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Students in gas masks and carrying cardboard fake guns demonstrate in front of the parliament in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Wednesday. Thousands of people joined rallies against corruption, low incomes and high unemployment, raising pressure on the Socialist-led government in the European Union’s poorest country.
Italy’s Member of the European Parliament Licia Ronzulli takes her daughter Vittoria to a voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.
A protester holds a placard outside the Bundestag in Berlin calling for Germany to give political asylum to Edward Snowden, the fugitive former National Security Agency contractor
Workers prepare the Senate chamber on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Thursday, ahead of Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper, delivering the Speech from the Throne on October 16, which will outline his government’s agenda
Members of Parliament pose for pictures with their pets during the annual Westminster Dog of the Year competition outside Parliament in London
Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras attends a blessing ceremony for the new season in the Athens parliament
Italian center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi attends a Senate meeting as Italy’s Prime Minister Enrico Letta calls for a confidence vote in Rome. Letta said on Wednesday that the government’s survival must be separated from the legal troubles of Berlusconi and that its collapse could be “fatal” for the country.
David Cameron, UK prime minister, leaves Number 10 Downing Street to attend parliament in London on Thursday. Britain’s parliament has been recalled to vote on how to respond to Syria’s suspected use of chemical weapons
An Indian farmer holds paddy saplings on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, India on Wednesday. The lower house of India’s parliament on Monday approved a bill that proposes to provide cheaper grain to more than 800 million people across the country.
Municipal public school guard Yiorgos Avramidis, centre, from the town of Edessa in northern Greece, is comforted by colleagues in front of a police line guarding parliament in Athens.
Members of the European parliament take part in a voting session in Strasbourg on Thursday.
An Egyptian man waves the national flag during a protest against Mohamed Morsi, president of Egypt, in Tahrir Square, on Wednesday. Egypt was heading for a confrontation between the military and the Islamist president, who has rejected an army ultimatum to end a political standoff with his opponents. Hours before the ultimatum expired at 14.30 GMT, the army leaked details of a roadmap that includes overthrowing Mr Morsi, scrapping the constitution, dissolving parliament and forming a government of independents headed by an army general