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Today, what shook me were eight images taken by Feisal Omar in Somalia that didn’t even come close to what I'd call graphic, compared to the more horrifying images I've seen.

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Weather around the world was the story of the past week. Flooding and major storms around the world caused problems for many. A neighborhood is submerged by flood water from the Souris River Thursday, June 23, 2011 in Minot, N.D. Officials in North Dakota’s fourth-largest city said Thursday they had done all they could to protect critical infrastructure from the rising Souris River as it headed toward a record flood.

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (L) sits with former South African President Nelson Mandela at his home June 21, 2011 in Houghton, South Africa. The first lady, along with her daughters and mother, will be traveling in Africa from June 21 to the 26.

Rebel fighters fire a Grad rocket at the front line west of Misrata, Libya, Monday, June 20, 2011. Libya’s government said a NATO airstrike west of Tripoli early Monday destroyed a large family compound belonging to a close associate of Moammar Gadhafi, killing at least 15 people, including three children. The alliance said the strike hit a “command and control” center.

 June 24, 2011

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A musician of Panama's Big Band orchestra, practices before a reenactment of a 1950 salsa hall as a tribute to famous late Puerto Rican musician Tito Puente in Panama City, Thursday, June 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco) #

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Christian Riguccini of Australia competes during the Shark Island Challenge at Shark Island, near Cronulla on June 17, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) #

 June 24, 2011

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Belarusian school boys hold torches as they stand in front of one of the most important Soviet WWII war monuments marking the heroic resistance of the Red Army against the surprise German attack during a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of Nazi invasion in the town of Brest, 360 kilometers (223 miles) southwest of Minsk, Belarus, early Wednesday, June 22, 2011. When Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, the Brest Fortress defenders contained Nazi troops for a month. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) #

 June 24, 2011

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This combination of 10 pictures put together in photoshop and taken on June 15, 2011 in the National Park of the volcano Teide (3718m of altitude) shows the moon during a total lunar eclipse, on the Spanish canary island of Tenerife. Astronomers in parts of Europe, Africa, Central Asia and Australia were hoping for clear skies on Wednesday to enjoy a total lunar eclipse, the first of 2011 and the longest in nearly 11 years. A total lunar eclipse occurs when Earth casts its shadow over the Moon. The lunar face can sometimes turn reddish, coppery-brown or orange, tinged by light from the Sun that refracts as it passes through our atmosphere. AFP PHOTO/ DESIREE MARTIN #

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Children jump over concrete slabs of the Holocaust Memorial in central Berlin, Germany, Friday, June 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) #

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A rickshaw puller wades through a water-logged street due to heavy rain in Dimapur in northeastern Indian state of Nagaland, Friday, June 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Sorei Mahong) #

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People play in the sea against the backdrop of merchant ship MV Wisdom which ran aground at Chowpatty Beach in Mumbai, India, Friday, June 17, 2011. The ship went adrift after breaking loose while being towed from Colombo to Alang in Gujarat, for being broken as scrap. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade) #

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David Gaviria (700) runs over Tomas Puerta (12) on the first lap of the Motorcycle Superstore.com SuperSport R1 race at Barber Motorsports Park, Saturday, June 18, 2011 in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/The Birmingham News, Bernard Troncale) #

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Heavy storm clouds darken the sky as rain and wind gusts blow over downtown Omaha, Neb., Monday, June 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Dave Weaver) #

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In this June 20, 2011 photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, people transfer livestocks in Nubu township of Lanxi city, east China's Zhejiang Province. More than 40 miles (70 kilometers) of dikes are in danger of overflowing in an eastern Chinese province where floods have caused $1.2 billion in losses, authorities said Monday as the country neared a critical point in battling seasonal rains. Heavy rains pounded Zhejiang province over the weekend, and the level of a river that passes through Lanxi city has risen sharply, said Zhao Fayuan, deputy director of the provincial flood control headquarters. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Liang Zhen) #

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In this handout from the Nelson Mandela Foundation, U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (L) sits with former South African President Nelson Mandela at his home June 21, 2011 in Houghton, South Africa. The first lady, along with her daughters and mother, will be traveling in Africa from June 21 to the 26. (Photo by Debbie Yazbek/Nelson Mandela Foundation via Getty Images) #

