Students take part in a pro-European rally in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. An EU summit to cap years of effort to bring ex-Soviet states into the Western fold opens with its ambitions dented on Thursday after Ukraine, the biggest prize, balked at the last moment under Russian pressure. Kiev’s surprise decision to scrap a landmark political and trade accord with the European Union just days before has set off a war of words between East and West reminiscent of the Cold War and sparked some of the biggest protests in Ukraine in a decade.
Nationalist demonstrator wears a mask as others carry a banner reading ‘Today a Mosque – tomorrow Jihad’, during a march to mark National Unity Day, in Moscow, Russia. Several thousand Russian nationalists rallied in Moscow on Monday, venting against the migrants they accuse of pushing up the crime rate and taking their jobs.
An Iranian woman holds an anti-US poster as she stands in front of a mural of the Statue of Liberty bearing the face of a skull on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran on Monday, during a demonstration to mark the 34th anniversary of the 1979 US embassy takeover.
A supporter of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi holds a flare and chants slogans against the army during a protest in Cairo, Egypt, on Friday. Morsi supporters have held scattered protests across Egypt, but called off a planned rally at Tahrir Square almost a week after bloody clashes left nearly 60 dead.
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A protester wears a US President Barack Obama figure during a rally to urge Congress to end the government shutdown on Capitol Hill in Washington. The government shutdown is entering its 10th day as the Senate and House of Representatives remain gridlocked on funding the federal government.
A demonstrator marches during a teachers protest demanding better working conditions and against police beating, late on Monday night in Rio de Janeiro.
Brazilian natives demonstrate in front of the National Congress in Brasilia on Thursday. Indigenous people from several ethnic groups gathered in Brazil’s capital to demand more support from the federal government during the National Indigenous Mobilization week.
A Ukrainian opposition activist holds a riot policeman as protesters try to enter Kiev’s city council building on Wednesday. Several hundred people rallied to try to break a council hearing and demanded elections, claiming the session was illegal.
Buddhist monks who are supporters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), react during a protest as party leader Sam Rainsy announces the result of a meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh. Hun Sen met opposition leader Sam Rainsy for talks and officials said they had agreed to look at how future general elections are held but the long-serving premier refused to give in to demands for an independent inquiry into the July 28 poll. The protest was staged a day after police used force to scatter protesters challenging a disputed election win by Hun Sen, sparking clashes in which one man was shot dead.
About 50,000 workers take part in a rally in Jakarta on Thursday, demanding wage increases and to abolish the outsourcing system – where temporary workers are taken on without the additional cost of providing healthcare and pension benefits.
Protesters chant slogans and carry a banner reading “No”, during a rally organised by Greece’s Adedy main public sector union in Athens on Thursday. Hundreds of state employees took part in the rally and held a four-hour work stoppage to protest against planned mandatory public sector employee transfers and suspensions as part of the government’s austerity drive
Supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi hold posters showing victims of a military crackdown on their protest camp during a march in old Cairo, Egypt, on Friday.
An elderly woman listens to a speaker, unseen, during a rally demanding pensions for elderly poor citizens in New Delhi, India.
Supporters of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe at the Heroes Day commemorations in Harare, on Monday, at which he told critics of his disputed re-election to “go hang”, dismissing his rivals as “western-sponsored stooges”. The liberation war anniversary rally was boycotted by his principal challenger, Morgan Tsvangirai, of the Movement for Democratic Change, which filed a court challenge on Friday against the landslide win of Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party in the July 31 vote, alleging widespread rigging and intimidation.
All Bodo Students Union activists demand the creation of a state called Bodoland during a mass rally on a national highway in Barama, in lower Assam, India. The ruling coalition endorsed carving a new state called Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh in southern India, which spurred activists to call for other long-standing demands for separate states to be met.
A student in Mumbai, India takes part in a peace rally on Tuesday to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombings of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.
Shia Muslims hold toy guns during an al-Quds Day rally in Karachi, Pakistan, on Friday. The annual event, marked across the Muslim world, is held to express support for the Palestinian people and their resistance against Israeli occupation
Supporters of the Movement for Democratic Change presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai attend the final campaign rally on Monday at “Freedom Square” in Harare ahead of the general elections on Wednesday. Zimbabweans will vote for a new president and parliament four years after Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, who has ruled for 33 years, and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, were forced to share power.
Supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi shout during a protest in Cairo. Supporters of Mr Morsi called for protests on Friday, and Egyptians hoped there would be no repeat of clashes that have killed more than 90 people in the past week in the divided Arab nation.
A Bulgarian girl sits on the street holding a flag during an anti-government rally near the parliament building in Sofia, in an attempt to block the street.