Giant banners of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad outside the historic citadel on the outskirts of the old city of Aleppo, Syria

The great 13th century Citadel of Aleppo and the surrounding area was once one of Aleppo city major attractions for both locals and foreign tourists, with an esplanade area around the castle hill used for evening strolls.


Defeating Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group in Mosul would crush the Iraqi wing of the caliphate declared by the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in 2014, from Mosul's grand old Nuri mosque.


Different Iranian cities and towns were on Friday the scene of mass rallies celebrating the 38th anniversary of the 1979 Revolution, which toppled the US-backed Pahlavi monarchy and set the stage for the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran.


Waves hit a train during heavy seas and high winds in Dawlish in south west Britain ( February 2, 2017)

Huge waves smashed into the railway line, hitting sea wall and a train passing during heavy seas and high winds in Dawlish in south west Britain.


At least 30 people, all of them most likely firefighters, are believed trapped under the rubble of the collapsed Plasco high-rise in downtown Tehran which caught fire early on Thursday and came down hours later.


Thousands of people attended the funeral ceremony of the former Iranian president Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani who died at the age of 82 on Sunday in Tehran due to heart condition.


Lights reading 2017 are projected on the pyramids during New Year's day celebrations on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt

The raucous celebrations drew to an end to 2016; a year of political shocks, from Brexit, Britain's vote to leave the European Union to the election of maverick leaders like Donald Trump in the United States.


A wooden cottage is covered in snow in the Talysh mountains

Heavy snowfall forces villagers to leave their wooden cottages during cold seasons in the Talysh Mountains some 262 miles northeast of Iranian capital. In late spring, they return to their cottages to do agricultural work and host tourists.


A group of people wearing masks visit Tiananmen Square in Beijing

China's smoggiest city closed schools Wednesday as a choking miasma has covered a large swathe of northeastern China for a six day, leaving more than 460 million gasping for breath,and also disrupting flights, traffic and shipping, and closing factories.


Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov

The Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was gunned down by unidentified man as he gave a speech at an Ankara art gallery on Monday, sources said the gunman was killed by Special Forces. Three other people were also injured.


A member of forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Aleppo residents came to the streets to celebrate as pro-government forces have gained fully control of the city, nearly three weeks after Syria and its allies launched a major offensive to liberate the militant-held districts.


A nun cries as she stands at the blast site

A bomb blast tore through a church near Cairo's main Coptic Christian cathedral during Sunday mass, killing 25 people and injuring 49 others in the deadliest attack in recent memory on Egypt's Christian minority.


Protesters celebrate the impeachment news

South Korean protesters reacted as parliament voted overwhelmingly to impeach President Park Geun-hye on Friday after a huge political scandal involving her friend, Choi Soon-sil who is accused of massive influence peddling.


The hand of an earthquake survivor

Nearly 102 people were killed and 273 injured after a powerful 6.5 magnitude quake rocked Aceh province on Indonesia's Sumatra Island on Wednesday.


A Libyan flag flies as people and Libyan forces celebrate

Libyan armed forces allied with the U.N.-backed government could finish clearing Ghiza Bahriya, the final district of the former Islamic State (ISIS) stronghold in the coastal Libyan city of Sirte.


Soccer clubs and fans across world paid tribute to the victims of a plane accident that crashed into Colombian jungle with Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense onboard near Medellin


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