4:58 pm April 22, 2014 | No Comment
Every year, penitents in San Pedro Cutud village in the Philippines get nailed to wooden crosses in a gory re-enactment of the Crucifixion. The Catholic Church has expressed disapproval of the practice.
3:32 pm April 21, 2014 | No Comment
Greek and Turkish Cypriots have lived estranged since 1974, when a Greek Cypriot coup was followed by a Turkish invasion of the island. A United Nations-controlled buffer zone now splits Cyprus east to west, with ethnic Greeks living in the south and Turks in the north. The buffer zone still contains crumbling relics of times gone by — abandoned houses, business and even an airport.
1:17 pm April 17, 2014 | No Comment
Holy Week is celebrated in many Christian traditions during the week before Easter to commemorate the Passion of Jesus. In Spain, Catholic brotherhoods and fraternities participate in penance processions, dressed in conical-tipped hoods to cover their faces. The tradition, dating back to medieval times, allows penitents to show atonement for their sins. The American Ku Klux Klan made similar outfits infamous.
1:45 pm April 16, 2014 | No Comment
The high price of gold is fueling a mining frenzy in Ivory Coast and Ghana, with diggers scurrying to cash in. But the drain on the labor market and the harm done to cocoa plantations could endanger production of the vital crop in the two West African nations, which supply a combined 60 percent of the global supply of the chocolate ingredient.
1:29 pm April 16, 2014 | No Comment
Despite decades of conflict in Afghanistan, the country's capital Kabul is home to a vibrant youth scene of musicians, artists, athletes and activists. Shopping malls and cafes stand in the city, which is nonetheless beset by infrastructure problems and instability. Elections held on April 5 marked the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history.
10:29 am April 14, 2014 | No Comment
Many indigenous groups, including the Huni Kui, Ashaninka and Madija, live in villages in the Brazilian rainforest. Over the past three years the Ashaninka and Madija say they have seen more and more incursions on their territory from uncontacted tribes — groups that have no peaceful contact with mainstream society, carrying out raids on other villages.
4:31 pm April 11, 2014 | No Comment
Greyhound racing has been going on in Santiago, Chile, for more than 100 years. Some dogs come from Argentina, the United States and Ireland, and can reach speeds of up to 80 kilometers per hour. Bets range from $2 to $1,000 per race, offering a livelihood for breeders and gamblers alike.
1:21 pm April 10, 2014 | 1 Comment
Starting at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, millions of Indonesians cast their votes in the world’s third-biggest democracy's legislative elections. Polling stations closed at 1 p.m. The official count may take several weeks.
7:05 pm April 8, 2014 | No Comment
Chilean resident Orlando makes a living from the sale of rabbits he catches every morning near the capital, Santiago. He uses lasso traps, which he places the night before. He sells up to 10 rabbits per day for about $5 each, giving him an income above the established minimum wage. Rabbit hunting is a livelihood that has been passed from generation to generation.
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