Protests against an anti-Islam film made in the US state of California roiled the Muslim world for much of the past week. In Libya, an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi lead to the killing of US ambassador Christopher Stevens and several others.
International troops in Afghanistan have suspended their training programme for Afghan security forces following a spate of attacks on foreign soldiers. Above, Afghan policemen perform during their graduation ceremony in Laghman, Afghanistan on September 10.
Anti-Japan protesters burn a Japanese flag during their protest in central China's Hubei province. Protesters in China began another day of demonstrations against Japan after protests over disputed islands spread across numerous cities.
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Alleged leader of 'El Cartel del Golfo' Jorge Eduardo Costilla Sanchez, aka 'El Coss', is presented to the press in Mexico City on September 13. Costilla Sanchez was arrested in Tamaulipas State.
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A crowd waves Lebanese flags as they greet Pope Benedict XVI in his 'popemobile' leading to the presidential palace in Beirut, where he met Lebanese religious and political leaders.
Protesters descended on Lisbon, Portugal as the government introduced tough new measures to avoid financial bailouts.
The banner above reads: 'Damn the troika - We want our lives'.
In Russia, thousands of opposition supporters demonstrated for greater freedom and called for an end to the rule of President Vladimir Putin, who was elected to another term in March.
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Chicago school teachers have gone on strike demanding better pay, health benefits and more resources to serve
students. An estimated 25,000 people gathered at a rally at Union Park on September 15 in a show of solidarity as negotiations on a labor contract continue.