It’s been a tale of upsets in this year’s NCAA tournament, and these photos of the players pride, celebrations and heartbreak show it all. Kentucky, Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Arizona are moving on as well as Duke, Michigan State, Gonzaga and Louisville are left to battle it out for the remaining four spots in the men’s Elite Eight.
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Earlier this month, in its first major eruption in 15 years, the Villarrica volcano, located in the border between the regions of La Auracania and Los Rios Region, in southern Chile, forced the evacuation of thousands of people amid a shower of fire and ash. And now, it’s showing activity again.
It may not be Christmastime, but the reindeer were out in full force for the Reindeer Herder’s Day. For the indigenous nomadic Nenets people, the day offers a chance to show their prowess in wrestling, high jumps and other traditional local sports, but, above all, reindeer races.
A supertide turned France’s famed Mont Saint-Michel into an island on Saturday and then retreated out of sight, delighting thousands of visitors who came to see the rare phenomenon.
The so-called “tide of the century” actually happens every 18 years. Although the tide rushes in and out along the whole northern French coast, it’s especially dramatic at the UNESCO world heritage site, an ancient abbey normally linked to the mainland only by a narrow causeway at high tide. – Associated Press
From the Iguacu Falls in Brazil to the Nile River in Egypt, Associated Press photographers the world over set out to capture the beauty and majesty of humankind’s most precious resource ahead of World Water Day on Sunday.
We often take it for granted, but fresh water is one element we must always have nearby. – Associated Press photos
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party scored a resounding victory in the country’s election, final results showed Wednesday, a stunning turnaround after a tight race that had put his lengthy rule in jeopardy.
With nearly all votes counted, Likud appeared to have earned 30 out of parliament’s 120 seats and was in a position to build with relative ease a coalition government with its nationalist, religious and ultra-Orthodox Jewish allies. Such a government would likely put Israel at odds with the international community over settlement construction and its opposition to Palestinian statehood, and continue clashing with the White House over hard-line policies.
Until now, gay rights groups have been barred by the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council from marching in the parade, which draws as many as a million spectators each year.
In New York City, a group was protesting the exclusion of gay groups from the parade. Mayor Bill De Blasio decided not to march due to the parade organizer’s policy to ban participants that identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Heineken and Guinness announced earlier that they would drop their sponsorship of the parade for along the same reasons.
In Sunnyside Queens, an inclusive St. Pat’s For All parade embraces diversity and is considered and alternative to New York City’s official March 17, St. Patrick’s Day parade.- Wire reports