Millions were expected in Berlin this weekend for 25th anniversary events marking the Nov. 9, 1989, fall of the Berlin Wall. Commemorations include the 9-mile art installation “Lichtgrenze,” whose 6,800 glowing balloons trace part of the path of the heavily guarded fence that split the city into capitalist West and communist East.
Showing of the cats, vintage car rally on slippery slate and typhoon remembrance in the Philippines | Nov. 8
Cats on display in Rome during the Super Cat Show 2014, vintage cars race on slippery, slate roads in the United Kingdom, and remembering the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. That, and more, in the day in pictures around the world.
From November to February the Conowingo Dam attracts over a hundred species of birds, but the bald eagles are the star of the show. What draws them to the giant hydroelectric dam, which located on the Susquehanna River, is the way it makes energy. As the dam produces electricity, a large volume of water and fish are sucked through the generators stunning the fish into “floaters” as they exit the dam downstream. The easy prey becomes an excellent food source for bald eagles and other birds.
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Ryan Diviney was a West Virginia student in 2009 when he suffered severe brain trauma after nearly being beaten to death outside a convenience store near campus. Ryan’s father Ken has documented his son’s struggles on a blog. Ryan has been pulling through – slowly but surely.
Paratroopers with the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, returned home from Afghanistan at Pope Army Airfield in Fort Bragg, North Carolina November 5, 2014.
Approximately 300 troops arrived home after being deployed since February 2014, according to the military. Reuters photographer Chris Keane was there to capture it.
The Statsraad Lehmkuhl, a 3-masted barque rigged sail training vessel, pulled into Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Wednesday and dock along the west wall. The ship, based out of Bergan, Norway, is used to train Royal Norwegian sailors. According to the ship’s website it was build in 1914 as a training ship for the German merchant marine. The ship was taken by England in World War I as a war prize and later sold to Norway in 1921. The ship has 22 sails that distribute over 2400 square yards of material. The Statsraad Lehmkul is Norway’s largest and oldest square rigged sailing ship. The ship is available for visits November 8th and 9th from 10am to 3pm.
As Switzerland prepares to vote on a proposal to dramatically limit immigration Reuters photographer Denis Balibouse travelled along the Swiss border from the summit of Breithorn to a stalagmite filled cave and documented the landscapes of this landlocked nation.
Switzerland will vote on November 30 on an initiative from the group Ecopop which proposes a cap on the number of immigrants. The group says it is motivated by concerns about a lack of living space exerting too much pressure on the land and natural resources, rather than by opposition to foreigners. It proposes limiting immigration to just 0.2 percent of the resident population, equivalent to 16,000 people per year. This would represent a cut of more than 75 percent in annual net immigration from current levels. In Switzerland’s system of direct democracy, any voter can trigger a referendum by collecting 100,000 signatures within 18 months.
With possible Republican control in the Senate, heated gubernatorial contests and marijuana legalization on the ballot in Oregon, Alaska, and D.C., Americans head to the polls. Republicans are poised to capture control of the Senate for the first time in eight years, and tossup contest in New Hampshire and North Carolina might be early indicators of whether they will succeed.
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