Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Pictures of the day

April 14, 2009

US President Barack Obama takes the family’s new Portuguese Water Dog puppy, Bo, for a run on the South Lawn at the White House (Larry Downing/Reuters)

Palestinian Bedouin from a Hawamdeh family lives with her family in a home cave near the West Bank village of Ghwien, south of Hebron

A Bedouin outside her cave home near the West Bank village of Ghwien, 40 km (25 miles) south of Hebron, where the Palestinian Red Crescent Society is giving first aid training. More than 120 Palestinians inhabit the caves and eke out a living by farming and herding sheep (Abed Al Hafiz Hashlamoun/EPA)

Man holds a traditional firework housed in a bamboo tube

In an offering to local gods, a man holds aloft a firework housed in a bamboo tube reinforced with hemp at the Matsudaira Toshogu Shinto Shrine near Toyota in Japan. Participants suffer varying degrees of burns in what is also a test of bravery. The ceremony was part of a spring purification rite at the shrine of the Matsudaira clan, one of the most notable families in Japanese history. The Tokugawa branch of the family ruled Japan for 260 years and built the city of Edo, present-day Tokyo. The fireworks performances have been held since 1619 (Everett Kennedy Brown/EPA)

A man cycles past a lemur, locally called kukang, displayed for sale in Jakarta

A man cycles past a lemur displayed for sale in Jakarta. An illegal trade in primates for laboratory tests is thriving in Indonesia despite regulations designed to control such exports. The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection said Indonesia should be suspended from the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species, Cites, for allowing the trade (Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images)

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