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July 17, 2015

Photos: One year anniversary of MH17 downing

Memorial ceremonies in the Netherlands, Ukraine and Australia were held to remember the victims onboard the MH17 which was heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. One year ago, the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was blown out of the skies above rebel-held Eastern Ukraine.  

July 14, 2015

Photos: Famous Beijing opera and ballet performances

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City featured the National Ballet of China on July 11 and 12 performing “The Red Detachment of Women” and “The Peony Pavilion”.  In September it will also feature Peking opera singer Zhang Huoding who will perform “Legend of […]

Great Wall
July 9, 2015

In photos: China’s Great Wall

Centuries of environmental wear, various wars, re-purposing of the bricks for homes, and making way for new roads and farmland have taken their toll on the Great Wall.

Venezuelan cocoa becomes bright spot in dismal economy
June 25, 2015

Photos: Venezuelan cocoa seeing high demand

The price of cocoa, the raw material of chocolate, has been booming in recent years-partly owing to increased demand from Asian consumers. The biggest price growth has been in the rare “aroma beans”, used in the finest chocolate. That’s been good news for small producers […]

May 18, 2015

Photos: India celebrates No Moon Day

Hindus across India perform various rituals as a part of Somvati Amavasya or No Moon Day. It is believed to be one of the most auspicious days. On this day Hindus traditionally fast and participate in various religious festivities.

May 14, 2015

Photographer Xi Zhinong uses camera to protect wildlife

Xi Zhinong, China’s well-known wildlife photographer and conservationist, spent more than 30 years in the wild to capture images of rare wildlife. He is famous for taking the first video footage of the Yunnan snub-nosed monkey and raising public awareness about environmental conservation and endangered […]

May 12, 2015

Photos: Second major earthquake strikes Nepal

A major earthquake hit a remote mountain region of Nepal on Tuesday, killing at least 42 people and injuring more than 1,000, triggering landslides and toppling buildings less than three weeks after the Himalayan nation was ravaged by its worst quake in decades.

April 30, 2015

Photos: 2015 Canstruction Vancouver exhibition

The 2015 Canstruction Vancouver exhibition opened in Vancouver, Canada on April 29, 2015. The exhibition included famous cartoon characters and other interesting sculptures all made of canned food. All the food leftover in the exhibition will be donated to Greater Vancouver Food Banks. It is […]

April 30, 2015

Photos: Vietnam, US marks 40th anniversary of war

Ho Chi Minh City was blanketed in red banners on Thursday that read “Long Live the Glorious Communist Party of Vietnam,” 40 years after northern forces seized control of the country and America walked away from a divisive and bloody war that remains a painful […]

April 28, 2015

Photos: In aftermath of Baltimore riots, cleanup begins

National Guardsmen covered Baltimore Tuesday, hours after riots spread chaos throughout the city the previous night. Meanwhile firefighters doused doused smoldering blazes after looting and arson erupted in Baltimore following the funeral of a black man who died in police custody. Residents also organized teams […]

April 16, 2015

Photos: Water Sprinkling Festivals celebrate New Year

Communities throughout China and Southeast Asia celebrated the Water Sprinkling Festival this week, which marks the start of the New Year in the Dai Autonomous Prefecture in Xinshuangbanna in southwest China’s Yunnan Province,as well as in Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar. The holiday is a traditional […]

April 13, 2015

A look at the cherry blossoms around the world

Those familiar with Washington know all too well the springtime rush that comes with the arrival of the annual cherry blossom festival. The nation’s capital welcomes a steady stream of tourists from around the world, ready to catch a glimpse and snap a photo with […]

March 20, 2015

Photos: Total solar eclipse in Norway, Faroes wows skygazers

Sky-gazers in the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard witnessed a total solar eclipse Friday under perfect weather conditions. The total eclipse lasted for 2 minutes and 45 seconds in the Faroes Islands — the only other place on land where the eclipse was total. A partial […]

March 17, 2015

Photos: Art Basel 2015 in Hong Kong

Art Basel is considered one of the world’s leading showcases of both Modern and contemporary art. Every year, the Basel gallerists put on exhibits in three locations: Hong Kong, Florida’s Miami Beach and Basel of Switzerland. Art Basel 2015 in Hong Kong was held March […]

St. Patrick's Day Georgia
March 17, 2015

Photos: St. Patrick’s Day celebrated around the world

Landmark buildings across Ireland and the world have been floodlit green for St. Patrick’s Day as global celebrations of the Emerald Isle’s patron saint are culminating in parades and celebrations in Dublin, New York and scores of other cities Tuesday. Here are photos from St. […]

Khaled Nebi Shrine, Turkoman Plain
March 17, 2015

Photos: Iran by author Cyrus Massoudi

British-born Iranian Cyrus Massoudi took a three-year journey to Iran. What he discovered: A rich culture, stunning landscape, warm hospitality, and delicious food. He wrote about the experience in a new book, “Land of the Turquoise Mountains.”

March 11, 2015

Photos: 2011 Japan earthquake anniversary

Japan on Wednesday marked the fourth anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami disaster that left nearly 19,000 people dead or missing, and badly damaged a nuclear power plant. A solemn ceremony was held in Tokyo in remembrance of lives lost, and a minute’s silence was […]

Selma march anniversary
March 8, 2015

Photos: 50th anniversary of the Selma march

Thousands of people, including U.S. President Barack Obama gathered in Selma, Alabama for the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. On March 7th, 1965, Reverend Hosea Williams and now U.S. Congressman John Lewis led a group of 600 marchers toward Montgomery. The group was turned back […]

March 6, 2015

Photos: China’s growing panda population

China’s panda population has grown by 268 to a total of 1,864 since the last survey was conducted more than a decade ago, according to the latest census conducted by China’s State Forestry Administration from 2011 to 2014.

Japan-WWII Battleship
March 4, 2015

Photos: Sunken Japanese WWII warship found

Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and his research team have found the wreckage of a massive Japanese World War II battleship off the Philippines near where it sank more than 70 years ago, he said Wednesday.

February 16, 2015

Photos: Denmark mourns first fatal terror attack in 30 years

Danes mourned the two victims of the country’s first fatal terror attacks in 30 years, while some also put flowers at the spot where police killed the gunman. Two people were killed in the weekend attacks, including a Danish filmmaker attending a free speech event […]

January 26, 2015

Photos: The 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant

The 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant was held Sunday, Jan. 25 at the Florida International University in Miami. A total of 88 contestants from around the world competed for a chance at the crown. Pageant newcomer, Miss Colombia Paulina Vega came out on top, beating out first […]

wreckage from AirAsia 8501.
January 7, 2015

Photos: Underwater images of AirAsia 8501 wreckage

Divers and an unmanned underwater vehicle on Jan. 7 spotted the tail of the AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea with 162 people on board, an important finding because the jet’s all-important black boxes are located in that part of the aircraft.  Photos […]

Photos: International Ice and Snow festival kicks off in China
January 5, 2015

Photos: International Ice and Snow festival kicks off in China

The 31st International Ice and Snow Festival kicked off on Monday (January 5) in Harbin, one of the coldest cities in China, with a spectacular display of ice sculptures. This year’s festival, themed ‘Fascinating Ice-Snow Harbin, Charming Chinese Dream’ and organized by China National Tourism […]