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Pork and politics mingle at Iowa State Fair

08/11/14 01:06PM

First held in 1854, the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines is an annual showcase of farm animals and politicians alike that organizers boast attracts a million visitors each year. Iowa's role as the first caucus state of the presidential primaries make the event a must-visit for White House contenders who give soapbox speeches and mingle with... read more

A worker uses a laptop inside his dormitory near a residential construction site in Hefei

This Week in Pictures: Aug. 2-8

08/08/14 11:09AM

The crisis in Iraq changed drastically on Friday when the U.S. launched military airstrikes again Islamic extremists near the city of Erbil, where the U.S. has a consulate. read more

Philippe Petit, a French high wire artist, walks across a tightrope suspended between the World Trade Center's Twin Towers in New York, Aug. 7, 1974.

A death-defying balancing act remembered

08/07/14 07:28AM

Forty years ago, magician and wire walker Philippe Petit left a crowd of thousands breathless as he traversed a wire strung between the Twin Towers. read more

Gazans take stock of damage as cease-fire holds on second day

08/06/14 02:58PM

Palestinians returned to their homes in Gaza to find widespread devastation on Wednesday, the second day of a 72-hour cease-fire between Israel and Hamas after a month of fighting and broken truces left nearly 2,000 people dead. read more

A new frontier for women's education in Africa

08/06/14 09:29AM

Based on current education trends, only 56% of countries will have achieved gender parity in lower secondary education by 2015. If we continue like this, the poorest girls in sub-Saharan Africa will not achieve universal primary school completion until 2086. To address this challenge, in 2010 the Connect To Learn (CTL) initiative was established... read more

Dingley of England is seen underwater as he competes in the men's 3m Springboard final at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh

This Week in Pictures: July 26-Aug. 1

08/01/14 09:00AM

The brutal fighting in Gaza continued this week between Israel and Palestine, while Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Fitr to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan. read more

Trench Warfare

100 years since World War I: Could it happen again today?

07/28/14 07:44AM

One hundred years ago today, Emperor Franz Josef of Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia in retaliation for the assassination one month earlier of his heir apparent, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, by a Serbian pan-Slavic nationalist. 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... read more

A Palestinian boy comforts his father, whom medics said was wounded by Israeli shelling in Shejaia, at a hospital in Gaza City

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... read more