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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.
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.
Protesters scuffle with police officers during an annual pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong. Tens of thousands of protesters demanded that their Beijing-backed leader resign and pressed for promised democratic reforms so they can choose their own top representative.
Munduruku Indians gather in front of the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil. Five indigenous tribes are calling for legislation giving them consultation rights prior to any official decision regarding the construction of the Belo Monte dam that would affect them. The dam, which is being built at a cost of $13bn, is expected to flood an area of 500sq km along the Xingu River, displacing 16,000 people, according to the government. Some non-governmental organisations have estimated that about 40,000 people would be displaced by the huge project. Indigenous groups say the dam will harm their way of life, while environmentalists warn of deforestation, greenhouse gas emissions and irreparable damage to the ecosystem
An Indian policeman on Tuesday watches from an armoured vehicle outside Mirwaiz Manzil in the old city, towards where separatists were planning to hold a rally in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir. A shutdown was called by separatists to mark the anniversaries of two slain leaders, Molvi Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone. Protesters clashed with the police and paramilitary troopers in the old city. Shops, schools and businesses were closed, as was public transport. Authorities have placed moderate separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest.
A Pakistani supporter of former cricket star-turned-politician, and leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, Imran Khan, takes part during a rally in support of Mr Khan in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Thursday. Pakistan is scheduled to hold parliamentary elections on May 11, the first transition between democratically elected governments in a country that has experienced three military coups and constant political instability since its creation in 1947.
Supporters of Imran Khan, Pakistani politician and former cricketer, stand next to his electoral poster at the venue of an election campaign meeting by his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI), or Movement for Justice party, in Islamabad on Thursday. Mr Khan is due to make an address at the final rally by live video link from his Lahore hospital bed, following his fall from a makeshift lift during a meeting on Tuesday. The election this Saturday will be a democratic milestone in a country that has been ruled for half its history by the military, but the Pakistani Taliban have condemned it as un-Islamic
Supporters of Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf party, cheer and wave flags during an election campaign rally in Narowal, Pakistan. Pakistan’s parliamentary elections are due to be held on May 11. Mr Khan and Nawaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League-N have been campaigning in the last few weeks before polling.