European Beard Championship prize winners in the category chin-beard and mutton-chops imperial, Franz Mitterhauser of Austria, left, Juergen Burkhard of Germany and Herve Diebolt of France, pose for photographers during the European Beard Championships in Leogang, Austria on Oct. 2. More than 150 competitors took part in 17 categories to win the prize for the most attractive, fancy and eccentric beard.
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Stefan Bartl from Germany looks into a mirror while styling his beard on Oct. 2 during the European Beard and Moustache Championships.
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The jury of the European Beard Championship rates a participant's beard.
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Participants of the European Beard Championship wait for a competition on Oct. 2.
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A nurse feeds an abandoned baby girl, with others nearby in cradles in a room at the Life Line Trust Home in Salem, Tamil Nadu, India. In its latest initiative to wipe out the practice of female foeticide and female infanticide, the government of Tamil Nadu has set up cradle homes where unwanted girls can be abandoned.
For years, photojournalist Walter Astrada has photographed the issue of violence against women in countries around the world. His latest story focuses on gender selection in India. In partnership with the Alexia Foundation and MediaStorm, he tells this story:
India is a diverse country, separated by class and ethnicity. But all women confront the cultural pressure to bear a son. This preference cuts through every social divide, from geography to economy. No woman is exempt.
This preference originates from the belief that men make money while women, because of their expensive dowry costs, are a financial burden. As a result, there is a near constant disregard for the lives of women and girls. From birth until old age, women face a constant threat of violence and too frequently, death.
Watch the compelling video, below.
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A model presents a creation by British fashion designer John Galliano, as part of the Christian Dior ready to wear spring-summer 2011 fashion collection, presented in Paris, Friday, Oct. 1, 2010.
But the Sydney Morning Herald's Emma Charlton helps me get what this show was about. Sort of:
Designer Galliano chose pumping 80s pop for his soundtrack, but the look was 1950s to the fingertips, with shoulder-length iron-curled hair and fringes, and cat-eye shades in bright lollipop hues of orange, pink or blue.
A Sharia law official whips a man convicted of gambling with a rattan cane during a public caning in Jantho, Aceh province, Indonesia, Friday, Oct. 1, 2010. A version of Islamic law was introduced in the province in 2009 as part of negotiations to end the 29-year war between separatist rebels and the military. The law bans gambling, drinking alcohol and makes it compulsory for women to wear headscarves.
This image is really disturbing, particularly to my Western sensibility. It makes me wonder if we are going to see stoning next. According to Human Rights Watch, that's a possibility:
The new law calls for married adulterers to be stoned to death and punishes consensual sexual conduct with flogging - 100 lashes each for homosexual conduct and for adulterous conduct between unmarried partners. The law (Law No. 11/2006 of the Government of Aceh) passed on September 14, 2009, and although Aceh's governor, Irwandi Yusuf, has said he will not sign the law, it will take effect in mid-October unless national authorities intervene.
European Ryder Cup player Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland (L) consults with an official in a bunker on the fifth hole during four-ball play on the first day of the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Newport, south Wales, October 1, 2010.