Katie Ledecky breaks a world record, young divers in China, and Ukraine’s Independence Day | August 24
The day in photos around the world.
After a spate of arrests and bad publicity, the costumed characters who pose for tourist photographs in New York’s Times Square in the hopes of a cash tip have formed an association to preserve a livelihood that has come under increasing scrutiny.
The World Health Organization said that 2,473 people have been infected as of Wednesday and 1,350 have died since the Ebola outbreak was identified in remote southeastern Guinea in March.
One, Saah Exco, is just 10 years old. His mother died of suspected but untested Ebola in West Point before he was brought to the isolation center the evening of August 13. He came with his brother, Tamba, 6, aunt Ma Hawa, and cousins.
Hamas granted Reuters journalists an exclusive look at underground tunnels in Gaza, in what appeared to be an attempt to dispute Israel’s claim that it had demolished all of the Islamist group’s border infiltration tunnels in the Gaza war. Plus archived images of smuggling tunnels in Gaza.
Around 80 clowns from all over Malaysia took part in the event organized by the Association of Clowns Malaysia to provide a platform for clown education, acquiring new skills, and offering members support.
Fashion and entertainment photographer Vittorio Zunino Celotto continues his stunning set of mirror image photography, based on a series he began creating at Istanbul Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week. Celotto captured the series below of actors and actresses at the 67th Locarno Film Festival.
Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, who held leadership positions at Aberdeen Proving Ground, is to be laid to rest Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery.
Greene was shot to death last week as he visited Afghanistan’s national military academy in Kabul. He was the highest-ranking U.S. Army officer killed in combat since the Vietnam War.
For Maryland’s two largest cities on the Chesapeake, flooding that once occurred just a day or two in any given year is increasingly common — more so than anywhere else in the country, according to a recent federal study.
The rainfall total at BWI, the point of record for Baltimore, smashed a record of 4.91 inches for Tuesday’s date, and it ranked as the second-rainiest single day in Baltimore, after Aug. 23, 1933, when 7.62 inches fell.
Ten years ago the XXVIII Olympiad was held in Athens from the 13th – 29th August with the motto “Welcome Home”. The cost of hosting the games was estimated to be approximately 9 billion euros with the majority of sporting venues built specifically for the games. Due to Greece’s economic frailties post Olympic Games there has been no further investment and the majority of the newly constructed stadiums now lie abandoned.