Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez holds Simon Bolivar's sword as he attends a press conference in Caracas. At the press conference held ahead of Sunday's vote, he declared: "I am sure that everything will be held in peace, and that all the political actors will respect the nation decision."
Imran Khan, the Pakistani cricket legend, waves to supporters as he led a protest march against US drone strikes.
Bosnian voters register for polling in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bosnians went to the polls on October 7 to elect new municipal authorities.
Paolo Gabriele, former butler of Pope Benedict XVI, was given an 18-month prison sentence on October 6 after being found guilty by a Vatican tribunal of stealing confidential documents from the desk of Benedict XVI.
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Syrian rebels ride a motorcycle during a patrol in the town of Tal Abyad near the border with Turkey. Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan again warned Syria it would pay a big price for further attacks, two days after a deadly cross-border shelling.
Protesters clash with police in the Bahraini capital, Manama, after their march was stopped from proceeding towards Pearl Roundabout, the focus of the mass protests that began in February last year. Protesters have been demanding greater rights.
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Striking mine workers protest outside the Anglo American Mine in Rustenburg. The workers are pressing the mine owners to revoke their decision to fire 12,000 wildcat strikers.