Pictures in the News | April 23, 2012

Monday’s Pictures in the News begins in England, where New Zealand’s Ngakau Toa Theatre Company perform a traditional ceremonial haka at the Globe Theatre in London as part of the World Shakespeare Festival, where 37 international companies  are presenting 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in 37 languages. Also in London, well-dressed demonstrators, organized by the satirical gentlemen’s publication the Chap, protest on St. George’s Day outside the Abercrombie & Fitch store on Burlington Gardens about the company’s plans to open a children’s clothing store on Savile Row in London. The protesters claim that the chain store’s presence would signal the demise of a street dedicated to the bespoke tailoring trade.

Vietnamese border guards in Danang watch the Seventh Fleet’s USS Blue Ridge entering Tien Sa port as Vietnam welcomes the port call of three U.S. Navy ships including the guided missile destroyer USS Chafee.  Vietnam and the U.S. will hold five days of non-combatant naval exchange activities next week amid rising tensions in the South China Sea with China, whose authorities have just released 21 Vietnamese fishermen who were detained seven weeks ago near disputed islands in the South China Sea, drawing strong protests from Hanoi.

Elsewhere,  a spring nor’easter packing soaking rain and high winds churned up the Northeast Monday morning, unleashing a burst of winter and as much as a foot of snow in Pennsylvania. Bahraini protestors are engulfed in tear gas fired by police during a demonstration in a Shiite village close to Manama. South Korean protesters in Seoul call on China to not send North Korean refugees back to their country, saying those refugees might be executed.

To round out the report: stops in Ecuador, Ukraine, Norway and Australia.