Kaparot is a Jewish ritual performed before Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, that is suppose to transfer the sins of the past year to the chicken. Yom Kippur begins at sunset on Friday.
The Eid festival, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, has been declared on September 10th for most parts of the world including Afghanistan. Eid al-Fitr celebrates the purification achieved by a month of sunrise-to-sunset fasting, one of the five pillars of Islam, and is marked by several days of festivities.
Presidents don't simply belong to the country they're elected in. If popular (or unpopular) enough, their image can reach iconic status even halfway across the world. Case in point, President Barack Obama, whose face pops up in some expected, and highly unexpected, places in China.
Some pictures are just too jaw-dropping for suitable description. And if there's any type of image that seems predisposed for this categorization, it's peeks into our surrounding universe that various telescopes provide. Wait no further and see what's beyond the horizon, the stars and the galaxy.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama, who expressed approval of the Oval Office's decor when he took office, has had his office redecorated, White House officials said.
The makeover was done while the first family was on vacation, and was completed in time for Obama's address to the nation on Iraq Tuesday evening, The New York Times reported.
Obama is likely to face some flak about the interior decorating, in light of the tough economic times, the Times said. The White House said the bills were being paid by the non-profit group, the White House Historical Association, through a contribution from the committee that paid for Obama's inauguration.
Obama declined to disclose the cost of the redo but said it was "in line" with what his predecessors spent.
Obama has opted for neutral tones, in contrast to the golds and yellows of the George W. Bush administration, the Times said. The new rug -- which replaces a rug with a sunburst motif designed by former first lady Laura Bush -- features the presidential seal surrounded by the following quotations:
"The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself," by President Franklin D. Roosevelt; "The Arc of the Moral Universe Is Long, But It Bends Towards Justice," by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.; "Government of the People, By the People, For the People," by President Abraham Lincoln; "No Problem of Human Destiny Is Beyond Human Beings," by President John F. Kennedy; and "The Welfare of Each of Us Is Dependent Fundamentally Upon the Welfare of All of Us," by President Theodore Roosevelt.
With Hurricane Earl looming near the East Coast, and an estimated arrival of Sept. 3 and a Category 4 rating, take a look through our archives for a collection of jaw-dropping shots of the past 10 years of similar storms.
President Barack Obama is on vacation. Again. And with the slew of photos from his recent visit to the Gulf, we couldn't help but reach back into the archives and bring you our favorite pictures of world leaders taking some time off. Some spent their time industriously, others frivolously and of course, others played golf.
In a recent Newsweek report, the United States was ranked as the eleventh-best country in the world, much to the chagrin of the U.S. But Americans aren't alone at the very periphery of the top ten. Here are eleven other such entities that nearly made it into the ten best of their league.
With a probable long-term hold on the position of the second-largest economy in the world and increased fears over the scope of its military, China's legitimate and perceived power is all over the news. GDP and military figures are telling, but sometimes just a picture can reveal all there is to know about international attitudes. In an intriguing welcoming ceremony for visiting heads of state, China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao escorts visitors along a stretch of military honor guard. The reactions range from awkward glances to attempted indifference in the face of what could be deemed subtle intimidation.
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