Malaysian ethnic Chinese people celebrated in Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 7, on the eve of the Lunar New Year. The Lunar New Year will mark the start of the Year of the Monkey on the Chinese calendar on Feb. 8.
About 4,000 people from Syria, Sudan and other countries are estimated to be camped out in a migrant camp in Calais, France as they try to reach Britain. Some migrants have moved recently into new facilities, but most are still sleeping in what’s been called Europe’s biggest slum.
Emperor Akihito is making the first visit by a Japanese emperor since World War II to the Philippines, which suffered under Japan’s harsh military occupation during the war but now relies on Tokyo as an ally, trading partner and source of aid and investment.
Akihito was apprehensive when he first visited the Philippines as crown prince in 1962, fearing anti-Japanese feelings were still strong, but his anxiety vanished in the smiles of the Philippine president and Filipinos who welcomed him, according to the emperor’s press secretary, Hatsuhisa Takashima.
A selection of Filipinos’ views on Akihito’s visit:
“I think if the Japanese are offering an apology for what they did, it is better to be friends because we can no longer bring back the past. I am happy about what the emperor said because they have accepted their mistake, but maybe they should help the remaining victims of the war to ease their pain.” — Joel Abedo, 51, security guard.
The Manchester Beer and Cider Festival festival is set up by the Greater Manchester Branches of The Campaign For Real Ale. The festival features over 600 different beers, perries and ciders.