Humanism is the only – I would go so far as saying the final- resistance we have against the inhuman practices and injustices that disfigure human history. — Edward W. Said
A woman dances in front of riot police during a demonstration in the Kadikoy neighborhood of Istanbul against the eviction of a squatted building. The building was converted into a social meeting center by activists following last year’s Gezi Park protests that led to supporting protests across Turkey. (OZAN KOSE / AFP – GETTY IMAGES)
A woman walks past mannequins locked to a gas pipe in Tehran, Iran. (Behrouz Mehri / AFP – Getty Images)
A man holds onto a girl as he brings her back to her family home, after she tried to escape when she realized she was going to be married, about 50 miles from the town of Marigat in Baringo County, in Kenya.
In the Pokot tradition, parents give their daughters as wives usually at the beginning of their adolescence, after an initiation ceremony marking their passing over into womanhood.
The future husband of the girl above arrived at her family home with a group of men to collect her. They brought 10 cows, the last of the settled dowry for the girl’s family. Her dowry was made up of 20 goats, three camels and 10 cows, which were delivered over a period of several weeks. The girl was unaware of the marriage arrangements that her father had made. The family said that if they had told her in advance she might have run away from home.
This is one of the traditions the Pokots have developed that aim to optimize each household’s chance of survival in a difficult and hostile environment. (Siegfried Modola / Reuters)
A woman reads a book at the side of the road as Hong Kong police stand guard during the dismantling of the main pro-democracy protest camp in Hong Kong. (PEDRO UGARTE / AFP-GETTY IMAGES)
Flames spread from a massive fire at the site of a seven-story downtown apartment complex under construction in Los Angeles, California. Over 250 firefighters battled the early morning blaze which shut down two major freeways, the Los Angeles Fire Department and California Highway Patrol said. (Gene Blevins / Reuters)
Porn workers stage a face-sitting protest outside parliament in London, England. Protesters demonstrated against new laws that restrict certain acts being posted online and called for greater sexual freedoms. (Andy Rain / EPA)
Schoolgirls offer prayers for Nobel peace prize laureate Malala Yousafzai during a school assembly in Mingora, Pakistan. (A Majeed / AFP – Getty Images)
An undercover police officer, who had been marching with demonstrators, aims his gun at protesters after some in the crowd attacked him and his partner in Oakland, California. The man was identified as an officer with the California Highway Patrol, according to the Oakland Police Department. Police said more than 100 demonstrators marched in Berkeley, California, which has a history of social activism. Under cloudy skies, turnout was smaller than earlier in the week, when demonstrators in the area threw rocks at police and shut down a major freeway. (Noah Berger / Reuters)
President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama deliver toys and gifts donated by Executive Office of the President staff to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, US. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)
The Geminid meteor shower put on a stunning display over the Isle of Wight (BNPS)
Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein, left, scuffles with an Israeli border policeman near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Abu Ein died shortly after being hit by Israeli soldiers during a protest on Wednesday in the occupied West Bank. (Mohamad Torokman / Reuters)
Removing padlocks clipped by lovers on the fence of the Pont des Arts over the river Seine in Paris, France. Brass padlocks on the city’s bridges symbolise vistors’ undying love – 700,000 lovelocks are added every few months, and are damaging the bridges and threatening safety due to the added weight. (Philippe Wojazer / Reuters)
The Dalai Lama stifles a yawn during the 14th world summit of Nobel Peace Laureates ‘Peace. Living it!’ in honour of Nelson Mandela at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome (CLAUDIO PERI / EPA)
Xu Zhiyun drives his home-made motorised mini-vehicle along a street in Shanghai. Xu spent over two years completing the buggy which has a 77cc engine and five gear ranges. (Aly Song / REUTERS)
Shi’ite Muslim pilgrims walk to the holy city of Kerbala, ahead of the holy Shi’ite ritual of Arbaeen, in Najaf (REUTERS)
A company is offering a funeral service which is out of this world – by sending the ashes of loved ones into space. Ashes travel up on a weather balloon, with GoPro cameras attached so people can watch, before being scattered at the edge of space. The particles will hang around in the atmosphere for a while before falling back to Earth as part of rain or snowfall. The wacky idea is the brainchild of US company Mesoloft, who launch from sites in Indiana, Colorado and New Mexico. (MESOLOFT / CATERS NEWS)