Channel NewsAsia

NEWS IN PICTURES

  • MON 23 May  
  • TUE 24 May  
  • WED 25 May  
  • THU 26 May  
  • TODAY 27 May  
  • SAT 21 May  
  • SUN 22 May  

US President Barack Obama (L) meets with Communist Party of Vietnam General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (R) at the Communist Party of Vietnam's Central Office in Hanoi on May 23, 2016 and praised "strengthening ties" as the former wartime foes deepen trade links. (Photo: AFP/Jim Watson)

Iraqi pro-government forces advance towards the city of Fallujah on May 23, 2016 as part of a major assault to retake the city from Islamic State group. Iraqi forces launched a major assault to retake Fallujah, the scene of deadly battles during the US occupation. (Photo: AFP/Ahmad Al-Rubaye)

Tunisian Islamist Ennahdha Party leader Rached Ghannouchi holds a press conference on May 23, 2016 in Hammamet, Tunis. The president of Ennahdha was re-elected as the group meets for a key congress to discuss separating religious and political activities. (Photo: AFP/Mohamed Khalil)

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon delivers a speech at the opening ceremony of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on May 23, 2016. World representatives of humanitarian organisations converge and focused on how to reform a system many judge broken. (Photo: AP/Lefteris Pitarakis)

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, left, speaks with Israel's President Reuven Rivlin at the President's residence in Jerusalem on May 23, 2016. Valls is on an official visit to the region. (Photo: AP/Sebastian Scheiner)

French Labour Minister Myriam El Khomri arrives to visit a National Association for Adult Education (AFPA) centre for adult learning in Marseille, southern France on May 23, 2016. (Photo: AFP/Bertrand Langlois)

Election posters of Alexander Van der Bellen, candidate for presidential elections and former head of the Austrian Greens (R) and Norbert Hofer, candidate for presidential elections of Austria's right-wing Freedom Party, FPOE (L) in Vienna, Austria on May 23, 2016. (Photo: AP/Ronald Zak)

Swiss Interior Minister Alain Berset (L) shakes hands with China's Margaret Chan (R) Director General of the World Health Organization after his statement, during the 69th World Health Assembly at the European headquarters of the UN in Geneva on May 23, 2016. (Photo: Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone/AP)

Caster Semenya from South Africa crosses the finish line to win the women's 800-meter at the International Mohammed VI track and field meeting in Rabat, Morocco on May 22, 2016. (Photo: AP/Abdeljalil Bounhar)

Pittsburgh Penguins' Matt Cullen (7) and Tampa Bay Lightning's Braydon Coburn (55) chase after a loose puck in front of goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (R) during the second period of Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals on May 22, 2016 in Pittsburgh. (Photo: AP/Gene J. Puskar)

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws to the Chicago Cubs during the second inning of a baseball game on May 22, 2016, in San Francisco. (Photo: AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Matt Kuchar (R) walks up the 17th fairway with his caddie during the final round of the Byron Nelson golf tournament on May 22, 2016, in Irving, Texas. Cuter finished in third place in the tournament. (Photo: AP/Tony Gutierrez)

U.S. President Barack Obama gave a speech at the National Convention Centre in Hanoi on May 24, 2016, aimed at the people of Vietnam a day after announcing the lifting of a five-decade-old arms sales embargo. (Photo: AP/Carolyn Kaster)

Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh speaks during a World Health Organization Health Dialogue on Road Safety discussion panel in Beijing on May 24, 2016. Yeoh is the Global Ambassador for the FIA Foundation's Make Roads Safe Campaign and an advocate for road safety. (Photo: AP/Mark Schiefelbein)

A migrant carries his belongings during an evacuation operation by police forces of a makeshift migrant camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, on May 24, 2016. (Photo: AFP/Yannis Kolesidis/Pool)

Member of European parliament for the French leftist Parti de Gauche and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, Jean-Luc Melenchon, delivers a speech during a press conference to present his programme ahead of the election, on May 24, 2016, in Paris.  (Photo: AFP/Matthieu Alexandre)

Security personnel subdue a man protesting in front of Spanish acting Prime Minister and Popular Party (PP) President Mariano Rajoy during the presentation of the Spanish Congress' PP candidates for the June 26 upcoming general election in Madrid on May 24, 2016. (Photo: AFP/Javier Soriano)

