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Oct 312017
 
Pictures of the day: October 31, 2017

Uber drivers protest against a legislation threatening the company’s business model that is to be voted in Brazil’s national congress, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. PHOTO: REUTERS Descendants of soldiers from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) take part in a dress rehearsal of a re-enactment of the famous World War One cavalry charge known as “Battle of Beersheba”, Beersheba, Israel. PHOTO: REUTERS A farmer harvests rice on a field at Khokana in Lalitpur, Nepal. PHOTO: REUTERS A Philippine marine soldier takes a selfie with his phone during their arrival from Marawi at port area in metro Manila, Philippines. PHOTO: REUTERS A replica equestrian statue of King Edward VII is nudged into position by Jon McCurley of art duo Life Of A Craphead, allowing it to float down the Don River during a performance in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. PHOTO: REUTERS Rohingya refugee children collect water from a shallow well, dug from the sand outside their shelter at Uchiprang refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. PHOTO: REUTERS Residents who returned from evacuation centres walk past a bullet-ridden house in Basak, Malutlut district in Marawi city, Philippines. PHOTO: REUTERS A man prepares a hot air balloon during the 2nd Hot Air Balloon Carnival in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China. PHOTO: REUTERS People enjoy windy weather with a walk along the river Weser in Bremerhaven, northern Germany. PHOTO: REUTERS A Palestinian man walks past a newly sprayed graffiti depicting US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and US President Donald Trump on the controversial Israeli [Read More…]

May 252017
 
Pictures of the day: May 25, 2017

Messages and floral tributes left for the victims of the attack on Manchester Arena lie around the statue in St Ann’s Square in central Manchester. PHOTO: REUTERS An Austrian police officer guards the entrance of a hotel before the arrival of OPEC Oil Ministers in Vienna, Austria. PHOTO: REUTERS Supporters wave their mobile phone torches in the colors of the rainbow during a rally after Taiwan’s constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry, the first such ruling in Asia, in Taipei, Taiwan. PHOTO: REUTERS Forest officials try to rescue an injured elephant who fell into a pond at the Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary on the outskirts of Guwahati, India. PHOTO: REUTERS Subaru’s new XV hits a shopping cart carrying water bottles during a collision test demonstration at its factory in Ota, north of Tokyo, Japan. PHOTO: REUTERS A man has his photo taken hanging from a bull sculpture outside Las Ventas bullring during San Isidro’s bullfighting fair in Madrid, Spain. PHOTO: REUTERS An excavator wrecks a building as part of an urban transformation project in Sur neighbourhood in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey. PHOTO: REUTERS A boy bathes in a stream to cool off from the heat on a hot summer day in Swabi, Pakistan. PHOTO: REUTERS Dutch Remi Petersee competes in the heats 43 – Round 1 on May 23, 2027 in Biarritz, southwestern France, during the 2017 ISA World Surfing Games. PHOTO: AFP Afghan children use a cloth to catch fish in [Read More…]

Apr 082017
 
Pictures of the day: April 8, 2017

A man stands amidst the rubble of a house, which was damaged by incessant rains in Srinagar. PHOTO: REUTERS Baseball players work out underneath blooming cherry blossoms in Tokyo. PHOTO: REUTERS Red deer are seen near the headstream of the Yangtze River in Yushu, Qinghai Province, China. PHOTO: REUTERS People try to stop water flowing through the gate of a flood channel after incessant rains in Srinagar. PHOTO: REUTERS Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia drives during the first practice session at the Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China. PHOTO: REUTERS US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) conducts strike operations while in the Mediterranean Sea which US Defence Department said was a part of cruise missile strike against Syria. PHOTO: REUTERS Residents search for valuable items from their destroyed houses, after a fire engulfed hundreds of shanties and thousands families lost their homes at a community of informal settlers as local media reported, in Bacoor, south of Manila, Philippines. PHOTO: REUTERS A Monarch butterfly (C) is seen reflected in a mirror as it rests on the ground during the official Inauguration of the month of the Monarch butterfly at Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City, Mexico. PHOTO: REUTERS Venezuelan national guards walk behind a burning blockade during clashes with demonstrators during an opposition rally in Caracas, Venezuela. PHOTO: REUTERS Bubble artist Deni Yang performs his act during his Mega Bubblefest Laser Show at the Discovery Cube Science Centre in Santa Ana, California. PHOTO: AFP Kashmiri residents walk through floodwater [Read More…]

