In Pictures: A year on, justice eludes victims of Delhi violence

A year after India’s capital saw its worst communal riots in decades, many of the Muslim victims say they have come repeatedly up against refusal by police to investigate complaints against Hindu rioters. Some hope the courts will still come to their aid. But others now believe the justice system under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s […]

In Pictures: Ecuador prison riots leave dozens dead

Ecuador on Wednesday raised the death toll from riots in four jails to 79, including 18 prisoners who were found dismembered at one site, one of the bloodiest outbreaks of prison violence in the country’s history. But even as authorities said they had regained control following the initial riots, the head of Ecuador’s national police […]

In Pictures: Ecuador Indigenous people march against ‘vote fraud’

Hundreds of Indigenous protesters have descended on the Ecuadorean capital Quito demanding a recount of the February 7 presidential election after official results showed that Indigenous activist Yaku Perez did not advance to the runoff vote. Perez, 51, has been walking through the Andean nation to denounce what he calls manipulation of poll statements that […]

In Pictures: Senegalese jockey dreams of international glory

A head shorter than his peers, Fallou Diop quickly vanishes into the crowd of jockeys preparing for early morning drills in the western Senegalese village of Niaga. When the racing begins, however, his crouched silhouette is far ahead of the field, aided by an effortless riding style. “When I start riding I get a bit […]

In Pictures: Businesses shut as Myanmar protesters defy military

Businesses have closed their doors as tens of thousands of protesters gathered in towns and cities across Myanmar as part of a general strike against the February 1 coup, despite a chilling message from the military that confrontation would cost more lives. As well as local shops, international chains announced closures on Monday, including Yum […]

In Pictures: Protests over jailing of Spanish rapper turn violent

Protesters threw bottles at police, set fire to containers and damaged shops in Barcelona on Saturday in a fifth night of clashes and protests sparked after a rapper was jailed for “glorifying terrorism” and insulting royalty in his songs. The nine-month sentence of Pablo Hasel, known for his virulently anti-establishment raps, has triggered a debate […]

In Pictures: Jakarta slammed by monsoon floods

Severe flooding across several parts of the Indonesian capital Jakarta forced more than 1,000 people to flee their homes on Saturday, with the country’s meteorology agency warning that the conditions were set to continue for the next week. Some 1,380 Jakarta residents were evacuated from southern and eastern parts of the city, home to 10 […]

In Pictures: Jerusalem turns white after rare snowfall

Jerusalem woke up to the rare experience of seeing its holy sites covered in snow on Thursday, with the Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall under a layer of white after an overnight snowstorm. Before dawn children were up hurling snowballs at each other outside the Old City gates, as the faithful trudged […]

In Pictures: A day in the life of an Indian child scavenger

Once school is done for the day, 10-year-old Imradul Ali rushes home to change out of his uniform so he can start his job as a scavenger in India’s remote northeast. Armed with a large sack, he goes to a landfill in the slums of Gauhati, the capital of Assam state. Here, he hunts through […]

In Pictures: Etna’s spectacular new eruption

Mount Etna belched smoke and ashes in a new eruption this week but Italian authorities said the volcano, one of the world’s most active, did not pose any danger to the villages nearby. “We’ve seen worse,” the head of the INGV National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology in the nearby city of Catania, Stefano Branca, […]

In Pictures: Myanmar’s coup opponents gather for major protests

Critics of Myanmar’s military coup gathered on Wednesday in a major show of opposition to the army’s assertion of public support for overthrowing elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi. News reports said security forces were surrounding the demonstrators. Protesters are deeply sceptical of the military government’s assurances that there will be a fair election sometime […]

In Pictures: Myanmar’s coup opponents gather for major protests

Critics of Myanmar’s military coup gathered on Wednesday in a major show of opposition to the army’s assertion of public support for overthrowing elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi. News reports said security forces were surrounding the demonstrators. Protesters are deeply sceptical of the military government’s assurances that there will be a fair election sometime […]

In Pictures: Subfreezing cold sweeps through Texas

Officials say a frigid blast of winter weather across the United States is likely to blame for the deaths of two people in Texas as temperatures dropped into the single digits Fahrenheit, (-22C) and snow shut down air travel and grocery stores. More than four million people were without power Monday evening after surging demand […]

In Pictures: Pandemic threatens New York’s iconic yellow taxis

They were omnipresent on the streets of New York, day and night, as emblematic of the Big Apple as the Empire State Building or Yankees caps. But the pandemic has made yellow taxis scarce and facing an uncertain future. On a February morning in a parking lot near La Guardia Airport, a few dozen yellow […]

In Pictures: Desperation to migrate grows in battered Honduras

The second-largest city in Honduras, San Pedro Sula, is the economic engine and the departure gate for thousands of Honduran migrants in recent years. There, many families are caught in a cycle of migration. Poverty and gang violence push them out and increasingly aggressive measures to stop them, driven by the United States government, scuttle […]

In Pictures: Russia and France bury their dead 200 years later

The remains of French and Russian soldiers who died during Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow in 1812 were laid to rest with military honours in a rare moment of unity between the two countries. Officials gathered with descendants of 19th-century Russian and French military leaders at a windswept ceremony on Saturday in the western Russian town […]

In Pictures: Russians show Valentine’s Day support for Navalny

Supporters of opposition leader Alexey Navalny held candle-lit gatherings in residential courtyards across Russia on Sunday despite warnings that they could be arrested. Navalny’s allies have declared a moratorium on street rallies until spring in Russia after police detained thousands of people in the past few weeks at protests against the opposition politician’s arrest and […]

In Pictures: Protest in Cyprus draws water cannon, arrests

Police in Cyprus have used water cannon and tear gas to break up a protest against corruption and lockdown measures imposed over the COVID-19 pandemic, witnesses said. Several hundred people had gathered to protest on Saturday just beyond the medieval walls of Nicosia, the capital of the east Mediterranean island. At least one person who […]

In Pictures: Strong quake off Japan’s Fukushima

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake off Japan’s Fukushima coast has injured dozens of people, nearly 10 years after the eastern region was hit by a huge quake that sparked a tsunami and nuclear meltdown. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Sunday that no deaths had so far been reported after the late-night quake, which did not […]

In Pictures: Graffiti tells the story of Egypt’s revolution

During 18 gripping days in early 2011, dramatic images emerged from Egypt set against a soundtrack of public rage. Round the clock news coverage of the demonstrations centred on Cairo’s Tahrir Square, as the world waited to see if the region’s most populous country would follow Tunisia’s lead in throwing off the rule of their […]

In Pictures: Haitian police tear gas protesters, journalists

Haitian police fired tear gas on hundreds of protesters who were marching against President Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince on Wednesday, and attacked journalists covering the demonstration, in the latest clashes to mark the country’s political crisis. The protesters accuse Moise of illegally extending his term in office. He says it lasts until February 2022 – […]

In Pictures: Netherlands deep freeze revives national obsession

A deep winter freeze gripping the Netherlands is reawakening the national obsession with skating on frozen canals. The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute extended a warning for snowdrifts and slippery conditions to large parts of the country after more than 30 centimetres (12 inches) fell in 24 hours in some areas. The train service remained patchy, […]

In Pictures: Myanmar ant-coup protesters defy crackdown

Myanmar police fired into the air and used water cannon on Tuesday as protesters across the country defied bans on big gatherings to show their opposition to a military coup that halted a tentative transition to democracy. The February 1 coup and subsequent detention of democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi have brought the largest […]