A living replica of Van Gogh’s ear, G7 leaders meet, Queen Elizabeth adresses Parliment, D-Day ceremonies begin | June 4
The day in photos around the world.
Astronauts return from ISS, White lion cubs abandoned, Mine disaster in Turkey, California fires and more in today’s daily brief.
Buddhists across the world celebrate holy Vesak to honor Buddha, Arlington marks 150 years since its first military burial, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in jail for taking bribes, and more in today’s daily brief.
A filled-to-the brim metalware shop in Najaf seems to defy physics. Celebrations in Vladivostok commemorate the defeat of Nazis, and on the other end of Eurasia, people hitch a ride on an armored vehicle. Friday’s photo brief comprises these scenes, along with 17 other images.
A big red shoe, the Vatican’s elite Swiss Guard, Earthquake in Thailand, Israeli Independence Day and more in today’s daily brief.
Israel commemorates its fallen soldiers on Memorial Day, a group of Indians attempt to break a world record of the largest gathering of laughing senior citizens, teams of four in England race by rolling wooden “cheese,” and more in today’s daily brief.
Taiwanese demonstrators are met with police water cannons, a giant a snowman is set ablaze in Zurich, pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine let children pose with their assault weapons, and more in today’s daily brief.
“It all started when there were pagan gods and the rite-of-spring,” Halyna Mudryj explained in her introduction of pysanky -decorated Ukrainian eggs- to her classes this spring at the Creative Alliance. Although now associated with Easter, 2000 years ago, pysanky were decorated as offerings to pagan gods, especially the sun god, Dazhboh, considered the giver of life. Used as talismans for bringing good fortune and keeping evil at bay, eggs were also symbols of life and rebirth, says Mudryj (pronounced “muud-ree”). As the Ukraine region became Christianized in 988 A.D., pagan pictures of nature such as animals, water and the sun took on new meaning and made room for crosses and other Christian symbols on the eggs. For example waves, which formerly represented the god of water, now represented “Christ walking on water,” she says.
Bubba Watson wins Masters, Valparaiso fire, Paris-Roubaix, Grumpy Cat on the red carpet, Color Run Paris and more in today’s daily brief.
India’s elections are underway, Angela Merkel is conducting a visit to a paired-down Greece, and sovereignty questions are disrupting lifestyles at borders from Rafah to Rubizhne. Those are some of the stories in Friday’s daily photo brief.