Fiji’s military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama shares a light moment with an election official before casting his election vote at the Vatuwaqa Public School in the capital Suva. Polling booths opened on Wednesday in Fiji’s first election since a 2006 military coup, with police reporting no early problems and a festive atmosphere prevailing in the South Pacific nation’s capital.
Fiji’s military strongman Voreqe Bainimarama attends a national thanksgiving service for the release of the 45 Fijian peacekeepers kidnapped by Al-Qaeda linked Syrian rebels on the Golan Heights last month, at the ANZ Stadium in the capital Suva. Speaking at the service, Fiji President Epeli Nailatikau called for a violence-free election as the South pacific nation prepares to return to democracy almost eight years after a military coup.
A woman embraces her friend, a volunteer of Ukrainian self-defence battalion “Azov”, after he returned from the front line in Eastern regions of Ukraine, in Kiev on Monday
European members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) watch through binoculars the Syrian side of the Golan Heights from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Friday
An Antonov cargo plane carrying military equipment onboard takes off from the Leipzig/Halle airport in Schkeuditz, eastern Germany on early Friday
Soldiers of Belarus special mission unit take part in a demonstration at the cadet of the Suvorov military school during the traditional school year opening ceremony marking the start of the academic year in Minsk on Monday
An Afghan youth sits astride the gun barrel of a Soviet-era tank, in Kabul, Afghanistan on Friday. Soviet Union troops occupied Afghanistan for ten years from 1979
Tracer bullets ricochet off their targets as JapaneseGround Self-Defence Force tanks fire their machine guns during a night session of an annual training exercise at Higashifuji training field near Mount Fuji in Gotemba, west of Tokyo.
Ukrainian soldiers on an armoured personnel carrier in the eastern city of Kramatorsk. Ukraine says any foreign humanitarian aid will have to be delivered by the Red Cross, dealing a blow to a large Russian convoy en route to the country’s embattled east
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A US soldier, part of the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force, mans a machine gun on board a Chinook helicopter over the Gardez district of Paktia province, Afghanistan
An Israeli soldier carries a shell as he and his comrades prepare their Merkava tanks stationed at an army deployment area along the border between Israel and the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on Thursday
Ukrainian soldiers carry a coffin with the remains of a victim of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash to a military plane during a ceremony at the airport of Kharkiv, Ukraine. The first plane carrying bodies from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 left eastern Ukraine for the Netherlands on Wednesday. The Dutch military aircraft took off from the airport in the government-controlled city of Kharkiv bound for Eindhoven.
A Chinese People’s Liberation Army cadet sits in a Main Battle Tank during a demonstration at the PLA’s Armoured Forces Engineering Academy Base, in the outskirt of Beijing.
Palestinians flee in the back of a donkey cart from Israeli shelling in Bet Lahiya in northern Gaza Strip. Israeli forces killed at least 10 Palestinian militants on Monday after they crossed the border from Gaza through two tunnels, the military said, as the death toll from the two-week conflict passed 500
A military honour guard prepares for US chief of naval operations Jonathan Greenert’s visit with commander-in-chief of The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Wu Shengli at a welcoming ceremony at the PLA navy headquarters outside of Beijing, China
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A girl cries as she embraces her boyfriend, a new volunteer recruit of the Ukrainian army’s ‘Azov’ battalion, after a military oath ceremony in Kiev.
Pakistani civilians, fleeing from a military operation in North Waziristan tribal agency, cross a bridge on their arrival in Bannu district. Pakistani helicopter gunships pounded militant targets in the country’s northwest June 20 killing up to 20 rebels, as the number of civilians fleeing an expected ground offensive passed 150,000
Police officers from a Swat (special weapons and tactics) team take part in a survival drill in Qiannan prefecture, Guizhou province, southwest China
Chelsea pensioners attend the annual Founder’s Day parade at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London, on Thursday
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Police and soldiers stand guard outside a military compound before former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives to meet Thailand’s ruling military in Bangkok. The new rulers summoned the entire former government and members of the politically influential Shinawatra family a day after it seized control in a bloodless coup. Thailand has seen months of unrest, which has claimed at least 28 lives in politically related violence.