Apr 042017
 
Pictures of the day: April 4, 2017

A woman collects recyclable items from at a rubbish landfill site on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen. PHOTO: REUTERS An Iraqi Federal Police member carries a machine gun as he walks along a street controlled by Iraqi forces during a break in combats against Islamic State in Mosul, Iraq. PHOTO: REUTERS Farmers from the southern state of Tamil Nadu pose half shaved during a protest demanding a drought-relief package from the federal government, in New Delhi, India. PHOTO: REUTERS Pink flamingos stand in the water at the Ras al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary on the outskirts of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. PHOTO: AFP Soldiers of the Korean People’s Army watch a military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the ruling Workers Party, in Pyongyang. PHOTO: AFP A child runs beside a group of tents at a shelter in Mocoa, Putumayo department, southern Colombia. Residents of Mocoa were Monday desperately searching for loved ones missing since devastating mudslides slammed into the remote Colombian town, as the death toll soared to over 250, including 43 children. PHOTO: AFP Indian officegoers walk past a wall displaying a mural in Mumbai. Graffiti featuring as social awareness messages, civic causes, religious figures, politicians, as well as daily life scenes cover the walls of certain streets of Mumbai. PHOTO: AFP A Nepalese vetinary and technical team prepare to dart a rhino in Chitwan National Park some of 250 Kilometre South of Kathmandu. PHOTO: AFP A dog remains below hanging dolls on sale outside a shop during [Read More…]

Feb 252017
 
20 incredible pictures of Hindus celebrating Maha Shivaratri Festival

Maha Shivaratri, meaning ‘the great night of Shiva’, was celebrated by Hindus the world over on Feburary 24 with full vigour. The annual festival marks the day on which Hindu God ‘Shiva’ saved the universe by drinking poison and also the day he was married to the Goddess Parvati. Often referred to as Shivaratri, the festival is celebrated by most during the day, while others hold all-night vigils to celebrate the event which falls on a day in the most holy month of the Hindu calendar year. Hindu holy men also known as Sandhus smoke cannabis and smear their bodies with ash and paint to imitate God Shiva. Fasting and the consumption of easily digested items such as milk, fruit, almonds, peanuts and honey are also common traditional practices throughout the day. Here we look at 20 incredible pictures of Hindus commemorating the occasion. An Indian priest pours milk ocer a Shiva Lingam, a stone sculpture representing the phallus of Hindu god Lord Shiva. PHOTO: AFP A Nepalese Hindu Sadhu (Holy man) smears coloured paste onto his forehead near the Pashupatinath Temple during the Hindu festival Maha Shivaratri in Kathmandu. PHOTO: AFP An artisan adorns an idol of Hindu Lord Shiva, which will be used to decorate a pandal, or a temporary platform, ahead of the Hindu festival of Maha Shivaratri in Kolkata. PHOTO: REUTERS A man works to set up a curtain at the premises of Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. PHOTO: REUTERS A Hindu devotee pours milk over a Shivling [Read More…]

Jan 242017
 
Pictures of the day: January 24, 2017

A milk producer waves a Dutch flag as farmers spray powdered milk to protest against dairy market overcapacity outside a meeting of European Union agriculture ministers in Brussels, Belgium. PHOTO: REUTERS A mentally disabled girl named America Patni, 18, is tied to a plastic crate full of stones at her makeshift shelter on a roadside in Ahmedabad, India. PHOTO: REUTERS A woman walking her dog emerges from the fog on Parsons Green in London, Britain. PHOTO: REUTERS A combination of photos taken at the National Mall shows the crowds attending the inauguration ceremonies to swear in US President Donald Trump at 12:01pm (L) on January 20, 2017 and President Barack Obama at 1:27pm on January 20, 2009, in Washington, US. PHOTO: REUTERS People form a human chain on a bridge over the Dnipro river during celebrations to mark National Unity Day, Kiev, Ukraine. PHOTO: REUTERS Signs that bear the names of children killed by stray bullets are seen during a protest calling for an end to the violence that erupts during police operations against suspected drug traffickers and thieves, at the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PHOTO: REUTERS People wait before the Christian Dior show during the 2017 spring/summer Haute Couture collection. PHOTO: AFP An Iraqi soldier inspects the debris at St. George’s Monastery (Mar Gurguis), a historical Chaldean Catholic church on the northern outskirt of Mosul, which was destroyed by Islamic State (IS) group in 2015. PHOTO: AFP A ice-skater skates on the ice surface of the [Read More…]

Jan 062017
 
Pictures of the day: January 6, 2017

Couples pose for pictures during a mass wedding on the second day of Harbin’s International Ice Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China. PHOTO: REUTERS Demonstrators try to cross a police barricade during a protest organised by India’s main opposition Congress party against demonetisation, in Chandigarh, India. PHOTO: REUTERS A man swims in the partially frozen Houhai lake in Beijing, China. PHOTO: REUTERS Mongolian-born sumo grand champion or “yokozuna” Harumafuji performs a ring-entering ceremony at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. PHOTO: AFP Pope Francis kisses a statue of baby Jesus as he arrives to lead a mass to celebrate the Epiphany, or 12th day of Christmas, with a mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica which marks the visit to the baby Jesus by the Three Wise Men. PHOTO: AFP Peugeot’s Spanish drivers Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz compete during Stage 4 of the 2017 Dakar Rally between San Salvador de Jujuy in Argentina and Tupiza in Bolivia. PHOTO: AFP This picture taken on January 5, 2017 and released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on January 6, 2017 shows a mass rally taking place at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang. Thousands of North Koreans have rallied in Pyongyang, chanting communist slogans and vowing support for leader Kim Jong-Un, who in his New Year’s message announced plans to test-fire a ballistic missile capable of reaching the US mainland. PHOTO: AFP Workers gather ducks to be culled in Latrille, France, after France ordered a massive cull of ducks in three regions [Read More…]

