Weekly News Round-Up 10/27/14-10/31/14: Everything Is A Bit Bleak

U.S. Marines prepare to board a plane at the end of operations for combat troops in Helmand, Afghanistan, on Oct. 26, 2014.  On Sunday the Marines turned over to Afghan authorities the keys to Camp Leatherneck, the sprawling base in Helmand from which the Marines surged against the Taliban in 2009. They depart as the U.S. prepares to complete its combat mission in December and transition to a NATO-organized follow-on mission, called Resolute Support, to train and advise Afghan forces.
U.S. Marines prepare to board a plane at the end of operations for combat troops in Helmand, Afghanistan, on Oct. 26, 2014.
On Sunday the Marines turned over to Afghan authorities the keys to Camp Leatherneck, the sprawling base in Helmand from which the Marines surged against the Taliban in 2009. They depart as the U.S. prepares to complete its combat mission in December and transition to a NATO-organized follow-on mission, called Resolute Support, to train and advise Afghan forces.
An ISIS militant remains standing following an airstrike on Tilsehir hill near the Syrian town of Kobani on Oct. 23, as seen from Yumurtalik, a village on the Turkish side of the border.
An ISIS militant remains standing following an airstrike on Tilsehir hill near the Syrian town of Kobani on Oct. 23, as seen from Yumurtalik, a village on the Turkish side of the border.
Tens of thousands of protesters march accross the Elisabeth Bridge during a rally against a plan by the Hungarian government to tax Internet use from 2015, in Budapest on Oct. 28.  The rally, the second in three days objecting to the scheme, was also a sign of growing discontent among mostly younger citizens against Prime Minister Viktor Orban's policies centralizing power and increasing the role of the state to the detriment of private enterprise.
Tens of thousands of protesters march accross the Elisabeth Bridge during a rally against a plan by the Hungarian government to tax Internet use from 2015, in Budapest on Oct. 28.
The rally, the second in three days objecting to the scheme, was also a sign of growing discontent among mostly younger citizens against Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s policies centralizing power and increasing the role of the state to the detriment of private enterprise.
Construction crews try to divert lava from Mt. Kilauea from a home in Pahoa, Hawaii, on Oct. 29. A slow-moving river of molten lava from the Kilauea volcano crept towards residential and farm property on Hawaii's Big Island on Wednesday, threatening dozens of homes at the edge of a former plantation town.
Construction crews try to divert lava from Mt. Kilauea from a home in Pahoa, Hawaii, on Oct. 29. A slow-moving river of molten lava from the Kilauea volcano crept towards residential and farm property on Hawaii’s Big Island on Wednesday, threatening dozens of homes at the edge of a former plantation town.
An unmanned rocket carrying supplies for the International Space Station explodes just seconds after launching from Wallops Island, Virginia, on Oct. 28. It is unclear what caused Orbital Science's two-stage Antares rocket to burst into flames. The company's Cygnus capsule and more than 5,000 pounds of cargo were destroyed, but NASA said no one was injured.
An unmanned rocket carrying supplies for the International Space Station explodes just seconds after launching from Wallops Island, Virginia, on Oct. 28. It is unclear what caused Orbital Science’s two-stage Antares rocket to burst into flames. The company’s Cygnus capsule and more than 5,000 pounds of cargo were destroyed, but NASA said no one was injured.
Dogs peek out from under a gate at the Cirillo family home in Hamilton, Ontario on Oct. 23 near a memorial of flowers and flags. Canadians mourned the loss of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the army reservist who was shot dead as he stood guard before the Tomb of the Unknown soldier in Ottawa. Flags were flown at half-staff to honor Cirillo, a 24-year-old a reservist from Hamilton, Ontario, whose shooting began an attack that ended with a lone gunman storming into Parliament and opening fire before being shot dead himself.
Dogs peek out from under a gate at the Cirillo family home in Hamilton, Ontario on Oct. 23 near a memorial of flowers and flags. Canadians mourned the loss of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the army reservist who was shot dead as he stood guard before the Tomb of the Unknown soldier in Ottawa. Flags were flown at half-staff to honor Cirillo, a 24-year-old a reservist from Hamilton, Ontario, whose shooting began an attack that ended with a lone gunman storming into Parliament and opening fire before being shot dead himself.
Dionisia Huamani Quispe and Eusebia Palomino Arome watch as forensic anthropologists arrange a coffin with the remains of their relatives, slain three decades ago during the country's dirty war, at a forensic laboratory in Huamanga, Peru, on Oct. 26.  Hundreds arrived in the Ayacucho state capital for Monday’s handover of 80 sets of remains. Simple white coffins bore the bones of fathers, mothers, wives, children and brothers. Forensic teams have been exhuming victims of Peru’s 1980-2000 internal conflict since 2006, recovering 2,925 sets of remains.
Dionisia Huamani Quispe and Eusebia Palomino Arome watch as forensic anthropologists arrange a coffin with the remains of their relatives, slain three decades ago during the country’s dirty war, at a forensic laboratory in Huamanga, Peru, on Oct. 26.
Hundreds arrived in the Ayacucho state capital for Monday’s handover of 80 sets of remains. Simple white coffins bore the bones of fathers, mothers, wives, children and brothers. Forensic teams have been exhuming victims of Peru’s 1980-2000 internal conflict since 2006, recovering 2,925 sets of remains.
 North Korean bride and groom pose for a photograph at the Moranbong hill where they went to take wedding pictures, in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Oct. 25. The couple, Ri Ok Ran, 28, and Kang Sung Jin, 32, were married Saturday after dating for about two years.
North Korean bride and groom pose for a photograph at the Moranbong hill where they went to take wedding pictures, in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Oct. 25. The couple, Ri Ok Ran, 28, and Kang Sung Jin, 32, were married Saturday after dating for about two years.

 

Assorted Stand-Outs:

South Asia:

Southeast & East Asia:

Europe & Eurasia:

Middle East & North Africa:

Sub-Saharan Africa:

  • Democracy in Rwanda? Not so, say many.
  • Will protests in Burkina Faso yield term limits for other African leaders?
  • Another Zambian leader dies in office.
  • UN peacekeepers have freed 67 hostages in the CAR.

Americas:

Oceania:

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