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Too much of a basic human need

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"Water is essential to life but in such places as India, Pakistan, China, and Thailand deluges have once again caused misery. Typhoon Nesat hit the Philippines earlier this week on its way to south China. In Pakistan, more than 5 million people have been affected by recent flooding, according to the aid agency Oxfam. Pakistan is still struggling to recover from the devastating monsoon rains in 2010."

-- Lloyd Young(36 photos total)

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Pictures of the Day: Pakistan and Elsewhere

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Photographs from Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Philippines and China.
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Saturday Nights on St. Mary Street

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As Maciej Dakowicz sees it, his photographs of nightlife on one Cardiff street are simply amusing scenes of a night on the town. Some viewers beg to differ.
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Tattoos

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Humans have been marking their skin permanently for thousands of years. A tattoo can be a remembrance, a constant prayer, a warning, or simply an amazing work of art.
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New York on the Sound Stage

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In sound stages from the Chelsea Piers to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, designers rebuild the landscape to fit plot lines, making New York seem brighter and sadder, wealthier and grittier, older and newer.
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Hindu Festivals

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Hindus around the world -- from South Asia to Britain and beyond -- observe many colorful holidays throughout the year. Recent festivals include the Ganesh Chaturthi, celebrating the birth of the elephant-headed deity, and Janamashtami, the birth anniversary of the god Krishna. The range of experiences at these celebrations runs from joyfully loud and spectacular to solemn and contemplative. Each devotee celebrates in a distinct, personal way even while joining the larger community. Hinduism is the world's third-largest religion; the majority of its one billion adherents are concentrated in India, but sizable communities exist all over the globe. I hope you enjoy these vivid, intriguing glimpses of Hindu festivals photographed over the past few months.
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Afghanistan, September 2011

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Tribal elders say the Taliban are far from defeated. The Taliban continue to wage a brutal war, taking a toll on Afghan citizens and American forces. The Department of Defense has identified 1,761 American service members who have died in the Afghan war and related operations as of Sept. 21, about 10 years since the start of the war. In visiting Afghanistan monthly in The Big Picture, we try to reflect our troops presence in the country as well as their interaction with the Afghan people. -- Paula Nelson (54 photos total)

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A Middle Eastern Turning Point

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This week, the world’s attention centers on the United Nations in New York where, following months of build-up, the Palestinians have brought their case for statehood to the U.N. Security Council. Given the certainty of a U.S.
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Pictures of the Day: Germany and Elsewhere

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Photographs from Germany, Afghanistan, Libya and India.
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Pictures of Transnistria: An Unrecognized State Caught Between Past and Present

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Located between the Dniester River and the eastern border of Ukraine, Transnistria is an unrecognized state of approximately a half million people.
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Fields of Vision: The Early Work of Gordon Parks

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“I had bought what was to become my weapon against poverty and racism,” Gordon Parks famously recalled of purchasing his first camera at a Seattle pawnshop for $7.50.
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Libyan Rebels Attack Final Qaddafi Strongholds

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"Some seven months after the start of Libya's revolution and one month after the taking of Tripoli, anti-Qaddafi fighters continue to face resistance in two remaining Qaddafi strongholds, the towns of Sirte and Bani Walid. Just today, ant-Qaddafi forces reportedly seized control of the port in the eastern part of Sirte as another group of fighters pressed in from the west. Over the course of this evolving conflict, reporters have repeatedly changed the terminology they use to describe these fighters -- from "protesters" (in February) to "anti-government fighters" to "rebels" to "revolutionaries." Now that the leadership they support controls most of Libya's state affairs, they are being called "National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters", and even "government fighters." Meanwhile, progress has been made toward rebuilding and reopening businesses in Tripoli, as residents look forward to the next phase in Libyan history with a wary eye toward Qaddafi's still-dangerous supporters."

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Tent City

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Photographs from one of the many "Tent Cities" in Fresno, CA; a selection of which was published in Time Magazine. These people mostly lived in and area locally known as "Taco Flats", which was closed after a dispute with the land owner, Union Pacific Railroad.


