Up to 30 people were feared to have died after an Italian mountain Hotel Rigopiano was engulfed by a powerful avalanche in the earthquake-ravaged centre of the country. Italy’s Civil Protection agency confirmed the Hotel Rigopiano had been engulfed by a six-feet high wall of snow and that emergency services were struggling to get ambulances and diggers to the site.
Revelers dressed as demons called “Dimonis” take part in a “Correfoc” or “run with fire” party during traditional celebrations in honor of Saint Anthony in Muro village in the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, Spain. Mixing pagan and religious traditions from medieval times, the fire and demon festivals are held in towns across the island of Mallorca each Jan. 16-17 to celebrate the day of Saint Anthony the Abbot, the patron saint of animals.
Voodoo was officially declared a religion in Benin in 1996.Benin’s Voodoo Festival is held every year and is the West African country’s most vibrant and colorful event. It attracts thousands of devotees and tourists for a day filled with ritual dances and gin drinking.
After losing part of her left foot in a snare in Thailand, baby elephant ‘Clear Sky’ is now learning to walk again — in water. The six-month-old is the first elephant to receive hydrotherapy at an animal hospital in Chonburi province, a few hours from Bangkok. The goal is to strengthen the withered muscles in her front leg, which was wounded three months ago in an animal trap laid by villagers to protect their crops.
Professionals and amateurs on four and two wheels are about a quarter of the way through the 2017 running of the Dakar Rally, a grueling — and, over the course of its 39-year history, sometimes deadly — off-road endurance race. Originally run from France to Senegal, the race, inspired by a rider in a traditional rally who got lost in the desert, was moved to South America eight years ago due to security concerns. This year’s rally started Monday in Asuncion, Paraguay, and is scheduled to finish Jan. 14 in Buenos Aires.