More than four hundred racers in four classes of vehicles raced 5,200 miles from Lima, Peru to Santiago, Chile in hopes of winning first place in the 2013 Dakar Rally off-road race. This is the fifth year that the event has taken place in South America after security threats forced the cancellation of the original race that had run from Paris, France, to Dakar, Senegal since 1978.
A Case of the Fridays: On Jan. 13, fans around the world of the “No Pants Subway Ride” took to the subways, shedding their pants and showing off an array of underwear for the 12th annual event. From the frayed to boxers and briefs and leopard-print knickers, here’s a look at snapshots from the day.
Survivors of the Costa Concordia disaster marked the first anniversary of the capsized cruise ship that left 32 dead. “After a year we are still traumatized,” said Violet Morreau, a survivor from France told Reuters.
President Barack Obama was a busy man in 2012… but that’s to expect when you’re the Leader of the Free World.
Look back at photos taken by official White House photographers in 2012. Commentary and photography by Pete Souza. Additional photos by David Lienemann, Chuck Kennedy, Lawrence Jackson and Sonya N. Hebert.
On Jan. 6, 12 days after Christmas, Christians around the world observe Epiphany, or Three Kings Day. The holiday celebrates the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus. Celebrated in some countries like Christmas, the day brings with it parades and pageants to mark the end of the winter holiday season.
Miles away from their families and their homes, troops in Afghanistan held Christmas celebrations at military bases and outposts. Soldiers from the U.S., France, and other countries involved in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) shared each other’s company for a traditional Christmas meal at the Kabul International Airport on Christmas Day. German Bundeswehr soldiers, meanwhile, set up traditional Christmas markets at their military outposts in Afghanistan.
Baltimore has a monument lighting, New York has the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, and Washington has a national menorah lighting. Around the world, though, holiday traditions range from religious ceremonies (like nine consecutive masses in Manila) to contemporary takes on pagan traditions.
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