Friday, 25 December 2015

AP PHOTOS: Editor's picks from Mideast, Afghanistan-Pakistan

In this Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 file photo, a Lebanese couple take selfie in front men and women wearing Santa Claus costumes during a parade for Christmas, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon.
In this Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015 file photo, a Lebanese couple take selfie in front men and women wearing Santa Claus costumes during a parade for Christmas, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon.  

Thursday, 24 December 2015

The evolution of Santa Claus

Santa through the years: medieval fresco depicting St Nicholas, the inspiration for today's Santa Claus. A medieval fresco depicting St. Nicholas from the Boyana Church, near Sofia, Bulgaria.
Santa through the years: medieval fresco depicting St Nicholas, the inspiration for today's Santa Claus. A medieval fresco depicting St. Nicholas from the Boyana Church, near Sofia, Bulgaria.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

Kyle Blessing, of Chesapeake, Va., hugs his fiancee, Petty Officer 2nd Class Sophie Mulkey, as Petty Officer 2nd Class Dan Ravo, of Norfolk, Va., kisses his girlfriend, Kelly Rancier, alongside the guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul after returning to Norfolk Naval Station after an eight-month deployment.
Kyle Blessing, of Chesapeake, Va., hugs his fiancee, Petty Officer 2nd Class Sophie Mulkey, as Petty Officer 2nd Class Dan Ravo, of Norfolk, Va., kisses his girlfriend, Kelly Rancier, alongside the guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul after returning to Norfolk Naval Station after an eight-month deployment.  

Friday, 18 December 2015

AP PHOTOS: Editor's pick from Mideast, Afghanistan-Pakistan

In this Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015 photo, the gold mask of King Tutankhamun is displayed in its glass case, in the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square, in Cairo. Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty says the famed golden burial mask has been fixed, over a year after the beard was accidentally knocked off and hastily glued back with epoxy. A German-Egyptian team began the restoration work in October.
In this Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015 photo, the gold mask of King Tutankhamun is displayed in its glass case, in the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square, in Cairo. Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty says the famed golden burial mask has been fixed, over a year after the beard was accidentally knocked off and hastily glued back with epoxy. A German-Egyptian team began the restoration work in October.  

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

AP PHOTOS: Top pictures in 2015 from Europe and Africa

In this Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 photo, a child is helped cross from Serbia to Hungary through the barbed wire fence near Roszke, southern Hungary. Round the clock, thousands of refugees cross daily along the approximately 110-mile (175-kilometer) border with non-EU member Serbia to the south.
In this Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 photo, a child is helped cross from Serbia to Hungary through the barbed wire fence near Roszke, southern Hungary. Round the clock, thousands of refugees cross daily along the approximately 110-mile (175-kilometer) border with non-EU member Serbia to the south.  

Monday, 14 December 2015

AP PHOTOS: Horses make wild patients at Israeli hospital

In this Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 photo, a veterinary technician feeds a horse at the Hebrew University's Koret School of Veterinary Medicine in Rishon Lezion, Israel. Veterinarians at the hospital operate on about two dozen horses a month and rely on elaborate tools and an army of volunteers to safely treat animals that can weigh more than 1,000 pounds (450 kilograms).
At Israel's main equine hospital, the animals can be wild patients, creating some unique challenges for the veterinarians treating them.
"They are not good patients," said Dr. Gal Kelmer, who heads the large animal department at Hebrew University's Koret School of Veterinary Medicine. "I get a lot of satisfaction when things work."

Saturday, 12 December 2015

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

The skyline of downtown Pittsburgh, Pa., is reflected in the Allegheny River as it is silhouetted by the rising sun on a foggy morning on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015.
The skyline of downtown Pittsburgh, Pa., is reflected in the Allegheny River as it is silhouetted by the rising sun on a foggy morning on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015.  

Friday, 11 December 2015

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East for 2015

In this Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 file photo, Lebanese activists hold up a makeshift shield as they are sprayed by riot police using water cannons during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanese riot police fired several rounds of tear gas and water cannons for the second consecutive day in downtown Beirut Sunday as they battled protesters with batons and stones _ a marked escalation of mass demonstrations against an ongoing trash crisis.
In this Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 file photo, Lebanese activists hold up a makeshift shield as they are sprayed by riot police using water cannons during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanese riot police fired several rounds of tear gas and water cannons for the second consecutive day in downtown Beirut Sunday as they battled protesters with batons and stones _ a marked escalation of mass demonstrations against an ongoing trash crisis.  

