The Eiffel Tower gets a new glass floor


The millions of tourists who flock to the Eiffel Tower will be treated to a new glass floor, creating a sensation of walking on air nearly 200 feet above ground. The $37.5 million reconstruction is likely to become a prime location for “selfies,” with the first visitors spending time on the floor turning their phones towards themselves and the glass floor below. –Thea Breite

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Observing rituals of faith


Across the Middle East and the world this week, preparations have been made for major holidays of different faiths. As Hajj culminates, the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha is celebrated this weekend. Yom Kippur completes the period of High Holy Days for the Jewish community. –Leanne Burden Seidel

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Daily Life: September 2014


For this edition of our look at daily life we share images from China, India, Iraq, Nepal, United States and other countries from around the world. –Lloyd Young

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The Natural World: September


The Natural World is a monthly post that showcases photography depicting animals (sometimes in man-made habitats) and environments across the planet. –Leanne Burden Seidel

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Asian Games 2014


The games are well underway in Incheon, South Korea, with athletes from 45 nations competing in more events and sports — such as kabaddi, wushu, and sepak takraw — than at the Summer Olympics. The event wraps up with closing ceremonies on Oct. 4. –Lloyd Young

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Hong Kong protesters refuse to leave

Riot police fire tear gas on student protesters occupying streets surrounding the government headquarters in Hong Kong, early Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (Wally Santan”>
Protests in Hong Kong continue after tens of thousands of people defied calls for them to dismantle their camps and return home. Demonstrations fanned out to more neighborhoods after police tried to disperse crowds using batons and tear gas early Monday morning. Riot police later withdrew. The pro-democracy protesters are angry at China for limiting their choice in Hong Kong’s 2017 leadership elections. Demonstrators used umbrellas to protect themselves from tear gas overnight and to ward off the sweltering sun as they continued their sit-in throughout the day. That gave rise to the movement
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Syrian Kurdish refugees flooding into Turkey


At least 130,000 refugees have poured into Turkey over the past three days, escaping an Islamic State offensive in Syria. On Friday, Turkey reopened its border but forces fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of Kurdish protesters who accuse Ankara of favoring Islamic State against the Kurds. –Thea Breite

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Images from NASA


A collection of images released by NASA gives us a look from above and beyond earth. Amazing technology allows us to view our world in ways we could never imagine. –Leanne Burden Seidel

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Volcanic activity


Thousands of people today started to evacuate the area near the Mayon Volcano in the Philippines after scientists warned of an imminent eruption. Compiled here are images from volcanic activity around the globe in the last couple of months. –Lloyd Young

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Deadly flooding in India and Pakistan


Hundreds of people have died from the worst flooding in years in India and Pakistan. Tens of thousands of people are left homeless, with some still stranded in submerged homes. Most people in Kashmir’s largest city Srinagar were affected by this disaster. Risk of disease is now a major concern due the stagnant water that still fills the area as emergency workers continue the relief efforts. –Leanne Burden Seidel

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Sleepers: Part II


Whether you get enough sleep or not, here are some more sleepers who took advantage of wherever they were in the past few months to catch some shuteye. –Lloyd Young

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Romanian Romas celebrate the birth of the Virgin Mary

A vendor sells balloons as the Roma community celebrates the Birth of the Virgin Mary in Costesti, Romania, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. (Vadim Ghirda/”>
The Roma community in Romania celebrates the Birth of the Virgin Mary in Costesti, Romania. Thousands of Gypsies or Roma gather on a hillside after attending a religious service in a nearby monastery and celebrate the holiday by sharing food and playing traditional music until the next dawn. The feast day of the Assumption of Mary, or simply Assumption Day or St Mary

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Daily life: August 2014


A look at a selection of images depicting daily life around the world in the month of August. –Leanne Burden Seidel

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Burning Man 2014


The Burning Man festival, with a theme of “Caravansary,” wrapped up earlier this week 120 miles outside Reno, Nev., in the Black Rock Desert, its home since 1990. Some 65,000 people attended the celebration, which is billed as “an annual experiment in temporary community dedicated to radical self-expression and radical self-reliance.” –Lloyd Young

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Tomatina 2014


Overripe tomatoes were hurled in a massive red food fight today in the town of Bunol, Spain. The La Tomatina festival — held each year on the last Wednesday of August — evolved from a street fight in the 1940s when a group of young men who wanted to participate in the “gigantes y cabezudos” parade used tomatoes from a vegetable stand as weapons. An estimated 22,000 people showed up this year for the food fight. –Lloyd Young

