After becoming the world’s murder capital last year and posting an equally bloody start to 2016, El Salvador has seen its monthly homicide rates fall by about half. The government attributes the drop to a tough military crackdown on the country’s powerful gangs, while the gangs themselves claim credit for a nonaggression pact between the three biggest criminal groups.
Feb. 18 Daily Brief: Libyans celebrate three years since Kadhafi’s fall, Italians protest economic policy
Libyans celebrate three years since Kadhafi’s fall, clashes continue in Ukraine, Italians protest economic policy and more in today’s daily brief.
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Two days after more than 500 people were killed in Egypt during a crackdown on supporters of ousted former president Mohamed Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood protests turned into violent skirmishes that left around 50 dead in Cairo.
On a “Day of Rage” called by supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, security forces threw tear gas at supporters and witnesses reported police firing at crowds.
WARNING: Graphic photos in this post depict violence, injuries and deaths.
July 16 Photo Brief: Badwater Ultramarathon, washing your hair in space, Pope Francis sand sculpture
The Badwater Ultramarathon at Death Valley National Park, NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg washes her hair in space, a Pope Francis sand sculpture in Brazil and more in today’s daily brief. | Warning: Photos included may depict violence and/or injury.
Egypt’s road to democracy has hit a new violent stumbling block with recently elected President Mohamed Mursi’s decree putting his word “above legal challenge,” Reuters reports. The images coming out of Egypt from places like Cairo’s Tahrir Square are hauntingly similar to those from last year’s violent overthrowing of the Hosani Mubarak regime.
Nov. 12 Photo Brief: Ethnic violence in Myanmar, honoring veterans, Yemeni Akhdam, gauchos in Argentina
At the bottom of Yemen’s social ladder is the Yemeni Akhdam, ethnic violence in Myanmar, honoring war veterans, gauchos in Argentina and more in today’s daily brief.
Escalating violence from protests in the Islamic world over recent insults to the Prophet Mohammad resulted in at least 15 deaths today in Pakistan. By contrast, in places like Guatemala City, Myanmar, Cambodia and Belgium, hundreds gathered for the annual International Day of Peace, which according to the UN website was established in 1981 by a United Nations resolution encouraging people to work together towards peace.
The “Running of the Bulls” rose out of the growing popularity of bullfighting in western European countries like Spain and Portugal. It’s exact origin remains unknown, possibly due the hundreds of concussions and contusions reported each year since modern record-keeping of these events began in 1924.
To this day, the annual bull run in Pamplona, Spain, and the ensuing bullfights of the San Fermin festival, stand out as one of the world’s most popular. While the run itself lasts a mere 4 minutes, the fighting bulls of Pamplona have prodded their way into the pages of classic literature and onto the big screen. (See the opening scene of City Slickers.)
Due to the innate violence of bullfighting, and the captivating draw of the bull runs that proceed them, protests have increased in recent years. With demonstrations like the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ “Running of the Nudes,” each year animal rights activists organize flashy, and often gory displays to relay their messages against bullfighting.
The selections below contain barely-covered activists interspersed with violent bullfighting images from which they derive their inspiration. Be advised that this story may not be suitable for younger viewers.