IN TODAY'S BEST PHOTOS from around the world, we lead with a protestor in the Lebanese industrial town of Dora, where protests continue over the government's attempt to force through tax hikes and austerity measures, including a recently-scrapped attempt to tax Whatsapp calls. We also have a burning train in Santiago, an oil spill in Brazil, and a campaign rally in Buenos Aires.
IN TODAY'S BEST PHOTOS from around the world, we lead with an image from an anti-Brexit demonstration in London today, where thousands of protestors have gathered amid a crucial vote in the British Parliament, which will decide whether to accept the Brexit agreement struck between the UK and the EU this week. We also have a soldier in Syria, protests in Chile, and an Elizabeth Warren rally in Virginia.
IN TODAY'S BEST PHOTOS from around the world, we lead with a photo of the first giant panda to ever be born in Germany. The cub pictured is one of the twins born today at the Zoologischer Garten in Berlin, to parents Meng Meng and Jiao Qing. We also have photos of female astronauts, protests in Beirut, and protest art in Hong Kong.
A FINNISH-AUSTRALIAN MINING COMPANY, Latitude 66 Cobalt, has applied to conduct cobalt mining operations in a territory spanning 5700 square kilometres in northeastern Finland. The company aims to secure exclusive extraction rights to an area that covers Lapland, Kainnu, and Koillismaa.
HELSINKI'S NEWEST MALL, The Mall of Tripla, opens in Pasila on Thursday. The gargantuan space adjoining the Pasila railway station will host 250 shops and restaurants and provide employment for up to 7000 people. Upon opening it will be the largest mall in the Nordic countries, a record previously held by the Mall of Scandinavia in Stockholm, Sweden.
IN TODAY'S BEST PHOTOS from around the world, we lead with a shot of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom today, who gave a contentious Queen's Speech amid ongoing turmoil over Brexit. In addition, we have a photo of orangutans rescued from forest fires in Indonesia, a bombed-out Iranian oil tanker, and protests in Catalunya.
AT LEAST 23 PEOPLE HAVE DIED so far in what is already being described as one of the most severe typhoons to hit Japan in modern times. Typhoon Hagibis reached peak speeds of 241 km/h yesterday evening prior to making landfall in Shizuoka Prefecture at about 7pm local time.
IN TODAY'S BEST PHOTOS from around the world, we leading the Kenyan athlete Eliud Kipchoge crossing the finish line in Vienna to become the first person ever to complete a marathon in under two hours. We also have an anti-Brexit protest in London, wildfires in California, and Trump boarding Air Force One.
A NUMBER OF PROTESTORS gathered in Helsinki's Senate Square today to demonstrate against Turkey's recent military incursion into Syria, following the withdrawal of US troops from the region. There is widespread concern that the offensive will lead to heavy casualties among Kurdish fighters and civilians, who were instrumental partners in the US's fight against ISIS.
IN TODAY'S ROUNDUP OF THE BEST PHOTOS from around the world, we lead with a photo taken outside the US Supreme Court today, where judges are deliberating over whether to include workplace protections for LGBT people as a part of the Civil Rights Act. We also have photos from an airplane graveyard in Thailand, protests in Quito, and baby sea turtles in Costa Rica.
IN TODAY'S BEST PHOTOS from around the world, we lead with a photo from Kho Phi Phi in Thailand, where authorities have closed the area made famous by the hit film The Beach in response to over-tourism. In addition, we have farmer strikes in France, the Nobel Prize ceremony, and sunset in Tokyo.