Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes said “we are literally making a miracle happen here.”
For fans of historical re-enactments, 2015 has been Belgium’s vintage year.
Enthusiasts of a hobby called “Living History” have donned period costumes to act out iconic battles in Flanders for the World War I centenary, as well as major clashes between German and Allied Forces for the 70th anniversary of World War II. Now comes another big commemoration: The bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, which spelled the downfall of Napoleon.
Associated Press photographer Daniel Ochoa de Olza followed Spanish bullfighter Alvaro Lorenzo preparing for a bullfight with Alcurrucen ranch fighting bulls in Aranjuez, near Madrid, Spain. Bullfighters are usually dressed by their best men, and assistant named ‘mozo de espadas’, a ritual usually undertaken in silence and in a ceremonial manner. Bullfighting is an ancient tradition in Spain.
HAVANA (AP) — Travel experts and upscale magazines are urging travel to Cuba before it changes. But visitors envisioning salsa in the streets and glamorous vintage cars should also be prepared to manage without ATMs, credit cards, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, seat belts or toilet paper. Here are eight tips for visiting Havana from Beth J. Harpaz of The Associated Press.
The lung-searing ascents into the Andean highlands aren’t what worry the untold hundreds of young men who hump backpacks loaded with drugs out of the remote, lawless valley that produces about 60 percent of Peru’s cocaine.
Armed gangs, crooked police and rival backpacker groups regularly rob cocaine’s beasts of burden on their three- to five-day journeys over mountain paths carved by their pre-Incan ancestors.
High above New Orleans, a small plane rolled in tight barrels, trailing smoke to create inspirational messages: smiley faces, peace signs, hearts and words like “jazz,” “amen” and — in a true testament of flying ability — “transform.”
Over seven days of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, a skywriter inscribed smoky messages that captivated the hundreds of thousands gathered below.
New Orleans entrepreneur Frank Scurlock conceived the idea and hired skywriter Nathan Hammond to pen the fanciful, fleeting art.
A year ago, at the start of the climbing season for Mount Everest, 16 Sherpas died in an avalanche on the world’s tallest mountain. The season was over for foreign climbers, and the disaster led to demands for better pay for the locals who make the ascents possible, and larger payouts to the families of those who were killed. A new season is about to begin, and the lost are remembered in Nepal.
A Rio government report from 2013 stated that 5,500 people live on the streets in Rio, not including those who live in shelters or lack stable housing. Close to 40 percent of the street dwellers in the study were found to lack identification, limiting their access to public services. Getty photographer Mario Tama captured day-to-day life of these people in a series of photographs.