August 21, 2014 at 06:14AM

2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games

Young athletes from around the globe are competing in more than two dozen events in Nanjing, China. The event created by the International Olympic Committee includes traditional opening and closing ceremonies that wrap up on Aug. 28. Many of these same competitors will be vying for spots to represent their countries in Brazil at the 2016 Summer Olympics. –Lloyd Young (25 photos total)

Chun Yin Ryan Choi of Hong Kong (left) and Andrzej Rzadkowski of Poland compete in the Women’s Sabre Individual Final on day three of the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at the Nanjing International Expo Center on Aug. 19. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

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August 19, 2014 at 04:44AM

Pope Francis in South Korea

Pope Francis wrapped up the first papal visit to Asia in 15 years, urging the divided Koreas to reject suspicion and confrontation and unite as “one family, one people.” Francis spent five days in South Korea, meeting some of the country’s five million Catholics. –Thea Breite (23 photos total)

Pope Francis and South Korean President Park Geun-hye inspect South Korean honor guards during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential Blue House on August 14, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. (Kim Hong-Ji-Pool/Getty Images)

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August 17, 2014 at 06:55AM

Ferguson Protests

There have been a week of protests, some peaceful and some violent, since the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. The unrest prompted Governor Jay Nixon to declare a state of emergency on Saturday an implement a curfew in the St. Louis suburb. Tensions had flared Friday after police released the name of the officer who fatally shot Brown and named the teen as a suspect in a convenience store robbery that occurred shortly before he was shot. –Lloyd Young (25 photos total)

Demonstrators raise their hands and chant “hands up, don’t shoot” during a protest over the killing of Michael Brown on Aug. 12 in Clayton, Mo. Some reports state that Brown hand his hands in the air when he was shot and killed by a police officer on Saturday in suburban Ferguson, Mo. Two days of unrest including rioting and looting have followed the shooting in Ferguson. Browns parents have publicly asked for order. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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August 12, 2014 at 01:27AM

Supermoon photographs from around the world

Theres something about moons and photographers. So when supermoons appear, it tends to bring out the best of them from all over the world, scoping out the best location to make a dramatic photograph. A supermoon occurs when the moon, which orbits Earth in a slightly elliptical trajectory, is at the absolute closest it can get while also being full. Yesterdays supermoon did not disappoint. –Thea Breite (15 photos total)

Penha Church in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images)

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August 06, 2014 at 08:23PM

Daily life: July 2014

A look at selection of images depicting daily life around the world in the month of July. –Leanne Burden Seidel (26 photos total)

A man practices capoeira, a Brazilian form of martial arts, on the Futuro beach in Fortaleza, Brazil, Wednesday, July 2. Fortaleza is one of many cities hosting World Cup soccer matches this month. (Felipe Dana/Associated Press)

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August 05, 2014 at 05:34AM

Ebola continues to spread in West Africa

The World Health Organization is reporting 887 deaths from the worst outbreak of the Ebola virus in history. A man with Ebola-like symptoms who had recently been to West Africa went to the emergency room at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan on Sunday and a nurse who treated Ebola victims will be the second American flown in a specially outfitted plane from Liberia to be treated for the virus. Emory University Hospital in Atlanta is expecting her to arrive on Tuesday. Kent Brantly, a doctor on her team is also being treated there. –Thea Breite (14 photos total)

The Liberian daughter of a woman that died of Ebola is in tears as her mother is taken for burial from the isolation unit in Foya, Lofa County, Liberia July 2, 2014. (Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA)

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July 26, 2014 at 03:26AM

Conflict continues in Gaza

The conflict in the Mideast has intensified in the last month with turbulent fighting in Gaza strip. Over 800 Palestinians have been killed and over 5,000 injured, according to Palestinan health officials. World leaders have been working on a truce between Hamas and Israel to end the bloodshed. –Leanne Burden Seidel (36 photos total)

Smoke and flames are seen following what police said was an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip July 8. Israel bombarded dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip on, stepping up what it said might become a long-term offensive against Islamist Hamas after a surge in Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli towns. (Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

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July 24, 2014 at 03:36AM

Typhoon Rammasun

Rammasun hit China late last week with winds up to 130 miles per hour — the strongest typhoon to hit the country in four decades. The storm was blamed for killing more than 150 people as it did major damage to the Philippines and Vietnam. Another storm named Matmo came ashore in southeastern China today after passing across Taiwan overnight. –Lloyd Young (33 photos total)

A man pushes his electric bicycle against strong wind and heavy rainfalls along a flooded seaside street as Typhoon Rammasun hits Haikou, Hainan province on July 18. A super typhoon slammed into China on Friday as the government ordered an all-out effort to prevent loss of life from a storm that has already killed at least 64 people in the Philippines. Rammasun made landfall at Wenchang city on south China’s island province of Hainan on Friday afternoon. (Reuters)

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July 19, 2014 at 01:41AM

Malaysian jet crashes in Ukraine

Four months after the tragic disappearance of a Malaysian jet in the Indian Ocean, a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 crashed in eastern Ukraine killing all 298 aboard. According to Ukrainian and US officials, the plane was shot down by a Russian-made antiaircraft missile. Along with coping with this devastating loss, tensions increased in the region setting off even more concerns internationally. –Leanne Burden Seidel (28 photos total)

People inspect the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo, Ukraine, July 17. A passenger plane carrying 298 people was shot down as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane. (Dmitry Lovetsky/Associated Press)

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July 17, 2014 at 07:45AM

Tour de France 101st edition

Its been a race of survival in this year’s tour at the halfway point. Two of the race favorites; Christopher Froome, last year’s winner, and former winner Alberto Contador have both crashed out. Vincenzo Nibali, wearing the yellow jersey, is the overall leader through 11 stages of the race that now heads towards the high mountains and concludes in Paris on July 27. –Lloyd Young (38 photos total)

Giant Shimano procycling team rider Marcel Kittel of Germany celebrates after winning the 1st stage of the 101st edition of the 2014 Tour de France cycling race between Leeds and Harrogate, Britain, July 5. (Nicolas Bouvy/EPA)

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