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The Giant Hand of Atacama

The Mano de Desierto is a large-scale sculpture of a hand located in the Atacama Desert in Chile, 75 km to the south of the city of Antofagasta, on the Panamerican Highway. The nearest point of reference is the “Ciudad Empresarial La Negra” (La Negra Business City). The sculpture was constructed by the Chilean sculptor Mario Irarrázabal at an altitude of 1,100 meters above sea level. Irarrázabal used the human figure to express emotions like injustice, loneliness, sorrow and torture. Its exaggerated size is said to emphasize human vulnerability and helplessness. The work has a base of iron and cement, and stands 11 metres (36 ft) tall. Funded by Corporación Pro Antofagasta, a local booster organization, the sculpture was inaugurated on March 28, 1992.
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21 Dec 2013 10:18:00
In this photo taken Saturday, June 20, 2015, Mahmoud Abdulnabi tries out an oud, an Arabic instrument related to the lute, at his workshop in Baghdad, Iraq. “The oud is different than other musical instruments”, said Abdulnabi, who has crafted ouds played by some of Iraq's best known musicians, many of whom look down from headshots on the walls. “If you feel joyful, it can play your joy. If the circumstances are sad it can play your sorrow and... help to empty whatever is in your chest”. (Photo by Hadi Mizban/AP Photo)

In this photo taken Saturday, June 20, 2015, Mahmoud Abdulnabi tries out an oud, an Arabic instrument related to the lute, at his workshop in Baghdad, Iraq. “The oud is different than other musical instruments”, said Abdulnabi, who has crafted ouds played by some of Iraq's best known musicians, many of whom look down from headshots on the walls. “If you feel joyful, it can play your joy. If the circumstances are sad it can play your sorrow and... help to empty whatever is in your chest”. (Photo by Hadi Mizban/AP Photo)
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05 Jul 2015 10:32:00
Members of an Orthodox community take part in an Easter service at a church in the village of Poteryaevka, some 200 km (124 miles) southwest of the city of Barnaul in Russia's Altai region

Members of an Orthodox community take part in an Easter service at a church in the village of Poteryaevka, some 200 km (124 miles) southwest of the city of Barnaul in Russia's Altai region, on April 24, 2011. (Reuters/Andrei Kasprishin)
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09 Apr 2012 11:05:00
Minsk city

The earliest historic references to Minsk date to the 11th century 1067, when it was noted as a provincial city within the principality of Polotsk. The settlement developed on the rivers. In 1242, Minsk became a part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. It received town privileges in 1499.
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18 Jun 2012 12:00:00
Muhannad al-Kadiri (R),18, and Ibrahim Eid, 16, demonstrate their Parkour skills over a military vehicle in the rebel-held city of Inkhil, west of Deraa, Syria, February 4, 2017. (Photo by Alaa Al-Faqir/Reuters)

Muhannad al-Kadiri (R),18, and Ibrahim Eid, 16, demonstrate their Parkour skills over a military vehicle in the rebel-held city of Inkhil, west of Deraa, Syria, February 4, 2017. (Photo by Alaa Al-Faqir/Reuters)
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05 May 2017 07:26:00
A man poses for a photo with a life size cutout of Pope Francis at Bicentennial Park where the pontiff celebrated Mass for an estimated half-million people, in Quito, Ecuador, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. (Photo by Ana Buitron/AP Photo)

A man poses for a photo with a life size cutout of Pope Francis at Bicentennial Park where the pontiff celebrated Mass for an estimated half-million people, in Quito, Ecuador, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Francis told an estimated half-million people gathered for the Mass that in a world divide by wars, violence and individualism, Catholics should be “builders of unity”, bringing together hopes and ideals of their people. (Photo by Ana Buitron/AP Photo)
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08 Jul 2015 12:14:00
A Polish girl and a boy throw water over each other on Wet Monday in Szczecin, northwestern Poland, 13 April 2020. Wet Monday is a Catholic celebration held on Easter Monday mostly in Poland, but also in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and some parts of western Ukraine. Due to the lockdown it is forbidden to celebrate this holiday in public. (Photo by Marcin Bielecki/EPA/EFE)

A Polish girl and a boy throw water over each other on Wet Monday in Szczecin, northwestern Poland, 13 April 2020. Wet Monday is a Catholic celebration held on Easter Monday mostly in Poland, but also in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and some parts of western Ukraine. Due to the lockdown it is forbidden to celebrate this holiday in public. (Photo by Marcin Bielecki/EPA/EFE)
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15 Apr 2020 00:07:00
“At the height of the Korean war, I was moving across the front lines as a soldier experiencing this tragedy, witnessing countless scenes that enraged me”. Here: Seoul, Korea. (Photo by Han Youngsoo/The Guardian)

Photographer Han Youngsoo captured the ordinary people of Korea as the country emerged from war into an age of prosperity. Han Youngsoo: Photographs of Seoul 1956–63 is at the International Center of Photography (ICP), Jersey City, New Jersey, until June 9, 2017. Here: Seoul, Korea. (Photo by Han Youngsoo/The Guardian)
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01 Mar 2017 00:05:00