Stunning Pictures Of Singapore Then And Now – 50 Years Of Independence

1

Small transportation boats, known as bumboats, leave trails of light as they travel across Marina Bay past the skyline of Singapore in this photo taken in 2004. Singapore holds a Jubilee weekend from 7 to 10 August to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its independence. Fifty years ago, hundreds of small boats lined the Singapore river in the city centre. Today, most small boats are gone, except a handful of neon-lit tourist ferries. Maritime trade is still the backbone of the city-state but after decades of rapid growth Singapore, which at less than half the size of London is among the world’s most densely populated nations, is also a popular tourist destination and a thriving global financial hub. (Photo by Edgar Su/Reuters)
Continue reading »

Photo of the Day: Happy Independence Day

1
Different ways of wearing the U.S. flag are seen in this combination picture of images taken in New York on July 2 and July 3, 2015, ahead of the Fourth of July holiday. The U.S. celebrates its Independence Day on July 4. (Photo by Andrew Kelly/Reuters)

Symbolic Vote on Catalan Independence

1
Spanish unionists protest in Madrid against the symbolic independence vote in Catalonia. (© REUTERS/ ANDREA COMAS)

On November 9, the autonomous province of Catalonia is holding a non-binding vote on whether it should remain a part of Spain or strive for independence. The voters are asked two questions: “Do you want Catalonia to become a state?” and “If so, do you want Catalonia to be an independent state?”
Continue reading »