Jobbik party representatives during an annual march commemorating Poland’s National Independence Day in Warsaw
Dancers prepare to perform a traditional Tuvalian dance to their Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga in celebration of Tuvalu’s 37th Independence Day.
Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff waves in a vehicle during a civic-military parade to commemorate Brazil’s Independence Day in Brasilia, Brazil
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Indonesian men in teams of 4 try to climb to the top of a greased pole called a panjat pinang in order to get to the prizes tied to the top in Jakarta, Indonesia. Cities and villages across Indonesia celebrated the country’s 70th anniversary of Independence with traditional games, and music, and flag raising ceremonies
Georgian military personnel march during Independence Day celebration in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Tuesday
A far-right protester holds a flare during the annual far-right rally, which coincides with Poland’s National Independence Day in Warsaw on Tuesday
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A guard of honour stands as the national anthem plays during an event to mark Independence Day at the Ministry of Defence compound in Kabul, Afghanistan.
An Indonesian dancer waits for the start of a cultural parade marking the country’s 69th Independence Day celebration in Jakarta.
College students with painted faces pose as they take part in India’s Independence Day celebrations in the southern Indian city of Chennai.
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Indian National Cadet Corps (NCC) personnel from the recently formed southern Indian state of Telangana take part in a full dress rehearsal for the 68th Independence day celebrations at Golkonda Fort in Hyderabad on Wednesday
An athlete pulls a 15-tonne truck during a Truck-Pull event marking Independence Day in the Belarus capital Minsk
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An Israeli child holds a rocket launcher as another holds her doll during a traditional military weapon display to mark the 66th anniversary of Israel’s Independence at the West Bank settlement of Efrat on Tuesday.
Indian schoolchildren dressed in traditional attire perform during a function to mark India‘s Independence Day in Bangalore, India, Thursday.
Students, their faces painted with the colours of the Indian national flag, prepare for Independence Day in Allahabad on Wednesday. India celebrates its 66th independence anniversary from British rule on Thursday
Students wait their turn to perform national songs at a ceremony to celebrate Pakistan’s 67th Independence Day at the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi, on Wednesday. The country gained independence from British rule in 1947.