May 7, 2014

    Published May 07, 2014


    This composite image shows one of the clusters, NGC 2024, which is found in the center of the so-called Flame Nebula about 1,400 light years from Earth. In this image, X-rays from Chandra are seen as purple, while infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope are colored red, green, and blue. Astronomers have studied two star clusters and the results show that the simplest ideas for the birth of these clusters cannot work.


    Villagers displaced by the recent deadly landslide receive their lunch in the Argo district of Badakhshan province, Afghanistan.


    Chinese trishaw drivers take a nap while waiting for customers in an alley near the drum tower, a tourist spot in Beijing.


    Singer Conchita Wurst representing Austria performs the song ' Rise Like a Phoenix' during a rehearsal for the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest in the B&W Halls in Copenhagen, Denmark.


    Voters queue at the Rakgatla High School voting station in Marikana, South Africa, where residents reported waiting for more than four hours in the country's general elections.


    Mango, a 19-year-old male Syrian brown bear, rests on a bed as zoo veterinarians and staff prepare him for surgery  to repair a herniated disc in his back after it was discovered in an x-ray, in the Ramat Gan Zoological Center's animal hospital near Tel Aviv, Israel.


    Facebook employees take a group selfie with Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, center, at the Facebook office in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 6, 2014.


    Armed paramilitary police officers stand guard at Beijing Railway Station. An assailant stabbed six people at a railway station in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, police and state media said.


    A model poses with a vivid yellow 100.09 carat diamond (L) and a 103.46 carat diamond ring during an auction preview at Sotheby's in Geneva, Switzerland. These items are expected to reach between $15,000,000 to 25,000,000 and $3,500,00 to 5,000,000 when they go on sale in Geneva on May 13.


    The Sydney Opera House is reflected in a harborside hotel window in The Rocks district of Sydney, Australia.


    A sadhu (Hindu holy man) casts his vote at a polling station at Ayodhya in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.


    The wreckage of a small plane that crashed into a house is lifted by a crane in Northglenn, Colorado, USA, May 6, 2014. The pilot of a single-engine airplane pulling an advertising banner walked away uninjured after it crashed into an unoccupied home in suburban Denver and set the building on fire, authorities said.


    Vietnamese female militants, dressed in ethnic minorities costumes, hold WWII-era submachineguns while marching during the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Dien Bien Phu battle in the historic city. Viet Minh forces overran the French garrison in Dien Bien Phu on May 7, 1954 after a 56-day siege, forcing the French government to abandon its colonial rule in Indochina.


    U.S. singer Miley Cyrus performs at the O2 Arena in central London, May 6, 2014.


    A 65-year-old Poloroid Land camera by Harvard drop-out and Polaroid inventor Edwin Land. Today marks the 105th birthday of Land. (Diaa Bekheet/VOA)

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