Thursday’s Pictures in the News begins in Spain, where police officers clashed with demonstrators during a general strike. Spanish unions angry over economic reforms are waging the strike, challenging a new conservative government and joining other troubled European workers in venting their frustrations. Anger is also boiling over in Indonesia, where student protesters railed against the government’s plan to raise fuel prices.
In England, a contortionist performs at a preview for a new summer show at the Eden Project in St. Austell and members of the Household Cavalry arrive to take part in the Major General’s Review in Hyde Park.
Elsewhere, a polar bear cub cuddles with his mother at a German zoo and a Tibetan exile shouts as he is detained at a protest near where Chinese President Hu Jintao is attending a summit in New Delhi.
Add stops in Russia, Hong Kong and the Philippines to round out the report.