Wednesday’s Pictures in the News begins in the Southland, where a Los Angeles councilman arrives with a life-size cardboard cutout of William Mulholland at the L.A. Aqueduct Cascades for a reenactment of the opening of the Aqueduct 100 years ago (complete history). In nearby Orange County, a ghoulish couple stroll through downtown Santa Ana for the Noche de Altares (Night of Altars) street festival (more photos).
La Higuera, Chile: Today marks the 50th anniversary of the start of a fruitful relationship between ESO and Chile that has allowed European and Chilean astronomy to push the boundaries of science, technology and culture forward into the future.
Democratic Republic of Congo: Rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s powder-keg east surrendered after a crushing U.N.-backed offensive ended their 18-month insurgency in a region that has seen some of Africa’s deadliest conflicts.
Fujinomiya, Japan: Swiss aviator Yves “Jetman” Rossy, whose jet-engine powered wings have taken him over some of the world’s most awe-inspiring places, has added another — Japan’s Mt. Fuji.
Mardingding, Indonesia: A flower blossoms from vegetation covered with volcanic ash from the eruption of Mt. Sinabung in Mardingding, Indonesia. The 8,530-foot-high volcano has been erupting since Sunday, unleashing volcanic ash high into the sky and forcing the evacuation of villagers living around its slope.
Weilburg, Germany: A veterinarian performs a final check on a tiger taken from a mobile circus wagon in Weilburg, Germany. The Four Paws Animal Welfare Foundation transferred six tigers from a circus in Germany to the Lionsrock Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa.
Add stops in Spain, England, India and Thailand to round out the report.