Firemen spray a water cannon at protesters forcing their way towards the US embassy in Manila on Tuesday during a protest against the forthcoming visit of US president Barack Obama. The protesters were also calling for the pullout of US troops in the country under the Visiting Forces Agreement.
A member of the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force takes part in the US -Japan Exercise Iron Fist manoeuvres at the US Marine base in Pendleton, California
Pro-EU protesters keep warm round a bonfire in Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine. The EU and US expressed concern after the Ukrainian parliament passed laws to curb the right to protest, a move the opposition described as a power grab. Western rights groups denounced the bills as an attempt by President Viktor Yanukovych to impose a ‘dictatorship’ and called on him to veto the legislation. Read more
North America has been hit by the coldest temperatures in decades after a a polar vortex led to extreme weather conditions. In Baltimore, temperatures remain well below freezing, with ice forming on buildings, cars and roads.
Ice forms on an abandoned dock in the East River as extreme freezing conditions, known as a polar vortex, hit New York. The Atlantic seaboard of the US is gripped by the coldest weather it has had in decades
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National Park Service workers spread salt on the icy steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. A heavy snowstorm and dangerously cold conditions gripped the northeastern United States on Friday. Read more
Former US presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Mr Clinton’s daughter Chelsea Clinton attend the official memorial ceremony for Nelson Mandela
Michelle Obama, US first lady, and her daughters Sasha and Malia welcome the official White House Christmas tree to the White House in Washington. The 18.5ft Douglas Fir was grown by Chris Botek, a second-generation Christmas tree farmer from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pennsylvania. Read more
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Aviation boatswain’s mate 2nd class Tyler Stives from Spring, Texas, inspects a catapult after a launch aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington during annual exercise 2013. The carrier took part in a naval drill with Japan in waters off southern Japan, just days after it took part in relief operations in the Philippines. The US Navy would not confirm the coordinates but said the drill took place about 300 km southeast of the Okinawa islands. This is in the general vicinity, though not within, the airspace defence zone that China established last week.
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.