Nov 302016
 
In pictures: Aftermath of plane crash in Colombia

The crash in Colombia of a plane carrying the Brazilian football club Chapecoense Real, killing 76 people, was among the deadliest air disasters in the sport’s history. Rescue operations at the site of a plane crash in central Colombia were suspended in the early hours of Tuesday morning amid heavy rain. Here we look at scenes from the crash and the aftermath. Rescue workers carry the body of a victim. PHOTO: REUTERS A rescue work checks a body from a plane that crashed into Colombian jungle. PHOTO: REUTERS Fans of Chapecoense soccer team react in front of the Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco, Brazil. PHOTO: REUTERS Rescue crews work in the wreckage. PHOTO: REUTERS Fans of Chapecoense soccer team gather in front of the Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco, Brazil. PHOTO: REUTERS Rescue workers walk next to a body. PHOTO: REUTERS Rescue crews work in the wreckage from a plane. PHOTO: REUTERS Rescue workers carry the body of a victim. PHOTO: REUTERS Brazilian soccer player Alan Luciano Ruschel of Chapecoense soccer club receives medical attention after a plane crash in Antioquia, central Colombia. PHOTO: REUTERS Rescue crews work in the wreckage. PHOTO: REUTERS Fans of Chapecoense soccer team gather in front of the Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco, Brazil. PHOTO: REUTERS Rescue crews work near the wreckage. PHOTO: REUTERS Flowers and messages are seen next a Chapecoense soccer team flag in tribute to their players in front of the Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco, Brazil. PHOTO: REUTERS The post In [Read More…]

Nov 212016
 
Pictures of the day: November 21, 2016

Shia Muslim pilgrims carry flags as they arrive at the entrance to the central Iraqi city of Karbala, 120 kilometres south of the capital Baghdad. PHOTO: AFP John Legend performs “Love Me Now” at the 2016 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, US. PHOTO: REUTERS A man with a mask poses for a portrait as he takes part in festivities in honour of patron saint San Jeronimo in Masaya city, Nicaragua. PHOTO: REUTERS A boy walks past a snow covered car after a heavy snowfall in Almaty, Kazakhstan. PHOTO: REUTERS Actors Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt pose at a premiere of the film “Allied” in Paris, France. PHOTO: REUTERS A young Indian boy walks on a foggy field in New Delhi. PHOTO: AFP Indian rescue workers search for survivors in the wreckage of a train that derailed near Pukhrayan in Kanpur district. PHOTO: AFP Bishops and cardinals attend a holy mass for the closing of the Jubilee of Mercy, at St Peter’s square in Vatican. PHOTO: AFP People admire illuminations featuring the theme of “Canyon d’Azur” (Blue Canyon) at Caretta Illumination in Tokyo. PHOTO: AFP A sheperd tends to his blackened flock of sheep as oil wells, set ablaze by retreating Islamic State (IS) militants, burn in the background, in the town of Qayyarah, Mosul. PHOTO: AFP Women mourn during the funeral of suspected militant Rayees Ahmad Dar, who according to local media was killed in an encounter with the Indian armed forces in Pulwama district on Saturday afternoon, [Read More…]

Nov 162016
 
Pictures of the day: November 16, 2016

A golden pheasant is seen at Hangzhou Safari Park in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. PHOTO: REUTERS A Pakistani man carries a rooster as he walks past a mural on the wall of a government girls’ school in Islamabad. PHOTO: AFP A fishing boat is seen near a container terminal in Tanjung Priok, north Jakarta Indonesia. PHOTO: REUTERS Construction Manager Shane Gallagher leads members of the media on a tour of the rebuilt cast-iron dome of the US Capitol, which was formally completed on Tuesday on time for the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, in Washington, US. PHOTO: REUTERS An assortment of 5250 illicit firearms and small weapons, recovered during various security operations burns during its destruction in Ngong hills near Kenya’s capital Nairobi. PHOTO: REUTERS Hindu devotees sit together on the floor of a temple to observe Rakher Upabash for the last day, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. PHOTO: REUTERS A man walks through a garden on an autumn day in Srinagar, India. PHOTO: REUTERS The supermoon rises behind “El Pensador” (The Thinker) in Dos Hermanas, near Seville, southern Spain. PHOTO: REUTERS A model train travels past a scaled model of New York’s Grand Central Station built entirely with plant parts during a media preview of the 25th annual Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx borough of New York City, US. PHOTO: REUTERS French cyclist and AG2R Team leader Romain Bardet walks in the snow during a training session. PHOTO: AFP View of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s [Read More…]

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