Angola's President Jose Eduardo dos Santos shows off his inked finger to photographers after casting his vote during national elections in the capital Luanda, on August 31. Angolans voted on Friday in a one-sided election expected to keep Eduardo dos Santos at the helm of Africa's second-largest oil producer, but the long-serving leader faces swelling popular pressure to share the nation's riches more evenly.
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Wildfires have ravaged Spain in recent weeks. Above, a view of part of the "Barranco Blanco" near Coin after a wildfire on September 1. Some 4,000 people were evacuated from the area. More than 250 firefighters, backed by eight planes and nine helicopters, battled the blaze after hot, dry winds sent it racing through tinder-dry forest in southern Spain.
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Pakistani policemen escort Islamic cleric Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti (second from right) upon his arrival at a court in Islamabad on September 2. The cleric who submitted evidence against a Christian girl accused of blasphemy was arrested on suspicion of evidence-tampering and desecrating the Koran, police said.
A protester holds a symbolic coffin reading "democracy" during a demonstration in support of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, runner-up in Mexico's presidential race, after a court threw out his challenge to the poll result on September 1. Mexico's electoral tribunal confirmed Enrique Pena Nieto as president-elect on Friday, but his rival refused to accept defeat and held out the possibility of further protests.
A Greenpeach activist dressed as a polar bear holds a banner in Stuttgart, Germany, on August 28. Ice levels in the Arctic have been measured at historic lows this summer, one of the hottest on record.
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A group of people sing and dance outside a court on August 29 about 80kms north of Johannesburg, protesting against the arrest of 270 strinking mineworkers. Managers, unions and workers at the Lonmin Marikana platinum mine started talks with South African government mediators as thousands of miners continued a strike that has left 44 dead.
Supporters of Bahrain's Feb14 Coalition, an umbrella group for pro-reform youth movements, staged a sit-in in support of detained political leaders who were sentenced last year to prison terms ranging between five years and life for supporting the protests.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (left) and his running mate Paul Ryan wave at supporters after Romney's speech at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Florida, on August 30, during the Republican National Convention (RNC).
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Members of the Syrian opposition carry a wounded man outside a hospital in Syria's northern city of Aleppo, on August 30. The battle for Aleppo, Syria's second largest city, has been raging since July 20.