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America for 2015

In this Sept. 17, 2015, file photo, a worker prepares to fit a wooden arm onto a Christ statue during preparations of the altar where Pope Francis will celebrate Mass in the Plaza of the Revolution, in Havana, Cuba. When Francis arrives in Havana on Sept. 19, he'll find his church ministering to more Cubans than at any time since the 1959 revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power.
In this Sept. 17, 2015, file photo, a worker prepares to fit a wooden arm onto a Christ statue during preparations of the altar where Pope Francis will celebrate Mass in the Plaza of the Revolution, in Havana, Cuba. When Francis arrives in Havana on Sept. 19, he'll find his church ministering to more Cubans than at any time since the 1959 revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power.

AP PHOTOS: Sports selections from Latin America for 2015

In this Nov. 12, 2015, file photo, Colombia's James Rodriguez kicks Chile's Matias Fernandez as he tries to play the ball during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Santiago, Chile, Thursday.
In this Nov. 12, 2015, file photo, Colombia's James Rodriguez kicks Chile's Matias Fernandez as he tries to play the ball during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Santiago, Chile, Thursday.   

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

AP PHOTOS: Program fights student hunger in Peru's Amazon

In this Nov. 19, 2015 photo, Ester Melendez feeds banana porridge to her nine-month-old daughter Dina, in Pichiquia, an Ashaninka indigenous community in Peru's Junin region. Incursions and assaults by loggers, miners, colonists and leftist guerrillas have reduced the lands of the Ashaninka people in the Peruvian Amazon, leaving many of the 97,000 members of the group malnourished, despite efforts by the government and independent organizations to help.
Hunger haunts the jungle home of the Ashaninka.

Incursions and assaults by loggers, miners, colonists and Shining Path rebels have reduced the lands of the Ashaninka people in the Peruvian Amazon, leaving many of the 97,000 members of the group malnourished.

The problem may be worst among children.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

A Palestinian man inspects the house of Raeb Ahmed Muhammad Alivi which was demolished by the Israeli army, in the West Bank city of Nablus on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. The military says Alivi led a five-member Hamas cell that shot and killed U.S. citizen Eitam Henkin and his wife, Naama, as they drove in the northern West Bank on Oct. 1. He was arrested days after the attack.
A Palestinian man inspects the house of Raeb Ahmed Muhammad Alivi which was demolished by the Israeli army, in the West Bank city of Nablus on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. The military says Alivi led a five-member Hamas cell that shot and killed U.S. citizen Eitam Henkin and his wife, Naama, as they drove in the northern West Bank on Oct. 1. He was arrested days after the attack.  

Friday, 4 December 2015

Flood waters swirl in south India even as rain eases

Houses are submerged in flood waters in Chennai, India, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. The heaviest rainfall in more than 100 years has devastated swathes of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, with thousands forced to leave their submerged homes and schools, offices and a regional airport shut for a second day Thursday.
Tens of thousands of people were crowding into government-run relief camps in southern India's Tamil Nadu state on Friday, as floods continued to swirl despite a respite from days of relentless rains.
By late morning, state capital Chennai had seen little or no rain for almost 24 hours. The government has set up 97 relief camps, which are currently providing food and shelter to an estimated 62,000 people. But local residents were still complaining bitterly that their homes remained inundated and help from the government was either very slow or entirely absent.

Saturday, 28 November 2015

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, of France, watches a basket by the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, in Los Angeles. The Jazz won 102-91.
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, of France, watches a basket by the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, in Los Angeles. The Jazz won 102-91.  

Shooting at Planned Parenthood in Colorado

Hostages are escorted to safety outside a Planned Parenthood facility where a gunman had opened fire on November 27, 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Hostages are escorted to safety outside a Planned Parenthood facility where a gunman had opened fire on November 27, 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Television and the Kennedy presidency

April 3, 1960: Sen. John F. Kennedy, Democratic presidential nominee, sits next to a playback of his televised appearance in Milwaukee, Wis. for the Wisconsin presidential primary two days later.
April 3, 1960: Sen. John F. Kennedy, Democratic presidential nominee, sits next to a playback of his televised appearance in Milwaukee, Wis. for the Wisconsin presidential primary two days later.

