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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.

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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.

After hosting the Eurovision in 2012 and the European Games in 2015 Baku acts as a picture postcard of the country's newfound prosperity, but also of its contrasts. The country is home to known energy reserves of around a billion barrels of oil and 1.3 trillion cubic meters of natural gas. But if until now Azerbaijan did not have to worry much about paying the bills ? they do now. The slump in global oil prices has put a crimp in the country?s budget. 
A patient feet in a crude oil bath treatment. Patients comes here to receive crude oil treatment here among other medical treatment. Naftalan, Azerbaijan

Aperture: Exit the King

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


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.

NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 20:  New Zealand fans celebrate after a draw in the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group F match between Italy and New Zealand at the Mbombela Stadium on June 20, 2010 in Nelspruit, South Africa.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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.


Eat It and Weep

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


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.


The World This Week in Photos

Protests in Mexico City; skinny-dipping in Chonqing; and chess in Kuala Lumpur.


The World This Week in Photos

Shiites mark Ashura; Russian soldiers prepare for a parade; and a debutante ball in London.


The World This Week in Photos

U.S. Marines pack up in Afghanistan; Hungarians protest a proposed Internet tax; and a nude swimming competition in France.


Burkina Faso Burning

Protests in the capital, Ouagadougou, are spinning out of control.


The World This Week in Photos

A wedding portrait at Hong Kong's protests; gas masks at Indonesia's presidential inauguration; and sunlight in an Egyptian temple.


The World This Week in Photos

Protests in St. Louis; a pilgrimage in Peru; and the funeral of a Kurdish fighter.


The World This Week in Photos

Hong Kong's ongoing democracy protests; Eid al-Adha prayers in Indonesia; and skateboarding in Panama City.


The Umbrella Revolution

Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement takes to the streets.