Sightings of cougars and coyotes around and within America’s second largest city are striking, if not completely shocking, given that they’re two of the continent’s more adaptable creatures. In findings recently shared by the National Park Service, scientists were surprised by just how close to humans the animals hunt and live.
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With the sighting of the crescent moon, Muslims mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, and of dawn-to-dusk fasting, and the beginning of Eid al-Fitr. The festival, which typically starts with prayers and can include parades, family reunions and other gatherings, is a time of thanksgiving and reflection.
In storefront shutters designed to keep people out, the Mexico City government saw opportunity to draw people in. Around the capital’s historic center, artists commissioned by the city have painted colorful, fanciful faces on once drab doors, which officials hope helps revitalize public spaces.
Almost 70 years after it was conceived, and 17 years after construction started, the world’s largest train tunnel is to open tomorrow in Switzerland. Dug under the Alps, the 35-mile Gotthard Base Tunnel is expected to streamline and increase rail traffic between northern and southern Europe.
Recovering from its strongest and deadliest earthquake in decades, Ecuador endured the strongest aftershock yet before dawn Wednesday. The 7.8-magnitude earthquake over the weekend killed more than 500 people.
On opposite ends of California last night, the exit of one of the league’s most singular stars and a record set by one of its most singular teams made for a spectacular end to the NBA regular season. In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant ended his 20-year career with a 60-point, 50-shot performance. In Oakland, the Golden State Warriors became the first team to win 73 games in one campaign.
Across the globe, St. Patrick’s Day 2016 was a pageant of revelry, faith and activism. In Dublin, crowds filled the streets for a glimpse of large, colorful floats. In Northern Ireland, pilgrims walked to St. Patrick’s resting place. In New York, former protesters became marchers with an end to a ban on openly gay parade participants.
It’s opening day of Birmingham, England’s Crufts dog show, which claims to be the world’s largest. Good luck cards pinned above a dog’s stall hint at the stakes. Indeed, even the walk into the exhibition hall seems like a performance.
In table tennis, a player has fractions of a second to react to her opponent’s play. The photographer, meanwhile, tries to react to them both. For all parties, anticipating is the only way to stay ahead. Anyone who’s ever tried to photograph any type of ball sport — or even just a toddler tossing a toy — should appreciate these shots of the 2016 World Team Table Tennis Championships by Manan Vatsyayana of Agence France-Presse.