A clown blows bubbles as some 200 ‘Clown Doctors’ or ‘Giggle Doctors’ of the child care foundation Theodora gather on January 30, 2013 on the Federal Place during a trip to Bern, Switzerland. Hospital clowns from around the world are on a week course in Rolle, Switzerland. The Theodora foundation was created in 1993 with the goal of relieving the suffering of hospitalized children through regular visits by professional artists called the ‘Clown/Giggle Doctors’. By Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty Images.
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Malaika Chaudhary, 3, whose parents immigrated from Pakistan, stands with her father during an interview at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), district office on January 29, 2013 in New York City. Some 118,000 immigrants applied for U.S. citizenship and 2,500 children received citizenship certificates in the New York City dictrict in 2012. Although underage children of naturalized immigrants usually receive U.S. citizenship, they must go through a process at the USCIS in order to receive legal certificates. Children born in the United States are American, regardless of the immigrant status of their parents. By John Moore/Getty Images)
Hillary Clinton successfully faces down angry senators, prompting Leon Panetta to realize that women can be good in combat.—
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill on January 23, 2013. Lawmakers questioned Clinton about the security failures during the September 11 attacks against the U.S. mission in Benghazi that led to the death of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. By Alex Wong/Getty Images. Tweet context here.
Supporters of Naftali Bennett, head of the Israeli hard-line national religious party, Jewish Home, celebrate after exit polls were announced on January 22, 2013 at the party headquarters in Tel Aviv. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud-Beitenu was the top vote getter in today’s election but the right-wing combination was weakened by a strong showing by the centrist Yesh Atid, according to TV exit polls. By Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images. Recent Dish on Bennett and his modern theo-fascism here. Update from a reader:
I’ve been out reporting for 19 hours straight, my brain is fried and probably I shouldn’t write, but: for many months you have reported, as per almost every blogger and media outlet, that the radical right had a stranglehold on Israel. One thing proven today is that Israel badly needs a Nate Silver. And that fearful commentators probably should calm down a bit and think. Despite grave problems, Armaggedon is not around every corner.
The main message of today’s election is a wide and deep repudiation of Netanyahu. It’s not the happiness of Bennett supporters. Bennett, actually, also got less than expected. Something else is going on in Israeli politics, which continues to be basically split down the middle, and it is worth analysing. I know as little as anyone about what will happen in the coalitionary horserace, but given the amount of coverage Israel’s axiomatic hard-right turn received I think this is worth pointing out. It’s complicated.
Post-election analysis to come.
A dog is blessed by a priest at San Anton church in Madrid on Saint Anthony’s Day, on January 17, 2013. Dogs, cats, rabbits and even turtles, many dressed in their finest, trooped into churches across Spain in search of blessing on Saint Anthony’s Day, the patron saint of animals. By Pedro Armestre/AFP/Getty Images.
In 1528 German writer Albrecht Dürer wrote ‘Four Books on Human Proportion’ as a study of male profiles. In 2008 artist Pablo Garcia picked the study up, transforming the illustrations into a bizarre device. With his so called ‘Philograph’ he found a method of tracing and extrusion through sequential profiles. The device transforms Dürer’s drawings into a contiguous 3D extrusion that rotates on a circular spindle causing a shadow that morphs between each profile.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin address a press conference at the chancellery in Berlin on November 26, 2010. Putin said that closer ties with Europe were unavoidable, a day after his proposal for a free trade zone 'from Lisbon to Vladivostok' met with a cool German response. By Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images.
With less than one week before Thanksgiving, a turkey stands in a barn at the Willie Bird Turkey Farm on November 22, 2010 in Sonoma, California. An estimated forty six million turkeys are cooked and eaten during Thanksgiving meals in the United States. By Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.
A man yawns as he waits in a security screening line November 24, 2010 at LaGuardia airport in the Queens borough of New York City. Experts expect over 1.6 million people to fly over the Thanksgiving holiday this year, a 3.5% increase from last year. Airport officials are concerned that public protests against new security techniques such as National Opt-Out Day could further delay holiday travel. By Chris Hondros/Getty Images.