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Sydney’s doll hospital: 3 generations of doll repair


Sydney’s Doll Hospital has worked on millions of dolls, teddy bears and other toys since it opened in 1913. “Doll surgeons” transplant fingers, toes and heads, and repair broken eye sockets. The company has been handed down from three generations of the Chapman family. –Thea Breite

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Deadly landslides hit Japan


Dozens of people, including children, were killed in Japan when destructive landslides hit Hiroshima. Triggered by torrential rains, the landslide buried people alive as they slept in their homes. The search for survivors in the mud-ravaged hillside continues as over 50 people are feared missing. –Leanne Burden Seidel

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2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games


Young athletes from around the globe are competing in more than two dozen events in Nanjing, China. The event created by the International Olympic Committee includes traditional opening and closing ceremonies that wrap up on Aug. 28. Many of these same competitors will be vying for spots to represent their countries in Brazil at the 2016 Summer Olympics. –Lloyd Young

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Pope Francis in South Korea


Pope Francis wrapped up the first papal visit to Asia in 15 years, urging the divided Koreas to reject suspicion and confrontation and unite as “one family, one people.” Francis spent five days in South Korea, meeting some of the country’s five million Catholics. –Thea Breite

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Ferguson Protests


There have been a week of protests, some peaceful and some violent, since the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. The unrest prompted Governor Jay Nixon to declare a state of emergency on Saturday an implement a curfew in the St. Louis suburb. Tensions had flared Friday after police released the name of the officer who fatally shot Brown and named the teen as a suspect in a convenience store robbery that occurred shortly before he was shot. –Lloyd Young

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Daily life: July 2014


A look at selection of images depicting daily life around the world in the month of July. –Leanne Burden Seidel

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Ebola continues to spread in West Africa


The World Health Organization is reporting 887 deaths from the worst outbreak of the Ebola virus in history. A man with Ebola-like symptoms who had recently been to West Africa went to the emergency room at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan on Sunday and a nurse who treated Ebola victims will be the second American flown in a specially outfitted plane from Liberia to be treated for the virus. Emory University Hospital in Atlanta is expecting her to arrive on Tuesday. Kent Brantly, a doctor on her team is also being treated there. –Thea Breite

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Conflict continues in Gaza


The conflict in the Mideast has intensified in the last month with turbulent fighting in Gaza strip. Over 800 Palestinians have been killed and over 5,000 injured, according to Palestinan health officials. World leaders have been working on a truce between Hamas and Israel to end the bloodshed. –Leanne Burden Seidel

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Typhoon Rammasun


Rammasun hit China late last week with winds up to 130 miles per hour — the strongest typhoon to hit the country in four decades. The storm was blamed for killing more than 150 people as it did major damage to the Philippines and Vietnam. Another storm named Matmo came ashore in southeastern China today after passing across Taiwan overnight. –Lloyd Young

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Malaysian jet crashes in Ukraine


Four months after the tragic disappearance of a Malaysian jet in the Indian Ocean, a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 crashed in eastern Ukraine killing all 298 aboard. According to Ukrainian and US officials, the plane was shot down by a Russian-made antiaircraft missile. Along with coping with this devastating loss, tensions increased in the region setting off even more concerns internationally. –Leanne Burden Seidel

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Tour de France 101st edition

Giant Shimano procycling team rider Marcel Kittel of Germany celebrates after winning the 1st stage of the 101st edition of the 2014 Tour de France cycling race between Leeds and Harrogate, Britain, July 5. (Nicolas Bouvy/E”>
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World Cup final is set


It will be Germany and Argentina in the World Cup final this Sunday at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Argentina beat the Netherlands today during penalty kicks after extra time, and Germany dispatched Brazil yesterday during a 7-1 rout that shocked the host country. –Lloyd Young

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Spanish horses in festival and sport


Spain has a long-standing historical and cultural relationship to horses. They use them for sport and in a variety of festivals. During the summer there are several festivals in which the role of the horse is essential. –Thea Breite

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Hurricane Arthur


Hurricane Arthur made its way up the East Coast of the United States over the last few days, causing widespread flooding and power outages. The storm reached a category 2 level with its greatest sustained wind strength of 100 mph. –Lloyd Young

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