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German soccer fans at Leme Beach in Rio react to midfielder Mario Gotze's match winning goal in the 113th minute of the World Cup final at Maracanã stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 13, 2014.

World Cup Final: Faces of Brazil

07/08/14 02:56PM

The World Cup came to a close Sunday with Germany beating Argentina in extra time 1-0 – but for most Brazilians, once the crowds and cameras depart, everyday life will go on pretty much the same as ever. read more

Netherlands day of national mourning

This Week in Pictures: July 19-25

07/25/14 09:02AM

As the bodies of the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 were transferred to the Netherlands this week for identification and repatriation, shock turned to grief and mourning for the 298 people who lost their lives when the aircraft was shot down over eastern Ukraine. Israeli and Palestinian casualties mounted and efforts to instill a ceasefire failed as intense fighting in Gaza entered its third week. read more

A Palestinian firefighter helps to put out a fire at Gaza's main power plant, which witnesses said was hit during Israeli shelling, in the central Gaza Strip.

Scenes of war and heartbreak as Israel-Hamas conflict intensifies

07/18/14 03:19PM

The Gaza Strip, a Palestinian region on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea and adjacent to Egypt, is just 139 square miles and home to 1.7 million people. It is one of the poorest and most dense regions in the world. It is run by Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization which controls a majority of seats in the Palestinian Parliament. read more

This Week in Pictures: July 12-18

07/18/14 01:07PM

The news that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed in eastern Ukraine, near the border with Russia, came as a shock on Thursday. The tragedy is the second major catastrophe for the airline, following the disappearance of another Malaysia Airlines flight in March. That passenger plane has yet to be found, and its disappearance remains a mystery. read more

Oakland's fight to save black boys

07/15/14 07:22AM

Oakland, California— The gunshots. The headlines. The seemingly endless stream of young black men sent to early graves. It all becomes part of the fog that seems to distort the narrative of this city. But there’s so much more to the city’s narrative than the fog of pathology and hurt. On the ground there is hope and a whole generation of students, activists and organizations fighting to reclaim and rewrite that story. read more

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This Week in Pictures: July 5-11

07/11/14 10:54AM

Germany's defeat of the World Cup host country's team stunned soccer viewers and devastated Brazilians worldwide. Brazil and the Netherlands will face off on Saturday to determine the third-place winner of the month-long tournament, with the ultimate winner -- Argentina or Germany -- to be decided on Sunday. read more

Saddle up: Inside America's heartland

07/03/14 11:40AM

The 4th of July is an ideal time for a good old-fashioned American rodeo. Photographer JJ Sulin grew up in Chicago, where he had no experience of rodeo culture. But after his wife told him about the rodeo held every year in her hometown of Sidney, Iowa — aka “Rodeo Town, USA” — Sulin says he became “slightly obsessed.” So for four straight summers, Sulin visited Sidney’s rodeo, and captured what he saw. read more