Oktoberfest opens to toast millions

Sep 21, 2014

Oktoberfest opens to toast millions

Germany’s world-famous Oktoberfest kicked off Saturday with the traditional tapping of the first barrel of beer. Millions of revelers will soak up the frothy atmosphere in the 16-day annual extravaganza. With the cry of “O’zapft is” (“The keg is tapped”), the amber fluid began ...

Israel desert ablaze with own version of Burning Man

Jun 10, 2014

Israel desert ablaze with own version of Burning Man

For the Bedouin Arab shepherds tending their flocks in Israel’s Negev desert last week, it was almost as if aliens had landed from outer space. Some 3,000 people set up a colorful encampment in the dusty moonscape, swinging from hoops by day and burning ...

Actress' kiss at Cannes angers Tehran

May 19, 2014

Actress' kiss at Cannes angers Tehran

Iranian actress Leila Hatami on Sunday angered authorities in Tehran by greeting the president of the Cannes film festival with a kiss on the cheek, an act that outraged conservatives back home. “Iranian womanhood is the symbol of chastity and innocence,” Deputy Culture Minister ...

Pot holiday goes mainstream in Colorado

Apr 21, 2014

Pot holiday goes mainstream in Colorado

Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of April 20 has gone mainstream in Colorado, the first U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana. Tens of thousands gathered for a weekend of cannabis-themed festivals and entertainment, from a marijuana industry expo ...

Trash pickers give Rio Carnival costumes new life

Mar 5, 2014

Trash pickers give Rio Carnival costumes new life

Elaine da Silva Moraes clambers up mounds of abandoned fabric, foam and feathers that minutes earlier were the essence of Rio de Janeiro’s glitzy, multimillion-dollar Carnival parades. The creative costumes on display at the all-night Sambadrome parades that ended early Tuesday have made Rio’s ...

Rio revelers put protests on hold for Carnival

Mar 2, 2014

Rio revelers put protests on hold for Carnival

Revelers in Rio joined a whirl of festivities Saturday as carnival fever took hold and the world’s biggest street party pushed lingering protests over corruption and the cost of hosting the World Cup firmly to one side. With the football extravaganza now just three ...

Chinese horses clash in battle to mark Lunar New Year

Feb 3, 2014

Chinese horses clash in battle to mark Lunar New Year

Hooves clash in mid-air, a stallion bites his opponent while delighted spectators cheer wildly , and in southern China some chose to see in the Year of the Horse by watching the animals fight. For the residents of Tiantou, a remote village in the ...