July 24, 2009 Images this week: Japan, Argentina and Turkey
From more protests in Iran to an eclipse in Asia, view images from stories that captured headlines across the globe this week.
Beef Crisis The Argentine beef industry is currently suffering from a major crisis. The Argentine Farm Federation reported that cattle supplies are at their lowest in 45 years, and that the country is on the verge of importing meat. But the official response coming out of Buenos Aires was starkly contradictory, claiming that the crisis was nothing but a "big lie."
This comes as quite a hard blow for Argentina, whose 41 million people eat about 143 lbs per capita of beef every year.
National Diet Building Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso dissolved the lower house of parliament ahead of an August 30 election amid signs that Aso’s Liberal Democratic Party has lost trust and popularity.
Many forecast that the election will hand over power to the opposition Democratic Party of Japan for the first time.
Solar eclipse The longest solar eclipse of the 21st century occurred on Wednesday morning in Asia, with millions watching. In some areas, the phenomenon lasted six minutes, causing dawn to turn to night almost immediately.
There were different reactions to the eclipse across Asia, from religious rituals in Thailand to state television coverage in North Korea. In India, the eclipse drew both pilgrims and tourists.
Diyarbakır Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has asked for deputies in his Justice and Development Parkty (AKP), to engage in a consistent policy on what is described as the “Kurdish problem.”
Amid reports that Turkey may soon unveil reforms intended to quell tensions with the country’s Kurdish minority, Turkey is moving ahead with its bid for European Union membership. Conflict in Turkey’s Kurdish southeast has claimed 40,000 lives.
Friday Prayers In Iran, tens of thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets of Tehran once again last Friday. They called on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to resign and were met by police and militiamen who fired tear gas.
At Friday prayers, one of the country’s top religious leaders — Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, himself a former president — voiced new doubts about the results of the recent presidential election, which returned Ahmadinejad to power. He said those doubts “are now consuming us.”