Japan‘s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is also leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, eats a local grilled fish during his official campaign kick-off for the December 14 lower house election, at the Soma Haragama fishing port in Soma, Fukushima prefecture.
Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, stands in front of party offices in Rochester, England on Friday. Ukip, Britain’s anti-immigration party, won its second seat in parliament as Mark Reckless, a former Conservative MP, was elected ahead of his old party
Indonesian maritime and fisheries minister Susi Pudjiastuti, centre, adjusts her sunglasses as she prepares for a photo session after the inauguration ceremony for the newly appointed Cabinet members at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia
Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg with Business Secretary, Vince Cable in the audience prior to Vince Cable making his keynote speech at the Liberal Democrat party conference in Glasgow.
Prime Minster, David Cameron, laughs as Boris Johnson, London Mayor, delivers his speech at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham this afternoon.
Ukip leader Nigel Farage during morning media interviews ahead of the Ukip annual conference at Doncaster racecourse in South Yorkshire.
Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, takes part in a driving game on a stand in the conference hall at the Labour party conference in Manchester
Ed Miliband invites Labour members of the No campaign in the Scottish referendum on stage for a photocall at the Labour party conference in Manchester today.
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.
Member of Parliament Douglas Carswell and Nigel Farage, the leader of Britain’s UK Independence Party party, laugh as they walk through the town centre of Clacton-on-Sea.
Deputies of the majority fight with the deputies of Regions Party, party of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, during the debates in the parliament in Kiev. The parliament adopted the presidential decree on partial mobilisation.
Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah take down a large portrait of Afghan president Hamid Karzai before a gathering in Kabul. Abdullah on Tuesday told thousands of supporters he was the winner of last month’s run-off election, putting himself on a collision course with his rival, Ashraf Ghani.
Outgoing European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, is watched by photographers as he reads his papers on the second day of plenary session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg,
Viktor, 68, and his 11-month-old granddaughter Alissa wait for a bus to leave the eastern Ukranian city of Slavyansk. Residents are fleeing Slavyansk, the pro-Russian separatist stronghold that faces ongoing shortages, utility outages and frequent artillery fire. The presidents of Russia and Ukraine on Tuesday discussed the possibility of a ceasefire in the insurgency-torn eastern regions of Ukraine, in a sign that dialogue is continuing in spite of worsening violence in the conflict.
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Queen Elizabeth leaves Buckingham Palace to attend the state opening of parliament. She will reveal the coalition government’s legislative programme in a speech delivered to members of parliament and peers in The House of Lords.
Britain’s prime minister David Cameron visits a construction site in central London. Mr Cameron will travel to Brussels on Tuesday to meet European counterparts after election victories for the far right in Britain, France and Denmark
UK Independence party leader Nigel Farage smiles as he talks to reporters. Early local election results announced overnight show substantial gains for Ukip
Ukip candidate Winston McKenzie waits for Nigel Farage, the anti-Brussels party’s leader, in Croydon, South London. Mr Farage decided not to attend the event in the end. The party is expected to gain a landslide victory in the European elections
A Kashmiri man reads a newspaper during a shutdown in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. Syed Ali Geelani, a separatist leader, had called for a shutdown to protest against the arrests of Kashmiri youths during the Indian general elections in Indian Kashmir.