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A protester is prevented by police from placing a sticker on the logo of the US embassy during a rally in Manila, Philippines, ahead of a visit by US president Barack Obama. The US and Philippine governments are rushing to finalise, for possible signing, the so-called Agreement on Enhanced Defence Co-operation (AEDC) which will allow a larger US military presence in the country.
Filipino activists wear painted skull masks at a march outside the US embassy in Manila, Philippines, on Monday to condemn an upcoming visit by US President Barack Obama. Activists also called for an end to the presence of US troops in the country and the visiting forces agreement.
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz poses for a selfie with US President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House to honour the 2013 World Series Champions
Firemen spray a water cannon at protesters forcing their way towards the US embassy in Manila on Tuesday during a protest against the forthcoming visit of US president Barack Obama. The protesters were also calling for the pullout of US troops in the country under the Visiting Forces Agreement.
A National Park Service ranger removes a closed sign from the Korean war veterans memorial in Washington on Wednesday. After the partisan passions and heated rhetoric, the disruptions of a US government shutdown and displays of dysfunction, Congress finally voted to fund the government and lift the debt limit.
A protester wears a US President Barack Obama figure during a rally to urge Congress to end the government shutdown on Capitol Hill in Washington. The government shutdown is entering its 10th day as the Senate and House of Representatives remain gridlocked on funding the federal government.
President Barack Obama delivers a speech at M. Luis Construction, a local small business in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington. Mr Obama travelled to the company to highlight the impact that a US government shutdown and default would have on the economy. The shutdown entered its third day on Thursday with little sign of compromise between Republicans and Democrats.
Police tape blocks a closed Lincoln Memorial on Tuesday in Washington, DC. The US government is in a forced shutdown after lawmakers failed to pass a spending bill.
US President Barack Obama greets supporters after delivering remarks on the Affordable Care Act, also known as ‘Obamacare’, at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland. As a possible government shutdown looms ahead, the Obama administration has blamed Congressional Republicans for attaching language to a government funding bill that would defund Obamacare.
Free Syrian Army fighters rest inside a house during a rare light moment in Deir al-Zor, Syria.
Barack Obama, US president, waves as he arrives to give a speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate at Pariser Platz in Berlin on Wednesday
A member of the secret service is reflected on the side of Air Force One at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey on Tuesday. President Barack Obama and Chris Christie, New Jersey governor, left for an appearance at Asbury Park, one of the many Jersey shore communities devastated by super storm Sandy
US First Lady Michelle Obama dances with pre-kindergarten students while she visits the Savoy School on Friday in Washington, DC. The school, once one of the lowest performing in the District of Columbia, has shown significant signs of improvement since being designated as one of eight schools selected last year for the Turnaround Arts Initiative by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.