Earth Hour, an annual event organized by the World Wide Fund For Nature, asks everyone around the world to turn off lights for an hour. The event is meant as a show of support for tougher action to confront climate change.
Rugby fans celebrate at the rugby sevens tournament, a rhino enjoys a mud bath, first gay marriage in Britain and more.
The Melasti ritual is held annually ahead of the Nyepi Day of Silence, a ceremony intended to cleanse and purify the souls of the Balinese Hindu participants. Nyepi is a Hindu celebration observed every new year according to the Balinese calendar. The national holiday is one of self-reflection and meditation and activities such as working, watching television or traveling are restricted between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Hindus pray on the beach in order to clean themselves and environment from all the past bad deeds and throw it overboard into the sea with offerings to the gods.
Thirty years ago on a fateful snowy night in March of 1984, a Mayflower moving van was photographed pulling away from the Baltimore Colts training facility in Owings Mills. The van was transporting the Colts NFL franchise to Indianapolis and leaving Baltimore without a professional football team.
A show of pet fashion in Indonesia, a farmers’ protest in Paris and some far-flung results of Russia’s Ukraine policy are some of the topics in today’s daily brief.
March 28, 1979 — 35 years ago — the nuclear power plant at Three Mile Island in eastern Pennsylvania suffered a partial meltdown, triggering the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. history, “although its small radioactive releases had no detectable health effects on plant workers or the public, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has reported.”
Washington state officials say the confirmed death toll from a massive mudslide was likely to rise sharply from 25 on Friday as residents accused local authorities of a slow early response to the disaster that had cost lives.
Nigeria’s film industry, colloquially called Nollywood, is one of the largest in the world. Most movies are produced in local languages – including Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo – while others are made in English. Nollywood also has an increasing audience among Africans who live abroad and are keen for a taste of home. Reuters photographer Akintunde Akinleye went on location with a few movie shoots to take a look inside the business.
Tony Benn, who was born into the aristocracy but became a champion of the left died on March 14 aged 88, members of Myanmar’s military march in formation during a ceremony to mark the 69th anniversary of Armed Forces Day, Pope Francis meets Barack Obama and more in today’s Day in Photos.