An elderly woman sits on the ground as she is blocked by a barricade of policemen while marching down the street during a rally in central Seoul, South Korea. About 260,000 workers took part in the nationwide one-day strike, including about 60,000 government employees and 10,000 teachers, according to the Korean Federation of Trade Unions. They protested against the government’s push to cut pensions and ease rules for firing employees, according to local media
A relative of the victims of South Korea’s Sewol ferry disaster is in a nose-to-nose stand-off with a policeman during an anti-government protest near the presidential residence in Seoul on Friday
An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Rabbis wear burlap sacks as a sign of mourning and blowing the Shofar during a demonstration Prayer in Beit Shemesh, Israel on Thursday. Hundreds of Ultra-Orthodox Jews protested against the construction of new housing units, believing they would be built at the site of ancient Jewish graves
A young Yemeni poses with a gun during a protest against Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen, outside the Sanaa based UN offices in Sanaa, Yemen on Monday
Protester pauses by a glass memorial on the spot where Charly Leundeu Keunang, 43, was shot by police on skid row, during a march to commemorate the more than 617 people they say have been killed by law enforcement in LA County since 2000
A Palestinian woman paints during activities to mark Land Day in Gaza City on Monday. Land Day is the annual commemoration of protests in 1976 against Israel’s appropriation of Arab-owned land in the Galilee
A ‘Blockupy’ anti-capitalist protester walks near a burning barricade near the European Central Bank (ECB) building before the official opening of its new headquarters in Frankfurt
A Palestinian protester returns a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops during a protest against what Palestinians say is land confiscation by Israel for Jewish settlements, near the West Bank town of Abu Dis near Jerusalem on Tuesday
Young Nepalese women cover their faces with bags to protest against violence against women in Kathmandu, Nepal. Recent cases include two acid attacks on school girls in the city and the rape and murder of a six-year-old.
Supporters of Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, the son of Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, dance as they demonstrate to demand for a presidential election to be held and for him to run for presidency in Sanaa on Friday
Police remove a protester holding a sign as US Secretary of State John Kerry testifies at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on “The President’s Request for Authorisation to Use Force Against Isis: Military and Diplomatic Efforts” on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday
Protesters gather in central Brussels during a trade unions meeting on Wednesday. Several thousand public and private sector workers, employees and trade union members demonstrated over austerity measures undertaken by the Belgian government.
Supporters of Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, the son of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, gather at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier during a demonstration demanding presidential elections be held and the younger Saleh run for the office, in Sanaa, Yemen.
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Myanmar student protesters and nationalists clash with riot police during a march in Letpadan town, some 130km (80 miles) north of Myanmar’s main city on Tuesday. Student protesters have embarked on months of demonstrations calling for education reform, but plans by a core group to march to Yangon have been halted by police in the dusty central town of Letpadan
Male civil society members wear burqas to protest violence against women, ahead of International Women’s Day, in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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Firefighters protest during a 24 hour strike outside Methodist Central Hall Westminster on Wednesday in London, England. Firefighters across the country are parcipitating in the strike over changes to their pensions
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A female protester wearing goggles stands on a street during clashes in the village of Bilad Al Qadeem, south of Manama, on Friday. Protesters blocked roads in several villages and several shops and businesses were shut as part of the three-day nationwide strike, after following a call from an anonymous opposition group called 14th February, to mark the 4th anniversary of Bahrain’s uprising.
Policemen detain a topless Femen activist after she jumped in front of the car carrying former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn upon his arrival for his trial in Lille, northern France, on Tuesday
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Bangladesh police stop members of the Road Transport League, a wing of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League, during a protest outside the Bangladesh Nationalist party office in Dhaka against the nationwide strike on Monday. Violence triggered by the strike and blockade of roads, railways and waterways has reportedly left 80 people dead.
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Demonstrators from grassroots environmental network Friends of the Earth Europe stage a protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Pact (TTIP) in front of the European institutions in Brussels, on Wednesday. US and EU negotiators began their latest round of talks on February 2 seeking to push through the world’s biggest-ever free trade deal, which after nearly two years remain bogged down by public opposition.