Flint Wayne Harrison at the Farmington, Utah, Courthouse on May 23, 2016. Accused in a Utah kidnapping, he will remain jailed as authorities investigate if he was involved with the death of a rail line worker whose body was found in Wyoming. (Photo: AP/Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune/Pool)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton meets with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) members at the union's 2016 International Convention on May 23, 2016, in Detroit. (Photo: AP/Carlos Osorio)

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka and his Lithuanian counterpart Algirdas Butkevicius review a guard of honor prior to talks on May 24, 2016 in Prague. (Photo: AFP/Michal Cizek)

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker sits in the dugout after he was pulled from a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in the eighth inning of a baseball game on May 23, 2016, in Seattle. (Photo: AP/Ted S. Warren)

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane looks as Benzema and Isco duel for the ball during a training session ahead of Saturday's Champions League soccer match final between Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid, at the Valdebebas stadium in Madrid on May 24, 2016 . (Photo: AP/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

Pink jersey, Dutch Steven Kruijswijk of team Lotto NL rides during the 16th stage of the 99th Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy, from Bressanone / Brixen to Andalo on May 24, 2016. (Photo: AFP/Vincenzo Pinto)

Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek returns the ball to Great Britain's Andy Murray during their men's first round match at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on May 24, 2016. (Photo: AFP/Philippe Lopez)

Thai troops stand by for the arrival of Myanmar chief General Min Aung Hlang in Bangkok on May 25, 2016. The Burmese general is on a three day visit to Thailand and is scheduled to meet senior officials including Thailand's military ruler General Prayuth Chan-Ocha. (Photo: AFP/Lillian Suwanrumpha)

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to Vietnamese young people during the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) town hall meeting at the GEM Center in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on May 25, 2016. (Photo: AP/Carolyn Kaster)

People hold a banner at the streets to catch a glimpse of US President Barack Obama on his way to the airport at the end of two-day visit to Ho Chi Minh City on May 25, 2016. Obama fielded questions on everything from rap and weed smoking to leadership. (Photo: AFP/Christophe Archambault)

Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman of China's Taiwan Affairs Office speaks at a press conference in Beijing on May 25, 2016. Taiwan's new independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen tread carefully around the thorny issue of relations with China in her inaugural address. (Photo: AP/Andy Wong)

An Afghan newspaper on May 25, 2016 headlines pictures of the former leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor who was killed in a U.S. drone strike. The Afghan Taliban has confirmed its new leader is Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, one of two Mansour's deputies. (Photo: AP/Rahmat Gul)

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsirpas waits for the arrival of the Cypriot President at the Maximos Mansion in Athens on May 25, 2016. Greece has won an essential batch of bailout funds from international creditors following agreement among the eurozone finance ministers. (AP/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Pope Francis greets the audience as he arrives for his weekly general audience at St Peter's square on May 25, 2016 in Vatican. (Photo: AFP/Filippo Monteforte)

French Minister for Foreign Affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault (L) poses with UN Special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, following talks on Syria on May 25, 2016 at the Foreign Affairs ministry in Paris. (Photo: AFP/Matthieu Alexandre)

Taiwan's Su-Wei Hsieh returns the ball to Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium on May 25, 2016 in Paris. (Photo: AP/Christophe Ena)

Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors shoots against Enes Kanter #11 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half in game four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 24, 2016 in Oklahoma. (Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP)

Eugenio Suarez #7 of the Cincinnati Reds puts the tag on Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after he was caught in a rundown between home and third base during the sixth inning of the baseball game at Dodger Stadium May 24, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP)

Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Bryan Rust (17) scores against Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) of Russia during the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals on May 24, 2016 in Tampa, Florida, United States. The Penguins defeated the Lightning 5-2. (Photo: AP/Brian Blanco)

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) in Ise city, Mie prefecture, in Japan ahead of the G7 summit. (STR/JAPAN POOL/AFP)

Mount Sinabung volcano spews volcanic ash into the air as seen from the Karo district in North Sumatra province. Indonesian rescuers search for survivors after the volcano erupted, killing seven people and leaving others fighting life-threatening burns. (GATHA GINTING/AFP)

