Thursday’s Pictures in the News begins in Syria, where a Free Syrian Army fighter adjust his headband before going into battle in Aleppo, where fighting continues between rebels and troops loyal to President Bashar Assad. More than 31,000 people have reportedly been killed in the 19-month uprising. (More photos)
In Spain, a student protest in Barcelona against education funding cuts includes the burning of an automated teller machine. The NBA comes to the Far East in Beijing, where the Clippers’ Blake Griffin outmuscles the Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh for a rebound during a preseason clash.
Elsewhere, Pope Benedict XVI celebrate a Mass marking the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council; an early morning house fire in Baltimore claims the lives of a woman and four children; and Pakistani activists carry candles and photographs of gunshot victim Malala Yousafzai during a protest against the assassination attempt on the 14-year-old girl in Islamabad.
Add stops in Austria, Germany, Egypt and Nepal to round out the report.