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A US secret service officer checks a Chinese performer dressed as an ancient warrior while US first lady Michelle Obama visits a nearby city wall in Xi’an, in northwestern China’s Shaanxi province. Read more
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Security personnel await the arrival of delegates at the Great Hall of the People to attend sessions of National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in Beijing, China Read more
The bodyguard training school of former soldier Chen Yongqing in China Read more
Members of the Afghan Loya Jirga attend a meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan. President Hamid Karzai has told a gathering of elders that he supports signing a security deal with the US if safety and security conditions are met.
Armed Palestinian Hamas security forces patrol the streets of Gaza City. Egypt’s foreign minister Nabil Fahmy warned Hamas of a “harsh response” if the Palestinian Islamist movement that rules the neighbouring Gaza Strip were to threaten Egypt’s national security.
Local Afghan police cadets take a window seat at their graduation ceremony at a police training centre in Mazar-i-Sharif, the fourth-largest city of Afghanistan, on Thursday. Afghan police have been killed and injured since March 21 this year in what would be an astonishing rate of about 22 a day. Afghanistan’s 350,000-strong security forces have experienced a steep rise in attacks as the Nato combat mission winds down Read more
Iraqi citizens are searched before casting their votes during the country’s provincial elections in Fallujah, Iraq, on Thursday. Iraqis in two Sunni-dominated provinces voted Thursday in provincial elections marked by tight security measures that left streets in former insurgent strongholds largely deserted Read more
Afghan security forces stand guard at the site of a suicide attack near the Kabul military airport on Monday. All seven militants who launched the attack died in the assault, Afghan police said, adding that no civilian and security force casualties had been reported. ‘There were seven assailants – two [suicide bombers] died detonating themselves and five others were killed in fighting,’ Mohammad Ayoub Salangi, chief of Kabul police, told reporters.
Opposition supporters cheer as they clash with security forces in Lomé on Thursday. Authorities have banned planned opposition protests in Togo’s capital city this week after a crowd of students smashed windows and torched cars on May 21. Read more