Miley Cyrus, Pope Francis among Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ finalists
Time magazine revealed 10 finalists for its 2013 “Person of the Year.” Among them: Pope Francis, President Barack Obama and Miley Cyrus.
Obama was Time’s 2012 “Person of the Year.” But Cyrus, whose bizarre “twerking” at the MTV Video Music Awards in September made the former “Hannah Montana” star a water-cooler staple, is being tabbed as an unlikely favorite for the honor, which will be revealed by the magazine on the “Today” show Wednesday.
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Hospital Ships China is sending a state-of-the-art hospital ship to the Philippines following foreign and domestic criticism that it was slow and less than generous in its response to one of the world’s biggest typhoons, which killed at least 4,000 people.
The Foreign Ministry in Beijing confirmed on Tuesday the deployment of the 14,000-tonne “Peace Ark” as state television reported the arrival of the first batch of Chinese relief supplies in the Philippines.
Exactly where the Ark will operate and when it will arrive have not yet been confirmed, but Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said the Ark would set sail as soon as possible. (Reuters)
As a leader in capturing our world through brilliant imagery, National Geographic sets the standard for photographic excellence. Last year, we received more than 22,000 entries from over 150 countries, with professional photographers and amateur photo enthusiasts across the globe participating. Well, it’s that time of year again—send us your best shots in any of these three categories: people, places and nature. Please submit images that accurately reflect the captured moment in time. In other words, keep it real.
The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2014: A behind-the-scenes experience like none other.
During the contest, come back weekly to see our editors’ top picks. Want to be your own judge? View every photo, choose your own faves, then share them with family and friends. (National Geographic)
Boxing champion Emile Griffith died of “pugilistic dementia” at age 75. The boxer earned infamy after beating Benny “The Kid” Paret so severely in a 1962 title bout that he died.
Sports Illustrated reported in 2005 that Griffith may have been fueled by an anti-gay slur directed at him by Paret during the weigh-in. Over the years, in books and interviews, Griffith described himself at various times as straight, gay and bisexual.
"I was never the same fighter after that. After that fight, I did enough to win. I would use my jab all the time. I never wanted to hurt the other guy," Griffith said. "I would have quit, but I didn’t know how to do anything else but fight." Read more …
To celebrate spring, we’re showcasing photos of flowers that were submitted to our Flickr group. See more spring photos here. If you want to submit a photo (of flowers or otherwise), you can join our group.
Snapshots of Sandy: Group restores victims’ photos:
Founded after Hurricane Katrina, a nonprofit network of photographers, graphic artists and hobbyists has repaired more than 9,000 pictures discolored by floods, pockmarked by debris, speckled by mold and otherwise damaged by disasters in recent years. The Sandy project, which started this weekend, promises to be one of Operation Photo Rescue’s most expert efforts yet.
Two years ago, Jelena Anderson and her 3-year-old son, Caden, were alone for Christmas, with Caden’s father deployed to Afghanistan. Seeing that her son was missing his dad, Jelena got him a “Daddy Doll,” which he opened on Christmas morning and exclaimed, “Look, Mommy! Santa brought me Daddy!” As he was going to bed, Jelena heard him say to the doll, “Good night, Daddy. I love you.”
That’s the story behind this Christmas photo. Read more that our readers shared with us.
When 7-year-old Gianna Palacios wouldn’t partake in the ritual of saying what she was thankful for prior to her family’s Thanksgiving dinner last year, her mother realized that it was because she was missing her father, a firefighter who had to work that day. Later that night, her mother “explained that firemen can’t always be home on special days with the people they love most.” She also told Gianna her dad was “a very special hero who saves lives and was needed by many others.”
The next morning when Gianna’s dad arrived home, he found his daughter dressed in his firefighter gear. She hugged him and whispered, “I’m thankful that you’re a hero. I love you.”
Every photo has a story, and that is the story behind this Thanksgiving photo. See more of our readers’ photos and learn the stories behind them.
In this picture of from 1971, the nearly completed World Trade Center twin towers are shown. On the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, LIFE.com pays tribute to New York City in photos showcasing lower Manhattan, where the twin towers once stood.
(Photo: Henry Groskinsky—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)