The home bases for the World Cup soccer teams are being prepared in advance of this summer’s main event in Brazil.
Photo enthusiast Cezar Popescu is digitizing the work of Romanian photographer Costica Acsinte, who was an army photographer during the First World War and later had a small studio in the southern Romanian city of Slobozia before his death in 1984.
In the year since his surprise election, the Argentine-born pontiff has caught world attention by suggesting he might ease the Catholic Church’s strict rules on divorce, birth control, female priests and same-sex unions.
A seventh person has died after two New York City buildings collapsed on Wednesday in an explosion apparently caused by a gas leak. The number of those injured in the incident is now “close to 60″, police spokesman Detective Marc Nell said, with several more victims feared trapped in the rubble.
Nell also said the seventh victim of Wednesday’s blast was pulled from the buildings’ rubble, adding that no one had died at a hospital.
The blast, which scattered debris across nearby rooftops, brought down the adjoining five-story buildings, with a total of 15 apartments, at about 9:30 a.m. on a largely residential Upper Manhattan block at East 116th Street and Park Avenue.
Maryland’s Tatyana McFadden wins silver at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games, the Holi festival of colors starts in India, President Barack Obama shops for clothes, and more in today’s daily brief.
Demonstrations in Turkey, the Chicago League of Lady Arm Wrestlers, a safe return from space | March 11
The death of Turkish boy Berkin Elvan renews protests, ladies arm wrestle in Chicago for charity, an American and two Russians return from space, and more in today’s daily brief.
On March 11, 2011, an earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. In Koriyama, a short drive from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, the city recommended shortly after the disaster that children up to two years old not spend more than 15 minutes outside each day. Those aged 3 to 5 should limit their outdoor time to 30 minutes or less. The limits were lifted last year, but many kindergartens and nursery schools continue to obey them even now in line with the wishes of worried parents. An annual survey by the Fukushima prefecture Board of Education found that children in Fukushima weighed more than the national average in virtually every age group. The cause seems to be a lack of exercise and outdoor activity. Ahead of the third anniversary, Reuters photographer Toru Hanai checked in on the town.
Vigil for Malaysia Airlines passengers, Oscar Pistorius’ trial, protesting Israeli government | March 10
A vigil for missing Malaysia Airlines passengers is held in Kuala Lumpur, thousands of Orthodox Jews gather in Manhattan to protest against the current effort by the Israeli government to pass a law to draft religious Jews into its army, the trial of Oscar Pistorius and more in today’s daily brief.
On March 8 activists around the globe celebrate International Women’s Day, which dates back to the beginning of the 20th century and has been observed by the United Nations since 1975. The UN writes that it is an occasion to commemorate achievements in women’s rights and to call for further change. Mothers and daughters around the world share their aspirations for International Women’s Day with Reuters photographers everywhere.
Sochi, Russia hosts the 2014 Paralympic Games from March 7-16. 547 athletes from 45 countries will take part in the games which opened with ceremony full of performances, a parade of athletes, fireworks, and the lighting of the Olympic flame.