Monday 9 June 2014
June 06, 2014
D-Day 70th Anniversary Commemorations In Normandy
On June 6, 1944, Allied soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy in northern France in the World War II operation known as D-Day. More than 150,000 troops took part in the largest seaborne invasion in history. On the 70th anniversary of D-Day, world leaders gathered on the Normandy coast to for ceremonies to mark the historic day and remember those who fell in battle. (10 PHOTOS)
June 05, 2014
Residents Leaving Slovyansk
Ukrainian government forces battled separatists with artillery and automatic weapons on June 4 as fighting raged for a second straight day in and around the eastern town of Slovyansk, forcing many frightened residents to flee and stay in temporary accomodation in various cities in eastern Ukraine -- in the towns of Nyzhnya Krynka, Ilovaysk, and Makiyivka.
June 04, 2014
Pro-Separatists Mislead With Recycled Images
Bloggers have debunked some of the most outrageous fabrications about Ukraine in the Russian state media and pro-Russian online communities, which often use shocking images from other countries to illustrate the situation in Ukraine. (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES)
June 03, 2014
A Look Back At The Crackdown On Tiananmen Square
In April 1989, Chinese students began protesting on Beijing's Tiananmen Square to demand democratic reforms and an end to corruption. The rallies, sparked by the death of reformist Communist Party chief Hu Yaobang, quickly grew into mass pro-democracy demonstrations. On June 4, 1989, the Chinese military launched a violent crackdown against the protesters. The government has never released an official death toll, but estimates range from the hundreds to the thousands. Today, the Chinese government forbids any discussion in the media of the events of 1989.
June 02, 2014
Markets, Schools, And Football In Baghdad's Sadr City
The Shi'ite neighborhood of Sadr City in Baghdad was shaken by clashes between U.S. and Iraqi forces and Shi'ite militias throughout the mid-2000s. Today, Sadr City is calm, but it bears the scars of earlier fighting and remains one of the poorest neighborhoods in the Iraqi capital. Reuters photographer Ahmed Jadallah spent time documenting the residents and their daily life.
May 26, 2014
Gunfire, Blasts As Donetsk Airport Becomes Scene Of Heavy Fighting
Heavy fighting broke out on May 26 at the international airport in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, a major foothold for pro-Russian separatists. After reports early in the day said gunmen had stormed the airport and forced its closure, Ukrainian troops rushed to the scene. Explosions and gunfire erupted, sending smoke into the skies as the fighting continued. Fighter aircraft were also deployed to the scene. With the battle still raging, AFP reported that Ukrainian security forces had attacked after a deadline to the separatist occupiers expired.
May 26, 2014
From The Political Fringes To The European Parliament
Parties on both the far left and far right of the political spectrum have made large gains in elections to the European Parliament, according to preliminary results released on May 25. Fringe parties won as many as 160 out of 751 seats in the chamber, up from 98 in 2009. On the far right, France's National Front party and the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) each captured new seats, while Greece's Coalition of the Radical Left made gains alongside the country's far-right Golden Dawn.
May 25, 2014
The Rise And Fall Of Poland's Wojciech Jaruzelski
General Wojciech Jaruzelski, the Soviet-era leader who memorably tried and failed to crush Poland's Solidarity movement, died on May 25 at the age of 90. After nearly a decade of clampdown that ended in negotiations with trade unionists, Jaruzelski eventually stepped down as Poland’s president in 1990, telling the nation that he should be held responsible for crimes committed. But for the most part, Jaruzelski escaped punishment, being deemed by the Polish courts as too ill for trial.