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The sun illuminates clouds early Thursday morning June 16, 2011, behind a barn east of Salina, Kansas. Later in the morning thunder storms dropped heavy rain in the area. (AP Photo/Salina Journal, Tom Dorsey) #

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In this photo taken Monday, June 20, 2011, children play on a swing n Haldia, about 55 kilometers (34 miles) from Allahabad, India. Young women and children rejoice the monsoon season by tying temporary rope swings on tree branches across many parts of India. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh) #

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People light candles near a church in memory of WW II victims, early morning, at the time the Nazi Germany attacked the Soviet Union 70 years ago, outside St.Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, June 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky) #

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Thai "Red Shirt" demonstrators gather during a "cursing" ceremony against the government and the rival party Wednesday June, 22, 2011 at the Erwan Shrine in downtown Bangkok, Thailand. The "Red Shirts" also gathered to remember those killed in last year's massive street protests against the government. (AP Photo/David Longstreath) #

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An opponent to gay marriage holds a sign outside the Senate Chamber at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., on Thursday, June 23, 2011. Dozens of gay couples are planning to converge on Albany Thursday to witness what would be a historic vote to legalize gay marriage in New York (AP Photo/Mike Groll) #

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Hundreds of people take part in a synchronized mass exercise during a ceremony of a government campaign to promote physical exercises at Beijing's Olympic Forest Park in China, Thursday, June 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan) #

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A neighborhood is submerged by flood water from the Souris River Thursday, June 23, 2011 in Minot, N.D. Officials in North Dakota's fourth-largest city said Thursday they had done all they could to protect critical infrastructure from the rising Souris River as it headed toward a record flood. (AP Photo/The Grand Forks Herald, Christian Randolph) #

 June 24, 2011

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Indian weaver K. Saritha makes thread from silk yarn in a small scale factory at Gattuppal village, 65 kilometers (40 miles) from Hyderabad, in southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Wednesday, June 22, 2011. India faces a shortage of 10,000 tons of silk per year, as a result it imports more than 8,000 tons from China every year recently, while it domestically produces around 22,000 tons of the staple, according to local newspapers and textile industry. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.) #

 June 24, 2011

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A Filipino boy stands behind a vehicle to keep from the cold wind in a heavy downpour in Manila, Philippines on Thursday June 23, 2011. Tropical Storm Meari will be set to make its presence known as it strengthens into a Category 1 typhoon sometime between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. It will continue on its northwestward to the northeast of the Philippines. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) #

 June 24, 2011

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Flood affected people queue up to collect relief material at a distribution center in Ghatal, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) north west of Kolkata, India, Thursday, June 23, 2011. Monsoon storms in eastern India have damaged homes and flooded parts of Kolkata, killing at least seven people.(AP Photo/Bikas Das) #

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A model wears a creation by Belgian fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck as part of his Spring/Summer 2012 fashion collection presented in Paris, Friday June 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) #

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An Egyptian and Japanese team of scientists use a pulley system to lift the first of 41 16-ton limestone slabs to reveal fragments of the ancient ship of King Khufu next to the Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt, Thursday, June 23, 2011. Archaeologists have begun the excavation process of a 4,500-year old wooden boat encased underground next to the Great Pyramid of Giza, Egyptologists announced Thursday.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) #

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Riot police huddle together after firing tear gas, as a lone man continues to hold up a sign protesting proposed constitutional changes, outside the National Assembly in central Dakar, Senegal Thursday, June 23, 2011. Senegalese police lobbed tear gas at thousands of protesters who amassed in the capital Thursday to oppose proposed changes to the constitution that critics said would benefit longtime president Abdoulaye Wade and his family. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) #

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Flames are seen over homes in Sierra Vista, Ariz., on Thursday June 16, 2011. The elements are coming together to create dangerous fire conditions in southern and southeastern Arizona. The biggest wildfire in state history is closing in on a half million acres burned. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Greg Bryan) #

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An Arab boy jumps into the Mediterranean sea from the ancient wall surrounding the old city of Acre, northern Israel, Sunday, June 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) #

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Relatives of inmates of El Rodeo I and II penitentiaries cry outside the prisons compounds in Guatire, outskirts of Caracas, June 17, 2011. At least seven people were injured in a vast police operation aimed at taking control of El Rodeo I and II prisons, where in recent days, there were at least 22 killed in a gunbattle, government sources said. AFP Photo/Leo RAMIREZ #

