Picture News Sept 8-15, 2019

Kyiv, Ukraine, Sept 9 – Relatives of Ukrainian prisoners freed by Russia greet them upon their arrival at Boryspil airport, outside Kyiv, Ukraine. Russia and Ukraine conducted a major prisoner exchange that freed 35 people detained in each country and flew them to the other, a deal that could help advance Russia-Ukraine relations and end five years of fighting in Ukraine’s east. Photo courtesy of PTI
Hong Kong, Sept 8 – Protesters wave United States flags during a protest in Hong Kong. Demonstrators in Hong Kong plan to march to the U.S. Consulate to drum up international support for their protest movement, a day after attempts to disrupt transportation to the airport were thwarted by police. Photo courtesy of PTI
Islamabad, Pakistan, Sept 8 – Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, center, hand shakes jointly with Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani, right, and Chinese counterpart Wang Yi prior to a meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan. Pakistan is hosting the third round of trilateral talks with Afghanistan and China to cover trade, counterterrorism and ending Afghanistan’s 18-year war. Photo courtesy of Press Information Department
Antananarivo, Madagascar, Sept 9 – Pope Francis is greeted by nuns during his visit at the Discalced Carmelite Nuns monastery in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Francis is in Madagascar for the second leg of his weeklong trip to Africa. Photo courtesy of Alessandra Tarantino
Abaco Island, Bahamas, Sept 9 – A abandoned high heel shoe lays in the mud in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in an area called The Mudd, in Marsh Harbor, Abaco Island, Bahamas. Dorian was the most powerful hurricane in the northwestern Bahamas’ recorded history. One week after Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas, residents are still coping with the “catastrophic” damage, with more than 70,000 people estimated to have been left without food and shelter. Photo courtesy of Fernando Llano
Dublin, German, Sept 10 – Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, right, and Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar wave at Government Buildings in Dublin. Boris Johnson is to meet with Leo Varadkar in search of a compromise on the simmering Brexit crisis. Photo courtesy of PTI
Tateyama, Japan, Sept 10 – The rooftop of a gas station is collapsed after typhoon hit the area in Tateyama, south of Tokyo. A powerful typhoon Faxai landed near Tokyo, killing at least three people and injuring about 40 as well as affecting hundreds of thousands of rush-hour commuters in the metropolitan area at the start of the week.. Photo courtesy of Kyodo
Cairo, Egypt, Sept 10 -Egyptian people attired in traditional Korean dress “hanbok” attend an event at the Korean Culture Center in Cairo, to familiarize themselves with traditional Korean culture ahead of Chuseok, the Korean harvest holiday that falls on Sept. 13 this year. Photo courtesy of Yonhap
Georgia, U.S, Sept 10 – People are shown on Jekyll Island’s Driftwood Beach as the Golden Ray cargo ship is capsized in the background, off the Georgia coast. A South Korean cargo vessel carrying about 4,000 cars bound for the Middle East was listing heavily on Sept. 8 off the coast of the southern U.S. state of Georgia, an official of operator Hyundai Glovis said. The U.S. Coast Guard said a pilot and 23 crew were aboard the Golden Ray when it overturned in St. Simons Sound and all 23 people had been rescued. Photo courtesy of Terry Dickson
Karbal, Iraq, Sept 10 – Iraqi Shiite Muslims gather during a ceremony marking the 7th day of Muharram as part of Ashura in the central Iraqi city of Karbal. Photo courtesy of ina.iq
Port Louis, Mauritius, Sept 10 – Faithful wave palm leaves as Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass at the Monument Mary Queen of Peace, in Port Louis, Mauritius. Francis has arrived in the Indian Ocean nation of Mauritius to celebrate its diversity, encourage its ethical development and honor a 19th century French missionary who ministered to freed slaves. Photo courtesy of Alessandra Tarantino
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sept 10 – His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received on Monday Malaysian Minister of Economic Affairs, Mohamed Azmin Ali, at Al Bahr Palace Majlis. The Malaysian minister is currently visiting the UAE to attend the 24th World Energy Congress, WEC, that is being held from 9th to 12th September 2019, in Abu Dhabi. Photo courtesy of Bernama
Seoul, South Korea, Sept 10 – Cellist Yo-Yo Ma performing during the DMZ Peace Concert at Dorasan Station, just south of the DMZ. A medley of Korean and Western classical and contemporary music brought a symbolic train station at the inter-Korean border to life Monday as South Korea held a live concert to celebrate the first anniversary of the last inter-Korean summit. The DMZ Peace Concert, the first of its kind, brought together musicians from many different genres to Dorasan Station, just south of the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) bisecting the two Koreas, for a joint performance. Photo courtesy of Yonhap
Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Sept 10 – People of Tajikistan cheering as they celebrate their 28th Independence following the collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1991. In the spirit of celebrating its 28th Independence day, all eye of Tajiks were focus on the launching of its second turbine for the Rogun hydropower plant (HPP) dam, bringing in hope for the people of Tajik to overcome its electricity shortage during the winter and to spur its economy. Photo courtesy of Bernama
