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Photos of the Week: Sandy Hooves, Sunny Park, Count Binface (35 photos)

Re-openings in Europe, coping with COVID-19 in India, kayak racing in Italy, artistic swimming in Budapest, an elephant seal pup in California, a candlelight commemoration in Prague, a skateboard park in Texas, a Victory Day parade in Russia, protests in Colombia, and much more ...

Photos: Eid al-Fitr and the End of Ramadan 2021 (32 photos)

The Muslim Eid al-Fitr festival, marking the end of the month of Ramadan, began this week in parts of the world where sightings of the new moon were made. During Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, devout Muslims abstain from food, drink, and sex from dawn until sunset. The fast, one of the five pillars of Islam, is seen as a time for spiritual reflection,...

Photos: Violence Explodes Across Israel and Gaza (26 photos)

Tensions have escalated in recent weeks between Palestinians and Israelis, triggered in part by recent protests related to a decades-long land dispute that could lead to the removal of Palestinian families from their homes in an East Jerusalem neighborhood. Israeli security forces confronted demonstrators on the site known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif...

Photos of the Week: Glass Ceiling, Blue Grotto, Lava Glow (35 photos)

A May Day rally in Istanbul, a SpaceX splashdown in Florida, an early cicada in Maryland, camels in a Chinese desert, a diving competition in Tokyo, orienteering in Ukraine, an oil fire in Iraq, and much more The Brazilian graffiti artist Eduardo Kobra puts...

Robots Are Everywhere (30 photos)

Advancements in robotics are continually taking place in the fields of space exploration, health care, public safety, entertainment, defense, and more. These machines—some fully autonomous, some requiring human input—extend our grasp, enhance our capabilities, and travel as our surrogates to places too dangerous or difficult for us to go. Gathered here...

Photos: Deadly Protests Across Colombia (27 photos)

For several days now, people across Colombia have voiced their anger in large demonstrations. The protests—initially in response to a tax-reform proposal by President Iván Duque that many said would punish the middle class—have transformed into platforms for people to express their wider anger over the government’s mishandling of unemployment, inequality,...

Photos of the Week: Desert Highway, Launch Symphony, Mermaid Show (35 photos)

A life-sized Gundam statue in China, the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in India, Anzac Day in Australia, the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Portugal, low water levels in California, a moor fire in England, a weekend lockdown in Ecuador, a Lego New York City, and much more ...

Scenes From Off-World (26 photos)

Robotic probes launched by NASA, the European Space Agency, and others are gathering information across the solar system. We currently have spacecraft in orbit around the sun (one on its way to Mercury), Venus, Earth, the moon, Mars, and Jupiter, and two operational rovers plus a helicopter on the surface of Mars. Astronauts aboard the International...

The Parakeets of London (18 photos)

The Greater London area is home to thousands of parakeets. The population of feral ring-necked parakeets has grown from hundreds back in the 1980s to more than 30,000 according to the last count in 2012. The birds, native to Africa and India, are generalist feeders and seem to be well adapted to the urban settings and colder climate of southern England....

Photos of the Week: Happy Cows, Bird Paradise, Big Merino (35 photos)

A deadly second wave of COVID-19 in India, a moose in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, a world-record attempt in Bangkok, a totem-pole gift in Washington State, a flowered forest in Belgium, a helicopter flying on Mars, surfing in Australia, and much more ...

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