Mexican Federal Police clashed with teachers protesting against education reform at Zocalo Square in Mexico City on Sept. 13, 2013.
Over a hundred surfers with traditional wooden boards turned out for the 11th annual World Belly Boarding Championships at Chapel Porth in Cornwall, England on Sept. 8. According to the WBBC, the event was first started in 2003 by Martyn Ward and Chris Ryan as a memorial contest to the late Arthur Traveller, a Londoner and Chapel Porth boarder. Organized by the National Trust, the championship celebrates the art of surf riding. | Photos by Matt Cardy of Getty Images.
Media previews continued for the second day at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. The International Auto Exhibition is the world’s biggest auto show and will be open to the public September 12-22, 2013. It features the latest releases and concept automobiles from Porsche, BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Lamborghini, Bugatti and much more.
Pope Francis led Catholics worldwide in a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, urging world leaders to remove their nations from a “spiral of sorrow and death.” In a five-hour prayer vigil in Vatican City, Francis reminded worshippers that “violence and war lead only to death.”
Meanwhile, demonstrations in Lebanon against a possible U.S. military intervention in Syria intensified. As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with European leaders to look for international support of U.S. action, protests in D.C., New York and Paris sprung up on Saturday.
Gamescom, Europe’s largest video gaming fair held in Cologne, Germany, gave a sneak preview of what’s hot and new in the gaming market. Two of the heavy hitters, Sony and Microsoft will be duking it out this holiday season as they release their new gaming consoles. Sony’s PS4 will be it’s first new console release in seven years. For Microsoft, XBox One is their first update in eight years.
Also on display were the latest in new game releases such as Call of Duty Ghosts, Gran Turismo 6, Assassins Creed IV Black Flag, and EA Sports latest soccer release Fifa 14.
Currently in the process of recording migrating hirundines and other birds at a reserve close to the East Sussex coast, the British Trust for Ornithology can ring as many as 1,000 hirundines in one evening. Hirundines comprise of Sand Martins, House Martins and Swallows — all of which roost in high numbers on the reserve over summer before continuing their migratory route back to Africa. In fact, the site is one of the world’s largest ringing stations. Other birds are also ringed including Nightjar, Grasshopper Warbler and Sparrowhawk.
Volunteers and staff capture the birds using long mist nets that are erected and run through the reedbeds before the birds come in to roost every evening. Details recorded before being released include the bird’s age, weight and sex, which allow the BTO to monitor long-term population and global migration patterns. | Photos taken by Dan Kitwood of Getty Images.
Thousands of tourists gather on the Il Campo square in Siena for the Palio of Siena race. Every year on July 2 and August 16, almost without fail since the mid-1600s, 10 riders compete bareback around Siena’s shell-shaped central square in a bid to win the Palio, a silk banner depicting the Madonna and child.
Two days after more than 500 people were killed in Egypt during a crackdown on supporters of ousted former president Mohamed Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood protests turned into violent skirmishes that left around 50 dead in Cairo.
On a “Day of Rage” called by supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, security forces threw tear gas at supporters and witnesses reported police firing at crowds.
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More than 500 people were killed in Egypt on Wednesday, in what is being called one of the bloodiest days in decades for the country. Egyptian security forces undertook a planned operation to clear supporters of former president Mohamed Morsi from sit-in demonstrations in Cairo who were camped out for over a month.
President Obama made a statement Thursday morning condemning the steps that have been taken by Egypt’s interim government and security forces. “We call on the Egyptian authorities to respect the universal rights of the people,” he said. “We call on those who protest to do so peacefully.”
Obama also said the U.S. government would be canceling upcoming bi-annual joint military exercises scheduled with Egypt.
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