A fan who is bundled up in the cold waits for the start of the 2010 World Cup group A soccer match between France and Mexico at Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane on Thursday. Ivan Alvarado/Reuters
People watch the sunset along the edge of a road overlooking Cape Town, South Africa, on Thursday. Emilio Morenatti/AP
Dutch cyclist Robert Gesink from team Rabobank, winner of the stage and the new overall leader of the 74th Tour de Suisse UCI ProTour cycling race, is kissed on the podium by former Miss Switzerland Christa Rigozzi (r.) and Miss Switzerland Linda Faeh after the sixth stage, a 213.3 km race from Meiringen to La Punt. Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone/AP
BP chief executive Tony Hayward takes questions while testifying about the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday. Larry Downing/Reuters
Donated Harley-Davidson motorcycles are seen after an equipment dedication ceremony outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Thursday. The motorcycles and other equipment were donated to the city through the fund-raising efforts of Jimmy Binns and patrons of the CopWheels initiative. Matt Rourke/AP
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy in handcuffs looks out of the window of a bus carrying some of 80 Ashkenazi parents who were to report to jail for defying a Supreme Court ruling, during a rally in Jerusalem on Thursday. Tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews protested in Israel on Thursday against the court order to desegregate a religious school and force Jewish girls of European and Middle Eastern descent to study together. The boy was wearing the handcuffs in solidarity with the parents on the bus. Ronen Zvulun/Reuters
Oil cleanup workers gather for duty in Orange Beach, Ala., on Wednesday morning. Mike Kittrell/Press-Register/AP
A Pakistani girl walks past a representation of the Brazilian flag painted on a wall in Karachi's slums to celebrate the World Cup on Thursday. Fareed Khan/AP
A tourist reads a note which announces that the Metro is closed during a 24-hour strike in central Athens, on Thursday. The Metro union said they will also walk off the job on Friday, leaving the capital without a subway system for the third day. All public transport in Athens ground to a halt for five hours Thursday as bus, tram, and trolley workers walked off the job to protest social security reforms, thus snarling traffic in the city center. Evi Zoupanou/AP
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin walks away after inspecting a new Russian fighter jet after its test flight in Zhukovksy, outside Moscow, on Thursday. The new jet, Sukhoi T-50, is Russia's response to the latest US F-22 Raptor fighters. Alexei Druzhinin/RIA-Novosti/AP/Pool
Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum walks to the parade ring on Ladies Day, the third day of horse racing at Royal Ascot, in southern England, on Thursday. Luke MacGregor/Reuters
A Capitol Hill police officer arrests protester Diane Wilson on Thursday, as BP chief executive Tony Hayward testifies before the House Energy and Environment Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing on the role of BP in the Deepwater Horizon Explosion and oil spill. Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP
One hundred years ago today, the Japanese Empire declared war on Germany, turning the previously Europe-centric conflict into a truly 'World War.'
ByThe Monitor's European Bureau
The Christian Science Monitor, ProQuest
These articles originally ran in The Christian Science Monitor on Aug. 24, 1914. The Japanese Empire had been an ally of Britain since 1902, and with the start of World War I, was eying Germany's holdings in what is now Shandong Province, China. On Aug. 14, 1914, Japan sent Germany an ultimatum which went ignored. On Aug. 23, Japan officially declared war on Germany, turning the previously Europe-centric conflict into a truly "World War."