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Friday August 18, Our World in Pictures

August 18, 2017 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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INDIA — Kite-Flying Endangers Birds: Locals fly kites on rooftops during Independence Day celebrations in the old quarters of New Delhi on Thursday. The annual tradition of flying kites over the capital takes a painful toll on birds that fall victim to their razor-sharp strings. It happens mostly to pigeons, but also to crows, eagles and parrots.

MARYLAND — Monuments Removed: Workers use a crane to lift the monument dedicated to U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney after it was removed from outside the Maryland State House in Annapolis early Friday. Workers hauled several monuments away, days after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia turned deadly.

WASHINGTON — Citizen Counts on Trump: Robert LaCount, a recovering addict who voted for Donald Trump, sits for a photo in the old church he is fixing up as a community center in Hoquiam on June 12. He considers his old building an analogy for his county — good bones, a good soul, a working organ that plays beautiful music. It just needs a lot of help. “It’s been sitting empty and it’s tired,” he says. “It needs to get back to life.” He’s pinned his hopes on Trump. “We’re banking on him.”

BEIJING — Woman Walks in Rain: A woman carries an umbrella as she climbs the steps of a pedestrian underpass during a rain shower on Friday. Although the city is in a semi-dry climate, it receives much of its annual precipitation during the summer months.

SPAIN — Country Observes Moment of Silence: King Felipe closes his eyes while observing a minute of silence in memory of the terrorist attacks victims in Las Ramblas, Barcelona on Friday. Police on Friday shot and killed five people carrying bomb belts who were connected to the Barcelona van attack that killed at least 13, as the manhunt intensified for the perpetrators of Europe’s latest rampage claimed by the Islamic State group.

MALAYSIA — Model Reflected: A model wears a creation from Fiziwoo, which reflects on a floor as she walks the runway during the Fashion Week Festival in Kuala Lumpur on Friday.

NORTH CAROLINA — Player Takes His Swing: Hunter Mahan hits a shot from the rough on the 18th hole during the second round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament in Greensboro on Friday. 

PORTUGAL – Last Ditch Effort: A man holding a garden hose shouts to someone as flames from a wildfire reach the backyard of a house in the town of Macao, central Portugal, Thursday. Portugal’s government is taking the rare step of decreeing a state of public calamity ahead of a forecast rise in temperatures that authorities fear will worsen a spate of wildfires. 

CUBA – Waving Stars and Stripes: Lucas Oil SilverHook powerboat drivers Nigel Hook, waving a Stars and Stripes, and James Johnson, waving a Cuban national flag, stand aboard their speedboat, back dropped by “El Morro” castle, in Havana, Cuba, Thursday. The team led by Hook, a California-based businessman, is claiming a record for a powerboat crossing from Florida to Cuba. The crew reports making it from Key West to Havana on Thursday in one hour and 18 minutes. 

WASHINGTON – Sleeping Outside Methadone Clinic: Staci Hadley, left, and boyfriend Deric Hensler, hidden, sleep in their car overnight in a parking lot outside the methadone clinic before it opens where they get treated for their drug addiction in Hoquiam, Wash., Thursday. “Not too long ago we were thinking ‘oh how the mighty have fallen,’” said Hadley. The two used to have jobs, bank accounts, credit cards, a house before Hensler lost his job and insurance to cover methadone treatments. “I know we’re kind of messed out right now,” added Hadley. “But this is not my life.” 

SPAIN – Injured are Treated: Injured people are treated in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday after a white van jumped the sidewalk in the historic Las Ramblas district, crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists and injuring several people, police said. 

CHILE – Man Detained by Police: A man is detained by national police outside the Argentina consulate during a protest demanding information on the whereabouts of missing activist Santiago Maldonado, in Santiago, Chile, Thursday. Maldonado’s family says he went missing Aug. 1, when he was taking part in a protest supporting the land claims by the indigenous Mapuche community. They say border police detained him when he was blocking a road with other protesters in Chubut province, about 1,100 miles (1,800 kilometers) southeast of Argentina’s capital. 

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