Week in Pictures : From Castro to Colombia air crash

A photo round-up of some of the week's key events, from the death of Cuba's Fidel Castro to a Colombia air crash.


Qatari news website raises 'censorship' concerns

Doha News says it has been blocked by the Gulf country's two internet service providers - with no reason why.

War & Conflict

South Sudan denies UN allegations of 'ethnic cleansing'

President Kiir says 'no such thing' after UN reports massacres, starvation, gang rape, and destruction of villages.

Human Rights

Rights group: Act now to avoid Rohingya genocide

Fortify Rights says "systematic violations" have been "overlooked" by Western powers.

South Sudan

UN: 'Ethnic cleansing under way' in South Sudan

Fighting between government and rebels has seen deliberate starvation, gang rape, and the burning of villages.

Human Rights

Baby selling investigation leads to arrests in Malaysia

A woman and two men were arrested on Wednesday after police raided clinics and homes on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur.


Palestinians in Israel decry removal of Arabic on buses

Israeli buses remove Arabic-language announcements in southern city of Beersheba after pressure from Jewish residents.

United States

Letter threatening genocide sent to several US mosques

The FBI is not investigating letters sent to mosques in six more states promising to "cleanse" America of Muslims.

Human Rights

What happens in December 2016?

Starting with #WorldAidsDay, December features Human Rights Day, Christmas and several African independence days.

Science & Technology

Snooping, data leaks and the threat to online privacy

Experts warn expansive new surveillance laws and lax attitudes threaten civil liberties and expose new vulnerabilities.


Refugee protests disrupt Australian parliament

Protesters demanding closure of offshore prison camps abseil down parliament, stopping its proceedings for a second day.

United States

Hundreds of US veterans to shield Dakota protesters

Protest organisers say group of veterans plan to stand between police and Native Americans against pipeline project.

Human Rights

Kashmir: Human rights activist Khurram Parvez released

Khurram was arrested at his home in Srinagar in September, a day after he was barred from travelling to Switzerland.

Battle for Aleppo

East Aleppo 'catastrophic' as tens of thousands flee

Civilians fearful as fighting edges closer, with government campaign making advances on rebel-held area.

Women's Rights

EU survey: 27% say rape sometimes acceptable

One in four people living in the EU say rape may be justified "under certain circumstances", according to a new report.