A generation after the last of the sawmills that were its economic lifeblood shut down, a vast region of Central Eastern Spain less than two hours from Madrid has become one of the biggest population deserts in Europe, rivaling parts of the Arctic. For the area’s graying inhabitants — seniors outnumber primary schoolers 4 to 1 — the daily rhythms of work and play have grown more elongated — one boy, the only boy in his village, travels 40 miles to school — or less steady — an unemployed electrician tries his hand at taxidermy to make ends meet — but beat on nonetheless, as Getty Images photographer David Ramos documents in this intimate diary.
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party scored a resounding victory in the country’s election, final results showed Wednesday, a stunning turnaround after a tight race that had put his lengthy rule in jeopardy.
With nearly all votes counted, Likud appeared to have earned 30 out of parliament’s 120 seats and was in a position to build with relative ease a coalition government with its nationalist, religious and ultra-Orthodox Jewish allies. Such a government would likely put Israel at odds with the international community over settlement construction and its opposition to Palestinian statehood, and continue clashing with the White House over hard-line policies.
Until now, gay rights groups have been barred by the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council from marching in the parade, which draws as many as a million spectators each year.
In New York City, a group was protesting the exclusion of gay groups from the parade. Mayor Bill De Blasio decided not to march due to the parade organizer’s policy to ban participants that identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Heineken and Guinness announced earlier that they would drop their sponsorship of the parade for along the same reasons.
In Sunnyside Queens, an inclusive St. Pat’s For All parade embraces diversity and is considered and alternative to New York City’s official March 17, St. Patrick’s Day parade.- Wire reports
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“El Caminito del Rey,” a narrow walkway hanging and carved on the steep walls of a mountain in Ardales, Spain, was closed in the mid-1990s after several hikers fell and died. The path, which is one-meter wide and 7.7 km long, will be reopened to the public on March 28, 2015.
Dozens of small, makeshift tent settlements have sprung up across Jordan, home to thousands of Syrian refugees who don’t want to live in large, government-supervised refugee camps but can’t afford to live in towns and cities.
Aid officials say those in the makeshift camps are among the most vulnerable of close to 625,000 Syrians who fled to Jordan and have registered with the U.N. refugee agency.
Mayor Kristof Pajer was looking for a way to save his tiny Hungarian community from extinction. The solution? He put the whole village up for rent.
For 210,000 forints ($730) a day, visitors get access to seven guest houses that sleep 39 people, a bus stop, horses, chickens and four hectares (10 acres) of farm land.
Guests are offered the temporary title of deputy mayor, giving them the right to oversee law and order and rename the four village streets for the length of their stay.
Great Britain commemorated the ceasing on combat activities in Afghanistan as the Queen was joined by many veterans at St. Paul’s Cathedral for a service. Prime Minister David Cameron spoke at the ceremony, which was attended by many of the Royal Family. There was a military flyover downtown London and a parade by veterans as they paid tribute to those who fought and died in the 13 year war.
Small clusters of survivors, bundled up against a chilly wind, gathered along Japan’s northeast coast Wednesday to remember the nearly 19,000 lives lost in the March 11, 2011, tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster. Four years later, the region is still struggling to recover.
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