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Flood waters cover highway 159, Wednesday June 22, 2011, in Big Lake, Mo. near Rulo Neb. Missouri river flooding forced residents from Big lake earlier in the week. (AP Photo/Dave Weaver) #

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is seen in silhouette as she speaks at Regina Mundi Church and addresses the Young African Women Leaders Forum in a Soweto township, Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, June 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool) #

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People ride bicycles on the banks of river Ganges as monsoon clouds dot the sky in Allahabad, India, Wednesday, June 22, 2011. Monsoon rains that hits India usually from June to September are crucial for farmers whose crops feed hundreds of millions of people. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh) #

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Lightning streaks across the sky above a home Tuesday, June 21, 2011, in Saukville, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps) #

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A reveler carries a woman on his back as she reacts while he walks on the burning embers during the night of San Juan in San Pedro Manrique, Spain, Friday, June 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos) #

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Rebel fighters fire a Grad rocket at the front line west of Misrata, Libya, Monday, June 20, 2011. Libya's government said a NATO airstrike west of Tripoli early Monday destroyed a large family compound belonging to a close associate of Moammar Gadhafi, killing at least 15 people, including three children. The alliance said the strike hit a "command and control" center. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) #

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A Eurofighter Typhoon performs its demonstration flight, on the first day of the Paris air show, at Le Bourget airport, Monday June 20, 2011.(AP Photo/Francois Mori) #

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A reveler takes part in the Gay Pride Parade in Lisbon Saturday, June 18, 2011. (AP Photo/ Francisco Seco) #

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Some 140 creations by Japanese hat artist Akio Hirata are displayed by designer Oki Sato during a hat exhibition at a Tokyo hall Saturday, June 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye) #

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The pier of Puerto Arauco at Nahuel Huapi Lake is seen covered by sand and volcanic ash from the Chilean Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano in Villa La Angostura, southern Argentina, Friday, June 17, 2011. The volcano started erupting on June 4 after remaining dormant for decades. (AP Photo/Federico Grosso) #

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Armed tribesmen loyal to Sheik Sadeq al-Ahmar, the head of the powerful Hashid tribe, guard inside the destroyed house of al-Ahmar in Sanaa, Yemen Thursday, June 16, 2011. Yemen's leader of nearly 33 years Ali Abdullah Saleh has held onto power in the face of massive protests demanding his ouster since February, though some of his top aides, military commanders, Cabinet ministers and diplomats have defected to the protesters' side in recent months. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed) #

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A tree stands in a field as rain clouds pass by near the eastern German city of Dresden on June 20.2011. Germany is experiencing very changeable weather of wet and sunny spells at the moment. AFP PHOTO / ARNO BURGI #

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WAX MAN WAX MAN: Ghayyaz Uddin, a 52-year-old ear cleaner, wore his tools as he waited for customers along a sidewalk in Karachi Friday. (Athar Hussein/Reuters)

EARNEST EARNEST: A man prayed Friday at the al-Saleh mosque in San’a, Yemen. The country’s opposition is trying to persuade the ruling party to join it and effectively shut out Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who left the country earlier this month after being injured in an attack on his palace. (Suhaib Salem/Reuters)

TOUGH LOSS TOUGH LOSS: Neenah High School’s Codey Sauer reacted after losing the Wisconsin Division 1 state championship baseball game to Eau Claire North High School, 11-1. The teams played Thursday evening in Grand Chute, Wis. (Dan Powers, The Post Crescent/Associated Press)

SOGGY SOGGY: Indian commuters waded through a waterlogged street during a heavy downpour in the eastern city of Calcutta Friday. The monsoon season starts in southern India in late May or early June, usually covering the whole country by July. (Piyal Adhikary/European Pressphoto Agency)

ASHEN ASHEN: The Nahuel Huapi Lake pier of Puerto Arauco was covered by sand and volcanic ash Friday, as the region continued to suffer the results of the eruption of the Chilean Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano in southern Argentina. The volcano began erupting June 4 after lying dormant for decades. (Federico Grosso/Associated Press)

