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Our world in photos: February 17

February 17, 2021 Michaela Keil
BRITAIN — Auction: Christie’s employees adjusted an oil on canvas painting by Sir Winston Churchill painted in Jan. 1943 called “Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque” during an art pre-sale photocall at Christie’s auction house in London on Wednesday. The painting, currently owned by actress Angelina Jolie, has an estimate of £1.5 to £2.5 million ($2 to $3.5 million US dollars) and will go up for sale in the Modern British Art Evening Sale at Christie’s on March 1, 2021.
Photo: Frank Augstein/AP

 

NEW JERSEY — Implosion: The former Trump Plaza casino was imploded on Wednesday, in Atlantic City. After falling into disrepair, the one-time jewel of former President Donald Trump’s casino empire was reduced to rubble, clearing the way for a prime development opportunity on the middle of the Boardwalk, where the Plaza used to market itself as “the center of it all.”
Photo: Seth Wenig/AP

 

ITALY — Eruption: Lava gushed from the Mount Etna volcano near Catania, Sicily on Tuesday. Europe’s most active volcano erupted around 4 pm local time on Tuesday, according to the Italian Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology.
Photo: Salvatore Allegra/AP

 

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MYANMAR — Track sit: Demonstrators with placards sat on the railway tracks in an attempt to disrupt train service during a protest against the military coup in Mandalay on Wednesday. The gathering, their largest in numbers so far, was to protest the military’s seizure of power, even after a U.N. human rights expert warned that troops being brought to Yangon and elsewhere could signal the prospect of major violence.
Photo: AP

 

PHILLIPPINES — Ash Wednesday: A Catholic priest sprinkled ash on the head of a man during Ash Wednesday rituals, at the St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish in Caloocan, Metro Manila. The parish distributed blessed ashes placed in small sachets to residents who could not go to church so they can mark themselves and other family members at home. Ash Wednesday marked the start of lent in this largely Roman Catholic country.
Photo: Aaron Favila/AP

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