A Malaysian girl walks near a painting of the country’s first Prime Minister from independence in 1957, Tunku Abdul Rahman in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia will marks its 57th National Day to commemorate the independence of the Federation of Malaya from British rule on August 31. Read more
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An antique car drives down Main street during a July Fourth parade in the village of Barnstable, Massachusetts. Barnstable, which is located on Cape Cod in Massachusetts and was first settled in 1639, is celebrating its 375th anniversary
Traditional dancers perform at the Kasarani stadium in Nairobi, Kenya, on Thursday, during celebrations marking half a century of independence from Britain
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A Papuan student takes part on a rally in Surabaya, East Java, demanding the freedom of West Papua province. Papua declared independence from the Dutch in 1961, but neighbouring Indonesia took control of the region with force in 1963.
Polish soldiers in Warsaw rehearse for a parade to mark National Independence Day on November 11
An Afghan National Army soldier walks on Nader Khan Hill in Kabul, Afghanistan. Celebrations to mark the country’s 94th Independence Day from Britain include a small military parade and folk festivals in the capital on Monday
A policewoman helps a comrade who fainted during the full-dress rehearsal for India’s Independence Day celebrations in Chennai, south India on Tuesday.
A boy watches Israeli Air Force CH-53 helicopters fly over the Mediterranean Sea on a Tel Aviv beach during an aerial show forming part of celebrations for Israel’s Independence Day on April 16 2013, marking the 65th anniversary of the creation of the state.