Syrians wave flags and placards bearing portraits President Bashar al-Assad during a workers’ rally to support his candidacy in upcoming presidential elections in the capital Damascus
A woman carries bags in a destroyed neighbourhood of the Old City of Homs, some 162km north of the capital Damascus. Syrians have been streaming back into the ruins of the Old City of Homs since opposition forces pulled out
Second world war veterans attend a ceremony on the eve of Victory Day in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine. Ukraine, along with the Commonwealth of Independent States, celebrates victory over Nazi Germany on Friday.
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A displaced mother and her child inspect the remnants of their burnt home in Khor Abeche, South Darfur.
Residents receive food aid at the besieged al-Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus in this handout released by Syria‘s national news agency SANA.
Danny Berube holds his son Jaxx during welcoming ceremonies for the last Canadian troops to leave Afghanistan, as they returned to Ottawa, Ontario.
A Syrian man evacuates a child found in the rubble of a building reportedly hit by an explosives-filled barrel dropped by a government forces helicopter in Aleppo. Iran’s foreign minister that Tehran is “ready to help any logical attempts” to end the Syrian conflict, during a visit by UN-Arab League envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi.
Women in Afghanistan line up to have their picture taken at a school in Kabul, Afghanistan to register for presidential elections. Last-minute registration of voters continues despite more than 21 million voter registration cards having been issued while only roughly 12 million Afghans are eligible to vote. The discrepancy is the result of repeated registrations since the first round of elections in Afghanistan in 2004.
Members of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland rehearse for a re-burial ceremony in Loos British Cemetery in Loos-en-Gohelle, France. Twenty British soldiers will be re-interred almost 100 years after they were killed in action during the battle of Loos in 1915
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A boy stands on an airplane in the Christian Mpoko refugee camp during sunset, in Bangui, Central African Republic.
An internally displaced mother holds her children as she sits on the ground at her home in a poor neighbourhood in Kabul, Afghanistan
An Afghan balloon seller walks along a street in Kabul. About 9m Afghans, or 36% of the population, are living in ‘absolute poverty’ while another 37% t live barely above the poverty line, according to a UN report.
A man and three boys, covered with dust, sit in a state of shock following a reported air strike attack by government forces on the Hanano district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.
An Afghan man pushes his cart along the shore of Shuhada lake in Kabul, Afghanistan
Free Syrian Army fighters prepare mortar shells before launching them towards forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo
Afghan refugee, laiba Hazrat, 6, in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. For more than three decades, Pakistan has been home to one of the world’s largest refugee communities of hundreds of thousands of Afghans who have fled the wars and fighting in their country.
A child plays on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan. Economic development is seen as vital in stopping the country from sinking back into civil war and in stemming Islamist extremism when 100,000 international troops pull out
A Syrian girl attends classes at a makeshift school in the largest Bulgarian camp in the southern town of Harmanli. Humanitarian aid, including clothes, food and hygiene materials, has started trickling in from non-governmental groups in the country and abroad to the camps in the EU’s poorest country after the UN expressed alarm over a ‘human emergency’ on the EU’s southern fringe.
Ahmet Uzümcü, director-general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, holds a press conference in Rome. Mr Uzümcü voiced concern about reports from the Syrian government of attacks on two chemical facilities but said they could not be independently verified. A UN-backed plan to destroy Syria‘s 1,290-tonne declared chemical weapons arsenal has been delayed by the fighting raging across the country
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A soldier kisses goodbye as more than 90 Dutch troops depart from Eindhoven airbase for Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, to replace forces stationed in Kunduz.