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Born in Algiers in 1968, Zohra was recruited as a stringer photographer for Reuters by Mallory Langsdon in 1997 during the last years of the conflict in Algeria. In 2000, Zohra was sent on her first assignment abroad for Reuters to Macedonia where ethnic Albanians were taking refuge from Serbian forces. In 2003 she went to Iraq while Saddam was still on the run. In Najaf, Iraq, in 2004 Zohra was made staff photographer from Reuters.

Zohra won the European Union prize for the best African press photographer in 2005. Still based in Algiers she continues to cover some African and Middle East countries. Last year she documented Sudan’s referendum, Tunisia’s uprising and Libya’s revolution. In the following showcase, Zohra recounts her experience as an Arab woman photographer.


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GRAND PALACE GRAND PALACE: A young shepherd walked with his livestock past the Darul Aman palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday. (Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images)

DANGEROUS RAIN DANGEROUS RAIN: Volunteers helped people cross through a strong current as they evacuated to safer grounds after massive flooding in the Calumpit Township of the Philippines, Friday. After being pummeled by Typhoon Nesat, the Philippines was bracing for a new typhoon. (Bullit Marquez/Associated Press)

LARGE LANTERN LARGE LANTERN: Chinese People’s Liberation Army officers ushered visitors Friday from Tiananmen Square in Beijing, where a giant red lantern was on display. China observes the start of the National Day holiday Saturday, marking the 62nd anniversary of independence. (How Hwee Young/EPA)

TURKISH VISIT TURKISH VISIT: A boy watched from behind two men wearing shirts with the national symbol of Turkey during a visit Friday by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Gostivar, Macedonia. An estimated 80,000 ethnic Turks live in Macedonia, making up just more than 3% of the population. (Boris Grdanoski/Associated Press)
BUDAPEST DESIGN WEEK BUDAPEST DESIGN WEEK: A model walked in a show displaying clothing by Polish fashion designer Natasha Pavluchenko and amber jewelry by Ambermoda at the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest Thursday. (Peter Kollanyi/European Pressphoto Agency)

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Former First Lady Betty Ford is honored and remembered at her funeral and tribute at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Palm Desert; the head of France’s Debout La Republique party stages a one-man protest during a debate at the French Assembly in Paris; in southwestern France, animated young fans atop a crane sporting the national flag wait for competitors in the Tour de France cycling race to pass by.

From Phoenix, we have three images of a baseball fan almost falling from the stands while trying to catch a ball during a home run derby (read more); at the British Open, John Daly doesn’t disappoint with his choice of golfing pants; we see a colorful mural in Havana; passengers on a brightly painted bus in Islamabad, Pakistan, pass the scene of an explosion.

These are a just few of the highlights; we have many more images for you from around the world today.

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TROPICAL STORM: A Filipino boy stood behind a vehicle during a downpour in Manila, Philippines, on Thursday. Tropical Storm Meari was set to strengthen to a Category 1 typhoon sometime between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. (Aaron Favila/Associated Press)

CONSTITUTIONAL PROTEST: Riot police in Dakar, Senegal, huddled together after firing tear gas as a lone man held up a sign protesting proposed constitutional changes outside the National Assembly on Thursday. Police lobbed tear gas at thousands of protesters. (Rebecca Blackwell/Associated Press)

CUTS: From left, Anthony Pinder cut David Stokes’ hair, while Darrell Ross cut Marine Staff Sgt. Brandon Foote’s hair and retired Marine Alfonso Rushin cut Marine Sgt. Erick Johnson’s hair. President Obama’s speech on Afghanistan was playing Wednesday at the barbershop near Camp Pendleton. (Gregory Bull/Associated Press)

DANCING LEGEND: Five-year-old girls danced on women’s shoulders during the ‘Coca’ celebration in Redondela in northeastern Spain on Thursday. The tradition is taken from a local legend about two women who were saved from a dragon by dancing in this manner. (Miguel Vidal/Reuters)

TRASH PILES: Trash was seen in the street during a protest in downtown Naples on Thursday. The chronic problems over waste disposal in Italy’s third-largest city have re-emerged in recent days, as regional authorities try to reach an agreement on moving the garbage to dumps outside Naples. (Ciro MessereReuters)

SURVEILLANCE DUTY: U.S. Army National Guardsman Sgt. Oscar Escobar scanned the U.S.-Mexian border in Nogales, Ariz., on Wednesday. The Pentagon recently extended until Sept. 30 the deployment of 1,200 guardsmen who were deployed last year to the border. (John Moore/Getty Images)

GATHERING EVIDENCE: FBI agents loaded boxes of evidence into a truck Thursday outside an apartment complex where fugitive crime boss James ‘Whitey’ Bulger and his longtime companion, Catherine Greig, were arrested in Santa Monica, Calif. The Boston mob boss was captured after 16 years on the run. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)
STORM RELIEF: People affected by flooding lined up to collect relief supplies at a distribution center in Ghatal, India, about 62 miles northwest of Kolkata on Thursday. Monsoons in eastern India have damaged homes and flooded parts of Kolkata, killing at least seven people. (Bikas Das/Associated Press)

MUDSLIDE: Tom Wilder, 17, of Kent, England, slid in the mud at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Pilton, England on Thursday. The festival is often rainy and requires the 140,000 music fans who attend to wear rain gear. (Ben Birchall/Associated Press)

HOSTAGES’ HOMECOMING: Pakistani ship’s captain Wasi Hasan of the Egyptian-registered boat the M.V. Suez burst into tears Thursday after meeting one of his relatives upon arriving in Karachi, Pakistan, on Thursday. He was part of a group of hostages held for 10 months by pirates off the coast of Somalia. (Asif Hassan/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

BEIJING RUSH HOUR: Subway station staff managed commuters lining up to enter platforms during rush hour in Beijing on Thursday. (Associated Press)

FLAG FIGHT: Vietnam veteran Fred Quigley, center, saluted in front of his house as he stood with supporters during a flag-raising ceremony in Macedonia, Ohio, on Wednesday. The neighborhood’s developer says the pole is in violation of a homeowners’ association rule. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal/Associated Press)

HINDU FESTIVAL: A child was helped onto the tip of a prong planted into a chariot to celebrate Tridents Festival, at Jayabageshwari in Kathmandu on Thursday. The festival is celebrated by Hindu devotees and parents who believe their children will be blessed with good health. (Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)

FIGHTING FIRE: People watched as firefighters from a half-dozen agencies assisted Sylacauga, Ala., in battling a major fire at Avondale Mills on Wednesday. The fire burned for hours. (Hal Yeager/Birmingham News/Associated Press)

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