The most impressive pictures of the month

A man prays at the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in Istanbul. The Ecumenical Patriarchate belongs to the Eastern Orthodox Churches. This ceremony on September 1 marked the beginning of the church year.

Serena Williams retired from tennis at the US Open. Following an interview in Vogue earlier this year, it is believed that this is her farewell tour, although she remains quite secretive about this. “I’ve been pretty vague about it, haven’t I,” Williams said. “I’m vague because you never know.”


Photo Frank Franklin II / AP

Flood-affected Pakistanis, mostly children, in the southern province of Sindh queue for food distributed by an aid organisation. The country was ravaged for weeks by extreme rainfall and severe flooding, likely exacerbated by climate change. At least 1,500 people were killed.

Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson leave Downing Street after a farewell speech in London. With the election of Liz Truss as the new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson’s reign ended after three years. His departure appeared inevitable last July after more than 50 ministers resigned. The reason for this was illegal lockdown parties at Johnson’s official residence.

A tree is burning in Hemet, California, USA. At least two people were killed in the so-called Fairview fire. The fire broke out on Monday and was only 5% contained on Tuesday. More than 250 firefighters were deployed. Princess Maxima is on a working visit to the US this week and also visited the state of California.


Photo Frederic J. Brown / AFP

The Ukrainian armed forces recaptured a large area from Russia in September. This was preceded by a disinformation campaign: Ukraine hinted for weeks about an offensive in the south, but eventually also struck in the northeast, to the surprise of the Russian armed forces. A Ukrainian soldier helps a wounded colleague on the road in the liberated area of ​​the Kharkiv region.


Photo Kostiantyn Liberov / AP

Queen Elizabeth died earlier this month at the age of 96. Queen Elizabeth’s health went downhill fast last year after Prince Philip died and she contracted the corona virus. People gathered at the Queen Victoria Memorial, opposite Buckingham Palace, after the announcement. Umbrellas with the British flag on them protected from the rain.

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy smokes a cigarette during the wedding ceremony of Moshe Lev and Ester Krois in the Israeli city of Jerusalem. Israel has no civil marriage. Whoever is Jewish marries according to Jewish law, Christians and Muslims can marry according to their own religious laws. But since July, Israelis have also been allowed to marry online, without a rabbi, imam or priest, the judge ruled.

In Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, thousands of people took to the streets to demonstrate. They are demanding more street safety, affordable food and the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry. Henry seems unable to cope with the great poverty and increasing gang violence in the country.


Photo Ralph Tedy Erol / Reuters

William Ruto was sworn in as Kenya’s new president. Security forces had to intervene during the ceremony: many stormed the entrance to the center where Ruto was inaugurated. The politician narrowly beat his opponent Raila Odinga in August with 50.5 percent of the vote.

Work was underway this month at the Glacier 3000 resort, above Les Diablerets in the Swiss Alps. An attempt was made to cover snow from the previous winter season with a blanket to prevent it from melting. The thick layer of ice that has covered the Swiss mountain pass between the Scex Rouge Glacier and the Tsanfleuron Glacier since Roman times has completely melted away. The heatwaves that hit Europe this week were disastrous for the ice on the Alpine glaciers, especially after an already relatively dry winter.


Photo Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Iranian women have been demonstrating for weeks against the vice team in their country, which enforces strict dress codes for women, such as wearing headscarves. The reason for this was the death of 22-year-old Iranian Masha Amini after she was arrested by agents. She was said to have been beaten so badly that she died of a brain haemorrhage – although the Iranian authorities deny this. In various parts of the country, women took off their hair and face coverings in protest against the police.

On September 21, Vladimir Putin announced a measure that hawks in his government called for longer: the partial mobilization of the Russian people. About 300,000 people will be called up to fight on the Ukrainian front in the coming days. In response, Russians took to the streets in several cities to protest, a first in Russia where security forces are cracking down on protests. On Wednesday evening – the day of the announcement – around 1,300 people were arrested. So is this man in Moscow.


Photo Alexander Neemov/AFP

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