The life and death of John F. Kennedy

Following are photos of the life and death of President John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, who was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963.
Following are photos of the life and death of President John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, who was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

An Afghan boy tries to warm up next to a bonfire at night in Moria village on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. European leaders pressed ahead with efforts to discourage people from heading to Europe to find work and kept seeking ways to send back home thousands who don't qualify for asylum.
An Afghan boy tries to warm up next to a bonfire at night in Moria village on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. European leaders pressed ahead with efforts to discourage people from heading to Europe to find work and kept seeking ways to send back home thousands who don't qualify for asylum.   

Friday, 20 November 2015

18 dead, hostages freed in Mali hotel attack

Mali trooper assist a hostage, centre, to leave the scene, from the Radisson Blu hotel to safety after gunmen attacked the hotel in Bamako, Mali, Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. Islamic extremists armed with guns and throwing grenades stormed the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali's capital Friday morning, killing at least three people and initially taking numerous hostages, authorities said.
Mali trooper assist a hostage, centre, to leave the scene, from the Radisson Blu hotel to safety after gunmen attacked the hotel in Bamako, Mali, Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. Islamic extremists armed with guns and throwing grenades stormed the Radisson Blu hotel in Mali's capital Friday morning, killing at least three people and initially taking numerous hostages, authorities said.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

2015 Los Angeles Auto Show

The new Hyundai Elantra is presented at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The LA Auto Show was founded in 1907 and is the first major North American auto show of the season each year.
The new Hyundai Elantra is presented at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The LA ATuto Show was founded in 1907 and is the first major North American auto show of the season each year.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

Spectators embrace each other as they stand on the playing field of the Stade de France stadium at the end of a friendly soccer match between France and Germany in Saint Denis, outside Paris, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Hundreds made their way to the pitch after explosions were heard nearby. Multiple fatal attacks throughout the city have prompted President Francois Hollande to announce he was closing the country's borders and declaring a state of emergency.
Spectators embrace each other as they stand on the playing field of the Stade de France stadium at the end of a friendly soccer match between France and Germany in Saint Denis, outside Paris, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Hundreds made their way to the pitch after explosions were heard nearby. Multiple fatal attacks throughout the city have prompted President Francois Hollande to announce he was closing the country's borders and declaring a state of emergency.   

Thursday, 12 November 2015

2015 Guinness World Records

World's softtest girl Liu Teng who refresh the Guinness World Records is recording a TV show on 03 February, 2015 in Beijing, China
World's softtest girl: World's softtest girl Liu Teng who refresh the Guinness World Records is recording a TV show on 03 February, 2015 in Beijing, China

Saturday, 7 November 2015

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

Thousands hold up the glowing displays of their mobile phones during a demonstration initiated by the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party against what they call the uncontrolled immigration and asylum abuse in Erfurt, central Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015.
Thousands hold up the glowing displays of their mobile phones during a demonstration initiated by the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party against what they call the uncontrolled immigration and asylum abuse in Erfurt, central Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015.   

Thursday, 5 November 2015

AP Photos: Romania's Orthodox Church is target of protests

In this Oct. 24, 2015 picture, a priest blesses holy remains at the Romanian Patriarchy in Bucharest, Romania, during the Saint Dimitrie Bassarabov pilgrimage. The Romanian Orthodox Church, makes, according to media estimations and official fiscal records, the highest profit of all public institutions, mainly at five major annual pilgrimages from sales of religious items, like candles, a church monopoly, and people's donations. The Orthodox Church receives large state subsidies and church and profits are not taxed, with governments shy to challenge the influential institution's current status.
Protesters calling for an end to widespread corruption and better governance this week have turned their anger to the powerful and rich Romanian Orthodox Church in the wake of a nightclub fire which left more than 30 dead.
Public discontent with the church is at an all-time high after it failed to address an outpouring of national grief. Pressure is mounting for its financial privileges to be reviewed.

Saturday, 31 October 2015

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

A Brazilian Bororo Indian is seen in front of the moon at the World Indigenous Games in Palmas, Brazil on Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. Nearly 2,000 native peoples from around the world participated in the first World Indigenous Games, a kaleidoscopic celebration of first peoples from around the globe.
A Brazilian Bororo Indian is seen in front of the moon at the World Indigenous Games in Palmas, Brazil on Monday, Oct. 26, 2015. Nearly 2,000 native peoples from around the world participated in the first World Indigenous Games, a kaleidoscopic celebration of first peoples from around the globe.   

