Drummers play the #Maomoa royal war drums in #Zambia to mark the advent of the #Kuomboka Pageantry – Zambia’s largest cultural festival. In the ceremony, a crew of 200 paddlers are chosen to row the king of Barotse land over a 6-hour journey from his wet palace to his dry palace keeping him safe from floods. This event, which took place last week, is the first time the event has happened in 4 years, because of drought. Video: @JoMunnik
Turn your sound on for this one. For pre-digital natives, there's nothing quite as nostalgia-inducing as the manual "click," "clack" and "ding" sounds of an old mechanical typewriter. That's why the @BostonTypewriterOrchestra is making these old machines quite literally "sing" again. Since 2004, this six-man ensemble has been playing a range of covers and original songs on both desktop and portable machines from years past.
31 years ago today, an explosion tore through #Chernobyl. It was the worst nuclear accident the world had ever seen, and we’re still feeling the effects of it today. This abandoned theme park stands in the ghost town of #Pripyat, which was evacuated after the disaster. Pripyat, located in modern-day #Ukraine, was a city in the #USSR and is a ghostly snapshot of Eastern Europe before the fall of the Iron Curtain. ( SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Turn up your sound to hear the massive firepower of US-South Korea joint military drills. The two countries insist that they have no specific enemy in mind for these drills, but that's not how North Korea sees it.
@ivankatrump, daughter of US President @realdonaldtrump, International Monetary Fund director Christine Lagarde and German Chancellor Angela Merkel join a panel discussion on women's empowerment and entrepreneurship at the W-20 summit in Berlin, Germany. ( by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Louis Chan's photographs carefully document the rooms of Chinese American immigrants in New York City.
We never glimpse the tenants but walking through Louis Chan's intimate exhibition of life-size Chinatown interior photographs, it feels as if they might step out at any moment to greet us.
Carefully documenting the rooms of Chinese American immigrants in New York City, the photographs invite you to become an investigator, to piece together the lives of unseen strangers in the sum of the objects they collect. (Photos: Louis Chan)
Filmmakers Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic got into astrophotography as a way to escape the urban grind and try new photography techniques. Now the two have become advocates against light pollution.
They stitch together hundreds of long-exposure images to create their timelapse videos. The result is a swirl of stars punctuated by satellites, meteorites and aircraft streaking across the sky.
Wedding dresses hang from nooses in #Beirut during a protest against marriage rape laws.
Several Middle Eastern countries are facing growing pressure to close legal loopholes that allow rapists to escape punishment by marrying their victims.
Jordan and #Lebanon have taken recent steps to end such laws, which often date back to the colonial era and have been condemned by rights groups as archaic and inhumane. (Photo: ABAAD/Patrick Baz)
Turn your sound on for this one. This music blares through loudspeakers in Pyongyang, North Korea, every morning at 5 am. Follow @willripleycnn for more from inside North Korea.
Wreaths and floral baskets were laid at war memorial sites in North Korea on Tuesday, in ceremonies marking the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army. The memorial events take place amid heightened tensions between the US and North Korea; a US Navy guided-missile submarine has just arrived in South Korea, in a show of force directed at Pyongyang. KCTV
Festival season is upon us. Here, #Coachella attendees revel in the second weekend of the music and art festival in Indio, #California. (Frazer Harrison/Christopher Polk/Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella)
Today (April 25th), North Korea celebrates the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army. The day is marked with a public holiday, and despite the USS Michigan, one of US' most powerful submarines, arriving in South Korea on Tuesday in an apparent show of force, there was no sign of tension in Pyongyang as North Koreans took to the streets to celebrate. ( by @willripleycnn)
The USS Michigan -- a guided-missile submarine -- arrived in South Korea on the same day that North Korea celebrates the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army. A statement from US Naval Forces Korea called the sub's visit "routine" and said it was a chance to highlight the alliance between the US and South Korean navies. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jermaine Ralliford)
via @greatbigstory • If you can read it, hear it, see it, think it, there’s a good chance the @LibraryCongress has it. With a collection of over 160 million items, it’s the largest library in the world, home to historical landmarks such as the Gutenberg Bible, the original copy of the “Star Spangled Banner” and the first portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Today, we’re celebrating the library’s 217th birthday with a peek into its vast archives.
Venezuelan opposition activists organize a sit-in to block the Francisco Fajardo motorway in #Caracas, #Venezuela.
