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Snapshot Of The World - Kiev Burns, Thames Floods, Mass Wedding

 Stories making news, photographs turning heads...

1. Ai Weiwei Reacts To Smashing Of His $1m Vase

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2014-02-19 Read Later
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MIAMI A case of: Do as I say, not as I do?

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, famous for his thought-provoking and often controversial art, was on the receiving end of a spectacular act of iconoclasm this weekend, when a local Miami artist smashed one of his vases.

The vase — estimated at a whopping $1 million, a figure Ai himself called "ridiculous" — was destroyed at the "According to What?" exhibition at the Perez Art Museum Miami, by a local artist identified as Maximo Caminero.

The urn, dating back about 2,000 years to China's Han Dynasty, was one of 16 on display that Ai had dipped in bright industrial paint, making them look like much more recently produced pots. 

Caminero, who was subsequently arrested and charged with criminal mischief, says he destroyed the vase in protest of what he says is the failure of the Pérez Art Museum Miami to exhibit local artists.

Ai said he thought the gesture did not "make any sense" and that it was "very different" from his own work showing him dropping an antique vase (also featured in the Miami exhibition) —what Caminero cited as the inspiration behind his protest gesture.

Source: studyblue

Interviewed by CNN, Ai still said he wasn't taking the loss too seriously: "I don't really care much and actually my work is often damaged in different shows, because it's fragile, so normally I don't take these things too highly."

Main photo: Ross Catrow


Crunched By: Bertrand Hauger

2. Live Video As Kiev Protests Take Deadly Turn

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2014-02-18 Read Later
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The ongoing showdown in central Kiev exploded Tuesday as clashes between anti-government protesters and police left at least 14 dead and several hundred injured. 

 

Clashes continued into the night in the capital's central Independence Square. Here is a live video feed:

Click Here for additional photos of Tuesday's clashes.

3. Thailand's Anti-Government Protests Turn Deadly

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BANGKOK — A Thai riot police officer fires on anti-government protesters during clashes near Democracy Monument in the Thai capital on Tuesday that left at least three dead and up to 60 injured. Thai police say they've started to reclaim five key locations from protesters.

Read latest breaking coverage from the The Bangkok Post.

Photo: Gao Jianjun/Xinhua/ZUMA

4. The Secret Curtain Rod Behind French Record-Breaking Pole Vaulter

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BARBEZIEUX-SAINT-HILAIRE — A rare picture of French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie, who broke Sergey Bubka's 1993 world record Saturday, is making the rounds online.

The photograph shows a 4-year-old Lavillenie practicing in the family's yard ... with a curtain rod.

On Saturday Lavillenie cleared the bar at 6.16 meters (20 feet, 2½ inches), breaking Ukrainian legend Bubka's longstanding indoor pole vault world record of 6.15 (20'2"). Interestingly, the passing of the baton happened almost 21 years to the day Bubka set his record, and in the same Ukrainian city of Donetsk. 

Bubka, a track and field legend, was in attendance and congratulated Lavillenie afterward.

Main photo: via L'Equipe on Twitter


Crunched By: Bertrand Hauger

5. Mass Valentine's Day Weddings In Manila

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MANILA —  Newlywed couples kiss during a mass wedding ceremony in Manila, Philippines, on Valentine’s Day. Friday's mass wedding included 800 couples, and was sponsored by the Philippines’ Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) to help unmarried couples who couldn’t afford a ceremony. 

Photo: Ezra Acayan/ZUMA 

6. Venezuela Anti-Government Protests Leave 3 Dead

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CARACAS — A car burns during clashes between students and anti-riot police on the fringe of anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela, on Feb. 12.

Three people were shot dead in what are the most violent demonstrations since protests last year that followed President Nicolas Maduro’s narrow election victory, according to Reuters. Officials said a pro-government activist and two students were killed. At least 23 people are also said to have been injured in demonstrations across the country.

Almost a year after the death of former President Hugo Chavez, anti-government students demonstrated against current President Nicolas Maduro, but also against the country’s high crime rate, corruption and the fast-rising cost of living.

Another cause for the protest was the detention of fellow students earlier this week on the day Venezuela celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Victory, BBC News reported. This day, also known as the Venezuelan Day of Youth, celebrates the historic episode in which students defended a city against Spanish-led troops.

Maduro condemned the violence on national television and called for calm across the country, where small protests have been organized for the past two weeks. He blamed “small fascist groups” for the increase of violence in Wednesday’s demonstration.

A leader of the Venezuelan opposition, Leopoldo Lopez, said the government had planned the bloodshed in order to discredit the movement. He told Reuters that Maduro’s govermnent was “playing the violence card.” He added that he had “a clear conscience,” seeing as the protest’s organizers had called for peace. Saying the movement would continue, he added, “we won't retreat and we can’t retreat because this is about our future, abour our children, about millions of people.”

Photo: Boris Vergara/Xinhua/ZUMA


Crunched By: Patrick Randall

7. Worldwide Protests Against Mass Surveillance

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2014-02-11 Read Later
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MANILA — Filipino protesters take part in global The Day We Fight Back protests against mass surveillance, outside the Supreme Court in the country's capital.

The demonstrators are calling for the repeal of the Philippines 2012 Cybercrime Prevention Act, which they say provides a backdoor for mass surveillance by the government and its foreign allies.

The Day We Fight Back has been lauched as a demonstration of "worldwide solidarity" against NSA surveillance, protesting censorship and surveillance at both national and global levels. 

Photo: Ezra Acayan/ZUMA

8. Thames Bursts Its Banks As UK Floods Spread

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OLD WINDSOR — A woman becomes caught up in flood waters in Old Windsor after the River Thames burst its banks and reached record levels. The Environment Agency has issued 14 severe flood warnings along the Thames. 

Homes in Berkshire, Surrey and Somerset are believed to be at risk from the rising waters, and forecasters are warning there could be more rain coming late Monday and into Tuesday.

Britain has been battered by bad weather since early December, and swaths of southwestern England have been flooded in continuously stormy weather. The UK suffered its wettest January since 1766.

Photo: Stephen Simpson/London News Pictures/ZUMA

 

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