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Iraqi Christians Gradually Return to War-Damaged Qaraqosh (32 pictures).

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In August of 2014, ISIS militants swept with communities near Mosul, Iraq, taking control as well as requiring thousands to get away. Among the towns was Qaraqosh, which was Iraq’s biggest Christian city with a population of 50,000. For even more compared to two years, occupying ISIS jihadists tried to get rid of any type of evidence of Christianity from Qaraqosh– melting churches, ruining symbols as well as statues, falling bell towers, as well as extra. Qaraqosh was retaken by Iraqi pressures in October of 2016, but the city continues to be practically totally deserted. Little by little, some residents who were forced to take off have been going back to recuperate just what belongings stay, to assess the damage to their home, as well as to go to church services and vacations. Only a handful of family members have returned to the city so far, still being afraid for their security, as Iraqi forces continue to battle ISIS in nearby Mosul.

A Syriac Christian militiaman stands guard in addition to the Saint John’s church (Mar Yohanna) during an Easter procession in the nearly-deserted mainly Christian Iraqi community of Qaraqosh (additionally called Hamdaniya), some 30 kilometers from Mosul, on April 16, 2017. (Christophe Simon/ AFP/ Getty)



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Pictures of the Week: 5/6– 5/12 (35 pictures).

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“Poopootovs” fly in Caracas demonstrations, a Ferrari races a Roman chariot in Italy, flooding in Quebec, commemorating Buddha’s birthday celebration in Thailand, a hailstorm on the red carpeting at the MTV Movie Awards, and also far more.

Registered nurses practice grinning with chopsticks in their mouths at a health center in Handan, Hebei province, China, on Could 8, 2017. (Reuters)



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Infant Animals and also Their Mothers (Due to the fact that It’s Mom’s Day) (20 pictures).

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Satisfied Mom’s Day! I believed it would be nice to share these pictures of various animal moms as well as their baby cubs, cygnets, pigs, puppies, joeys, calves, and much more on now.

One of 2 14-week-old double polar bear cubs rests on her mommy Giovanna during their initial discussion to the media in Hellabrunn Zoo on March 19, 2014, in Munich, Germany. (Alexandra Beier/ Getty)



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A Trip to the Dead Sea (27 pictures).

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The Dead Sea, on the boundary between Israel and Jordan, is the most affordable as well as saltiest body of water in the world– and specialists say it gets on training course to dry out by 2050, now shrinking by one meter each year. A water shortage in the already-dry area has been intensified by an expanding population, agricultural usages, tourism, and market that are draws away virtually 90 percent of the Jordan River that normally moved into the Dead Sea. The lowering groundwater level has likewise created hundreds of sinkholes to develop, some engulfing roads as well as visitor hotels. A substantial task is currently removaling ahead to minimize the loss of water, called the Red Sea– Dead Sea Water Transportation: a $ 10 billion, 100-mile-long water pipeline in Jordan, built to pump water from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea. The pipeline, much delayed, is now slated to start construction in 2018.

Southern shore of the Dead Sea, Al-Karak Governorate, Jordan.” Great deal’s Spouse”at sundown, on December 29, 2007. According to tale, the column made of salt and rocks basing on the southerly shore of the Dead Sea is the statue of prophet Lot’s other half. (Reza/ Getty)



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Photos of the Week: 5/13– 5/19 (35 pictures).

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The globe’s fastest shed in Wales, France invites a new president, an intense NASCAR collision at the Kansas Speedway, Gubbio’s Race of the Candles in Italy, a picture of the late vocalist Chris Cornell on phase in Atlanta, a new eruption of Mount Sinabung, and a lot more.

A lady takes a look at cows on the Mare e Sol coastline in Coti-Chiavari, on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, on Could 17, 2017. A herd of concerning thirty wild livestocks occupy their summertime home on stretch of beach annually. (Pascal Pochard-Casabianca/ AFP/ Getty)



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The Finale of ‘The Biggest Show in the world’ (24 pictures).

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After a run of 146 years, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, called “The Greatest Show on Earth,” has involved an end. The last sold-out efficiency occurred Sunday in Uniondale, New york city. Years of fights with animal-rights protestors had actually led the circus to retire its doing elephants in 2014, which appeared to aggravate already-dropping presence numbers, securing its destiny. Among both Ringling Bros. traveling circus devices put on its last show in Rhode Island previously this month, and the various other system shut the circus down last evening with a grand finale in New York.

Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson positions for a picture before taking part in the last weekend of the Ringling Bros. and also Barnum & Bailey circus at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New york city, on May 19, 2017. (Lucas Jackson/ Reuters)



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A Damp Winter Brings a Green Spring to The golden state (11 pictures).

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Till Friday, California had remained in a state of drought emergency because 2014. Reservoirs had gone down to a portion of ability and also locals were needed to conserve as well as reduce back on water use for several years. Now, big areas of north The golden state have actually just experienced the wettest wintertime on document– months of rain have replenished tanks and also as much as 7 feet of snowfall has covered the Sierra Nevada mountains. The golden state Guv Jerry Brown just authorized an exec order to raise the state’s drought emergency situation in all but 4 areas. Getty Images photographer Justin Sullivan reviewed scenes he shot in the summertime of 2014, to rephotograph them this springtime. Editor’s note: This essay initially recommended that the images listed below, taken in various periods, showed the difference between an area in drought versus an area in recovery. Actually, they show the outcomes of a spring following an extremely damp winter, timed to the training of the state’s drought emergency.

A composite comparing a view of The golden state throughout severe drought in 2014 (left)and throughout the week that most of the state’s dry spell emergency is due to be lifted (right). Left picture: The Venture Bridge overlooks a section of Lake Oroville that is almost completely dry on August 19, 2014 in Oroville, California. At the time, Lake Oroville went to 32 percent of its complete 3,537,577 acre feet. Right photo: The Business Bridge overlooks a section of Lake Oroville on April 11, 2017. (Justin Sullivan/ Getty)



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Scenes From Holy Week (27 pictures).

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Today, Christians around the globe celebrate Holy Week and Easter, honoring the final days of Jesus Christ– his go back to Jerusalem, his crucifixion, and his rebirth. Households go to worship, hooded penitents participate in processions, and musicians and also family members embellish Easter eggs. In Catholic Enthusiasm plays, participants illustrate Jesus’s test and fatality. Other regional routines draw heavily on earlier pre-Christian traditions. Gathered right here are pictures from a number of Holy Week tasks this year.

Catholics lug a sculpture of Jesus Nazareno in a procession known as Jesus Nazareno of the tapes during Holy Week in Cot, Costa Rica, 25 kilometers east of San Jose, on April 12, 2017. According to Jorge Masis, a priest at the church, people tie bows to the statue to symbolize pledges they make to Jesus throughout Holy Week. (Ezequiel Becerra/ AFP/ Getty)



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Pictures of the Week: 4/8– 4/14 (35 pictures).

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South African objections against President Zuma, hundreds of bikes in Beijing, evacuees take off combating in South Sudan, much more scenes from Holy Week, a Russian area capsule returns from the International Spaceport station, Irish dance in Dublin, and far more.

An elephant sprays water on tourists in a Tuk ahead of the Buddhist new year, recognized here as Songkran, in Ayutthaya province, Thailand, on April 11, 2017. (Sakchai Lalit/ AP)



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Pictures of Cats Using Your Carefully Chosen Gifts

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Couple In Long Distance Relationship Connects By Creating Combo Pictures

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Some of us have experienced that a long distance relationship can be quite frustrating, to say the least. What should you do when Skype just isn’t enough? One creative Korean couple currently in this situation found a genius way to connect with each other through art.

Despite the 14-hour time difference, Danbi Shin, currently based in New York, and Seok Li, based in Seoul, keep their relationship alive by taking photos simultaneously while on video calls and creating collages.

The project is called “Half&Half” and with it the artist duo ShinLiArt try to discover the similarities between their different lifestyles dictated by different locations.

More info: shinli-art.com | Instagram (h/t: designtaxi)

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I Announced My Wife’s Pregnancy With Some Special Pictures

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My wife and I will have our first baby in November. We are very happy about this, so we decided to make some special and creative photos. His name will be “Theodor” and each picture has it’s own message.

I worked on every photo for one week. We took the photos on Sundays, then I retouched them with Photoshop till Wednesdays and after that I planned the next shoot. Modelling was great fun for both of us – of course we only used non-toxic and skin-tolerant products and materials, such as paste.

Fun fact: while shooting, Theo often kicked mom’s belly, so the paste got some cracks and we had to repair the landscape all the time. In the meantime the photos are framed and embellish Theodor’s bedroom and all we can do now, is wait for him.

You can reach everything

You will find your way

Enjoy the moment

Know your goals

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Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s East of Eden Pictures America’s Fall From Grace

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David Zwirner gallery hosts the photographer’s densely metaphorical body of operate on the countrywide disillusionment of the Bush era.

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