World in Pictures

The pictures below the featured image were updated on May 28, 2013.


The Faces of Terror

I am leaving this picture up on this blog as a continuing reminder of the evil perpetrated by terrorists around the globe.  When you hear a news story about a bomb exploding somewhere or of a terrorist attack, remember the faces in this picture, and the death and horror senselessly thrust upon them.

A girl cries near dead and injured bombing victims, December 6, 2011 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghan Shiites who were taking part in a religious ceremony in the center of the city were attacked by a suicide bomber. Dozens of people were killed. A Pakistan-based extremist group claimed responsibility.
Photo by Massoud Hossaini (AFP/Getty Images) via MSNBC.com


President Lays Wreath

U.S. President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns as a part of Memorial Day observances at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, May 27.

Photo by Jonathan Ernst / Reuters via Yahoo News


Salute in Respect

Soldiers salute as “Taps” is played during a military service nearby as they were placing flags on graves at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia May 23. The annual “Flags-In” ceremony is held ahead of Memorial Day to honor the nation’s fallen members of the military. Soldiers of the Third U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) place a small American flag before each grave marker for more than 220,000 graves.

Photo by Kevin Lamarque / Reuters via Yahoo News


Her Father’s Flag

Four-year-old Sophia Phillips carries an American flag presented to her during a burial service for her father, Staff Sergeant Francis G. Phillips, at Arlington National Cemetery on May 20. Phillips, from Meridian, N.Y., was killed in combat in the Maiwand district of Afghanistan when the vehicle he was riding in was struck by an improvised explosive device.

Photo by Win McNamee / Getty Images via NBC News


Fallen

A photo of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Corey Allen Little leans against his tombstone as volunteers place American flags at the graves of military service members at Georgia National Cemetery before the Memorial Day holiday, Saturday, May 25, 2013, in Canton, Georgia. Little, 25, who was expecting his first child, was one of seven Marines who died in a helicopter crash February 22, 2012, while training for a deployment to Afghanistan.

Photo by David Goldman / AP


War Zone?

A mother carries her child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., on May 20. A mile-wide tornado with winds up to 200 mph roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on the elementary school.

Photo by Sue Ogrocki / AP via NBC News


Path of Destruction

An aerial view shows homes damaged by Monday’s tornado as others appear untouched in Moore, Okla. At least 24 people, including 10 children, were killed in the massive tornado.

Photo by Tony Gutierrez / AP via NBC News


In Safe Hands

Safe

A child is pulled from the rubble of the Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., and passed along to rescuers on May 20.

Photo by Sue Ogrocki / AP via NBC News


Arms of Refuge

Children are carried away from Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the building on May 20.

Photo by Paul Hellstern / The Oklahoman, NewsOk.com via NBC News


Prayer Wall

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish young man standing on pipes used to hold flags watches people during prayers at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Photo by Jim Hollander / EPA via Time


Jump Start

Russia’s Anna Chicherova competes in the high jump during the IAAF World Challenge competition held in China’s National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest, in Beijing on May 21.

Photo by Alexander F. Yuan / AP Images via Fox Sports


High Jump

Ben Revere of the Philadelphia Phillies misses a fly ball during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on May 20 in Miami. Miami won 5-1.

Photo by Mike Ehrmann / Getty Images via Fox Sports


Place of Contention

A Tibetan woman (bottom) prostrates near Labrang monastery in Xiahe, Gansu province May 17. The monastery is a flashpoint for many Tibetan protests against Chinese authorities. More than 110 Tibetans have set themselves alight since 2009, with most dying of their injuries, in demonstrations against what they view as Chinese oppression. Beijing rejects such claims, pointing to substantial investment in Tibet and other regions with large Tibetan populations, although critics say economic development has brought an influx of ethnic Han Chinese and eroded traditional Tibetan culture.     

Photo by Ed Jones / AFP/Getty Images via Time


Flower Girl

Bilquis, a nomadic Indian girl, stands outside her tent at a temporary base on the outskirts of Srinagar, India on May 17. The family makes their living by selling artificial flowers.

Photo by Dar Yasin / AP via Time


Aftermath

Aftermath

Iraqi firefighters distinguish a fire at the scene of a car bomb attack in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, May 27, 2013. A parked car bomb explosion in the busy commercial Sadoun Street in central Baghdad, killed and wounded scores of people, police said.

Photo by Associated Press via Yahoo News


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