Pakistani Sunni Muslim supporters of hard line pro-Taliban party Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Nazaryati (JUI-N) march during a protest in Quetta against a US drone strike in Pakistan's southwestern province Balochistan which killed Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour. (BANARAS KHAN/AFP)

At least seven migrants have drowned after an overcrowded boat they were sailing on overturned off the Libyan coast. The Italian navy said 500 people had been pulled to safety and seven bodies recovered, but rescue operations were continuing and the death toll could rise. (STR/AFP MARINA MILITARE)

Riot police prepare to intervene to disperse refinery worker staging a blockade at an oil depot in Douchy-Les-Mines to protest against the government's proposed labour reforms. (FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP)

Steel workers wave banners as they take part in a protest march through central London. Britain's business minister Sajid Javid met Tata Steel bosses in Mumbai ahead of a crunch board meeting expected to discuss potential buyers for its loss-making UK assets. (LEON NEAL/AFP)

Sydney FC's Matthew Jurman (C) scores a goal against Shandong Luneng Taishan FC of China during their AFC Champions League football match in Sydney, Australia. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

Yosuke Kashiwagi of Japan's Urawa Reds (R) is tackled by South Korea's FC Seoul Osmar Barba Ibanez during the second leg of their Asian Champions League Round of 16 football match at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Britain's Andy Murray returns in his second round match of the French Open tennis tournament against France’s Mathias Bourgue at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

World leaders take part in a tree-planting ceremony on the grounds at Ise-Jingu Shrine in the city of Ise in Mie prefecture, Japan, on the first day of the G7 leaders summit. (STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP)

Men wearing masks of US President Barack Obama (R) and Japanese Prime Minister Sinzo Abe (L) shout before a demonstration denouncing the Group of Seven (G7) summit in nearby Ise, in the city of Tsu, Mie prefecture. (AFP PHOTO/TORU YAMANAKA)

Indian rescue personnel walk through the site of an explosion and fire that destroyed a chemical plant in Mumbai, killing three workers and injuring up to 35 others. (AFP Photo)

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II stands in an open top car during the Review of the Royal Artillery at Larkhill camp, England, as part of the Artillery's 300th anniversary. (Richard Pohle/Pool via AP)

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (R) presents the Hero of Ukraine award to Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko in Kiev. The 35-year-old army helicopter pilot returned home to a hero's welcome after nearly two years in a Russian prison. (GENYA SAVILOV/AFP)

Iraqi government forces advance near al-Sejar village, north-east of Fallujah, as they take part in a major assault to retake the city from the Islamic State (IS) group. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP)

Hundreds of families in Somalia have been forced out of their homes following flash floods in Beledweyne, north of Mogadishu, after torrential rains hit the area. The heavy rains led to the bursting of River Shabelle which caused massive floods in residential areas. (MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB/AFP)

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of Netherlands steers his car during the second free practice at the Monaco racetrack in Monaco. The Formula one race will be held on May 29. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

Brazil's Teliana Pereira backhands to Serena Williams of the US during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

China's Wu Ashun plays a shot during the first round of the PGA Championship at Wentworth golf club, Virginia Water, England. (John Walton/PA via AP)

An Indian woman walks on the parched bed of Chandola Lake with a metal pot on her head to fetch water in Ahmedabad. India is facing its worst water crisis in decades, with about 330 million people, or a quarter of the population, suffering from drought after two weak monsoons. (AFP/Sam Panthaky)

Sri Lankan residents wades through floodwaters in the Kolonnawa suburb of Colombo. The heaviest rains in a quarter of a century have pounded the island since last weekend, sparking huge landslides that have buried victims in up to 50 feet (15 metres) of mud. (AFP/Ishara S Kodikara)

A Palestinian protester uses a slingshot to throw stones towards Israeli security forces during clashes following a demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel, in the village of Kfar Qaddum, near Nablus, in the occupied West Bank. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)

Buddhist monks join hands in prayer during a ceremony marking Visakha Bucha Day in Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat. Visakha Bucha Day marks the birth date of the Lord Buddha, on the full-moon day of the sixth lunar month. (AFP/Madaree Tohlala)

