Friday, August 30, 2013

Record setters

You name it and there is probably a record for it ­– and, for many, the most coveted acknowledgment is to make it in the Guinness Book of World Records. In this post, the Big Picture looks at some record-setting attempts so far in 2013. -- Lloyd Young Dot Portnoy, 83, on vacation from Florida with her husband, dances while attempting to break the Guinness Book of World Records' record for "the most amount of people gathered in their underwear" in the Times Square section of New York on Aug. 5, in New York City. Organizers were hoping to get 2,271 people to strip down to their underwear, the current record is 2,270. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Welcome to the fair

It is once again the season for carnival rides and livestock competitions at county and state fairs across the country. The first state fair was in Syracuse, N.Y., in 1841 to promote the agriculture industry. Since that time, fairs have evolved to include amusement rides and games, concerts, and demolition derbies. -- Lloyd Young EDITOR'S NOTE: The Big Picture will post again on Wednesday, August 14. A man stands beneath a ride at the North Dakota state fair on July 27 in Williston, N.D. The western region of North Dakota has seen a rise in crime, automobile accidents and drug usage recently, due in part to the oil boom which has brought tens of thousands of jobs to the region, lowering state unemployment and bringing a surplus to the state budget. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Bloodshed in Egypt

Hundreds were killed across Egypt today as security forces stormed the two protest camps in Cairo filled with supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. Violence erupted in streets throughout the capital city and the country. A one month state of emergency across the country was declared and the interim vice president resigned. An Egyptian woman tries to stop a military bulldozer from hurting a wounded youth during clashes that broke out as Egyptian security forces moved in to disperse supporters of Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi in a huge protest camp near Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in eastern Cairo on August 14.

Industry's Victims in Bangladesh

International attention has been focused on workers' safety in Bangladesh since the disaster at Rana Plaza, a garment factory complex which collapsed in April, killing 1,132 workers. As concern runs high about the safety of garment workers, Reuters photographer Andrew Biraj spent time photographing survivors of the Rana Plaza collapse and also documenting the lives of workers in other industries in Bangladesh, where conditions can be hazardous. Jesmin, a 25-year-old survivor from the collapsed Rana Plaza Building, lies on a bed at the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) in Savar, Bangladesh on June 4. Jesmin suffers from a spinal injury and is waiting for surgery.The April 24 collapse of the Rana Plaza complex, built on swampy ground outside Dhaka with several illegal floors, killed 1,132 workers and focused international attention on sometimes lax safety standards in Bangladesh's booming garment industry.(Andrew Biraj/Reuters)

Creatures great and small

Here's a collection of recent photos of animals from around the world. With such diverse and fascinating subjects, photographers can't help but capture daily the creatures with which we share this earth. A zebra at the Beijing Zoo in Beijing, China, August 12. Founded in 1906 during the late Qing Dynasty, the zoo is one of the oldest in China and houses 14,500 animals. (Diego Azubel/EPA)

Assault in Syria

Horrific images were taken this week of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria. Rows of bodies, including many children, fill rooms and streets in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, and Syrian activists are reporting hundreds of people killed. The Syrian government denies the use of chemical weapons, and an investigation continues. The civil war persists as forces continued fighting and droves fled the country. A man holds the body of a dead child among bodies of people activists say were killed by nerve gas in the Ghouta region, in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus August 21, 2013. (Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)