Sochi, host to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games from February 7-23, has underdone massive development of construction within the last 11 months. Reuters photographer Kai Pfaffenbach captured before and after images of the changes in Russia.
Every year, on the third Tuesday of January, the residents of the Shetland Islands celebrate their Viking heritage with the Up Helly Aa festival. The event, held since 1870, culminates with up to 1000 ‘guizers’ (men in costume) throwing flaming torches into a Viking longship.
Jan. 28 Daily Brief: Celebrations in the Central African Republic, Ukraine PM resigns, State of the Union approaches
Residents of Bangui in the Central African Republic celebrate after rebels were escorted outside the city, Ukraine Prime Minister Mykola Azarov’s resignation is followed by repeals of protest restrictions, Obama prepares for the State of the Union address, and more in today’s daily brief.
Thousands of competitors battled the cold and mud of Britain’s Tough Guy Challenge.
Anti-government protesters called an uneasy truce in the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Saturday after violent overnight clashes with police, but a separate group made an attempt to take over the main energy ministry building.
Jan. 24 Daily Brief: Chinese New Year decorations, preparing for the Olympics, Morning Glory in London
Decorations for the Chinese New Year, preparing for the Olympics , one-day nightclub in London and more in today’s daily brief.
Two artists are drawing controversy after they placing a tiny rabbit inside the ear of a 30-foot bronze statue of Nelson Mandela to serve as a “small trademark” for their work.
Thousands of U.S. anti-abortion activists braved frigid temperatures to rally at the annual March for Life on Wednesday, and a top Republican lawmaker vowed that the House of Representatives would vote soon to end taxpayer-funded abortions.
Tempted to complain about the cold and the snow? Just be glad you’re not part of one of these blisteringly hot events. [Warning: Graphic images]
On a snow day like today, it can be tough to remember that there was a time when we all wished it would cool down. Here are some images of hot events around the world to jog the memory — from sitting in a box full of steam and racing in Death Valley for sport to sweltering over hot coals for spiritual wellness.