Australians celebrated Australia Day on Tuesday. The holiday marks the anniversary of the arrival and landing of the First Fleet of convict ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by Captain Arthur Phillip, on Jan 26, 1788. Day nine of the 2016 Australian Open also fell on Australia Day.
One day before the first events of the Sochi Winter Olympics begin, LGBT rights activists and allies worldwide have been staging demonstrations against the Russian government’s controversial “gay propaganda” law. The protests focused on showing solidarity with Russia’s LGBT community, calling for Olympic sponsors to speak out against Russia’s laws and calling for the International Olympic Committee to better uphold its nondiscrimination principle.
Preliminary events in figure skating, snowboarding and skiing will be held Thursday, with the 2014 Olympics’ opening ceremonies on Friday.
Jan 17. Photo Brief: Germany is freezing over while Australia heats up, tenuous peace on the Indian-Pakistan border and pets be blessed
Temperatures get down right chilly in western Germany while the thermometer reaches 104 Fahrenheit at the Australian Open tennis tournament, a tenuous ceasefire holds on the India-Pakistan border following cross-border firing, priests bless pets on the day of San Anton, Spain’s patron saint of animals and more in today’s daily brief.
Nov. 8 Photo Brief: A giraffe hitches a ride, a nor’easter hits New York and the Archduke Joseph diamond goes to auction
Kitota the giraffe travels to a new home in Sydney, the same areas hit by Hurricane Sandy get a blanket of snow, the 76 carat Archbishop Joseph diamond goes to auction at Christie’s and more in today’s daily brief.