Memorable pictures from world events you missed last week (14 – 20 October)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides a horse during snowfall in Mount Paektu in this image released October 16, 2019.

Aides to Kim are convinced the North Korean leader plans “a great operation,” state media said in a report that included lavish descriptions and images of Kim riding a white horse through snowy fields and woods on North Korea’s most sacred mountain, the spiritual homeland of the Kim dynasty. Kim has often made trips to the mountain at times of major policy endeavors.

Analysts say the symbolism underscores North Korea standing up to international sanctions and pressure over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

Source: KCNA


Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters are seen in action in the village of Yabisa, near the Turkish-Syrian border, Syria, October 13, 2019.

Turkey agreed on October 17 to pause its offensive in Syria for five days to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a “safe zone” Ankara had sought to capture, in a deal hailed by Washington but which Turkish leaders cast as a complete victory. If implemented it would achieve all the main objectives Turkey announced when it launched the assault eight days earlier: control of a strip of Syria more than 20 miles (30 km) deep, with the Kurdish YPG militia, formerly close U.S. allies, obliged to pull out.

Source: REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi


A person extinguishes a burning car during a protest near Catalan Ministry of Interior in Barcelona, Spain, October 16, 2019.

Spain’s Supreme Court found nine politicians and activists guilty of sedition on October 14 and sentenced them to up to 13 years in jail, leading to the worst sustained street violence in Spain in decades.

In 2017, pro-independence leaders staged a banned referendum and then declared they were breaking away from Spain. The Spanish government immediately seized control of the Catalan administration and the ringleaders were put on trial.

Source: REUTERS/Rafael Marchante


A rescue worker swims as he checks around a flooded residential area after Typhoon Hagibis, in Kawasaki, Japan, October 13, 2019.

The storm killed at least 77 people when it lashed wide swathes of Japan with heavy rain and powerful wind, setting off landslides and widespread flooding as rivers burst their banks. Nine people are missing and 346 were injured.

Source: REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon


Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (R) leaves after her annual policy address was cancelled due to protests by pro-democracy lawmakers at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China, October 16, 2019.

Lam was forced to cut short her annual policy speech due to heckling and broadcast it via video instead, underscoring the political rift in the city, with no end in sight to more than four months of anti-government protests.

Source: REUTERS/Tyrone Siu