A Selection of Images from This Week in News
Jan. 9, 2013
Fire in the Sky
with a soft yellow glow, paper lanterns drift skyward, powered by the heat of solitary flames. Every year, monks wearing dark red robes release lanterns into the sky in a ceremony to honor Buddha and bless their country for the coming year.
While the moment shown here occurred in early January, Thailand's traditional New Year, known as Songkran, is normally celebrated in April. The festivities involve a less serene tradition in which Thais splash each other in a giant water fight, signifying cleansing before the New Year.
Photograph by sukree sukplang--reuters
Jan. 7, 2013
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Stealing the Limelight
if you didn't know who she was before (or if you kept confusing her with Bryce Dallas Howard), you certainly know her name now. Jessica Chastain glowed in a Harry Winston collar and black Oscar de la Renta gown at a screening for her new thriller, Mama, last Monday at Landmark's Sunshine Cinema. The redheaded actress recently garnered her first Best Actress Oscar nomination for her lead role in Kathryn Bigelow's Osama bin Laden takedown tale, Zero Dark Thirty. Despite heated debates about its portrayal of torture, the movie nabbed a total of five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. As for Chastain, she'll face off in February against Naomi Watts, Jennifer Lawrence, Quvenzhane Wallis (the youngest Best Actress nominee ever), and Emmanuelle Riva (the oldest) for the ultimate prize.
Photograph by rob kim--film magic-getty images
Jan. 10, 2013
Who Killed the Kurds?
the execution-style killings conjured up conspiracy theories as complex as any in the Middle East. Three Kurdish women were found shot inside an apartment in the heart of Paris, prompting protests across the country. And though French authorities promised to solve the murders, the answers may lie beyond their borders. One of the victims, Sakine Cansiz, was identified as a founder of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, which has waged war against the Turkish state for almost 30 years. And the killings follow news of breakthroughs between the Turkish government and rebel leader Abdullah Acalan to end the Kurdish insurgency. The question is, will the peace process become the fourth victim?
Photograph by frederick florin--afp-getty images
Jan. 6, 2013
gerard depardieu is already singing the praises of his new motherland, extolling the virtues of Russian democracy, literature, and of course its great leader: Vladimir Putin, who on Jan. 3, magnanimously, bestowed citizenship on the actor fleeing wicked tax oppression in France.
But not everyone wants part of the love-fest.
"He became a Russian citizen to replace the 3 million Russians who have escaped Russia in the Putin era," the satirist Victor Shenderovich said on a radio show.
That's a lot of people to replace. But if anyone can do it, it is Depardieu.
--Louise Roug Bokkenheuser
Photograph by stanislav krasilnikov--itar-tass-landov