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Norwegian photographer Espen Rasmussen spent six years photographing refugees in eight countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia, Georgia, Norway, Syria and Yemen). In 2004 Rasmussen discovered a common theme in the stories of refugees he found himself covering in places as disparate as Chad and Serbia, and decided to follow in the footsteps of displaced people the world over. Rasmussen writes about this remarkable opening image:

“I took the Janjaweed picture during a trip to Chad in 2004. I stayed in the border areas with Sudan for two weeks, documenting the lives of tens of thousands of refugees fleeing the violence in the Darfur province in Sudan. Many of them lived in huge camps, others were forced to live in dry rivers, so that they could water their livestock. I crossed the border into Darfur together with a local town leader, and after a drive of some hours, we saw a group of armed men riding towards us in the desert. We stopped and talked with them, presenting me as a reporter. After following the Janjaweed group for a few hours, I returned to Chad with a set of images. The next day we got news that the group had crossed the border into Chad and attacked a local village, burning down the houses. The Janjaweed militia is responsible for massive violence in Darfur, and is accused of being armed by the Sudanese government.”

You can see the impressive results of Rasmussen’s years covering refugees in his brand new book Transit, or on Transit’s interactive online pages. Photographs courtesy Espen Rasmussen/Panos Pictures.


“They are called the Janjaweed militia “Devils on horseback”. They arrived on horseback through the desert, 30 strong and heavily armed. These are the men who have forced hundreds of thousands to flee and who are responsible for killing and rape in Darfur province, western Sudan. Their leader is decorated with knives, bullet belts, automatic weapons and a spear. The populace are the victims in a conflict involving rebels, the Sudanese army and militant nomads. The Arabian Janjaweed soldiers are accused of the genocide of the non-Arabian part of the population, with help from the authorities.”


“A mother buries her second child in the space of a week. Family and friends have gathered around the tiny coffin in the Soacha slum in Colombia to pay their respects. A year earlier her husband was killed, so the family had to flee from the town of Putumayo. The woman believes that the paramilitary group who killed her husband also killed the children, to prevent them from returning to their home. Her five year old boy was kidnapped and beaten to death, while his eight year old sister was strangled in her bed. Everyday life for the between 3.3 – 4.9 million internally displaced in Colombia is dangerous. Paramilitary groups, the guerrillas and the army fight for territory and cocaine production. Families are forced to flee every day, often to the slums around the capital city.”


Adem (25), Yemen:
“Every day I have to tie my three children to the wall with rope. There is nobody here to look after them. I am afraid they will injure themselves if not, or crawl out of the window. The twins are three years old, my daughter is only two. They are alone from when I go to work around six o’clock in the morning until I come home again around midday. I work as a housemaid, but the money I earn is not enough for both rent and food. I earn around 50 dollars a month, when there is work. My rent is 46 dollars a month. Sometimes I get food from the families I clean for. It pains me to tie up my children. I think about them every single day. How will they grow up? Will they go to school? Will they survive? Like any mother, I dream that they will get an education, go to a university and become engineers or doctors. I just want them to go to school, to have friends and to play like other children.”


“During the escalating violence in Iraq in 2007, the owner of one of the most popular restaurants in Baghdad had to close it down and flee. In Syria, in Damascus, he re-opened in the Iraqi neighborhood Jaramana, and has found the same popularity among his customers – just in a different country. All people working in the restaurant are Iraqi refugees.”

