India's top military commander in Kashmir yesterday told mothers to get their militant sons to surrender or see them dead, as security forces intensified a crackdown in the disputed region after a suicide bomber killed 40 paramilitary police.
Some 200 families are trapped in a shrinking area of Syria controlled by Islamic State, whose forces are stopping many from fleeing, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said yesterday, calling for the families' safe passage.
Pakistan's ambassador to Afghanistan yesterday said that peace talks between the United States and Afghan Taliban militants would be affected if India resorted to violence against Pakistan in response to a deadly bombing in the Kashmir region.
Activists protest against US President Donald Trump in Lafayette Square, near the White House on Monday in Washington, DC. Sixteen US states sued Trump's administration Monday over his decision to declare a national emergency to fund a wall on the southern border with Mexico, saying the move violated the constitution. Photo: AFP
We would do it again
Catalan regional police forces Mossos d'Esquadra escort a man holding a sign reading "We would do it again" as they begin to disperse students blocking a street in Barcelona to protest against the trial of former Catalan separatist leaders, yesterday. Twelve former Catalan leaders go on trial at Spain's Supreme Court for their role in a failed 2017 bid to break away from Spain. Photo: AFP
Indian police search operation
Indian police carry out a search operation in a residential area after suspected militants hurled a grenade on a police party that left three policemen injured in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, yesterday. Security in the state has been increased ahead of India's 70th Republic Day, which will be celebrated on January 26. Photo: Reuters
Caravan of migrants
People belonging to a caravan of migrants from El Salvador en route to the US, walk along the highway to Ciudad Tecun Uman, Guatemala from Moyuta, Guatemala on Wednesday.
Caravan of migrants
US Customs and Border Protection officials detain migrants at the International Friendship Park in San Diego county, after they crossed illegally from Mexico.
Look out the muddy path
Syrian children sit in their tent look out at the muddy path at the Cordoba camp for internally displaced Persons (IDP), close to Batabu town, along the highway leading to the Syrian Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey, in the northern Syrian Idlib province on Wednesday. Photo: AFP
A charging bull
Indian participants are hit by a charging bull at the annual bull-wrestling event 'Jallikattu' in Allanganallur village on the outskirts of Madurai in the southern state of Tamil Nadu yesterday. Dozens of young men were injured on the first day of a traditional bull-wrestling festival in southern India that has attracted the ire of animal activists. Photo: AFP
Oil tanker on fire
An oil tanker on fire is seen near Lamma island, Hong Kong, China, yesterday. The oil tanker caught fire in Hong Kong's southern waters, killing one crew member while at least 21 were rescued, police said, with witnesses reporting a loud blast that shook windows several kilometres away. Photo: AFP
A view of the Christ the Redeemer in Rio De Janeiro during the new year fireworks
Pro-independence supporters take part in a New Year's Day march in Hong Kong
A protester wearing a "Yellow vest" demonstrates on the Champs-Elysees in Paris
People offer prayers on the first day of the new year at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo
Revellers gather at Times Square, New York. People across the world welcomed 2019 in their own ways yesterday, putting to bed a tumultuous 2018.
Search for victims
Rescue workers search for victims near a collapsed house following landslides at Cisolok district in Sukabumi, West Java province, Indonesia, yesterday. Rescuers said the landslides triggered by heavy rain left at least 15 people dead and at least 25 missing. Photo: Reuters
Santa Claus outfits
South Korean volunteers in Santa Claus outfits throw Santa hats during a ceremony before the delivery of Christmas gifts in Seoul yesterday. The volunteers will deliver Christmas gifts to 1,200 kids from 800 poor families in Seoul on Christmas eve. Photo: AFP
Shots are being fired from a vehicle. Despite skirmishes, the flashpoint city of Hodeida was calm yesterday after a UN-brokered ceasefire started at midnight, pro-government sources and residents said. Pictures were taken yesterday. Photo: Reuters
Yemeni government fighters gather around armoured vehicles during clashes with Houthi rebels in Hodeidah, Yemen. Photo: Reuters
Santa Claus swims
A diver wearing a Santa Claus costume swims in a large fish tank during an underwater performance at Sunshine Aquarium in Tokyo, Japan, yesterday. Photo: Reuters