Political Unrest Around the World

From Egypt to Brazil, national politics have threatened peace throughout the world. See some of the most dramatic images from the protests.

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A police officer pushes back a man complaining about the detention of protesters near Guanabara Palace, the office of Rio de Janeiro Governor Sergio Cabral in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. Demonstrators are demanding improvements to public services in the state of Rio de Janeiro, and Cabral's resignation for what they say is his improper management of public funds.
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A Syrian refugee girl walks at a temporary refugee camp in the eastern Lebanese town of Marj near the border with Syria, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. U.N. chemical weapons experts headed to a Damascus suburb on Wednesday for a new tour of areas struck by a purported poison gas attack, activists said, as the U.S. laid the groundwork for a possible punitive strike and the U.N. chief pleaded for more time for diplomacy.
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A Syrian refugee, Nowar, 19, enters her tent at Zaatari Syrian refugee camp, in Mafraq, Jordan, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. Nowar hopes that the international community will soon decide on a military strike on President Bashar Assad's regime. More than 2 million Syrians have fled the country's two-and-a-half year conflict. Jordan hosts more than 554,000 refugees.
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Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the State Department in Washington, Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, about the situation in Syria. Kerry said chemical weapons were used in Syria, and accused Assad of destroying evidence.
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Black columns of smoke rise from heavy shelling in the Jobar neighborhood, east of Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. Syria reached an agreement with the United Nations on Sunday to allow a U.N. team of experts to visit the site of alleged chemical weapons attacks last week outside Damascus, state media said.
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Syrian protesters waves the Syrian revolutionary flag and victory signs during a protest in front of the Syrian embassy in Amman, Jordan, to condemn the alleged poison gas attack on the suburbs of Damascus. Anti-government activists accused the Syrian regime of carrying out a toxic gas attack that is thought to have killed at least 100 people, including many children as they slept, during intense artillery and rocket barrages on the eastern suburbs of Damascus that are part of a fierce government offensive in the area.
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In this photo taken on a government organized media tour, a Syrian army soldier walks on a street in the Jobar neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. Syrian state media accused rebels of using chemical arms on Saturday against government troops trying to storm a contested neighborhood of Damascus, claiming a major army offensive in recent days had forced the opposition fighters to resort to such weapons "as their last card." State TV broadcast images of plastic jugs, gas masks, vials of an unspecified medication, explosives and other items that it said were seized from rebel hideouts.
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This citizen journalism image provided by the Local Committee of Arbeen which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian citizens mourning over the dead bodies of Syrian men after an alleged poisonous gas attack fired by regime forces, according to activists in Arbeen town, Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. Syrian regime forces fired intense artillery and rocket barrages Wednesday on the eastern suburbs of the capital Damascus, in what two pro-opposition groups claimed was a "poisonous gas" attack that killed dozens of people.
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A man recites prayers amid the destruction after a car bomb outside the Al-Taqwa mosque in the northern city of Tripoli, Lebanon, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. The twin car bombs, which killed dozens hit amid soaring tensions in Lebanon as a result of Syria's civil war, which has sharply polarized the country along sectarian lines and between supporters and opponents of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. It was the second such bombing in just over a week, showing the degree to which the tiny country is being consumed by the raging war next door.
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Delegates at a meeting of Amnesty International hold up masks depicting Egyptian Queen Nefertiti wearing a gas mask in protest against the ongoing violence and sexual violence against women in Egypt on Aug. 19, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. In the latest turn of events, Egypt militants killed 25 policemen following days of clashes that have left over 800 people dead.
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Indonesian police stand guard as protesters rally to show support for the Egyptian people in Jakarta on August 19, 2013. Thousands of Muslims demonstrated in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on August 19 in support of Egypt's Islamists.
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Demonstrators take part in a protest against Egyptian military and the recent army-installed government on August 18, 2013 in Paris. The death toll in four days of violence topped 750 in Egypt in clashes following massive operation by the army-led government against Morsi supporters.
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Egyptian army soldiers take their positions on top and next to their armored vehicles while guarding an entrance to Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013.
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indonesian Muslims rally outside Baiturrahman mosque in Banda Aceh in Aceh province on August 16, 2013, to protest the crackdown on protest camps that left almost 600 people dead. Indonesians rallied in several key cities including the capital Jakarta condemning the violence and expressing their support for Morsi.