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Pokhara, Nepal, 1985


Jaipur, India, 1982


Sylhet, Bangladesh, 1983


Goa, India, 1983


10:30am, September 11, NY, USA, 2001


Times Square, New York, USA, 1994


Rome, Italy, 1984


Myanmar (Burma), 2011


Zagreb, Croatia, 1989


Marseille, France, 1988


Mumbai, India, 1996


Angkor Thom, Cambodia, 1998


Myanmar (Burma), 1994


Peshawar, Pakistan, 2002


Pul i Khumri, Afghanistan, 2002


Christy Turlington, 2004


Germany, 1990


September 11, NY, USA, 2001


September 11, NY, USA, 2001


Kabul, Afghanistan, 1992


Lhasa, Tibet, 2000


Timbuktu, Mali, 1987


Sharbat Gula, Afghan Girl, Pakistan, 1984


Sulu Sea, Philippinese, 1985


Robert De Niro in his Tribeca screening room


Madonna di Campiglio, Trento, Italy, 2010


Thailand, 2011


Flower Seller, Dal Lake, Kashmir, 1996


Texas, USA, 2006


Texas, USA, 2006


Hajja, Yemen, 1999


Yugoslavia, 1989


Kabul, Afghanistan, 2002


Srinagar, Kashmir, 1999


Afghanistan, 1991


Dire, Mali, 1986


Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA, 2000


Maimana, Afghanistan, 2003


Kandze, Tibet, 2001


Washington Square Park, NYC, 2010


Delhi, India, 1983


Niger, 1986


Niger, 1986


Kabul, Afghanistan, 2002


The Sahel, Chad, 1986


Rajastan, India, 1997


France, 1988


Shanghai, China, 1989


Kayan women with neck rings, Myanmar(Burma), 1994


Morocco, 1988


Pashu Patianath, Kathmandu, Nepal, 1984


Paraguay, 1986


Sri Lanka, 1995


Tonle Sap, Cambodia, 1998


Sri Lanka, 2004

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RISING WATER RISING WATER: Li Dawu stood in a flooded building in Wuhan, China, Friday. More flooding across central China has killed 41 people, state media reported Friday, bringing the total killed in seasonal flooding this year to at least 95. (Zuma Press)

AMERICAN DREAM AMERICAN DREAM: Homeowners seeking to modify their mortgages spoke with loan servicers at the Neighborhood Assistance Corp. of America’s ‘Save-the-Dream Tour’ at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver Thursday. (Matthew Staver/Bloomberg)

MAN SHOT MAN SHOT: A still video image shows a man identified as Sarfaraz Shah, left, holding the barrel of a paramilitary Ranger’s weapon at a park in Karachi, Pakistan, shortly before he was shot dead Wednesday. The incident triggered fresh criticism of Pakistan’s human rights record and an unpopular government many say has failed to rein in the police and army, who seem to act with impunity. (Reuters)

HOT HORSE HOT HORSE: Master of Hounds got a cool breeze from a pair of fans as he rested in his stall Thursday at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Master of Hounds, trained in Ireland, is entered in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. (Mark Lennihan/Associated Press)

GOING GREEN GOING GREEN: Aslam Hazrat, 63, carried a customer’s vegetables over his head at a wholesale fruit and vegetable market on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday. (Muhammed Muheisen/Associated Press)

GETTING CLEAN? A man bathed in water from a broken water pipeline in a slum in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh Friday. (Parivartan Sharma/Reuters)

ARMS RAISED ARMS RAISED: Soldiers who joined sides with anti-regime protesters chanted slogans during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh in San’a Friday. Nearly 100,000 Yemenis protested Friday in a main square of the capital. (Ammar Awad/Reuters)

UNDER CONTROL UNDER CONTROL: A firefighter sprayed water over charred ground Friday after a blaze affecting over five square miles of Upton Heath was brought under control overnight near Poole in southwest England. (Stefan Wermuth/Reuters)

MORE PROTESTS MORE PROTESTS: A vegetable market worker stood beside a police cordon during a protest in front of the labor ministry in Athens Friday. (Yannis Behrakis/Reuters)

BITTER END BITTER END: Police investigators examined the scene near the body of disgraced Russian army colonel Yuri Budanov in Moscow Friday. Mr. Budanov, who was convicted of murdering a Chechen teenage girl in 2000, was gunned down in a brazen, contract-style killing. (Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images)

AIR HAZARD AIR HAZARD: Smoke and ash rose from the Puyehue volcano in Chile Friday. The volcano has been disrupting air traffic in South America for days. (Ivan Alvarado/Reuters)

TIED UP TIED UP: Fishing boats were tethered together at fisheries Friday in Karachi, Pakistan, because of a cyclone in the Arabian Sea. (Fareed Khan/Associated Press)

STUDENT PROTEST STUDENT PROTEST: A college student chanted slogans as he was detained after he and his fellow college students held a sudden demonstration to demand tuition fees cuts near the presidential Blue House in Seoul Friday. (Truth Leem/Reuters)

DEADLY DAY DEADLY DAY: A demonstrator ran during a street protest in Mogadishu, Somalia, Friday. An explosion in the home of Somalia’s interior minister killed him and the suspected bomber as violent demonstrations swept the capital. Security guards and soldiers opened fire on protesters, killing two. (Omar Faruk/Reuters)