Thursday, 29 October 2015

AP PHOTOS: Cuba's trains offer fine-grained look at country

In this Aug. 26, 2015 photo, a boy rides next to the engineer of an electric Hershey train in the Casablanca municipality of Havana, Cuba. The conductor slowed the train down to avoid hitting a shepherd's flock of goats grazing along the tracks.
From east to the west, trains offer a fine-grained, slow-moving view of Cuba that few foreigners ever see.

Goats graze alongside tracks in the countryside, forcing trains to brake to avoid hitting them. Old American sedans line up at a crossing while locomotives pass. Horse-drawn carts cross the rails after a train has gone by.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

A box containing a seized stuffed tiger head sits yet to be unpacked inside a warehouse at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wildlife Property Repository in Commerce City, Colo., on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. There are an estimated 3,200 tigers left in the wild.
A box containing a seized stuffed tiger head sits yet to be unpacked inside a warehouse at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wildlife Property Repository in Commerce City, Colo., on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. There are an estimated 3,200 tigers left in the wild.   

Monday, 19 October 2015

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Asia

In this Oct. 17, 2015 photo, a supporter displays a picture of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi stuck in her headband during a campaign rally of the National League for Democracy party in Thandwe, western Rakhine state, Myanmar. Suu Kyi on Friday shifted her election campaign to the region that presents the most formidable challenge - the Rakhine state, which has been a hotbed of sectarian conflict between Rohingya Muslims and hard-line Buddhists.
In this Oct. 17, 2015 photo, a supporter displays a picture of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi stuck in her headband during a campaign rally of the National League for Democracy party in Thandwe, western Rakhine state, Myanmar. Suu Kyi on Friday shifted her election campaign to the region that presents the most formidable challenge - the Rakhine state, which has been a hotbed of sectarian conflict between Rohingya Muslims and hard-line Buddhists.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

AP PHOTOS: Egyptian women candidates work the campaign trail

In this Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 photo, Asmaa Ahmed Abdel Hakeem, an independent candidate, waves from a vehicle as she campaigns in her neighborhood in Giza, Egypt, ahead of Egyptian parliamentary elections. The 40 year-old woman is a manager of a family-owned school. It's her first time to run in elections, and says her family has been supportive of the move.
In this Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 photo, Asmaa Ahmed Abdel Hakeem, an independent candidate, waves from a vehicle as she campaigns in her neighborhood in Giza, Egypt, ahead of Egyptian parliamentary elections. The 40 year-old woman is a manager of a family-owned school. It's her first time to run in elections, and says her family has been supportive of the move. 

Hungary shuts Croatian border to migrant flow

A migrant child smiles as she follows her mother down the path that leads to the Serbian-Croatian border crossing, at the village of Berkasovo, near Sid, Serbia, on Thursday, Oct.15, 2015. The migrants and refugees are struggling with the autumn rain and the cold as EU leaders are discussing in Brussels how to deal with the crisis.
A migrant child smiles as she follows her mother down the path that leads to the Serbian-Croatian border crossing, at the village of Berkasovo, near Sid, Serbia, on Thursday, Oct.15, 2015. The migrants and refugees are struggling with the autumn rain and the cold as EU leaders are discussing in Brussels how to deal with the crisis.  

Friday, 16 October 2015

AP PHOTOS: Objects left on the beach by migrants on Lesbos

In this Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 photo, a children's toy is portrayed on a beach next to the town of Molyvos, on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos. The migrants arrive by the hundreds on the beaches of the Greek island of Lesbos. And in their eagerness to move on, they leave behind belongings they carried with them.
In this Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 photo, a children's toy is portrayed on a beach next to the town of Molyvos, on the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos. The migrants arrive by the hundreds on the beaches of the Greek island of Lesbos. And in their eagerness to move on, they leave behind belongings they carried with them.   

Saturday, 10 October 2015

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

Syrian army personnel load howitzers near the village of Morek, Syria on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. The Syrian army has launched an offensive against rebels earlier in the week in central and northwestern Syria aided by Russian airstrikes.
Syrian army personnel load howitzers near the village of Morek, Syria on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. The Syrian army has launched an offensive against rebels earlier in the week in central and northwestern Syria aided by Russian airstrikes.  