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Egyptian relatives and colleagues of policemen who were killed during a massive clash on Wednesday carry coffins covered with national flags during a military funeral in Cairo, Egypt on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. The increasing violence sweeping the country prompted the government to declare a nationwide state of emergency and a nighttime curfew.
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Members of supporters of Malaysia's opposition parties and non-governmental organizations show pictures of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi during a protest march to the Egyptian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, demanding not to kill their own people.
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Members of supporters of Malaysia's opposition parties and non-governmental organizations show pictures of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi during a protest march to the Egyptian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, demanding not to kill their own people. A statement from the Egyptian Health Ministry said the number of injured is now 2,925.
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El-Iman mosque in Cairo's Nasr City, Egypt on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. Egyptian authorities on Thursday significantly raised the death toll from clashes the previous day between police and Morsi supporters.
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Members of the Egyptians Army walk among the smoldering remains of the largest protest camp of Morsi supporters that was cleared by security forces in the district of Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. Security forces swept through two sit-in sites and the Egyptian Health Ministry spokesman now says over 400 people died in the violence that has prompted international criticism.
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Egyptians mourn over the bodies of their relatives in the El-Iman mosque at Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. Hundreds of people were killed and thousands were injured as police smashed two protest camps of Morsi supporters.
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A young Egyptian man identifies the body of a family member, a supporter of deposed President Mohammed Morsi, killed during a violent crackdown by Egyptian Security Forces on pro-Morsi sit-in demonstrations. Egyptian Police and Army forces entered protest sites using tear gas, live fire and bulldozers to disperse protestors and to destroy the camps.
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A wounded member of the police is helped by another as Egyptian security forces clear a sit-in by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, Egypt on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. Egyptian security forcers, back my armed cars and bulldozers, cleared two-sit in camps.
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Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi clash with security forces near Cairo, Egypt on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. Egyptian police in riot gear swept in with armored vehicles and bulldozers to clear sit-in camps set up by supporters.
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A member of the Egyptian security forces speaks to a woman holding a stick as they clear a sit-in by Morsi supporters near the Ciro University campus in Giza, Cairo, Egypt on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.
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Feet from the bodies of Morsi supporters lie on the floor of the Rabaa al-Adaweya Medical Centre in the Nasr City district, Cairo, Egypt on Aug. 14, 2013. A state of emergency has been declared and will reportedly last for one month.
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Wounded supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi lie o the floor of a makeshift hospital at a sit-in at Cairo's Nasr City district, Egypt on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. Egyptian police in riot gear showered protesters with tear gas as the sound of gunfire rang out.
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Egyptian security forces detain supports of ousted islamist President Mohammed Morsi as they clear a sit-in camp set up near Cairo University in Cairo's Giza district, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.
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A Morsi supporter flashes a victory sign as he puts on a mask with his picture during a protest in Nahda Square, where protesters have installed their camp near Cairo University on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt.
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Egyptians wave the national flag on a building rooftop on July 7, 2013 as hundreds of thousands flood Tahrir Square to demonstrate against ousted President Mohamed Morsi and in support of the Egyptian Army.
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An Egyptian military helicopter hovers over supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood during a rally in support of Morsi outside Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque on July 5, 2013.
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Fireworks and shouts of joy emanate from Tahrir Square after a broadcast by the head of the Egyptian military confirmed that they will temporarily be taking over from the country's first democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi on July 3, 2013.
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Hundreds of thousands of Egyptian demonstrators gather in Cairo's Tahrir Square during a protest calling for the abdication of President Mohamed Morsi on July 1, 2013. Egypt's armed forces warned that it will intervene if the people's demands are not met within 48 hours, after millions took to the streets to demand the resignation of Morsi.
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An Egyptian protester waves his national flag as thousands celebrate on July 1, 2013 in Cairo's Tahrir Square after Egypt's armed forces gave President Mohamed Morsi 48 hours to meet the demands of the people or it would intervene. Egypt is deeply devised between Morsi's Islamist supporters and a broad-based opposition.
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Rio de Paz activists wrap a mannequin in a veil during a protest on Copacabana beach to press for clarifications on missing persons in Rio de Janerio, Brazil on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Rio de Pas organization cites official statistics showing that nearly 35,000 people were reported as missing in Rio state alone over the past five years.
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People march in downtown Rio de Janeiro on Jun 20, 2013, during a protest of what is now called the "Tropical Spring" against corruption and price hikes. Brazilians took to the streets on a mass nationwide protest demanding better public services and bemoaning massive spending to stage the World Cup.
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