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Joe Biden, US vice-president, greets Environmental Protection Agency workers with muffins as they return to work after 16 days of a US government shutdown at the William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building in Washington.
François Hollande, French president, introduces his delegation to South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma during a summit between the two leaders in Pretoria. France has agreed to lend €100m to South African state power utility Eskom to help it finance solar power projects in Africa’s largest economy, according to a communiqué. The deal will be signed as a part of the summit. Read more
Thousands of people line up for charity packages being given out by the Filipino sect Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) in Manila as they hold an evangelical event in five areas in the city. The event attracted more than 1m people and brought Manila to a standstill. The sect of about 3m is dwarfed by the number of Roman Catholics but is known for the unity and discipline its followers show to their leaders. Its members vote as a bloc which gives them political weight.
A Belgian firefighter takes part in a protest for better work conditions in central Brussels.
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, delivers a speech on Wednesday on the third day of the Conservative Party’s annual conference in Manchester, UK.
Theresa May, British home secretary, is photographed in front of pictures of her predecessors at the Home Office on Friday. Read more
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Men and women on Thursday attend a meeting for new political party Movement for Change in Kabul. Hundreds of people gathered to discuss the presidential and parliamentary elections, due next April. Read more
Delegates request a question during leader Ed Miliband’s Q & A session on the final day of the Labour party conference Read more
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Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper (right) walks through the Hall of Honour with the Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, on Parliament Hill, Ottowa, Canada.