New York, Sept 10 – UNICEF installation unveiled at the United Nations headquarters shows the grave scale of child deaths in conflict in 2018. A UNICEF installation to show the devastating scale of child deaths in conflict zones in 2018 was unveiled at the United Nations in New York. The haunting display features 3,758 backpacks in rows reminiscent of a graveyard, each one representing a senseless loss of a young life to conflict. Photo courtesy of UNICEF
France, Paris, Sept 11 – Notre Dame cathedral is pictured in Paris. Reconstruction work at Notre-Dame Cathedral hidden from curious onlookers. Seen from afar, not much has changed since April 15, when the cathedral’s wooden attic, roof and spire collapsed in flames as the world watched aghast. While the current work focuses on strengthening the fire-damaged walls of the church so they do not tumble, different ideas about how to restore the cathedral have been circulating among church and state officials. Photo courtesy of PTI
France, Paris, Sept 11 – Notre Dame cathedral is pictured in Paris. Reconstruction work at Notre-Dame Cathedral hidden from curious onlookers. Seen from afar, not much has changed since April 15, when the cathedral’s wooden attic, roof and spire collapsed in flames as the world watched aghast. While the current work focuses on strengthening the fire-damaged walls of the church so they do not tumble, different ideas about how to restore the cathedral have been circulating among church and state officials. Photo courtesy of PTI
Manila, Philippines, Sept 11 – Philippine Vice President Leonor Robredo, center, and Ramon Magsaysay Chair, Board of Trustees, Jose Cuisia Jr., 3rd from right, pose with this year’s Ramon Magsaysay awardees, from left, Filipino Raymundo Pujante Cayabyab, Thai Angkhana Neelapaijit, Indian Ravish Kumar, Burmese Ko Swe Win and South Korean Kim Jong-Ki during ceremonies in Manila, Philippines. Five people are being honored as this year’s winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards, regarded as Asia’s version of the Nobel Prize, including a South Korean who helped fight bullying and suicide and a Thai housewife who became a human rights defender after losing her husband to violence in southern Thailand. Photo courtesy of PTI
Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept 11 – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a ceremony to introduce the new chief of the intelligence service, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Ghani, whose government was sidelined in the U.S.-Taliban talks, again declared that his country was ready to meet with the Taliban but that “negotiation without a cease-fire is not possible.” Photo courtesy of PTI
Frankfurt, Germany, Sept 11 – A transparent van is displayed by a vendor for safety devices at the IAA Auto Show in Frankfurt, Germany, Photo courtesy of Michael Probst
Seoul, South Korea, Sept 11 – Shim Sang-jung (3rd from L, front), head of the minor opposition Justice Party, sends off homebound passengers at Seoul Station on Sept. 11, 2019, as South Korea’s annual exodus for the Chuseok fall holiday begins. Chuseok,: (Korean Thanksgiving Day) which falls on Sept. 13 this year, is a time for family reunions, with Koreans traditionally offering a ritual feast to their ancestors on Aug. 15 of the lunar calendar. Photo courtesy of Yonhap
Bangkok, Thailad, Sept 11 – In this April 19, 2018 file photo, Jack Ma, founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, gestures as he arrives for a meeting with Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha in Bangkok. Jack Ma, who helped launch China’s online retailing boom, stepped down as chairman of the world’s biggest e-commerce company Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, at a time when its fast-changing industry faces uncertainty amid a US-Chinese tariff war. Photo courtesy of PTI
Nepal, Sept 12 – Twenty-six climbers pose for pictures with a giant Malaysian flag at Everest Base Camp in Nepal. The giant Jalur Gemilang (Malaysian flag) measuring 12m by 6m and weighing 11kg was successfully raised in conjunction with the 62nd National Day and Malaysia Day celebrations after the group took nine days trekking through the 65km distance from Lukla to Gorak Shep, Nepal. Photo courtesy of Bernama
Alot Setar, Malaysia, Sept 12 – A participant performs parachute jumping at the Menara Alor Setar International Jump (MASIJ) 2019. A total of 20 local and international base jumpers took part in the 2019 Alor Setar Tower International Jump (MASIJ) held for three days at the Alor Setar Tower. The event provides an opportunity for local and international base jumpers to take the leap off the highest platform of the Alor Setar Tower from a height of 105 meters above sea level and land at the nearby Jubilee Park. Photo courtesy of Bernama
Gaza, Sept 12 – Palestinian child play with three lion cubs that were born few weeks ago in a zoo at southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. International animal welfare groups have carried out several missions to evacuate animals and birds from dilapidated makeshift zoos after cold, neglect and conflicts led to the demise of some animals. Photo courtesy of PTI
Pyongyang, North Korea, Sept 11 – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends the testing of a super-large multiple rocket launcher in North Korea,. Photo courtesy of North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)
Tokyo, Japan, Sept 12 – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, bottom center, poses with his new cabinet, for a group photo session at the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. Abe shuffled his Cabinet on Wednesday, adding two women and the son of a former leader to freshen his image but maintaining continuity on U.S.-oriented trade and security policies. Photo courtesy of Kyodo
Harare, Zimbabwe, Sept 12 – The official ceremony of the body of Zimbabwe’s former leader Robert Mugabe, who passed away in a Singapore hospital at the age of 95, at Harare International Airport in Harare, Zimbabwe on September 11, 2019. Photo courtesy of Anadolu Agency