From Christmas festivals and solstice, to the deadly Berlin truck attack in Berlin and Russian ambassador assassination – take a look at this week's events in Sputnik's photo gallery.
European cities tightened security measures after a deadly truck attack in Berlin. On December 19, a truck rammed into the crowd at the Berlin Christmas market on the Breitscheidplatz square, killing 12 people and injuring over 40 more.
Sputnik presents a selection of space pictures of 2016, which we fell in love with.
The annual Travel Photographer of the Year photo competition, which is run by photographers for photographers of any age and experience, was held for the 14th time this year. The breath-taking winning entries of the TPOTY 2016 competition were revealed on December 14.
The 66th annual Miss World international beauty pageant took place in the United States on December 18. Stephanie Del Valle, a 19-year-old law and communications student representing Puerto Rico, defeated 116 contestants from all over the world and won the top prize.
Winter in Moscow is a fine time of year, with bright white snow blanketing the city and New Year decorations sparkling everywhere.
To express their gratitude to Russian troops, 12 Syrian girls, wearing modern variations of traditional Russian kokoshnik head-dress, posed for a New Year calendar.
From the liberation of Aleppo, terror attacks in Istanbul and the explosion in Cairo to rumba parties in Cuba, a beauty pageant in Russia and the figure skating Grand Prix Final in France — take a look at this week's events in Sputnik's photo gallery.
American portrait photographer Chris Crisman was born and raised in Titusville, an oil producing small city in Pennsylvania. Its residents are his main source of inspiration. Crisman’s new project is dedicated to women who have chosen difficult professions traditionally held by men.
Since the Battle of Aleppo started in 2012, the city has suffered massive destruction. Aleppo was literally war-torn: it was split between the government-held western part and the rebel-held east. Take a look at the ruined streets of the Syrian city, which once were bright and full of life.
Kysh Babay is a twin brother of Santa Claus: this folkloric gift-bringing character personifies the Christmas and New Year period in Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan. Take a glimpse at the Tatars’ tradition of celebrating major winter holidays at Kysh Babay’s Residence in our photo gallery.
Photographer Ed Jones was given the opportunity to take a series of portraits capturing the daily lives of citizens in the North Korean capital city of Pyongyang.
The 2016 Nobel Prize awards ceremony was held on December 10 in Oslo and Stockholm.
Instagram made square pictures popular in 2010, but in fact the square format had been around for over a century. In the USSR, both amateur and professional photographers used 120 film to capture everyday life.
From the plane crash in Pakistan and the Russian field hospital destroyed by rebel shelling, to the Fashion Awards 2016 in London and the Grand Prix Royal Canin 2016 cat show in Moscow — take a look at this week's events in Sputnik's photo gallery.
IMDb, the world's most popular and authoritative source for movie, TV and celebrity content, published its list of the ten most popular Hollywood actors and actresses. Its rating system is based on IMDb page views received in 2016 – each page was visited by more than 250 million unique visitors from around the world per month.
Over the first weekend of December, the Syrian army, backed by local militia, recaptured a number of districts in eastern Aleppo from rebels and encouraged residents to visit neighborhoods and homes they left years earlier.
The finals of Russian Top Model 2016 took place at the Korston Club Hotel in Moscow on December 5. The nationwide contest brought together 30 young models from different parts of Russia. The winning fashion models will soon be seen across Russian and on international stages.
Nearly nine thousand exclusive photographs from all over the country were competing in the "Travel at home" 2016 photo contest organized by the Russian TRIP2RUS.RU tourism website. Here are some of those prize-winning photographs, which are literally inviting you to go to Baikal, Vologda or Altai and explore the vast beauty of Russia.
Hundreds of photos that were previously part of famous photographer Neil Leifer's private collection went on sale at Guernsey's auction house in New York.
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