Clashes between supporters of the opposition and those of President Nicolas Maduro have flared this month in Venezuela. The opposition is asking Maduro to step down, accusing him of eroding democracy. (Photo: RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
Photographer Mario Tama flew with @NASA scientists over Greenland and Canada as part of Operation IceBridge, a project to monitor Earth’s polar ice. They flew through valleys of immense, massive #glaciers. “It’s a part of our Earth that no one gets to witness,” he said. He felt privileged to see it and “wished every human could be on board that flight and seeing that fragile landscape.” (Photos: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel inspects a 3D-printed figurine of herself at a trade fair in Hanover, northern Germany Tobias Schwarz/Getty Images
Anti-fascist demonstrators protest in Nantes, western France, after the announcement of the results of the first round of the country's presidential election. Political novice Emmanuel Macron and far-right populist Marine Le Pen are through to the second round, in a rejection of traditional political parties. Macron and Le Pen will face each other in a runoff election on May 7. Jean-Sebastien Evrard/Getty Images
London Marathon runner Matthew Rees, of Swansea Harriers Athletics Club, was near the finish line of the 26.2-mile race on Sunday when he was seen assisting David Wyeth, of Chorlton Runners, to get to the finish line. The London Marathon praised Rees on Twitter and said he "encompassed everything that's so special about the #LondonMarathon." ( by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
There's even a march for science in Antarctica. The crew at Germany's Neumayer Station, a research institute in Antartica, traveled out into the 20°F temperatures and 26 mph gusts to join their voices in support with crowds around the world.
Crowds prepare to join the #MarchforScience in #London. People in the US and around the world are marching on #EarthDay today in support of science and evidence-based research, in a protest fueled by opposition to US President Donald Trump's policies. ( @meera_senthi/CNN)
via @greatbigstory • Gordon Hempton is on a personal quest to preserve silence in nature. The “sound-tracker” circles the globe recording vanishing sounds, including the most elusive one of all: silence. In 2005, Hempton resolved to find the quietest place in Washington's Hoh rainforest in @OlympicNationalPark, itself a haven of silence. According to Hempton, the area he found is precisely one square inch. But that little area of quiet—which holds incredible value for the Earth—is endangered. Now, Hempton is determined to protect it from noise pollution like overpassing jets, lest we lose one of our country’s last remaining silent places.
People live and die by the water in southern Louisiana. The Gulf of Mexico, the rivers, lakes, and massive marshes that look more like sea than land, are woven into their identity. They're always there. They give — but they also take. Rising seas have swallowed more than 1,800 miles of coastline in the last 78 years, according to the United States Geological Survey. That puts residents here at the forefront of areas affected by climate change.
Supporters of candidates running for president in South Korea perform dance routines and adapt pop songs for political campaigns. Against a backdrop of tension with neighboring North Korea, South Koreans are expected go to the polls on May 9 to elect their new president. (: @ivancnn) #Seoul#southkorea
This four-year-old girl doesn't even flinch at the sound of nearby gunfire - trapped in Mosul, Iraq, Stbark has never known anything but war. Her family is among the estimated 400,000 civilians facing daily artillery barrages in Mosul's Old City. #Iraq
Happy birthday, Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty turns 91 today. However, like many British monarchs before her, she’ll officially celebrate it in June (when the weather is better for her birthday parade). (Jonathan Brady/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
China has launched its first cargo spacecraft on Thursday night, according to state media Xinhua, which described it as a "crucial step for China's plan to have an operational space station by 2020." The Tianzhou-1 is a medium-sized rocket fueled by liquid oxygen and kerosene and can carry cargo spacecraft and satellites weighing more than six tons. ( by FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images)
At least one police officer was killed in a shooting in Paris on Thursday, the French Interior Ministry said. The attacker was killed.
The Champs-Elysees has been closed to vehicle traffic and all businesses in the area have shut down. Authorities are telling people to avoid the area. (THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
This is the scene at Champs-Elysées in #Paris where one police officer and an attacker have been killed in a shooting on Thursday, according to CNN affiliate BFMTV and the French Interior Ministry.
BFMTV also reports another police officer was seriously injured and an unidentified man was hit by "cross-fire" in the the Champs-Elysées area. BFMTV has not specified if the unidentified man was the attacker or a bystander.
Sarah Palin, Kid Rock and Ted Nugent visited President Donald Trump at the White House for dinner on Wednesday. A White House official said the group had dinner with the President, but didn't provide any further details. (Sarah Palin/Facebook)
A demonstrator stands in front of an armored vehicle of the riot police during a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, Venezuela on Wednesday. #Venezuela has been riven by violent protests in recent weeks as opposition leaders face off with President Nicolas Maduro and his supporters.
Anti-government protesters want Maduro to step down, accusing him eroding democracy. Maduro, meanwhile, has ordered the Venezuelan armed forces onto the streets to maintain order. (Photo: JUAN BARRETO/AFP/Getty Images)
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