Image: Riska Munawarah / Reuters A Rohingya Muslim girl reacts while being bathed at a port warehouse used as a temporary shelter by migrants in Sabang, Aceh province, Indonesia, on December 8, 2023. More than 1,200 Rohingya people, a persecuted minority from Myanmar, have landed ashore in Indonesia since November, prompting concern among local communities about the scale of the exodus this year.
Image: National Institutes for Quantum Science and Technology (QST) / AFP This handout image from the National Institutes for Quantum Science and Technology (QST) shows the JT-60SA, the world's biggest nuclear fusion reactor constructed to date, before its planned inauguration in the city of Naka, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan, on December 01, 2023. Harnessing nuclear fusion—a process similar to which powers the Sun—has been described as potentially humanity's best energy source for the future, though the technology is in its infancy. Image: MAHMUD HAMS / AFP People sit around a campfire amidst destroyed buildings in the Khezaa district on the outskirts of the southern Gaza Strip, following weeks of Israeli bombardment on November 30, 2023. A United Nations-led aid consortium estimates that more than 234,000 homes have been damaged across Gaza and 46,000 destroyed, amounting to about 60 percent of the housing stock in the territory, which is home to some 2.3 million Palestinians. Image: LUIS TATO / AFP Members of the Dance Centre Kenya gather during a break in the production of the 'Nutcracker', a classical ballet traditionally performed in the Christmas period, at the Kenya National Theatre in Nairobi on December 2, 2023. In Kenya's pre-eminent and most diverse dance school, DCK's sponsorship plan in schools and informal settlements has already affected the lives of many aspiring dancers from disadvantaged backgrounds, some engaging in training programmes abroad with renowned international ballet schools. Image: AFP Boys walk past the debris strewn onshore on Marina Beach after heavy rains in Chennai on December 6, 2023. The plastic marine debris, a constant threat to the world's oceans and waterways, was caused by Cyclone Michaung, which made landfall on the southeast coast, and the chest-high water surged down the streets of India's southern city Chennai on December 5, 2023. Image: Claire Spottiswoode / University of Cambridge / AFP This file photo picture provided by the University of Cambridge shows Yao honey-hunter Seliano Rucunua holding a male honeyguide caught for research in Niassa Special Reserve in Mozambique. In parts of Africa, expert honey-hunters call out to a species of bird known as the greater honeyguide, which leads them to wild bee nests, a mutually beneficial practice. In a new study published on December 7, 2023, in Science, researchers have found that honeyguide birds in Tanzania and Mozambique distinguish between honey-hunters' calls, responding more readily to signals used in their local area. Image: Pau BARRENA / AFP In a striking protest, over 50 activists lay unclothed and spattered with artificial blood to challenge the ethics of fur farming and trade, called by international non-profit animal rights organisation AnimaNaturalis, in Plaza Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain on December 3, 2023. Mink, ferrets, foxes, rabbits, seals, otters, cows, chinchillas, and in China, even dogs and cats, are part of the large group of animals killed to turn their skins into clothing or fashion accessories. According to AnimaNaturalis, 'annually more than 32 million animals are slaughtered in the European Community alone to trade their skin.' Image: Philip FONG / AFP A cow munches at a dairy farm in Taiki of Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan, on December 6, 2023. Japan's space industry opened potentially a new chapter with a start-up testing a prototype rocket engine that runs on fuel derived purely from a plentiful local source: cow dung. The liquid "biomethane" used in the prototype was made entirely from gas derived from cow manure collected from two local dairy farms. Image: Handout / Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) / AFP This handout photo taken on December 2, 2023, by the Philippine Coast Guard shows an aerial view of Chinese vessels gathered by Whitsun Reef, around 320 kilometres west of Palawan Island, in disputed waters of the South China Sea. The Philippines said more than 135 Chinese vessels were "swarming" a reef off its coast, describing the boats' growing presence as "alarming". Image: TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP The shirt worn by the star striker Lionel Messi in the 2022 World Cup final match between Argentina and France on December 18, 2022, is displayed during a Sotheby's auction media preview of six 2022 FIFA World Cup match-worn shirts worn by Messi in New York City on November 30, 2023. The auction includes shirts worn in the final, semi-final, quarter-final, round of 16, and key group stage matches open for bidding from November 30, 2023, to December 14, 2023. Image: Anthony WALLACE / AFP Visitors look at recruitment notices during a job fair for North Korean defectors in Seoul on December 1, 2023. Defectors have struggled to integrate in South Korea, faced with linguistic, cultural and practical challenges in a country with rapid economic development. The job fair is one of many initiatives organised by the South Korean government that seeks to improve this. Image: Tang Chhin Sothy / AFP Tourists check in at the new Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport in Siem Reap province, Cambodia. Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam are throwing up new airports and terminals, and a new airline is set to launch next year, banking on an expected boom in air travel in Southeast Asia, fuelled by Chinese and Indian tourists.