The day in pictures around the world.
Three people died in a Sydney cafe after a hostage crisis led to heavy gunfire and security forces storming the building.
Two years ago this weekend, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in favor of Khaled El Masri, a German man who was held by police near his European vacation destination for having a name that was somewhat similar to one on a list.
He was then locked for months in a secret CIA prison without charges before being dumped on a roadside in a different part of Europe without explanation.
This gallery comprises a visual timeline of some countries, cities and places involved in his journey.
ADDITION: McClatchy published some additional updated information on El Masri’s current state of affairs on Saturday.
Some graphic scenes are described.
The Arnhem Land reserve, closer to Bali than Sydney, covers an area of around 37,000 square miles, has a population of around 16,000 and access for non-Aborigines is by invitation only. Australia’s aborigines are the custodians of the longest unbroken cultural tradition on earth, having migrated Down Under from Africa via Asia between 40,000 and 60,000 years ago, and connection to the land is practically written into their DNA. (David Gray/Reuters)
From the ruins of an iconic bombed-out palace above Kabul, the young Afghan man bearing a striking resemblance to kung fu legend Bruce Lee is high-kicking his way to Internet fame, aiming to show another side to his war-weary nation. (Photos by Mohammad Ismail/Reuters)
Wrapped boxes filled with treats were enjoyed by chimpanzees in their exhibit in Sydney, Australia. While foraging skills were used to uncover the food some seemed happy playing with the boxes as much as enjoying the treats within.
Millions of people in Manila hunkered down on Monday as Typhoon Hagupit churned towards the capital, after claiming at least 23 lives while ripping apart homes in remote island communities. Soldiers and aid workers rushed to reach devastated coastal villages on Samar island, where the typhoon crashed in from the Pacific Ocean during the weekend with winds reaching 130 mile an hour.