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.
Ukip leader Nigel Farage (centre) stands with Paul Sykes (left) and an unnamed man at the launch of his party’s European election billboard campaign in Barkers Pool, Sheffield. The anti-European Union party is using £1.5 million of funding from Mr Sykes, a millionaire ex-Tory donor, to launch its biggest-ever publicity drive ahead of the EU elections on May 22.
Muslim women leave a polling station after casting their votes for the general election at Shahpur, in Muzaffarnagar district in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The election is spread out over five weeks, with voting ending on May 12. It was the turn of voters in Delhi, the capital, on Thursday and many parts of Uttar Pradesh, including Muzaffarnagar, where Narendra Modi’s popularity is running high and Muslims are worried about their future.
A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah attends the final day of election campaigning near Kabul. Elections are to be held on Saturday
France’s departing prime minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, leaves the Hôtel Matignon after a handover ceremony in Paris. He has been replaced by Manuel Valls, who poses a potential threat to President François Hollande, whose popularity remains low.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper address a joint news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin
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The coffin of the late Tony Benn is carried into the grounds of Westminster Abbey and St Margaret’s Church for his funeral in London, England. Former Labour cabinet minister and opponent to the Iraq War Tony Benn, died at the age of 88 on March 14, 2014.
Media wait outside 11 Downing Street, the official London residence of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, ahead of George Osborne’s Budget speech in the House of Commons on Wednesday.
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.
Russia‘s President Vladimir Putin arrives to sign a treaty with Crimean leaders on reunification with Russia in the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia, 18 March 2014. Crimea and Sevastopol will join Russia as two separate regions, President Putin said, adding that he would sign treaties immediately.
Women in Afghanistan line up to have their picture taken at a school in Kabul, Afghanistan to register for presidential elections. Last-minute registration of voters continues despite more than 21 million voter registration cards having been issued while only roughly 12 million Afghans are eligible to vote. The discrepancy is the result of repeated registrations since the first round of elections in Afghanistan in 2004.
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Ethnic minority delegates approach the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, before the closing ceremony of the National People’s Congress. The annual show of political theatre, the first under a new Communist party leadership, ended on Thursday
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A performer greets arrivals to the 41st Annual Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Centre in National Harbor, Maryland, USA
French President Francois Hollande and French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius speak with US Secretary of State John Kerry as Lebanese President Michel Sleimane looks on, during a family photo after the International Support Group for Lebanon meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France.
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Edinburgh bakery Cuckoo’s launches a referendum opinion poll where customers can buy their Yes, No or Undecided cupcake and the weekly results will be published on the bakery’s Facebook and Twitter sites
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Security personnel await the arrival of delegates at the Great Hall of the People to attend sessions of National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in Beijing, China
Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko shakes hands with a woman as she arrives to visit the tent camp of her supporters in the centre of Kiev, Ukraine