ROSE-COLORED GLASSES ROSE-COLORED GLASSES: A man looked at an art installation titled “Sea Pink” during the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Aarhus, Denmark, Friday. (Darren Staples/Reuters)

BLUE MAN GROUP BLUE MAN GROUP: Anti-corruption demonstrators wearing blue costumes symbolizing the color of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s ruling Democratic Party rested on a police truck during a protest outside the Corruption Eradication Commission in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday. (Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images)

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PINK PILGRIMS
PINK PILGRIMS: Pilgrims stood in the Quema River as they went Thursday to the shrine of El Rocio in Seville, Spain. Every spring hundreds of thousands of devotees converge at the shrine to pay homage to the Virgin del Rocio during a festival that combines religious fervor and festive color. (Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters)

STRAIGHT UP
STRAIGHT UP: A police officer held a truncheon behind his back in front of protesters in Valencia, Spain, Thursday. A Spanish official says demonstrators protesting bleak economic prospects and corrupt politicians clashed with police in Valencia and eight police were hurt. (Gabriel Gallo/Associated Press)

BOMB BLAST
BOMB BLAST: A man injured in a bomb blast in Matani, Pakistan, rested at a hospital in Peshawar Thursday. The blast hit a passenger vehicle, killing four people, including a woman and a child, the Peshawar police chief said. (Mohammad Sajjad/Associated Press)

VOLCANO FALLOUT
VOLCANO FALLOUT: Two women rested as a man wiped the floor Thursday at Jorge Newbery Airport in Buenos Aires, where flights were cancelled or delayed due to an ash cloud from the Puyehue volcano in Chile. (Natacha Pisarenko/Associated Press)

SEA ACCIDENT
SEA ACCIDENT: A boy looked at a dead fin whale that washed up in Atlantic Beach, New York, Wednesday. Scientists performed a necropsy Thursday on the whale, and determined that it likely had been hit by a ship. (Kirk Condyles/Zuma Press)

FROM THE SKY
FROM THE SKY: A U.S. Marine went to pick up food supplies that were dropped off from a plane using small parachutes outside Forward Operating Base Edi in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Thursday. The smoke is from burning parachutes the Marines destroy after they reach the ground. (Anja Niedringhaus/Associated Press)

FLEEING FIRE
FLEEING FIRE: An emergency vehicle traveled along highway 60 in Springerville, Ariz., Thursday through smoke from the Wallow Fire. The growing forest fire has forced thousands from their homes and threatens transmission lines that supply electricity as far east as Texas. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)

EARLY RELEASE
EARLY RELEASE: Prisoners were processed to leave the Muwaqar Rehabilitation and Correction Center Thursday in Muwaqar, Jordan, Thursday. The government announced earlier this week that nearly 8,000 prisoners will be freed under the general pardon law and 6,000 cases that are being seen by courts will be annulled. (Salah Malkawi/Getty Images)

YOUNG REFUGEES
YOUNG REFUGEES: Syrian children posed at a refugee camp in the Turkish border town of Yayladagi Thursday. More than 2,400 people have crossed Turkey’s borders fleeing violence in northern Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said. (Osman Orsal/Reuters)

MORE MURDERS
MORE MURDERS: The bodies of five dead men were lined up by police and forensic workers after they were found on a highway on the outskirts of Morelia, Mexico, Wednesday. The bodies of 21 men, showing bullet wounds and signs of torture, were found in multiple locations with messages saying that the men had been killed for being thieves and rapists, according to local media. (Leovigildo Gonzalez/Reuters)

SALEH STABLE
SALEH STABLE: Supporters of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh kissed his portrait as they celebrated news that Mr. Saleh’s health is stable after he was wounded in a rocket attack on his compound nearly a week ago and flown to Saudi Arabia for urgent medical treatment. (Mohammed Al-Sayaghi/Associated Press)

UNCLAIMED COFFINS
UNCLAIMED COFFINS: An Egyptian woman lay flowers on the flag-draped coffins of 19 unidentified victims, who were killed during the Egyptian uprising but whose remains were never claimed, during a mass funeral at Al-Sayida Nafisa mosque in Cairo Thursday. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

