At least 20 people were killed when the iconic Plasco building, a 17-story high-rise in the center of Iran's capital, collapsed due to a major fire.
From the deadly crash of a Turkish cargo plane and riots at Brazil’s Alcacuz Prison to preparations for Chinese New Year celebrations in Indonesia and icy winter swimming in Russia – take a look at this week's events in Sputnik's photo gallery.
Along with Easter, Epiphany is one of the oldest Christian holidays, celebrated by Orthodox Christians in Russia during the night of January 18. The traditional rite of mass bathing is performed on the Epiphany to commemorate the baptism of Jesus Christ in the waters of the Jordan River.
Illuminating outdoor installations of life-sized and oversized lanterns have been set up in London as part of the "Explore The Silk Road" festival to celebrate the 2017 Chinese New Year of the Rooster.
"Syria. Photo Chronicles of War" is an exhibition of images made by correspondents of Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency (Michael Alaeddin, Mikhail Voskresenskiy, Valery Melnikov and Ilya Pitalev) and operators of VGTRK (Viktor Prikhodko and Alexandr Pushin).
The newest S-400 Triumf missile defense system was put on combat alert in Crimea on January 14. Find out more about the S-400 and the ceremony of the regiment entering service in Sputnik’s photo gallery.
It’s hard to believe that these pictures actually show existing houses and landscapes from different parts of the world, and are not from some twisted horror movie set.
Sometimes Moscow looks like a city from a sci-fi movie. Especially during a cloudy weather.
The first nature reserve in Russia was opened on January 11, 1917. Now, a century later, Russia has over 494 million acres of nature reserves, big and small, that serve as home to countless unique species of plant and animal life.
Just like most people across the globe, North Koreans celebrated the end of 2016 and have now returned back to work.
The historical village of Kinerma, situated in Pryazhinsky District, 100 kilometers from Petrozavodsk, is a living example of a traditional Russian settlement and a unique monument to the wooden architecture of the Karelians. It is also a great place for rural recreation.
Detroit has hosted one of the major auto shows for over a century – since 1899, and now it is back at it again. The 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) kicked off at the Detroit’s Cobo Center on January 8, exposing a wide range of buzz-worthy car premieres.
On January 8, brave people from different cities around the world took their pants off to participate in one of the oddest annual flash mobs - the 16th No Pants Subway Ride.
On Christmas Eve, the weather in Moscow broke all records. The temperature in Russia’s capital in the morning was a very chilly 30°C below zero (minus 22°F).
While Christmas is typically celebrated according to the Gregorian calendar, on December 25, the Eastern Orthodox Church observes the holiday using the old Julian calendar, on January 7.
Once the seat of the Khmer Empire, the sprawling ancient megacity of Angkor is one of the most prominent cultural heritage sites and popular tourist attractions in Cambodia.
The best photos of the Wildlife of Russia 2016 contest, carefully selected from over 55,000 entries from all over the country, have been collected in this gallery for you to enjoy.
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