Why Did the Head of the Thai Junta Smell a Sock?

Critics of the Thailand's military government have been detained for voicing their opinions. But that hasn't stopped people from making fun of a photo of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.


Troubled Waters

  Iran’s Lake Urmia once boasted flocks of flamingos and swarms of tourists eager to swim in salty waters that covered an area more than ...


Slain NPR Photojournalist Saved Emotion for ‘Absolutely Beautiful’ Pictures

NPR war photog David Gilkey and an interpreter were killed by an RPG in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.


How to Invade Your Own Privacy So the Government Doesn’t Have To

In 2002, the FBI mistakenly identified Hasan Elahi as a terrorist. Since then, he’s offered free self-surveillance, posting more than 80,000 pictures online for the bureau — and the world — to see.


Aperture: Exit the King

Oil has been a boon in Azerbaijan’s economic growth. But will black gold also cause the country's demise?

Best Defense

Who bent that prop?: The camera did it!

The bent prop is an optical illusion. I used to work in a company that designed propellers and they don’t bend that much.


New Zealand Has Chosen Four Finalists for Its New Flag

New Zealand has narrowed down the contestants for its new flag to only four options. See what's on the table for a national vote later this year.


The Hipsters of Havana

With their tattoos, skateboards, and tech degrees, the country's millennials are untethered from the communist ideals of the past and ready to meet the world.

Tea Leaf Nation

Eat It and Weep

The mouth-blistering street eats of one of China’s spiciest cities.

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The World This Week in Photos

Bicycling in the dark in Douma, Syria; moving Hamburg's swans to their winter home; and opening the International Toilet Festival in New Delhi.

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