April 15, 2013 |
On Boston's Beacon Hill, a bright-red door, illuminated by a hanging lantern and framed by a brick archway, struck me as beautiful. So I pointed my camera and shot picture after picture until the door swung open, and a barefoot guy emerged, his hair a little tousled, his white T-shirt wrinkled from sleep. He didn't look up at the group of camera-wielding tourists standing feet away from him on the sidewalk. He simply bent over, plucked the newspaper from his stoop, and retreated quickly back into the house.
April 2, 2013 |
RIO DE JANEIRO - Two foreign tourists were held for hours, brutalized, and one of them sexually assaulted aboard a public transport van they boarded in Rio de Janeiro's showcase Copacabana beach neighborhood, police said in a statement. Two men, ages 20 and 22, have been taken into custody and a third is being sought in connection with the incident, which saw the two foreigners held for around six hours starting shortly after midnight Saturday, police said. The statement said the men forced other passengers to get out of the van and then sexually assaulted the female tourist inside the vehicle, which was one of a fleet of vans that serve bus routes and seat about a dozen people.
March 25, 2013 |
PETRA, Jordan - President Obama set aside the Middle East's tricky politics Saturday to marvel at the beauty of one of the region's most stunning sites, the fabled ancient city of Petra. "This is pretty spectacular," he said, craning his neck to gaze up at the rock faces after emerging from a narrow pathway into a sun-splashed plaza in front of the grand Treasury. The soaring facade is considered the masterpiece of the ancient city carved into the rose-red stone by the Nabataeans more than 2,000 years ago. Obama's turn as tourist capped a four-day visit to the Middle East that included stops in Israel and the West Bank, as well Jordan.
March 19, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - Five men have been arrested and have confessed to raping a Swiss woman who was attacked while on a cycling vacation with her husband, police said. Two other suspects are being sought, said D.K. Arya, a senior police officer. The five men arrested in Datia on Sunday are from villages near where the attack occurred Friday night as the couple camped in a forest. The couple told police that the woman had been raped by seven or eight men, but that it was dark and they could not be sure of the exact number, Arya said.
March 18, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - A Swiss woman who was on a cycling trip in central India with her husband has been gang-raped by eight men, police said Saturday. The attack comes three months after the fatal gang-rape of a woman aboard a New Delhi bus outraged Indians. Authorities detained and questioned 13 men in connection with the latest attack, which occurred Friday night as the couple camped out in a forest in Madhya Pradesh state after bicycling from the temple town of Orchha, local police officer R.K. Gurjar said.
February 22, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Bullets were flying from a black Range Rover at a gray Maserati as the vehicles raced toward a red light on the Las Vegas Strip. Beneath the neon lights, police say, the Maserati ran a red light at one of the Strip's busiest intersections and smashed into a taxi that exploded into flames early Thursday, killing the two people inside. Three more cars and a utility truck collided at the crossroads home to Bellagio, Caesars Palace, and Bally's, leaving at least six more people injured as the Range Rover sped off in the predawn darkness.
February 7, 2013 |
ACAPULCO, Mexico - The tourism world turned its eyes on Mexico after six Spanish women were raped by masked gunmen during a vacation in the long-troubled Pacific coast resort of Acapulco. While there has been talk of reviving the golden era of the '40s and '50's, international tourists have long steered away from Acapulco, even before the drug violence of recent years, as the city fell into disrepair and glitzier Cancun and Los Cabos gained favor. The question now is whether the attack will affect other resorts as Mexico prepares for its annual spring-break onslaught and peak season.
February 4, 2013 |
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkish police say a New York City woman who went missing and was later found dead in Istanbul had suffered a fatal blow to the head. Istanbul police chief Huseyin Capkin said Sunday that forensic experts had not concluded their autopsy report on the victim, Sarai Sierra, but that it was "clear" the head injury caused her death. NTV, a Turkish broadcaster, says 15 people have been detained for questioning in the case. Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, was last heard from on Jan. 21, the day she was to fly home from a vacation.
January 24, 2013 |
Google Delmon Young's name and, among the words that pop up next to it, are hate crime . Add the letter A after Young's name in the world's most popular search engine and you'll find the words arrested, anti-Semitic and assault on your screen. Young, 27, understands that's a big part of the reason he had to wait until Tuesday, just three weeks before the start of spring training, to sign a deal that guarantees him only $750,000. That's not that much money for a man with so much ability and a resume that includes being last year's AL Championship Series MVP. The Phillies are the team that will pay the notorious talent that money, and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. accompanied the signing by saying that Young will get every opportunity to be the regular rightfielder.
December 24, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM, West Bank - Bethlehem's first female mayor, Vera Baboun, can't walk through the main square of the biblical town without being stopped by admirers. "This is our new mayor, who is turning Bethlehem into one of the greatest cities in the world!" a tour guide hollered to a group of Christian tourists passing by the Church of the Nativity, built over the grotto where tradition says Jesus was born. Starting with Christmas celebrations - the high point of the year in the town - Baboun is hoping to turn things around in the troubled city.