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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
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.
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.
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
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.