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. Read more
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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. Read more
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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 Read more
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
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Relatives of Jimmy Vargas, a student who died during a recent protest, weep beside his coffin during his funeral in San Cristobal, 660km from Caracas. Five intelligence agents have been arrested for suspected ties to killings during protests against President Nicolas Maduro’s government. Venezuela has been swept by student-led protests since February 4, posing the greatest challenge yet to Maduro’s government just under a year since he took office. Read more
Thai anti-government protesters rally outside the national police headquarters in downtown Bangkok. Gunshots rang out across an upmarket Bangkok shopping district as political violence becomes a near-daily feature of the crisis gripping Thailand.