Picture News Aug 19 – 25, 2019

Greenland, Aug 19 – A boat navigates at night between icebergs in eastern Greenland. Greenland has been melting faster in the last decade and this summer, it has seen two of the biggest melts on record since 2012. Photo courtesy of PTI
Jakarta, Indonesia, Aug 19 – Dancers perform Thengul dance during Indonesia’s 74th Independence Day celebration at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo courtesy of Antara Foto
Hatay, Turkey, Aug 19 – Mehmet Kurtulan (L) and Huseyin Gunduz (R) pose for a photo at Arsuz district of Hatay, Turkey. Cousins Mehmet and Huseyin, who have not cut their mustaches for 20 years and go on with their lives with 80 cm mustache, shape their mustaches with hair dryer and hair spray. Photo courtesy of Anadolu Agency
Agra, India, Aug 19 – Photographers, who work at the Taj Mahal complex, pose as they click pictures of the monument on World Photography Day, in Agra. Photo courtesy of PTI
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Aug 20 – A Malaysian man reads a newspaper outside a shop in downtown Kuala Lumpur. News of the alleged closure of Utusan Malaysia and Kosmo newspapers by Utusan Melayu (M) Berhad this Wednesday is just hearsay and not based on an official announcement. Nearly 100 current and former employees of Utusan Melayu Bhd demonstrated in front of the daily’s main office, claiming the company had failed to pay them their wages for one and a half months now. The news comes after talks that the oldest Malay daily that was established in 1939 as Utusan Melayu with its first publication in Jawi would cease operations this Wednesday after operating for 80 years. Photo courtesy of Shafwan Zaidon
Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug 20 – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani inspects the honor guard during Independence Day celebrations at Defense Ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan’s president is vowing to eliminate all safe havens of the Daesh group as the country marks a subdued 100th Independence Day after a horrific wedding attack claimed by the local Daesh affiliate. Photo courtesy of Afghan Presidential Palace
Petersburg, Russia, Aug 20 – People lay in tomato pulp as they take part in the first Russian Tomatina battle in St. Petersburg, Russia. The red fruit enthusiasts hurled 20 tonnes of tomatoes at each other, and frolicked through the resulting crimson sea at Kirovets stadium, as Russia hosted its first ever tomato fight. La Tomatina is a tradition that originated in Spain, and is held on the last Wednesday of August each year. Photo courtesy of PTI
Beijing, China, Aug 20 – Limited edition toys from Coarse. Art toys’, also known as designer toys, are creative pieces which break the stereotype that toys are just for children. Art toys combine art, design, lifestyle painting and sculpture in a creative work. Art toys made their debut about 20 years ago and are now highly collectible among lovers of lifestyle culture. The Beijing Toy Show provides a regular showcase for collectors and artists. Photo courtesy of popmartglobal Instragam
Srinagar, India, Aug 21 – CRPF and police personnel stand guard at Lal Chowk after restrictions were lifted, in Srinagar. Barricades around the Clock Tower in Srinagar’s city centre Lal Chowk were removed after 15 days, allowing the movement of people and traffic in the commercial hub, as restrictions eased in several localities while continuing in others. Pakistan on Tuesday said it will approach the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the Kashmir issue, weeks after India revoked the special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Photo courtesy of PTI Photo
Indonesian skateboarder Pevi Permana Putra, 31, in action during the Vans Park Series (VPS) Asia Regional Championships held at the East Coast Park Xtreme Skatepark on 17 August, 2019. The competition also featured several Southeast Asian skateboarders, including Singaporeans Rocky Chann, 18 and Joehann Joer, 27, who will compete in the Southeast Asian Games in The Philippines later this year, where skateboarding makes its first appearance amongst other sports such as surfing and e-sports. Photo courtesy Mark Cheong
Anguilles, Mauritius, Aug 21 – An Aldabra giant tortoise looks at visitors at the La Vanille Nature Park in Riviere des Anguilles, Mauritius. Photo courtesy of Benoit Tessier
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, Aug 21 – Sultan Abdullah and Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah, were seen off at the Brunei International Airport by Brunei Crown Prince Pengiran Muda Mahkota Al-Muhtadee Billah Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and his consort Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah Pengiran Salleh Ab Rahaman and the Malaysian High Commissioner to Brunei, Ismail Salam. Photo courtesy of bernama
Enoshima, Japan, Aug 21 – Athletes take part in the women’s windsurfing RS:X class competition during a sailing test event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, off the coast Enoshima in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Photo courtesy CNA
New Delhi, India, Aug 22 – Zambian President Edgar Chagwa Lungu pays ffloral tributes at the samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi, at Rajghat, in New Delhi. Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs V. Muraleedharan is also seen. Edgar Lungu is in India for three-day state visit. Photo courtesy of PIB
Greenland, Aug 22 – A woman stands next to an antenna at an NYU base camp at the Helheim glacier in Greenland. Summer 2019 is hitting the island hard with record-shattering heat and extreme melt. Scientists estimate that by the end of the summer, about 440 billion tons of ice, maybe more, will have melted or calved off Greenland’s giant ice sheet. Photo courtesy of PTI
La Paz, Bolivia, Aug 22 – The 500-year-old mummy of an Incan girl sits inside a vault at the National Museum of Anthropology in La Paz, Bolivia. The mummy recently returned to its native Bolivia 129 years after it was donated to the Michigan State University museum in 1890. Photo courtesy of PTI
Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Aug 22 – Firefighters walk through scorched land in Robore, in the Santa Cruz province of Bolivia. Authorities say wildfires have devoured about 400,000 hectares of forested land and are approaching the city of Santa Cruz in eastern Bolivia. Photo courtesy of Santa Cruz governor’s office