Thursday August 31, Our World in Pictures
AFGHANISTAN — Preparing for Eid: A man makes traditional sweets at a market ahead of the upcoming Eid al-Adha holiday in the old section of Kabul on Thursday. Eid al-Adha, or the “Feast of Sacrifice,” an important Islamic holiday that marks the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham to Christian and Jewish faiths) to sacrifice his son. During the holiday that usually lasts four days, Muslims slaughter sheep or cattle, distribute part of the meat to the poor and eat the rest.
INDIA — Heavy Rains Bring Down Building: A rescue worker makes an announcement on a loudspeaker at the site of a building collapse in Mumbai on Thursday. A five-story building collapsed in the country’s financial capital after torrential rains lashed western India.
MALTA — Migrants Receive Aid: African migrants stand on the deck of the SOS Mediterranee on the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday. The more than 200 people who were rescued from the sea during the previous days are being transferred to Italy.
MALAYSIA — Country Celebrates Independence: Students carry Malaysian national flags during the 60th National Day celebrations in Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday. Aug. 31 marks the day that the Federation of Malaya gained its independence from the British in 1957.
CHINA — Sign Maker Discusses Dying Artform: In this Aug. 15 photo, Wu Chi-kai, one of about half a dozen active neon sign masters left in Hong Kong, looks at his work during an interview. For Hong Kong’s famed neon lights, the future looks dim. Neon-lit signs were once ubiquitous here, illuminating city streets with their soft, warm glow and giving the dynamic Asian city a signature look to match its postwar economic boom.
CHINA — Honor Guard Lines Up: An officer uses a string line to check the alignment of members of a Chinese honor guard before a welcome ceremony for Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday.
ENGLAND — Sun Rises over Round Pond: Mute swans and Canadian Geese glide on the mist shrouded Round Pond near Kensington Palace just after sunrise in London on Thursday.
SOUTH KOREA — Praying for Peace: Christians pray during a service for peace on the Korean Peninsula near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul on Thursday. The U.S. flew some of its most advanced warplanes in bombing drills with ally South Korea on Thursday, a clear warning after North Korea launched a midrange ballistic missile designed to carry nuclear bombs over Japan earlier this week, South Korea’s military said. North Korea hates such displays of U.S. military might at close range and will likely respond with fury.
THAILAND — Customs Cracks Down on Smugglers: A Thai customs official displays one of 136 pangolins and 992 lbs. of pangolin scales it seized, estimated to be worth more than $75,278 during a press conference at the Customs Department headquarters in Bangkok on Thursday. Officials received a tip-off that there would be an attempt to smuggle pangolins from Malaysia.
TEXAS – Stranded Home: A home is surrounded by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on Tuesday in Houston.
URUGUAY – Nostalgia Night: In this Friday photo, people dance during the annual nostalgia night, in Montevideo, Uruguay. Each year on the day before Uruguay’s Independence Day, tens of thousands of middle-aged people take to the dance floors to the rhythm of the oldies.
PERU – Yawing Procession: A girl yawns during a procession celebrating the feast day of Santa Rosa de Lima, Peru’s patron saint, in downtown Lima, Peru, Wednesday. Santa Rosa de Lima was the first person born in the Americas to be canonized by the Catholic church. She is also the co-patroness of the Philippines, but remains the primary patroness of Peru and Latin America’s indigenous.
TEXAS – Rescuing the Elderly: Members of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Louisiana National Guard help rescue with elderly people from the Golden Years Assisted Living home, which was flooded from Tropical Storm Harvey in Orange, Texas, Wednesday. The residents and staff were high and dry on the second floor.
BRAZIL – Indigenous Protest: A Guarani woman protests Brazilian President Michel Temer’s plan to restrict land titles to indigenous communities, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday. Guaranis set up a camp outside the Ministry of Justice to demand title to their land located on the peak of Mount Jaragua, in Sao Paulo state.
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