In Kabul, Afghanistan United States Soldiers at a large military facility got a slice of home as they celebrated Thanksgiving. They were served sliced beef and turkey with all the trimmings. For dessert a gigantic cake was decorated with a turkey done in icing with the words “Happy Thanksgiving” on top. Even football played a part in the festivities not far from the dining hall as service members toss the pigskin around as they played American football.
UPDATE as of 12:42 p.m. EST: A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas has been announced for later this evening, Reuters reports.
The Israel-Hamas conflict entered in its eighth day of fighting after a bomb exploded Wednesday morning on a bus in Tel Aviv, prompting Israel to continue air strikes over Gaza. The hard-sought “calming down” from yesterday never reached an agreement as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seeks a diplomatic solution with leaders on both sides of the conflict.
Here’s the latest look into the Gaza conflict from AFP, Getty and Reuters photographers in the region. | NOTE: Some photos are graphic showing visual coverage of injury or death.
At least 11 civilians in Gaza were killed Sunday as a result of an Israeli airstrike as the conflict between Israel and Hamas carried on for a fifth day. According to Palestinian medics, Sunday’s incident was the highest civilian death toll in a single incident during five days of fighting, reported Reuters.
Here’s a look at the recent conflict via photos from AFP, Getty and Reuters photographers in the region. | NOTE: Some photos are graphic showing visual coverage of injury or death.
BP has plead guilty to felony misconduct and agreed to pay $4.5 billion in penalties for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The disaster was the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Eleven oil rig workers were killed and 4.9 million barrels of oil spewed into the Gulf over 87 days. Here’s a look back at the oil spill and recovery efforts.
The second solar eclipse of 2012 occured above northern Australia just moments ago giving thousands of observers in Queensland an early morning treat. The 2 minute and 5 second total eclipse welcomed the day as the moon crossed in front of the Sun just 14° above the eastern horizon.
Previously this year, the western U.S. was treated to a ‘ring of fire‘ eclipse in May. Today’s events came a decade after Australia’s last solar eclipse and were the first in the region in over 1,300 years.
The high tide mark in Venice reached its sixth-highest level since 1872 on Sunday, after heavy rains and intense winds caused flooding in the Italian city.
While some flooding is typical in Venice during this time of year — including some instances earlier in November — news reports have estimated that 70 percent of the city was inundated by water this week.
America has spoken. President Barack Obama was elected to a second term, beating out Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. But what are world leaders saying about working with President Obama over the next four years?
Here’s a round-up of reactions, as collected by Reuters.
UPDATE: 30 more images have been added from this year’s Day of the Dead celebrations from all over world.
In some households, November 1st is All Saints’ Day. In others, it’s the Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. Both focus on remembering those who have come before us but do so different ways. Where as All Saints’ Day is a Catholic tradition invoking a solemn and prayerful atmosphere, the Day of the Dead is a Mexican celebration filled with vibrant colors, decadent food and lively activities.
As of 11 p.m. EDT: Sandy made landfall in southern New Jersey around 8 p.m. and impacted communities all along the East Coast. Millions of people in the path of the 1,000-mile-wide storm are watching and waiting. More than 2.8 million are without electricity.
The storm’s powerful winds and rains were blamed for at least 65 deaths in several Caribbean countries, including 51 in Haiti.