The young women step across the stage, wielding their violins like weapons, their gem-laden high heels reflecting the overhead stage lights against the black stage. The 20-something-year-old songstresses bear all the markings of your average pop music girl band, down to their fitted outfits and perfectly coiffed tresses.
The neat rows of clearly marked missile systems that wound their way through Beijing Thursday as part of a massive military parade underscore the rapid development of China's indigenous defense industry.
So far in 2015, more than 300,000 refugees and migrants crossed the Mediterranean, exceeding the number in all of 2014, which was 219,000, a United Nations spokeswoman said. Click through to see images from the refugee crisis in Europe.
Europe is in the midst of an unprecedented human migration. Fleeing war, fearing for their life and dreaming of a better life far from the poverty and upheaval of their unstable nations, hundreds of thousands are flocking to Europe's shores. The migrants and refugees risk their lives in rickety boats and cramped lorry containers -- only to be greeted by governments that can't agree on how, or if, to welcome them.
Fingerprints taken from possible bomb-making material found at an apartment in Bangkok at the weekend, match those from a second suspect arrested in connection with last month's deadly bombing at a popular shrine in the city, Thai police said Wednesday.