HOT HOT HEAT
HOT HOT HEAT: An art installation of a melting fan was displayed in a subway station Thursday in Atlanta. While relief was in sight after one more day of sweltering temperatures in the Northeast, the South was forecast to stay hotter than usual at least through the end of the week. (David Goldman/Associated Press)

AFTER YOU
AFTER YOU: A series of images shows Larry, the Downing Street cat, being let in to 10 Downing Street in London Thursday. (Carl Court/AFP/Getty Images)

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MAIDS UNITED
MAIDS UNITED: New York hotel workers were bused in by their union Monday to demonstrate outside a courthouse where former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn pleaded not guilty to accusations he tried to rape a hotel maid on May 14. (Craig Ruttle/Associated Press)

RESTING UP
RESTING UP: Firefighter Brian Quimby, of Eagle River, Alaska, rested after battling a fire in Eagar, Ariz., Sunday. The fire grew to 301 square miles Monday. Several mountain communities have been evacuated and about 2,300 firefighters were at the scene. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)

HAPPY DAY
HAPPY DAY: A boy sprayed foam as demonstrators celebrated the departure of Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh to Saudi Arabia for medical treatment. Still, a cease-fire was unraveling as pro-Saleh forces fired on protesters, killing at least six people in San’a, Yemen, Monday. (Mohammed Al-Sayaghi/Associated Press)

TRASH PILE
TRASH PILE: A boy dumped a case of cucumbers onto a pile to be disposed of in Popeşti-Leordeni, Romania, Monday. German authorities are hunting for the origin of an E. coli outbreak that has killed 22 people and infected at least 2,200 since May in Europe. (Robert Ghement/European Pressphoto Agency)

SIFTING THROUGH GARBAGE
SIFTING THROUGH GARBAGE: A boy who collects items to earn a living for his family searched through dirty water in Karachi, Pakistan, on Sunday, World Environment Day. (PPI/Zuma Press)

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Today’s blog updates come from Beirut. I flew here on Tuesday evening and will be here until June 25th. Will have limited time to get online during this time, but will nevertheless try to do at least some kind of updates…

Features and Essays

Christopher Anderson: Father, Son, Husband, War Photographer (NYT Lens: June 2011)

Yuri Kozyrev: Yemen (TIME: June 2011)

Libya…

Moises Saman: Unreality TV | Libya (NYT Lens: June 2011)

Panos put a selection of 28 photographs from Ivor Prickett’s Libya series online couple of days ago… All shot 6×6…Really nice work…(The below scene was also captured by Guy Martin. See comparison here.)

Ivor Prickett: Libya (Panos: June 2011)

Rodrigo Abd: Two Weeks in Libya (Denver Post: June 2011)

Teun Voeten: Gaddafi Duck (Panos: June 2011)

Jan Grarup: Childhood Mortality in the Central African Republic (NOOR: June 2011)

From TIME’s Lightbox…

Peter Hapak: Cuban National Ballet (TIME: LB: June 2011)

Daniel Berehulak: India’s Wild East (TIME LB: June 2011)

James Nachtwey: Thailand’s Drug Scourge (TIME LB: June 2011)

Julia Gillard:  American Holidays (TIME LB: June 2011)

Stefano di Luigi: Sky Train to Lhasa (VII Network: June 2011)

Ziyah Gafic: Bosnia : Tales from the Dark Valley (VII Netowork: June 2011)

Dominic Bracco II – Life and Death in the Nothern Pass (Burn: June 2011)

Peter DiCampo: Life Without Lights (VII Mag: June 2011)

This years Soul of Athens has just been launched. Check it out here.

Videos – Vice TV: Rob Hornstra (Vice TV: June 2011)

Crowd Funding – Gmb Akash’s work ‘Survivors’ is on Emphas.is

Talks - Stephen Mayes: What is the future for photo agencies? (immj.ma.org: June 2011)

Articles

Guardian: World Press Photo 11 review (Guardian: June 2011)

A Photo Editor: What To Do When Your Image Is Stolen Online (APE: June 2011)

A Photo Editor: Hey, Anyone Could Have Shot That (APE: June 2011)

NYT: Instagram (NYT: June 2011)

ShitPhotojournsLike: Brand Loyalty (SPJL: June 2011)

Photographers – Check out John Stanmeyer’s first personal website

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