Friday September 8, Our World in Pictures
CUBA — Tourists Evacuate: Winds brought by Hurricane Irma blow palm trees lining the seawall in Caibarien on Friday. Cuba evacuated tourists from beachside resorts after Irma left thousands homeless on a devastated string of Caribbean islands and spun toward Florida for what could be a catastrophic blow this weekend.
MEXICO — Earthquake Hits: Soldiers remove debris from a partly collapsed municipal building felled by a massive earthquake in Juchitan on Friday. One of the most powerful earthquakes ever to strike Mexico has hit off its southern Pacific coast, killing at least 32 people and toppling houses, government offices and businesses.
ENGLAND — Sotheby’s Puts Private Collection on Display: Two Sotheby’s employees walk with Kaari Upson’s oil paintings “For a Good Time” at the Sotheby’s auction house in London on Friday. More than 300 works from Mario Testino’s remarkable personal art collection are on display for the first time at Sotheby’s from Sept. 8-13.
CALIFORNIA — Border Mural Stands Tall: In this Friday photo, a mural stands above the Mexico-California border in Tecate. A French artist aiming to prompt discussions about immigration erected a 65-foot-tall cutout photo of a Mexican boy, pasting it to scaffolding built in Mexico. The image overlooks a section of wall on the California border and will be there for a month.
BANGLADESH — Organization Pleads for Foreign Aid: A Rohingya woman breaks down after a fight erupted during food distribution by local volunteers in Kutupalong on Friday. A massive refugee camp in Kutupalong was set up in the early ’90s to accommodate the first waves of Rohingya Muslim refugees who started escaping convulsions of violence and persecution in Myanmar. With the current influx pushing existing Rohingya refugee camps like this one to the brink, Bangladesh pledged to build at least one more. The International Organization for Migration has pleaded for $18 million in foreign aid to help feed and shelter tens of thousands now packed into makeshift settlements or stranded in a no-man’s land between the two countries’ borders.
GREECE — Leaders Discuss Financial Crisis: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, left, greets French President Emmanuel Macron as he arrives to deliver a speech at Pnyx hill beneath the Acropolis in Athens on Thursday. Macron is in Greece on a two-day official visit expected to focus on Greece’s financial crisis.
NEW YORK — Model Walks the Runway: Kaia Gerber, daughter of model Cindy Crawford, takes part in the Calvin Klein 2018 Spring/Summer fashion show during Fashion Week on Thursday.
COLOMBIA — Pope Holds Mass: A woman prays during a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in Villavicencio on Friday. Pope Francis has beatified two priests who were killed during the country’s years of political violence and guerrilla warfare, declaring them martyrs who died out of hatred for the Catholic faith.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Circle of Debris: A home is surrounded by debris brought in by Hurricane Irma in Nagua, Dominican Republic, Thursday. Irma cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees. Irma flooded parts of the Dominican Republic when it roared by Thursday, just off the northern coast of the island it shares with Haiti.
MALAYSIA – Brought to Tears at Protest: A Rohingya Muslim man living in Malaysia cries during a protest outside the Myanmar Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday. The U.N. refugee agency said over 150,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh since violence erupted in Myanmar on Aug. 25, and that established refugee camps were now at “breaking point.”
FLORIDA – Preparing for the Storm: Workers dismantle the facade of a funhouse at an amusement park ahead of Hurricane Irma in Daytona Beach, Fla., Thursday. South Florida officials are expanding evacuation orders as Hurricane Irma approaches, telling more than a half-million people to seek safety inland.
PHILIPPINES – Trolley Life: Enterprising residents use improvised carts or “trolleys” to transport commuters using railroad tracks Friday in Manila, Philippines. Trolleys are often the most affordable means of transport for short distances as commuters endure daily traffic jams in metropolitan Manila.
ST. MAARTEN – Destruction: This photo provided by the Dutch Defense Ministry shows storm damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, in St. Maarten. Irma cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees. Significant damage was reported on the island that is split between French and Dutch control.
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