October 29, 2014 at 12:44AM

Times Square

The intersection of Broadway and 42nd Street and the surrounding neighborhood on New York City is at or near the top of any tourist destinations list. There are always amazing sights to see, and here’s a collection of photos of the spectacles. –By Lane Turner http://ift.tt/1u3Pl9s
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October 25, 2014 at 05:06AM

The National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest

The National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest deadline is approaching. It is Oct. 31. Here is a selection of entries that will be judged in three categories: people, places and nature. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2015. For all of the photos in the contest, visit http://ift.tt/1umfSLG http://ift.tt/1z5raZh
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October 23, 2014 at 09:04PM

Pokot archers of Kenya

Most boys of the Pokot tribe in Alale, Kenya, are unable to attend school due to their daily duty of cattle herding and their role as âwarriorsâ to protect against cattle rustlers of the neighboring Turkana tribe. Dinah Hellen Chebitwey, a 52-year-old early childhood education officer, teaches Pokot boys the game of archery in an attempt to transform their skills into a means of peace-building. Chebitwey hopes to engage her counterpart in Turkana to create a program where boys from two rival communities can compete in the game of archery to deepen exchanges and learn to embrace peace. –By European Pressphoto Agency http://ift.tt/1wrakzG
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October 22, 2014 at 01:30AM

Red Sox: Slivers of light at Fenway Park

There were more shadows than light at Fenway Park this year. Although the World Champion Red Sox finished dead last this year, nearly 3 million fans watched them play. Because there were few highlights this season we take a last look at the slivers of light, patterns and people that make Fenway a special place. –By Stan Grossfeld http://ift.tt/1w402sH
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October 18, 2014 at 03:44AM

Left behind: Mourning the missing of Flight MH370

Seven months on, loved ones of passengers on a missing Malaysian airliner derive what comfort they can going forward from whatâs left behind. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, with 239 mostly Chinese people on board, disappeared on March 8 about an hour into a routine journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in the worldâs greatest aviation mystery. More than two dozen countries have been involved in the air, sea and underwater search for the Boeing 777 but months of sorties failed to turn up any trace – even after narrowing the search area to the southern Indian Ocean – long after batteries on the black box voice and data recorders had gone flat. http://ift.tt/1qKrTHk
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October 11, 2014 at 08:48PM

Fun at fairs around the world

All across the world, seasonal fairs are held to celebrate harvest, holidays and trade. People of all ages come out to explore, learn, and catch a thrill on rides.– By Leanne Burden Seidel (28 photos total)

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October 10, 2014 at 06:08AM

Living with Ebola

The World Health Organization estimates that the Ebola virus has killed more than 3,400 people in West African countries and infected twice as many since the recent outbreak began. The World Bank estimates the economic impact of Ebola will exceed $32 billion by the end of next year. This collection of images shows the effects of the epidemic over the the last month in Africa.–By Lloyd Young

— The Big Picture team

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October 07, 2014 at 03:23AM

The Eiffel Tower gets a new glass floor

The millions of tourists who flock to the Eiffel Tower will be treated to a new glass floor, creating a sensation of walking on air nearly 200 feet above ground. The $37.5 million reconstruction is likely to become a prime location for selfies, with the first visitors spending time on the floor turning their phones towards themselves and the glass floor below. –Thea Breite (16 photos total)

A bottom view of the new 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, October 6, 2014. The first floor of the iconic landmark was renovated and reopened. (Yoan Valat/EPA)

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October 04, 2014 at 03:08AM

Observing rituals of faith

Across the Middle East and the world this week, preparations have been made for major holidays of different faiths. As Hajj culminates, the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha is celebrated this weekend. Yom Kippur completes the period of High Holy Days for the Jewish community. –Leanne Burden Seidel (20 photos total)

Ultra-Orthodox Jews reflect on a car window as they gather on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean sea as they participate in a Tashlich ceremony in Herzeliya, Israel, Oct. 2. Tashlich, which means “to cast away” in Hebrew, is the practice by which Jews go to a large flowing body of water and symbolically “throw away” their sins by throwing a piece of bread, or similar food, into the water before the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which start on Friday. (Oded Balilty/Associated Press)

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