Torfaera, the motor sport captivating Iceland | AFP

In Iceland, a mountainside is transformed for a day into a track for the country’s native motorsport, with drivers pitching their machines up near vertical slopes and over rocks and scree to score points and wowย spectators.ย 

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Interim president-in-waiting speaks outside Bolivia congress | AFP

Bolivia’s deputy senate speaker, Jeanine Anez — constitutionally in line to become interim president following Evo Morales’ resignation — adresses the press. IMAGES

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Tens of thousands join far-right Independence Day march in Poland | AFP

Poland’s far right attracts tens of thousands to a march in Warsaw to mark the country’s Independence Day just weeks after making significant gains in national elections. This year’s march comes a month after Poland’s Confederation, a new far-right libertarian coalition, won nine seats in the October 13 parliamentary elections.

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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel | AFP

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she arrives in Rome on a state visit. IMAGES

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Bolivians maintain barricades in the city of La Paz | AFP

Citizens opposed to the government of Evo Morales maintain barricades in the center of the city of La Paz, a day after the president announced his resignation.

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French PM welcomes Tunisian counterpart Youssef Chahed to Paris | AFP

Prime Minister of France Edouard Philippe greets Youssef Chahed, his Tunisian counterpart. According to the Tunisian government, Chahed is in Paris to pass along messages from the new Tunisian President Kais Saied to Emmanuel Macron. IMAGES

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UN Secretary general Guterres meets Macron ahead of Paris Peace Forum | AFP

UN Secretary general Antonio Guterres meets Emmanuel Macron Monday evening at the Elysรฉe ahead of a summit Tuesday that will bring several heads of state to the French capital. IMAGES.

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Springboks celebrate victory at legendary Mandela site | AFP

South Africa’s rugby stars hoist the World Cup before thousands of ecstatic fans at Cape Town’s City Hall, where Nelson Mandela made his first speech after his release from prison.

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Carnival season kicks off in the streets of Cologne | AFP

At 11:11 AM, on the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, as tradition demands, thousands of revellers line the streets of Cologne to celebrate the opening of the carnival season in Germany, which ends on 26 February 2020.

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Chileans wary as government announces process to change constitution | AFP

Residents in the Chilean capital Santiago react to the government’s announcement that it will move to draft a new constitution and replace one dating back to the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship — a key demand of protesters who have rocked the country for three weeks.

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Undocumented migrants march to US Supreme Court | AFP

Undocumented migrants march to the US Supreme Court ahead of a key decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, with some walking from Philadelphia and New York. An estimated 600,000 “Dreamers”, many of whom have never lived anywhere else, were allowed to stay and work in the United States under this program, until President Donald Trump ended it in 2017. Their case has been tangled up in the courts since then.

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Trump attends wreath laying ceremony in New York on Veterans Day | AFP

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend a wreath laying ceremony on Veterans Day in New York City. IMAGES

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Catalan separatists block Spain-France highway | AFP

Catalan separatist activists block traffic on a motorway linking Spain and France, in a fresh protest against the sentencing last month of nine of their leaders to lengthy jail terms. IMAGES

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Polish far-right groups march, filling Warsaw streets with red smoke | AFP

Polish far-right groups demonstrate in the country’s capital, holding up banners and taking to the streets with red flares on the country’s National Independence Day. IMAGES

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Emergency services gather near the epicentre of strong earthquake in southeastern France | AFP

Emergency services rushed to Teil in the Ardeche this afternoon, the area worst affected by an unusually strong earthquake which hit southeastern France earlier today. Several people were injured, one of them seriously, authorities said. IMAGES

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Russian historian in court for grisly murder of ex-student lover | AFP

A Russian historian who confessed to murdering and dismembering his 24-year-old ex-student lover appears in court as calls grow for an investigation into his alleged abuse of female students. Pale and unshaven, the 63-year-old prominent Napoleon expert broke down in tears in the glass enclosure, covering his face with his hands, as judges were to decide whether to formally arrest him. The horrific case implicating the father of two drew fresh attention to violence against women in Russia, including in academic circles, which critics said authorities were not taking seriously.

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Uzbekistan looks to soften image of notorious cotton sector | AFP

Uzbekistan – an ex-Soviet nation of 33 million in Central Asia – is the world’s sixth largest producer of cotton. Since the Soviet period, centralised and later national production targets have led to forced labour. Uzbekistan’s current president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has denounced the use of forced labour and promised to eradicate state quotas by 2023.

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UK’s Farage says won’t contest Tory-held seats at election | AFP

Eurosceptic leader Nigel Farage announces that his Brexit Party will not challenge seats held by the governing Conservatives at next month’s election, in a potential boost for Prime Minister Boris Johnson. SOUNDBITE

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Polish far-right groups gather for march in Warsaw | AFP

Polish far-right groups gather for a march in the country’s capital. In October’s elections, Confederation, a new far-right libertarian coalition known for its anti-EU views, made it over the five percent threshold to enter parliament with 11 seats. IMAGES

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White truffle sells for 120,000 euros at Italian auction | AFP

A white truffle weighing just over 1 kg was sold for 120,000 euros, or about 120 euros per gram, at the 20th White Truffle Auction held in Alba, near Turin.

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Catalan separatists block Spain-France highway | AFP

Catalan separatist activists block traffic on a motorway linking Spain and France, in a fresh protest against the sentencing last month of nine of their leaders to lengthy jail terms. IMAGES

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HK leader says government won’t yield to escalating violence | AFP

Hong Kong’s unpopular leader Carrie Lam says escalating violence will not make the government “yield to pressure to satisfy the so-called political demands”. She was speaking after Monday turned out to to be one of the most violent days of clashes seen since pro-democracy unrest erupted more than five months ago. IMAGES

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French President presides over Armistice Day memorial in Paris | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron leads commemorations in Paris to mark 101 years since the end of World War I. IMAGES

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Rugby world champions parade through Cape Town | AFP

Rugby World Cup winners, the Springboks start the last day of the their nationwide trophy tour, parading through the streets of Cape Town. IMAGES

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Chinese President Xi Jinping is welcomed by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos | AFP

Chinese President Xi Jinping is greeted by Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos in Athens. Xi touched down in the Greek capital on Sunday at the start of a three-day visit aimed at deepening cooperation with Greece. According to the Chinese foreign ministry, the visit to Athens will have “historical significance” for the development of China-Greece relations, and will also “inject new impetus” into the development of China-EU relations and Beijing’s “Belt and Road” initiative. IMAGES

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