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In Pictures: Ship leaking oil off Mauritius breaks apart – Aljazeera.com

A ship that has leaked more than 1,000 tonnes of oil in pristine waters off the coast of Mauritius has split in two.

The Japanese-owned bulk carrier MV Wakashio ran aground on a coral reef off the southeastern coast of Mauritius on July 25 and began oozing oil more than a week later, threatening a protected marine park boasting mangrove forests and endangered species.

“It was confirmed on August 15 that the vessel has broken into two,” the ship’s operator Mitsui OSK Lines said in a statement on Sunday, noting that the information came from the vessel’s owner, Nagashiki Shipping.

Nearly all of the remaining 3,000 tonnes of oil had been pumped off the ship by that time, though there were still 90 tonnes on board, much of it residue from the leakage.

Mitsui noted on Sunday that “an amount of unrecovered oil is believed to have leaked out of the vessel”, without providing details.

Mauritius has declared an environmental emergency and thousands of Mauritians have volunteered day and night to clean the powder-blue waters that have long been a favourite among honeymooners and tourists.

The spill is an environmental and economic disaster for Mauritius, which relies heavily on tourism.

Removing the ship is likely to take months and scientists say the full impact of the spill is still unfolding, but the damage could affect Mauritius and its tourism-dependent economy for decades.

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In pictures: Rare solar eclipse darkens Asia on the summer solstice – BBC News

A woman watches the eclipse in Bangkok

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The eclipse was seen by skywatchers in parts of Asia – such as this woman in Bangkok

Skywatchers in parts of West Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, South Asia, southern China and Taiwan have been treated to a dramatic solar eclipse.

Photographers have taken photos of the annular eclipse – also known as a ring of fire – where the moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, leaving just a thin ring of light visible.

This eclipse coincided with the summer solstice – the northern hemisphere’s longest day of the year.

Annular eclipses occur every year or two and are only visible across a narrow band of our planet, known as the centreline. This eclipse lasted for just under 90 seconds at its point of maximum duration.

People hundreds of kilometres from the centreline did not see the actual eclipse, but they did see light drain from the day.

According to astronomers, watching the eclipse is the equivalent of switching from a 500W bulb to a 30W bulb.

Here are some of the best photos.

Guangzhou, China

Eclipse seen from Guangzhou, China

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Manila, Philippines

Manila, Philippines

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Chiayi, Taiwan

Chiayi, Taiwan

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Mumbai, India

Mumbai, India

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Karachi, Pakistan

Karachi, Pakistan

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In Pictures: Little Richard, founding father of rock ‘n’ roll – Aljazeera.com

Tributes have poured in for Little Richard, one of the founding fathers of rock ‘n’ roll who died of cancer on Saturday, at the age of 87.

With a distinctive singing range, the American musician captivated audiences and inspired artists – from The Beatles to David Bowie – as he transformed the blues into the feverish new style of rock ‘n’ roll alongside Fats Domino and Chuck Berry.

“He was the biggest inspiration of my early teens,” Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger tweeted on Saturday.

“His music still has the same raw electric energy when you play it now as it did when it first shot through the music scene in the mid 50’s.”

Bob Dylan called Richard: “My shining star and guiding light back when I was only a little boy. His was the original spirit that moved me to do everything I would do.”

“Of course he’ll live forever,” he said in a series of tweets. “But it’s like a part of your life is gone.”

Chic co-founder Nile Rodgers mourned “the loss of a true giant” and former President Bill Clinton hailed his “unforgettable charisma”.

Questlove of The Roots was more emphatic: “LITTLE RICHARD is THE TRUE KING. LONG LIVE THE KING.”

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In pictures: Last supermoon of 2020 rises on a world grappling to overcome pandemic – DAWN.com

The supermoon appears large in the sky owing to the coincidence of its closest approach to the earth with a full moon.

The last supermoon of 2020 rose in the sky on Thursday as cities around the world begin to gradually open up and move past the novel coronavirus pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands worldwide and driven the global economy into a downturn.

The supermoon, also known as the Flower Moon, is visible as the full moon coincides with the satellite in its closest approach to Earth, which makes it appear brighter and larger than other full moons.

The full moon, also known as Supermoon or Flower Moon, is pictured in Cairo, Egypt, May 7. — Reuters
The full moon, also known as the Supermoon or Flower Moon, rises behind the silhouetted crescent monument of a mosque during Ramazan in Karachi, May 7. — Reuters
May’s full moon sets behind the Statue of Liberty on May 7 in New York City. — AFP
The full moon rises next to Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. — Reuters
The Flower Supermoon rises over Curitiba, Brazil on May 7. — AFP
The full moon rises over a fountain in New Delhi, India. — Reuters
The full moon rises above the Kathmandu Valley in Kathmandu, Nepal. — Reuters
The full moon rises next to Tokyo Skytree which is displaying a message reading “Together we can all win” and illuminated in blue to honour first responders and essential workers as the outbreak of the coronavirus continues, in Tokyo, Japan. — Reuters
A foal stands in its paddock at a stud farm in Wehrheim near Frankfurt, Germany, as the full moon sets Thursday. — AP
The full moon sets behind trees in the Taunus region near Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday. — AP

Header image: The full moon rises above the Camlica Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, May 7. — Reuters

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