In a bright spot for China’s cooling economy, online shoppers spent billions of dollars Friday on “Singles Day, ” a quirky holiday that has grown into the world’s busiest day for e-commerce.
Syrian children sit during class a barn that has been converted into a makeshift school to teach internally displaced children from areas under government control, in a rebel-held area of Daraa, in southern Syria on November 10, 2016.
The Chhath Puja Festival is one of the most important festivals in the northern Indian states, and sees people worshiping the Sun god on the banks of rivers or small ponds, and praying for the longevity and health of their spouse. During Chhath, an ancient Hindu festival, rituals are performed to thank the Sun God for sustaining life on earth.
A crisis over the care of at-risk children has outraged Chileans. After initially reporting just 185 deaths, the government recently acknowledged that 865 children have died under the care of the National Service for Minors over 11 years.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is collaring two young male elephants from the Amboseli region to better understand their migration routes. As Kenya’s population increases dramatically every year more land traditionally used by elephants as routes is being populated and developed and elephants have been impacted. IFAW intends to study data from the collared elephants movements to plot how this impact affects them.
Part of an art installation called ‘Boots on the Ground, Water & Air’ created by artist Mark Humphrey is pictured as part of a Remembrance Art Trail in association with the Royal British Legion ahead of Remembrance Sunday at Canary Wharf in east London on October 31, 2016.
For centuries, owning an elephant was seen by Sri Lanka’s Buddhist elite as a sign of prestige and authority. Many among the wealthy, who consider the animals to be divine, have long flouted laws against elephant ownership to keep a jumbo chained up in their back yard. But with illegal capture helping to drive wild populations into steep decline, the government is now cracking down, seizing the animals and launching criminal investigations against elite members of society, including a monk and a judge. Even as the country cracks down on illegal ownership, the enduring demand for elephants has the government planning to set up its own pool of captive animals to be hired out to temples for ceremonies and maintained with budget funds.
Twin earthquakes rocked central Italy on October 26, 2016 — the second registering at a magnitude of 6.0 — in the same region struck in August by a devastating tremor that killed nearly 300 people. The quakes were felt in the capital Rome, sending residents running out of their houses and into the streets.