Villagers hold torches during the Divina Pastora procession, as part of a festival to honor the Virgin of Los Rondeles, in the southern Spanish village of Casarabonela. Villagers celebrate the festival on the eve of St. Lucia's Day and hold torches during the procession to represent light and vision. St. Lucia is the patron saint of vision. Jon Nazca/Reuters
Rachel Flonnga sheds a tear as she sits by the body of Prudence Seresona, who just passed away from Malaria at the makeshift camp for internally displaced people set up in the airport in Bangui, Central African Republic. Over 30,000 are believed to seek refuge around the airport. Elsewhere in town, French troops backed by an helicopter traded fire with unidentified assailants as France's Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrived in Bangui. Jerome Delay/AP
People wait in a bus line to pay their respects to former South African President Nelson Mandela in Pretoria. Thousands of people lined up to say goodbye to Mandela, whose body lay in state in the building where the anti-apartheid hero was inaugurated in 1994 as South Africa's first black president. Kevin Coombs/Reuters
A man brushes his teeth as he walks in a fog-enveloped field early in the morning on the outskirts of the eastern Indian city of Bhubaneswar, India. Many Indians still use short branches of the neem tree to brush their teeth instead of paste and brush. Biswaranjan Rout/AP
A man hugs his daughter while standing outside the Basilica of Guadalupe in San Salvador. Thousands of Salvadoran pilgrims celebrate the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Ulises Rodriguez/Reuters
Doves fly above Chinese paramilitary policemen as they gather to mourn for the victims of 1937 Nanjing Massacre at the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall in Nanjing in east China's Jiangsu province. Nanjing marked 76 years after a bloody invasion by the Japanese imperial army that remains as one of the most sensitive friction points in the shared history of two Asian powers. AP
A Bangladeshi man cries after his vehicle was set on fire by Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami activists following the execution of their party leader Abdul Quader Mollah in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The execution of the opposition leader in Bangladesh sparked violent protests as activists torched homes and businesses belonging to government supporters, leaving at least three people dead, in a fresh wave of bloodshed ahead of elections next month. Suvra Kanti Das/AP
Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock, some of the holiest sites for for Jews and Muslims, are covered in snow in Jerusalem. Early snow has surprised many Israelis and Palestinians as a blustery storm, dubbed Alexa, brought gusty winds, torrential rains and heavy snowfall to parts of the Middle East. Dusan Vranic/AP
A Moroccan youth plays soccer at the Atlantic beach in Agadir, one of the host cities for the FIFA Club World Cup. Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters
A cheering man climbs up a fence after the casket of former South Africa President Nelson Mandela passed on its way to lay in state for the third and final day at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa. Markus Schreiber/AP
North Korean subway commuters gather around a public newspaper stand on the train platform in Pyongyang, North Korea to read the headlines about Jang Song Thaek, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle who was executed as a traitor. David Guttenfelder/AP
A Palestinian youth jumps next to a snowman he made in the West Bank town of Nablus. Nasser Ishtayeh/AP
Construction workers take a nap on their lunch break inside the Arena Das Dunas stadium as work continues in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer championship in Natal. The opening match in the 2014 World Cup will be held June 12. Gary Hershorn/Reuters
Pro-European Union activists hold a huge Ukrainian national flag at outside a government building during a round-table meeting with the country's opposition leaders with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukpvych in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukraine's president proposed an amnesty for all protesters facing criminal charges in the country's wave of massive anti-government demonstrations. Sergei Grits/AP
A delegate from Qatar attends the High-level Conference on the Central Emergency Response Fund at the UN headquarters in New York. Eduardo Munoz/Reuters
The Vatican Christmas tree is lit up after a ceremony in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. Tony Gentile/Reuters
The Burundian election has a new date. But media and political crackdowns have made it difficult for both journalists and the opposition to work.
ByChristina Goldbaum, Contributor
Goran Tomasevic/ Reuters
Fabrice Nzohabonayo was out with a colleague in Musaga neighborhood last week, filming the now daily protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's third-term bid, when a police officer asked him to stop.
“So I put down my camera, but then he grabbed me and said, ‘you are the one making people protest!’" says Mr. Nzohabonayo. Throwing him to the ground, the police officer started beating him with his baton. Soon another police officer joined him.
In the last six weeks, the government clampdown on independent press has plunged the country in a virtual media blackout: independent radio broadcasts have gone off air, their studios have been destroyed, and an estimated 50 journalists have fled the country, citing death threats and intimidation.