US first lady Michelle Obama and Peng Liyuan, wife of Chinese president Xi Jinping, are escorted by officials as they visit the Forbidden City in Beijing on Friday. Mrs Obama arrived in Beijing with her mother and daughters to kick off a seven-day, three-city tour where she will focus on education and cultural exchange.
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A Filipino student protests outside the US embassy in Manila, Philippines, in a rally condemning the docking of the USS Blue Ridge and the upcoming visit of US President Barack Obama. Activists also called for an end to the presence of US troops in the country and the Visiting Forces Agreement.
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Heavy smoke pours from the debris as the New York fire department responds to a 5-alarm fire and building collapse at 1646 Park Avenue in the Harlem area of Manhattan in New York City. Reports of an explosion were heard before the collapse of two multiple-dwelling buildings that left at least 11 injured
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