For the past few weeks, armed groups of pro-Russian men have been storming and seizing government buildings in towns across eastern Ukraine. Angered by the new pro-western Ukrainian government and emboldened by Russia's annexation of Crimea, these groups are demanding separation from Ukraine. Ukraine's new government has asked for western assistance, as it tries to recapture police stations airbases and other government properties -- without resorting to violence which may trigger a Russian response. Russian president Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine's new authorities of driving the country towards the abyss but said that dialogue was the only way out of the intensifying crisis. Thousands of Ukrainian soldiers are deploying in eastern Ukraine, with even more Russian soldiers massed on the other side of the border. NATO officials said they planned to deploy more forces in eastern Europe and called for Russia to stop "destabilizing" the former Soviet satellite, which has been in deep turmoil since the ouster of the pro-Kremlin leadership in February. [ 36 photos total ]

Yesterday, off the coast of South Korea, a large passenger ferry named the Sewol sank in calm seas, while carrying more than 450 passengers, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island. Officials currently confirm only 164 have been rescued, another four listed as killed, leaving approximately 300 passengers still missing. By nightfall, the Sewol had turned upside down, sinking nearly completely below the surface -- only a small part of its bow still visible. Reuters quoted one survivor as saying "The on-board announcement told people to stay put... people who stayed are trapped." As anxious relatives await word, officials plan to resume rescue operations after sunrise today. [ 23 photos total ]

On a windy and rainy day in Boston, the city marked a year since the attack at the Marathon. Two homemade bombs killed three and injured more than 250 people near the finish line last year. Symbolic events took place today culminating with a flag-raising ceremony and moment of silence. [ 20 photos total ]

Temperatures in the northern hemisphere are finally warming, flowers are blooming, and the sunshine beckons us outside once again. On a nice spring day like today, I thought I'd share some recent colorful images of the season from Germany, Japan, Scotland, the United States, and more. [ 28 photos total ]

Another week has passed and still Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 has not been found. Add some more fighting in the Ukraine and Syria and we could really do with Spring showing her pretty face. [ 38 photos total ]

A little late, but we’ve all got to have a vacation sometime. [ 40 photos total ]

A deadly forest fire devastates the port city of Valparaiso. [ 35 photos total ]

I started taking photography seriously around 2 years ago and I’ve loved it ever since. The photo’s taken in this series are from Nepal and The Himalaya on our trek up to Everest Base Camp at 5365m. The day before leaving for Kathmandu I proposed to my now fiancé, so that made this trip that little bit more special. I get great pleasure in sharing my photos with others, especially when I have the opportunity to showcase such an inspiring and beautiful part of the world, like Nepal.
See more from Nepal & The Himalaya here.

We’d like to thank Rob for sharing his photos. Visit his website for more of his work. [ 20 photos total ]

Every year, Hindus on the Indonesian island of Bali celebrate Nyepi, the Balinese New Year's Day. Nyepi is a day of silence, reserved for self-reflection, where people stay home and are not allowed to use lights, start fires, work, travel or enjoy entertainment -- even tourists are asked not to leave their hotels. However, the days surrounding Nyepi are anything but silent - several rituals of offering and cleansing take place before and after New Year's Day, to rid worshipers of past evils and bestow good fortune in the year ahead. Devotees burn huge demonic effigies, whip each other with fiery coconut husks, give prayers and offerings, and young couples are doused with water during a lively kissing festival. Gathered here are images from Nyepi rituals in Bali and other parts of Indonesia over the past few years. [ 27 photos total ]

The 78th Masters Tournament started on April 10 among the colorful flora of the Augusta National Golf Club. The well-kept grounds of the course make a great backdrop for photographing the sport, and the good weather helps with interesting shadows and warm sunlight. [ 31 photos total ]

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