Thursday, February 22, 2018
- STORY In PICTURES

- STORY In PICTURES

France migrants

France received a record 100,000 asylum applications last year. AFP/File - Denis Charlet The French government defended a new immigration bill as "completely balanced" on Wednesday despite criticism from rights groups and some ruling party lawmakers that it will lead to thousands of extra deportations.

Eastern Ghouta daily

Close to 300 civilians have been killed since Sunday including 24 Syrians who died when government warplanes dropped barrel bombs on the town of Kafr Batna, pictured, on February 21, 2018. AFP - Amer ALMOHIBANY Russia called for a UN Security Council meeting to be held Thursday on the violence engulfing Eastern Ghouta after Secretary-General Antonio Guterres described life for civilians...

Brexit

A pro-EU campaigner watches as the Brexit Facts Bus, rolled out by European Union advocates as they kick off a new initiative against Brexit, leaves College Green in central London. AFP - Tolga Akmen

Hands up

Hundreds of high school and middle school students from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia staged walkouts and gather in front of the White House in support of gun control in the wake of the Florida shooting. AFP - Olivier Douliery

Holi preparation

A labourer sifts coloured powder to be used during the forthcoming spring festival of Holi, at a factory in Fulbari village, on the outskirts of Siliguri, India. AFP - DIPTENDU DUTTA

Parisian pose

Tourists observe and take pictures near the Eiffel Tower in Paris. AFP - Ludovic MARIN

Destruction

Smoke and dust are seen following a reported regime air strike in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus. AFP - ABDULMONAM EASSA

Ghouta government raids

In this photo released on Tuesday Feb. 20, 2018 which provided by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, shows members of the Syrian Civil Defense run to help survivors from a street that attacked by airstrikes and shelling of the Syrian government forces, in Ghouta, suburb of Damascus, Syria. A Syrian monitoring group and paramedics say...

Chile Vatican s..x abuse

Catholic Priest Jordi Bartolome, left, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, center, and Papal Nuncio Ivo Scapolo, stand prior a press conference prior to a meeting with people who claim to have been victims of sexual abuse by members of the Church, in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Scicluna, arrived in Chile on Monday, sent by the Pope Francis, to gather...

India bank fraud

India's opposition Congress party supporters shout slogansas they burn an effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they protest against the alleged $1.8 billion bank fraud in Lucknow, India, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Iran plane crash

In this photo provided by Mizan Online News Agency, the wreckage of a plane that crashed on Sunday, lies on Mount Dena, in southern Iran, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Iranian search-and-rescue teams on Tuesday offered the first images of the site of an airplane crash in southern Iran that killed 65 people, with officials hoping to reach the aircraft's "black...

Brazil indigenous protest

Indigenous people of the Pataxo ethnicity, from the state of Bahia, take part in a protest on the esplanade of the Ministries in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. The group is camped with representatives of other tribes and social movements, and are protesting against the government policies of Brazil's President Michel Temer, land demarcation and health policies in...

Under the rubble

This photo released on Tuesday Feb. 20, 2018 provided by the Syrian Civil Defense group known as the White Helmets, shows an injured man stuck under the rubble of a damaged building that attacked by Syrian government airstrike, in Ghouta, suburb of Damascus, Syria. A Syrian monitoring group and paramedics say government shelling and airstrikes on rebel-held suburbs of the...

War wages on

Plumes of smoke billow into the sky following a reported regime air strike in the rebel-held town of Hamouria on the outskirts of the capital Damascus. AFP - ABDULMONAM EASSA

Mourning

Flowers and crosses line a fence as a makeshift memorial for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, after Nikolas Cruz, shot and killed 17 people and injured 15. AFP - RHONA WISE

Palestinian Territories Brawl

Palestinian demonstrators clash with Israeli soldiers near the Israeli settlement of Beit El in the Israeli occupied West Bank. AFP - ABBAS MOMANI

Syrian town of Saqba

Civilians flee the rebel-held Syrian town of Saqba, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region outside Damascus, after a reported Assad regime air strike. AFP - ABDULMONAM EASSA

Animal activists

Activists from the Anonymous for Animal Rights group lie on the ground covered in artificial blood inside the outline of animals to protest against the slaughter of animals in Tel Aviv. AFP - MENAHEM KAHANA.

Hamouria, Syria Rescue

A Syrian man carries an infant rescued from the rubble of buildings following government bombing in the rebel-held town of Hamouria, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus. AFP - ABDULMONAM EASSA

Indonesia: Eruption

Indonesian children walk together in Karo, North Sumatra as thick volcanic ash from Mount Sinabung volcano rises into the air. AFP - ANTO SEMBIRING