The world in snapshots

A quick glance at what is happening around the globe this week in images. – Photos by Agencies


An Afghan vendor waits for customers in front of a blanket with an image of late Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe at a bazaar in Forward Operating Base Joyce in Kunar province, eastern Afghanistan. ? Reuters Photo

Protesters, mostly public transport drivers, shout slogans as they stage a die-in protest at the office of Shell, one of the big three oil companies in the country, during a nationwide protest against the almost-weekly rising prices of oil and other oil products at the financial district of Makati city, east of Manila, Philippines. ? AP Photo

Residents and their daughters wash their clothes at the wash-house of Imiter, a village near Tinghir, central eastern Morocco, 160 km from Ouarzazate. The residents of Imiter stage regular sit-ins in front of the Imiter silver mine, one of Africa's biggest silver mines, claiming a better redistribution of the benefits for the region, a higher percentage in job offers for residents and blaming the mine with the drying out of the ground water. ? AFP Photo

A group of labourers wearing masks protest against the government's plan to raise subsidized fuel prices, in front of the presidential palace in Jakarta. Indonesia's government is considering hiking up fuel prices, which are currently subsidised, by as much as 44 percent this year to reduce the burden of subsidies on the state's budget so that they can use these funds on roads instead, the deputy energy minister told Reuters. ? Reuters Photo

A Miami-Dade county Metrorail train arrives at a station in Miami, Florida. With gas prices on the rise, mass transit systems around the country have seen a 2.31 percent rise in ridership during 2011 over the previous year according to the American Public Transportation Association. ? AFP Photo

People look out their windows as they celebrate National Day, which is also the memorial day of the 1848 Hungarian Revolution against the Habsburg monarchy, in Budapest. ? Reuters Photo

Flowes and photographs (reading: we will never forget you) have been left on the gate of the 't Stekske primary school in Lommel. Belgians were in mourning after 22 children died in a bus crash in Switzerland, with newspapers bemoaning the national tragedy. "Belgium Weeps for its Children," read the headline in the French-language newspaper la Derniere Heure as people called into morning radio shows to express their sorrow over the accident in a Swiss tunnel late on Tuesday. ? AFP Photo

A child walks in a mud puddle at Dili's traditional market ahead of the presidential elections contested by 12 candidates. A decade after independence East Timor is restive for change, voting Saturday in the second presidential polls as a free country and hoping that an energy-fuelled bonanza will lift this tiny Southeast Asian nation out of poverty and chronic instability. ? AFP Photo

Office workers are silhouetted against the Singapore River during lunch hour in the business district of Singapore. ? AP Photo

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