Via Hélène Brevet, António Vieira
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China: Daily Life Sept. 2011

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"This Big Picture post gives us a glimpse of daily life in parts of China, documented by wire photographers from the Associated Press, Reuters and Getty. The post begins with a short essay by Reuters photographer Jason Lee. Lee photographed six-year-old Wang Gengxiang, known as the "Masked Boy." Gengxiang was severely burned in an accident involving a burning pile of straw last winter. Most of the skin on the little boy's head was burned off, requiring him to wear a full surgical mask. The mask is said to prevent his scars from becoming infected. According to the local media in the village where Gengxiang was photographed, the doctors cannot continue his skin-graft surgery until his damaged trachea (or windpipe) is strong enough. The Lee essay is following by a black slide, and then more "slice of life" photography from a still somewhat mysterious China."

-- Paula Nelson

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Exploring a New, But Cautious, Tripoli

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Moises Saman was introduced to Tripoli as a member of a press pool covering the forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. Lately, he has seen an entirely different town - one cautiously coming back to life.
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World War II: The Pacific Islands

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"From late 1942 until early 1945, Allied forces in the Pacific Theater took the war to the Japanese across vast ocean battlefields and on tiny island beaches. By the end of 1942, the Japanese Empire had expanded to its farthest extent, with soldiers occupying or attacking positions from India to Alaska and on islands across the South Pacific. The U.S. Navy, under Admiral Chester Nimitz, adopted a strategy of "island-hopping", rather than attacking Japan's Imperial Navy in force. The goal was to capture and control strategic islands along a path toward the Japanese home islands, bringing U.S. bombers within range, and preparing for a possible invasion. Japanese soldiers fought the island landings fiercely, killing many allied soldiers, sometimes attacking suicidally in desperate last-ditch attacks. At sea, Japanese submarine, bomber and kamikaze attacks took a heavy toll on the U.S. fleet, but they were unable to halt the island-by-island advance. By early 1945, leapfrogging U.S. forces had advanced as far as Iwo Jima and Okinawa, within 340 miles of mainland Japan, at a great cost to both sides. On Okinawa alone, during 82 days of fighting, approximately 100,000 Japanese troops and 12,510 Americans were killed, and somewhere between 42,000 and 150,000 Okinawan civilians died as well. At this point, U.S. forces were nearing their position for the next stage of their offensive against the Empire of Japan. (This entry is Part 15 of a weekly 20-part retrospective of World War II)"

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Pictures of the Day: West Bank and Elsewhere

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Photographs from West Bank, New York, Libya and Afghanistan.
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A Trip Around New Zealand

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New Zealand, home to some 4.3 million residents, is currently hosting the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the largest sporting event ever held in the island nation.
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In the Grecian Caves Where Time Slows Down

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As Myrto Papadopoulos spent time with five Greek Muslim families living in caves along the border of Greece and Turkey, the story became a part of her life - "not just a visually interesting problem."...
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A step-by-step guide to celebrating

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"All it takes are two groups of people, one to gather and one to march past them. Parades took place across the globe these past two months for a variety of celebrations, from shows of military power, to tributes to organized labor, to pride for one’s country or culture."

-- Lloyd Young (37 photos total)

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New Devastating Pakistan Floods

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One year ago, Pakistan suffered the worst flooding in its history, a slow-moving disaster that left some 2,000 dead and another 11 million homeless. Nearly one million are still without permanent shelter, and meanwhile, the flooding has returned. Though it's not on the same scale as last year's flood, this summer's damage is still significant. High water from monsoon rains has killed more than 200 people since early August, damaging or destroying some 670,000 homes and affecting more than 5 million people, according to the government and the United Nations. The disaster has once again overwhelmed the capacity of the government to assist, and the UN has asked for $357 million in international aid. Gathered here is a handful of recent images from Pakistan, where residents are once again coping with flooding on a massive scale.

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Pictures of the Day: California and Elsewhere

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Photographs from the California, Afghanistan, Turkey and Pakistan.
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