Protesters demand restoration of the state programme of affordable housing, in front of volunteer soldiers of battalion Donbass, as they guard the Ukrainian parliament building in Kiev on Thursday to prevent “planned terrorist acts”, according to battalion commander Semion Semionchenko
Turkish protesters run for cover as riot police fire teargas to disperse a May day rally near Taksim Square in Istanbul on Thursday, the scene of protests that have dogged the government for months
Indonesian labour activists perform during a Labour day protest in Jakarta, Indonesia, one of several rallies taking place across the country to demand higher wages
Supporters of the South African opposition party Democratic Alliance gather in Mamelodi during an election rally on Monday. This year’s anniversary of democracy coincides with South Africa’s fifth democratic election on May 7, when voters will cast their ballots in a fiercely fought contest
Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai listen to his campaign address during a political rally in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Monday. Afghans will go to the polls on April 5 to choose a new President.
A supporter of Afghan presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul carries chairs as he prepares for an election rally in Panshir, northern Afghanistan. Afghan presidential elections will be held on April 5.
Rebels celebrate the signing of a peace agreement at Camp Darapanan in the town of Sultan Kudarat on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the biggest Islamic rebel group in the Philippines, signed a pact on Thursday to end one of Asia’s longest and deadliest conflicts, promising to give up their arms for an autonomous homeland.
Supporters of Afghan presidential candidate Zalmai Rassoul prepare to leave after an election rally in Mazari Sharif in northern Afghanistan. The Afghan presidential election will be held on April 5.
People attend a rally to support the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea to Russia in Red Square in central Moscow, on Tuesday. Russian President Vladimir Putin, defying Ukrainian protests and Western sanctions, signed a treaty making Crimea part of Russia but said he did not plan to seize any other regions of Ukraine. The flags display portraits of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and read “We are together!
Pro-Kremlin activists hold Russian national, Russian and Soviet naval flags and orange-black flags made of the St George’s Ribbons, a well-known Russian symbol of military valor, during a rally in support of ethnic Russians in Ukraine in central Moscow, on Monday.
A Thai anti-government protester takes part in a rally aimed at forcing government servants to stop their work at the Ministry of Science and Technology in Bangkok, Thailand.
Opposition supporters in military-style uniforms and carrying sticks, line up in front of the city council building before marching through central Kiev, Ukraine, as the country’s political crisis enters its third month
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.