Picture News Aug 12 – 18, 2019

Lima, Peru, Aug 12 – Artists perform during the closing ceremony of the Lima 2019 Pan-American Games in Lima on August 11, 2019. Photo courtesy Twitter Lima2019Juegos
New Delhi, India, Aug 12- A woman gets emotional as she celebrates Eid with Kashmiri students who could not reach their families in the wake of abrogation of Article 370 in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, in New Delhi. Photo courtesy of PTI
Wales, Australia, Aug 13 – The Asian elephants at Taronga Western Plains Zoo had a special celebration on Monday. Photo courtesy of BELINDA SOOLE
Oldest rose of Sharon tree in S. Korea
Gangneung, South Korea: A tree of the rose of Sharon, called “mugunghwa” in Korean and South Korea’s national flower, in full bloom in the city of Gangneung on the country’s east coast. The tree, believed to be about 120 years old and known to be the oldest one in the country, has been protected as Natural Monument No. 520 and buttressed with three props. Photo courtesy of YONHAP
Bangkok, Thailand, Aug 14 – Thai Queen Mother Sirikit, center, is visited by her son King Maha Vajiralongkorn, Princess Chulabhorn, left, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, right, and Queen Suthida during a merit making ceremony on the queen mother’s 87th birthday at the Chitralada Palace Bangkok, Thailand. Photo courtesy of The Royal Household Bureau
Texas, United States, Aug 14 – People explore Battleship Texas in Houston. The ship that served both World War I and World War II and that will be closing for visitors Aug. 25. The Battleship Texas Foundation will be taking over the operations and repairs of the 106-year-old ship. The nonprofit organization will be moving the ship for repairs and will find it a longtime home. Photo courtesy of PTI
Seoul, South Korea, Aug 14 – Statue symbolizing “comfort women” in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. South Korea on Wednesday observed the country’s official “comfort women” memorial day for the second year, with a ceremony held to memorialize Korean women who were forced to work in wartime brothels for the Japanese military. The country marked the day as its ties with Japan hit their lowest point in years over disputes that stemmed mainly from compensation orders by its top court against Japanese companies over wartime labor. Photo courtesy of Kyodo
Islamabad, Pakistan, Aug 14 – Pakistan President Dr. Arif Alvi addressing the flag hoisting and Kashmir Solidarity Day ceremonies on the occasion of 72nd Independence Day. Pakistan on Wednesday celebrated its 72nd independence day with great spirit by expressing solidarity with the people of Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) facing oppression for more than seven decades, which further mounted after revocation of the Articles 370 and 35-A of the Indian constitution by New Delhi this month. Photo courtesy of APP
Istanbul, Turkey, Aug 15- Sadio Mane of Liverpool lifts the trophy with his team-mates at the end of the UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Vodafone Park on August 14, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo courtesy of Anadolu
School children make a tricolour during 73nd Independence Day function at the historic Red Fort, in New Delhi, India. Photo courtesy of PTI
Colombo, Sri Lanka, Aug 15 – A thin, 70-year-old elephant named Tikiri eats at the Temple of the Tooth in the central city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. After a social media firestorm over using a weak animal in a parade, officials withdrew her from the festival and permitted to rest and take medicines. Photo courtesy of Save Elephant Foundation
Jakarta, Indonesia, Aug 15 – Firefighters extinguish a fire in Kampar, Riau province on Indonesia’s Sumatra island. Nearly 80% of hotspots detected in the Asean region over the past 29 days. The hotspots caused by forest fires and open burning are driving the current haze situation that is affecting parts of the region, including Malaysia. Photo courtesy of Antara
Tokyo, Japan, Aug 16 – Worshippers release doves, wishing for the world’s peace, at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. Japan marked Thursday the 74th anniversary of the end of World War II. Photo courtesy of PTI
Shenzhen, China, Aug 17 – Armored vehicles and troop trucks are parked in a lot by Shenzhen Bay Stadium in Shenzhen, China. Armored vehicles belonging to China’s paramilitary People’s Armed Police were parked in the sports complex across the border in Hong Kong, in what some have interpreted as a threat against pro-democracy protesters. Photo courtesy of Dake Kang
New York, Aug 17 – AUM Dance Creations dancers participate in the ceremonial lighting of the Empire State Building to celebrate India Day in New York. Photo courtesy of Evan Agostini
Pyongyang, North Korea, Aug 17 – This photo, carried by North Korea’s Central News Agency on Aug. 17, 2019, shows the test of a “new weapon” a day earlier. The projectile is believed to be the North Korean version of the U.S.’ Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS). Photo courtesy of Yonhap
Istanbul, Turkey, Aug 17 – Turkey’s first national earth observation satellite, named Rasat, completed its 8th year in orbit. The satellite, with design life of 3 years, scanned 15 million square kilometers and shot more than 2,800 images in 8 years, head of Space Technologies Research Institute of Turkey’s Scientific and Technological Research Council (TUBITAK) says. The 100-kilogram satellite, which was designed by TUBITAK engineers, has revolved around the world for more than 42,000 times. Photo courtesy of Anadolu