Four and a half years of violent conflict have destroyed entire regions of Syria. Caught in the middle of all this horror are the children of Syria, relying on parents who have lost control of their own lives and are now being forced to make difficult choices in desperate circumstances.
A look back at news images from the last week in August, 1995, two decades ago.
A decade ago, Hurricane Katrina triggered floods that inundated New Orleans and killed more than 1,800 people as storm waters overwhelmed levees and broke through floodwalls on August 29, 2005.
Over the weekend, anti-government protests in Beirut, Lebanon, turned violent for two nights, as demonstrators clashed with riot police near government offices.
Cleanup work at the site of the Tianjin explosions, red sprites in the sky above Mexico, wildfires in the American West, filming Game of Thrones in Northern Ireland, the most recent selfie from the surface of Mars, and much more.
On this day in 1839, the government of France acquired a brand-new invention—the daguerreotype photographic process—and gave it away, a gift to the world.
According to the National Interagency Fire Center, there are currently about 30,000 firefighters and support personnel battling nearly 100 wildfires in 10 western states.
The number of migrants fleeing into Europe this year—largely Syrian refugees—has already reached 235,000, topping the total number of migrants for all of last year, 219,000.
A simulated Mars mission on Austrian glaciers, the Italian ghost town of Craco, a robotic swan in Singapore, a pigeon caught smuggling cocaine and marijuana into a prison in Costa Rica, and much more.
Late on the night of August 12, a series of ferocious explosions tore through an industrial area in Tianjin, China.
Since 2011, August 12 has been set aside as World Elephant Day, supported by numerous conservation agencies as a day to “spread awareness, share knowledge, and provide solutions for better care and management of both captive and wild elephants.”
To alleviate horrendous traffic and steep terrain, La Paz has built the largest urban cable-car system in the world, and is now set to expand the network, tripling the number of cable-car lines.
At China’s Hengdian World Studios, the biggest movie lot ever built, there are currently 11 productions about World War II being filmed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the end of the war
It is late winter in Antarctica now, and the months of darkness will soon be brightening.
The winners of the 27th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest have just been announced.
An alpenhorn performance in Switzerland, a portrait of Vladimir Putin made of spent ammunition from Ukraine, Prince Charles surprised by an eagle, wildfire in California, a sunset in Crimea, and much more.
On Shengshan Island, east of Shanghai, China, only a handful of people still live in a village that was once home to more than 2,000 fishermen.
Three months have now passed since massive twin earthquakes struck Nepal, killing more than 8,800 people, injuring more than 22,000.
Since 1992, Red Bull has been organizing Flugtag (“flying day”) events around the world, where participants build and pilot homemade flying machines off a 28-foot-high flight deck above a body of water. The aerodynamic qualities of many of the creatively built aircraft are questionable, and most do not so much fly as... plummet.
An embrace in a Kenyan village, Swan Upping in England, tragedy in southern Turkey, a kangaroo hopping through a frosty field in Australia, South Korea’s longest water slide ever, Hellsing cosplay in Brazil, naked tree-hugging in Berkeley, California, and much more.