Volunteers of the Azov Civil Corps light flares during rally at the Ukrainian Parliament against holding local elections in the occupied eastern territories of Ukraine. As part of an internationally brokered peace agreement, Ukraine must hold local elections in those regions. (AP/Efrem Lukatsky)

Dancers perform during an inauguration ceremony of Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei, Taiwan. Taiwan inaugurated Tsai as its first female president, returning the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party to power. (AP/Chiang Ying-ying)

Guests watch and listen as new Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen gives her inauguration speech in Taipei. Tsai took the oath of office at the presidential palace in Taipei after winning a landslide victory in January signalling the end of an eight-year rapprochement with China. (AFP/Isaac Lawrence)

Riders compete during the 13th stage of the 99th Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy, from Palmanova and Cividale del Friuli. (AFP/Luk Benies)

Italian Valentino Rossi rides his Yamaha during the second Free Practice session ahead of the Italian motorcycling Grand Prix at the Mugello racetrack. (AFP/Giuseppe Cacace)

Emiratis sail during the Al-Gaffal traditional long-distance dhow sailing race between the island of Sir Bu Nair, near the Iranian coast, and the Gulf emirate of Dubai. (AFP/Marwan Naamani)

Denmark's Mie Oe Nielsen competes in a women's 50m backstroke heat during the European Swimming Championships at the London Aquatics Centre in London. (AP/Matt Dunham)

South Korean captain Kim Yeon-koung (R) spikes the ball over Alexandra Munoz (#6) and Mirtha Uribe (#2) of Peru during the women's volleyball world final qualification for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics 2016 in Tokyo. (AFP/Toru Yamanaka)

Sri Lankan flood victims rest on inflatable tubes in Wellampitiya,on the outskirts of Colombo. Sri Lanka's government raised the death toll from landslides and heavy flooding around the island nation to 73, as soldiers continued searching for scores of people missing. (AP/Eranga Jayawardena)

A Yemeni man in traditional clothes performs on a horse during a parade in the capital Sanaa on the eve of the 26th anniversary of Yemen's 1990 reunification. Southern Yemen united with the North Yemen (Yemen Arab Republic) on May 22, 1990, to form the present-day Yemen. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)

The space shuttle external propellant tank is moved through the streets of Los Angeles. The ET-94 will be displayed with the retired space shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center. (AP/Chris Carlson)

Members of Italian far-right political movement CasaPound march with Italian flags near the Colosseum during a demonstration in Rome. (AFP/Filippo Monteforte)

Mourners carry the Iraqi flag-draped coffins of two protesters killed in the protests outside Baghdad's highly fortified Green Zone, during their funeral procession in Baghdad. Iraqi security forces fired tear gas as thousands of protesters stormed the Green Zone. (AP/Karim Kadim)

Graduating cadets line up during a graduation and commissioning ceremony at the US Military Academy in West Point, New York. (AP/Mike Groll)

A handout picture from Solar Impulse 2 shows shows ground crew members towing the experimental solar-powered aircraft to the runway in preparation for takeoff in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (AFP/Solar Impulse 2/REZO/Jean Revillard)

The peloton climbs the Sella pass during the 14th stage of the 99th Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy, from Farra d'Alpago to Corvara. (AFP/Luk Benies)

Norwegian Andreas Mikkelsen and Norwegian co-driver Anders Synnevaag steer their Volkswagen Polo R WRC near Amarante during the third stage of the Portuguese WCR rally. (AFP/Francisco Leong)

Thai players Pannoy Piyanut (top L), Apinyapong Wilavan (top R), Kanthong Malika (bottom L) and Guedpard Pornpun dive on the court to receive the ball from South Korea during the women's volleyball world final qualification for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics 2016 in Tokyo. (AFP/Toru Yamanaka)

Queensland Reds player Hendrik Tui (R) is tackled by Harumichi Tatekawa (L) during the Super Rugby match between Queensland Reds and Sunwolves at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on May 21, 2016. (AFP/Patrick Hamilton)

Italian Valentino Rossi rides his Yamaha during the third Free Practice session on the eve of the Italian MotoGP Grand Prix at the racetrack in Mugello. (AFP/Giuseppe Cacace)