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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
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
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
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.