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Sheila Bair participates in the open portion of an open meeting of the Financial Stability Oversight Council at the Treasury Department November 23, 2010 in Washington, DC. Created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the council is charged with identifying and responding to emerging risks and threats to the financial stability of the United States. By Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.
Students from St Andrews University indulge in a tradition of covering themselves with foam to honor the 'academic family' on November 22, 2010, in St Andrews, Scotland. Every November the 'raisin weekend' which is held in the university's St Salvator's Quadrangle, is celebrated and a gift of raisins (now foam) is traditionally given by first year students to their elders as a thank you for their guidance and in exchange they receive a receipt in Latin. By Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images.
Members of a Haitian Ministry of Health body collection team place cotton balls around the face of Nixon Merise,24, as they prepare to remove his body from his home to their vehicle for disposal of it and other victims of the cholera epidemic on November 20, 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. They placed cotton balls and gauze around his face to keep fluids from flowing out. Doctors say poor sanitary conditions after January's earthquake made the country vulnerable to cholera, which is caused by bacteria transmitted through contaminated water or food. By Joe Raedle/Getty Images.
Robin, a two-week-old gray seal, swims through her basin at the animal collecton point in Friedrichskoog, northern Germany, on November 19, 2010. The orphaned seal was found on the North Sea island of Pellworm and will be brought up at the Friedrichskoog station now before returning to the North Sea in two or three months. By Carsten Rehder/AFP/Getty Images.
A Lebanese airborne commando puts camouflage paint on the face of a young student during a combat demonstration at a school in Jounieh, north of Beirut, on November 19, 2010 to mark Lebanon's Independence Day, which falls on November 22. By Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images.
A few years ago, French photographer Sacha Goldberger found his 91-year-old Hungarian grandmother Frederika feeling lonely and depressed. To cheer her up, he suggested that they shoot a series of outrageous photographs in unusual costumes, poses, and locations. Grandma reluctantly agreed, but once they got rolling, she couldn't stop smiling.
Workers at Aynsley China start producing commemorative plates, cups and mugs to mark the engagement between Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton on November 17, 2010 in Stoke On Trent, United Kingdom. The historic china company has rushed through production of collectable china after the announcement of their royal wedding yesterday. By Christopher Furlong/Getty Images.
Alan Stuart inspects a pie as judging takes place in the World Scotch Pie Championship on November 16, 2010 in Dunfermline, Scotland. Eighty pie makers have entered the competition, which is now in its 12th year. The three other categories are sausage rolls, bridies and savoury products, with 400 entries in all. By Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images.
A stork is pictured in St James's Park, central London on November 15, 2010. By Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images.
An Indian Hindu devotee offers prayers to the setting sun during The Chhath Festival while standing in the Yamuna river in New Delhi on November 12, 2010. Chhat festival is dedicated to Lord Surya (Sun), Agni (fire) and Lord Kartikeya or Muruga. Devotees fast during the day and in the evenings offer Chhat to the setting sun in bodies of water. By Manpreet Romana/AFP/Getty Images.
23-month-old Walker, the new polar bear at Highland Wildlife Park has a swim before meeting with 30-year-old Mercedes for the first time on November 12, 2010 in Kingussie, Scotland. The bears were both released today into the 4 acre main enclosure which will be their home. By Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images.
United States Marine Corps Capt. Jill A. Leyden visits the grave of her friend USMC Major Megan McClung on Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery November 11, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. Leyden and McClung served in Iraq, McClunk died there in 2006. By Win McNamee/Getty Images.
Saudi special forces take part in a military parade in preparation for the hajj in the Saudi holy city of Mecca on November 10, 2010. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims from all over the world are flocking to Mecca to perform the annual hajj or pilgrimage. By Mustafa Ozer/AFP/Getty Images.