Wednesday 17 September 2014

Jakarta gem bazaar

Gemstone trader Haji Ismail shows his favourite gemstones as he waits costumers at Jakarta Gemstone Centre in Jakarta on September 10. The Jakarta Gemstone Centre has more than 500 stalls and 1,000 traders and is one of the biggest gemstone markets in Southeast Asia. Locals believe that wearing


Changing the face of flying

Test person Niklas Thiel poses with an electroencephalography (EEG) cap which measures brain activity, at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) in Garching near Munich. The researchers from TUM and the Technische Universitaet Berlin (team Phypa) try to find ways to control an airplane with


'State land'

A sign reading "State land, no trespassing" is seen near the Palestinian village of Jab'a, west of Bethlehem on September 10. Days after a ceasefire was reached in the war in Gaza last month, Israel announced that 400 hectares (988 acres) west of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Ba


Painless injection

National University of Singapore's Kang Lifeng shows a sample of a microneedle patch that his team of researchers have pioneered at the university in Singapore on September 11. The microneedle patch, made up of dozens of needles 600 microns long (0.6 millimetre) and half as wide, can delive


Royal gallop

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery perform a musical ride during the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games at Olympic Park in London on September 10. The Invictus Games which will run from September 10-14, is an international sporting event for wounded servicemen and women from 13 coun


Dollar dungeon

Boxes containing US currency seized during a raid in the Los Angeles Fashion District are seen in an undated handout photo released by the U.S. Department of Justice on September 10.  Police and federal agents on Wednesday raided dozens of Los Angeles Fashion District businesses suspected


Michelle’s moment

US first lady Michelle Obama holds up the scissors after cutting the ribbon for the newly renovated White House Visitor Center in Washington September 10, 2014. The center reopens to the public this Saturday after a two-year hiatus for the $12.6 million renovation. Reuters/Kevin Lamarque  


A moment to ponder

Pope Francis gestures as he leads his weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on September 10. Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi  


Vantage point

US Secretary of State John Kerry looks out over Baghdad from a helicopter on September 10. Kerry arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday as he began a tour of the Middle East to build military, political and financial support to defeat Islamic State militants controlling parts of Iraq and Syria. Reuter


Water power

Firefighters extinguish a fire, after a blast hit a chemical plant in the northern German city of Ritterhude, early on September 10. The blast hit the chemical plant late Tuesday and damaged several nearby buildings, police said. Officials did not evacuate nearby residential buildings after the

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