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The day in photos from around the world.
An avalanche in Afghanistan wreaked havoc on the Abdullah Khil village of Panjshir province, northeast of Kabul. An Afghan provincial official said the death toll from the massive avalanche in a mountainous valley near the capital Kabul rose to almost 200 as bulldozers and other machinery began clearing roads and rescue teams were able to reach remote villages that have been cut off for almost a week. The official said as rescue workers dig through the snow, they are uncovering more bodies, including women and children.
Ukrainian POWs in the separatist stronghold of Donetsk began a task Wednesday that strained their hearts as well as their muscles: digging through the rubble to retrieve the bodies of fellow soldiers killed last month in the bitter battle for the city’s airport.
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Members of college pro-wrestling clubs from all across Japan gathered to compete in their final graduation fight night held at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. Japanese universities do not offer professional wrestling as a sport, forcing interested students from all across japan to form college pro-wrestling clubs. The students are self-taught and rely heavily on YouTube videos to learn moves and techniques. Pro-wrestling became popular in Japan in the 1970’s as American pro-wrestling peaked.
International Olympic Committee inspectors wrapped up three days of inspection work in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, as they try to judge how well the Brazilian city is preparing for South America’s first Olympics in 2016.
Earth’s past, present and future come together here on the northern peninsula of Antarctica, the wildest, most desolate and mysterious of its continents.
Clues to answering humanity’s most basic questions are locked in this continental freezer the size of the United States and half of Canada: Where did we come from? Are we alone in the universe? What’s the fate of our warming planet?
Known in the Aymara language as “awichas,” or grandmothers, the women pull sports jerseys over their long-sleeved blouses and ruffled skirts, then perform warm-up exercises while singing a childhood song.
The women, some of them great-grandmothers, arrive with their tennis shoes every Wednesday at a covered court in El Alto, an impoverished city near the capital of La Paz.
When he was a teenager, Len Pojunas Jr., now in his 60’s, and his brother were talking with their mother about how they wanted to know somebody in a famous battle.
Their mother, Bee, explained that their father was — serving as a Marine on Iwo Jima.
A glance through the World Book Encyclopedia showed a half-inch photo from the battle, which he showed to his father when he was home.
“Honest to God, he put his hand on his forehead. ‘That’s my troop,'” Pojunas Jr. recalled his father saying. The elder Pojunas then started naming some names and a life of research about that photo began.