The press was give a preview of the Paris Auto Show known as “Paris Mondial de l’Automobile 2014.” The show will feature near 115,000 square yards of exhibit space with more than 100 new international releases.
Extreme piercing, hot coal walking and spirit trances are staples of Thailand’s Vegetarian Festival [GRAPHIC CONTENT]
Ritual Vegetarianism in Phuket, Thailand traces its roots back to the early 1800′s. The annual festival begins on the first evening of the ninth lunar month and lasts for nine days. Participants in the festival perform acts of body piercing as a means of shifting evil spirits from individuals onto themselves and bring the community good luck. The ritualized mutilation is performed at a local Buddhist shrine under a trance-like state and is careful supervised.
Reuters photographer Yannis Behrakis explores Norway as an Aurora Borealis is seen north of the Arctic Circle. Tourists are gathering this time of the year to admire the phenomenon of the Northern Lights.
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Atlantic City’s casinos have been losing their glitz and gambling dollars to the more than 40 new rivals that have opened in neighboring states, with gaming revenue nearly halving from its 2006 peak of $5.2 billion.
Three of the 12 casinos in the city closed earlier this year, and a fourth, one of the Trump Entertainment properties, closed its doors Sept. 16.
The Ebola virus has infected more than 6,000 and killed roughly 3,000 in a Western Africa epidemic this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 1,940 cases were reported in Sierra Leone, about 600 of them fatal, the CDC said.
The day in pictures around the world.
Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters filled the streets of Hong Kong late on Tuesday, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift barricades ahead of what some fear may be a push by police to clear the roads before Chinese National Day.
On the eve of Wednesday’s anniversary of the Communist Party’s foundation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, crowds poured into central districts of the Asian financial hub, near where National Day festivities are scheduled to take place.
French adventurer and researcher Stephane Rousson prepares Aerosail, an innovative, efficient, and silent maritime vehicle, which uses only the wind as means of propulsion. Its unique principle of flight allows the user to pilot like a sailboat an airship linked by a cable to a stabilized keel, called the Seaglider. The cable acts as the mast and the airship as the sail. Rousson is planning his crossing for the end of October 2014. Text and photos courtesy of AFP/Getty.
For 800 children in Morocco, damaged or burnt skin is genetic, irreparable, and needs to be replaced. Mohamed-El Kotbi, 17, and Driss Hamouti, 21, live with this tragic condition. Due to a disease called Xeroderma Pigmentosum – which medical professionals generally shorthand to XP – they are prone to blistering and burning of their skin and eyes upon the slightest sun exposure