Friday, 9 October 2015

Image of Asia: Practicing evasive maneuvers in Philippines

A cow reacts as a Philippine marine rushes to take his position during the live-fire exercise on the conclusion of the nine-day joint U.S. and Philippine marines military exercise dubbed PHIBLEX at San Antonio township in Zambales province northwest of Manila, Philippines Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. More than 600 U.S. and Philippine marines are taking part in this annual exercise which is aimed at increasing the armed forces' capability in various bilateral maritime operations.
In this photo by Bullit Marquez, a roped cow tries to break free in front of a Philippine marine who tries to avoid it while taking up his position during a live-fire exercise near the coast northwest of Manila. Hundreds of cattle live on the sprawling naval facility at San Antonio township in Zambales province, and the marines and amphibious-assault vehicles had to maneuver through the herd during the exercise. More than 600 U.S. and Philippine marines took part in the annual exercise that concluded Friday and was aimed at increasing the armed forces' capabilities in bilateral maritime operations. The facility faces Scarborough Shoal, one of the contested areas in the South China Sea that is also claimed by China. (AP)

AP Photos: Portraits of refugees along Europe migrant trail

In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, Syrian refugee Mahmoud Naoura, 30, who came from Aleppo, Syria, poses for a picture while holding his daughter Huda, 5, who was injured in 2012 by a government bombing on their home which made her lose her sight, shortly after arriving on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos. Naoura said “I just want to cure my daughter. Huda will see again, inshallah, and when she will open her eyes I want her to see a safe environment around.”
In this photo taken on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, Syrian refugee Mahmoud Naoura, 30, who came from Aleppo, Syria, poses for a picture while holding his daughter Huda, 5, who was injured in 2012 by a government bombing on their home which made her lose her sight, shortly after arriving on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the northeastern Greek island of Lesbos. Naoura said “I just want to cure my daughter. Huda will see again, inshallah, and when she will open her eyes I want her to see a safe environment around.”   

John Lennon (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980)

John Lennon with his mother, Julia at Ardmore, Rockferry, Cheshire
John Lennon with his mother, Julia at Ardmore, Rockferry, Cheshire      

Thursday, 8 October 2015

10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Waseem Akram takes a break while working at coal depot in Karachi, Pakistan on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015.
Waseem Akram takes a break while working at coal depot in Karachi, Pakistan on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015.   

AP PHOTOS: Memorable Nobel Peace Prize winners of the past

In this Sept. 26, 1944, file photo, Staff Aide Jane Steward, an American Red Cross worker, lights a cigarette for a wounded French gendarme at a U.S. evacuation hospital in Brittany. In 1944, the Red Cross was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the second time, having also won it in 1917. It then claimed the award for what still is a record third time in 1963.
In this Sept. 26, 1944, file photo, Staff Aide Jane Steward, an American Red Cross worker, lights a cigarette for a wounded French gendarme at a U.S. evacuation hospital in Brittany. In 1944, the Red Cross was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the second time, having also won it in 1917. It then claimed the award for what still is a record third time in 1963.

Monday, 5 October 2015

World Beard And Mustache Championships

A contestant of the World Beard And Mustache Championships poses for a picture during the opening ceremony of the Championships 2015 on October 3, 2015 in Leogang, Austria. Over 300 contestants in teams from across the globe have come to compete in sixteen different categories in three groups: mustache, partial beard and full beard. The event takes place every few years at different locations worldwide.
A contestant of the World Beard And Mustache Championships poses for a picture during the opening ceremony of the Championships 2015 on October 3, 2015 in Leogang, Austria. Over 300 contestants in teams from across the globe have come to compete in sixteen different categories in three groups: mustache, partial beard and full beard. The event takes place every few years at different locations worldwide.  

Thursday, 1 October 2015

10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Muslims offer prayers at the Jama Masjid during Eid al-Adha in New Delhi, India on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son.
Muslims offer prayers at the Jama Masjid during Eid al-Adha in New Delhi, India on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, by sacrificing animals to commemorate the prophet Ibrahim's faith in being willing to sacrifice his son. 

