Crossrail, which will provide a new link across London, has reached the half-way point. The $25 billion project, due to open in 2018, will connect London’s Heathrow Airport to the county of Essex in a bid to speed up connections and relieve pressure on the city’s crowded underground rail network. Photos and text courtesy of Reuters.
The Sochi Olympic Park, built along the Black Sea coast, houses all the ice venues such as the Bolshoi Ice Palace, the Maly Ice Palace, the Olympic Oval, the Sochi Olympic Skating Centre, the Olympic Curling Centre, the Central Stadium, the Main Olympic Village and the International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre. Reuters photographer Maxim Shemetov takes us on an overhead tour of Sochi ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
An inferno that raged for almost half a day destroyed the more than 1,000-year-old Tibetan village of Dukezong in southwest China’s Yunnan province.
‘Batman’ visits Brazilian slum where residents homes are being expropriated for Maracana stadium reconstruction
Residents of the Favela do Metro slum, area just near the Maracana stadium refuse to have their homes demolished as part of a project to renovate the district before the FIFA World Cup circus pitches camp in June.
Offbeat news: Sushi mosaic in Hong Kong, conjoined whale twins off Mexico coast, dead tiger found in SUV in China
Today’s strange news from around the world: Fishermen found two conjoined gray whale calves in a northwestern Mexican lagoon, a discovery that a government marine biologist described as “exceptionally rare,” participants broke the Guiness World Records by creating the largest sushi mosaic using a total of 20,647 pieces during the 10th anniversary of a sushi chain store in Hong Kong, and police in China detained a former chef over the death of a rare Siberian tiger discovered in the back of an SUV.
A look at what’s coming up on the East Coast and around the world. This week, that includes several sporting events, the Orthodox Christians’ celebration of Christmas, the possible start of a hunger strike in India and the release of international trade numbers.
The first snow storm of 2014 hit not only Maryland, but much of New England, the Midwest and the Atlantic Coast, with some regions receiving as much as two feet of snow. Several airports were closed, while flights elsewhere were delayed. Schools closed up and down the East Coast on Friday, while sub-zero wind chills took effect, leaving many to shovel themselves out in the frigid air, including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
A Chinese helicopter has reached a Russian ship stranded in Antarctica for nine days and is beginning to pick up 52 passengers who spent Christmas and the New Year trapped in ice, the expedition leader said on Thursday.
From fireworks to sea bathing to wishing spheres, here’s a look at New Year celebrations around the world and in Baltimore.