Ocean temperatures in the waters off Indonesia have climbed into the 90s, devastating some of the world's most biodiverse coral reefs and threatening the livelihood of locals.
The arrest of Indonesia cleric Abu Bakar Bashir highlights the ongoing counterterrorism work of the US-trained Detachment 88. Some groups are concerned over the police unit's alleged use of torture.
Abu Bakar Bashir has been arrested before. The Indonesian radical cleric's detention Monday appears based on stronger allegations of material support for a terrorist group in Aceh.
The traditional Muslim state of Indonesia enacted a tight pants ban in Aceh province, Thursday.
Steel workers from the nearby ArcelorMittal plant take part in a demonstration in Marseille, France, on Thursday. Strikes across France delayed flights, closed schools, and frustrated commuters as workers protested government plans to raise the retirement age past 60, one of the lowest even in Europe. President Nicolas Sarkozy says retiring so young is now untenable given growing life spans, but unions see his planned reforms to France's over-stretched pension system as yet another blow to Europe's social model.
Thomas Schroeder from Norden adjusts his turbine-kite at the North Sea coastal holiday village of Norddeich, Germany, on Monday.
The UN and the US are co-hosting a high-level donors' meeting on post-earthquake Haiti. The goal is to secure $3.8 billion in international pledges for a decade-long recovery program.
Indonesia said Wednesday that it had killed leading Islamist militant Dulmatin, who helped organize the murder of 202 people on Bali in 2002.
Islamic police in Aceh, Indonesia, patrol daily for women wearing tight clothes and unmarried couples sitting too close.