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Most Dangerous Celeb Searches

Intel Security announced Tuesday that musicians topped its ninth annual list of the most dangerous celebrities online. Searches for certain famous names are most likely to land users on websites that carry viruses or malware. The company used its own site ratings to compile the celebrity list.
Intel Security announced Tuesday that musicians topped its ninth annual list of the most dangerous
celebrities online. Searches for certain famous names are most likely to land users on websites that
carry viruses or malware. The company used its own site ratings to compile the celebrity list.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Supermoon lunar eclipse as seen around the world

A swollen "supermoon" bathed in the blood-red light of a total eclipse is seen in Trébons sur la Grasse early on September 28, 2015. For the first time in decades, the double spectacle of a swollen "supermoon" bathed in the blood-red light of a total eclipse can be seen. The celestial show, visible from the Americas, Europe, Africa, west Asia and the east Pacific, will be the result of the Sun, Earth and a larger-than-life, extra-bright Moon lining up for just over an hour.
A swollen "supermoon" bathed in the blood-red light of a total eclipse is seen in Trébons sur la Grasse early on September 28, 2015. For the first time in decades, the double spectacle of a swollen "supermoon" bathed in the blood-red light of a total eclipse can be seen. The celestial show, visible from the Americas, Europe, Africa, west Asia and the east Pacific, will be the result of the Sun, Earth and a larger-than-life, extra-bright Moon lining up for just over an hour.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Supermoon

A perigee moon, also known as a super moon, rises above the Orthodox Church in the town of Novogrudok, 150 kilometers (93 miles) west of the capital Minsk, Belarus, on Aug. 29, 2015.
A perigee moon, also known as a super moon, rises above the Orthodox Church in the town of Novogrudok, 150 kilometers (93 miles) west of the capital Minsk, Belarus, on Aug. 29, 2015.

Friday, 25 September 2015

AP PHOTOS: Catalans fly the flag in campaign on independence

In this Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 photo, an "estelada" or pro independence flag hangs on a building as people look at human towers or "Castellers" in San Jaime square in Barcelona, Spain. Catalans vote Sunday in regional parliamentary elections that the breakaway camp hopes will give them a mandate to put their region on a path toward independence _ a goal the Madrid central government says would be illegal.
In this Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015 photo, an "estelada" or pro independence flag hangs on a building as people look at human towers or "Castellers" in San Jaime square in Barcelona, Spain. Catalans vote Sunday in regional parliamentary elections that the breakaway camp hopes will give them a mandate to put their region on a path toward independence _ a goal the Madrid central government says would be illegal. 

Thursday, 24 September 2015

10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Pablo Dona, of Miami pauses while paddleboarding as sheets of rain fall in front of him off the shores of Bal Harbour, Fla., on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015.
Pablo Dona, of Miami pauses while paddleboarding as sheets of rain fall in front of him off the shores of Bal Harbour, Fla., on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015.   

AP PHOTOS: Adoring crowds greet pope in nation's capital

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet Pope Francis upon his arrival for state arrival ceremony, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet Pope Francis upon his arrival for state arrival ceremony, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.    

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Hajj

Muslim pilgrims pray on a rocky hill called the Mountain of Mercy, on the Plain of Arafat, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. Mount Arafat, marked by a white pillar, is where Islam's Prophet Muhammad is believed to have delivered his last sermon to tens of thousands of followers some 1,400 years ago, calling on Muslims to unite.
Muslim pilgrims pray on a rocky hill called the Mountain of Mercy, on the Plain of Arafat, near the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. Mount Arafat, marked by a white pillar, is where Islam's Prophet Muhammad is believed to have delivered his last sermon to tens of thousands of followers some 1,400 years ago, calling on Muslims to unite.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

AP PHOTOS: Glimpse of life in Tibet under China's rule

In this Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 photo, a Tibetan family walks across Jokhang Square in the center of Lhasa, capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region in China. Chinese officials have taken foreign journalists on a visit to the region, normally off-limits to them, weeks after Communist Party officials commemorated the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Tibet Autonomous Region.
In this Friday, Sept. 18, 2015 photo, a Tibetan family walks across Jokhang Square in the center of Lhasa, capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region in China. Chinese officials have taken foreign journalists on a visit to the region, normally off-limits to them, weeks after Communist Party officials commemorated the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Tibet Autonomous Region.