Revelers descended upon St. Mark’s Square, in Venice, Italy over the weekend for this year’s Venice Carnival. Carnival-goers are being asked by police to momentarily lift their masks as part of new anti-terrorism measures for the annual festivities. This year’s Carnival theme is “Creatum” — a new start, or rebirth of Venice’s origins — and runs until Feb. 9.
Emperor Akihito is making the first visit by a Japanese emperor since World War II to the Philippines, which suffered under Japan’s harsh military occupation during the war but now relies on Tokyo as an ally, trading partner and source of aid and investment.
Akihito was apprehensive when he first visited the Philippines as crown prince in 1962, fearing anti-Japanese feelings were still strong, but his anxiety vanished in the smiles of the Philippine president and Filipinos who welcomed him, according to the emperor’s press secretary, Hatsuhisa Takashima.
A selection of Filipinos’ views on Akihito’s visit:
“I think if the Japanese are offering an apology for what they did, it is better to be friends because we can no longer bring back the past. I am happy about what the emperor said because they have accepted their mistake, but maybe they should help the remaining victims of the war to ease their pain.” — Joel Abedo, 51, security guard.
Baltimore Sun Media Group photographers and reporters took hundreds of pictures while covering last weekend’s record winter storm. Here are 25 of our favorite staff images of the snowfall and aftermath, taken throughout the Baltimore region.
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — When a delegation of South Sudanese rebels returned to the government-controlled capital Juba last month after two years of war, Nyajok Koat thought she would finally return to the home she fled when the fighting began.
Thirty years ago today the Challenger Space Shuttle rocketed into the sky aimed at history.
On board were six astronauts and a teacher, bound to prove that with training, any American could dream of helping explore beyond our world. But as the Challenger rocketed into the sky disaster struck. The moment of human achievement lasted 73 seconds before it became human tragedy.
That night, instead of giving the State of the Union Address, President Ronald Reagan spoke to a grieving nation. Several quotes from that speech have been echoed over the past three decades, but perhaps one that might best capture the spirit of the crew is this one: “The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.”
The seven astronauts were Michael Smith, Dick Scobee, Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis, and school teacher Christa McAuliffe.
South Korean and US soldiers hurl snow into the air as they pose for photographers during a joint annual winter exercise in Pyeongchang, some 180 kilometers east of Seoul.
Storms and powerful waves caused by El Nino have been intensifying erosion along nearby coastal bluffs and beaches in the Pacifica, Calif., area.
The international memorial day is held on January 27 every year to mark the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Since financially struggling Flint, Michigan, changed its water source without adding a chemical to control corrosion, residents have been unhappy with the water’s smell, taste and appearance, and have reported rashes, hair loss and other ailments. One activist, Melissa Mays, told the Detroit News she loved the city despite its economic troubles, tied to the loss of auto industry jobs, but with her three sons suffering a bevy of medical problems they believe are linked to the water, she now wants to leave, if she can sell her home. “Trapped is a pretty decent word,” she said.