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A voter shows her ink-stained finger at a polling station during parliamentary elections in Baghdad. Iraqis headed to the polls on Wednesday in their first national election since US forces withdrew from Iraq in 2011.
Students queue to cast their votes during the election for the Children’s Parliament in Sana’a. More than 30,000 students from 60 schools in Yemen participated in the election for representatives in the Yemeni Children’s Parliament.
A protester shouts as police officers try to remove chairs blocking the entrance to the Taiwanese parliament which has been occupied by activists protesting moves by the ruling Kuomintang party to ratify a contentious trade agreement with China. About 200 students and activists broke through a security barrier and took over the main chamber in Taiwan‘s parliament.
A couple dances in front of the Crimean parliament building in central Simferopol after Crimea voted to leave Ukraine in a ballot that has fanned the worst east-west tensions since the Cold War.
Lawmaker Vladimir Malyshev, left, was left with blood on his face after a scuffle in the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, during a debate on this year’s budget. Despite the opposition’s efforts to disrupt the vote, the budget draft, which has already been delayed by almost two months, was passed on its second reading
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.