In Beijing, China marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, and its role in defeating Japan, by holding an enormous military parade and declaring a new national holiday. The spectacle involved more than 12,000 troops, 500 pieces of military hardware, and 200 aircraft.
On September 3, China will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the surrender of Japan and the end of World War II, but the service of many veterans of that conflict has been unrecognized for decades.
The use of a stick to hold a camera at a distance for a self-portrait is not a new phenomenon, but the popularity of the new breed of extendable selfie stick has exploded over the past two years.
Hikers on a moonlit night in Mexico, a massive ball pit in Washington, D.C., Usain Bolt taken down by a Segway in China, a squirrel monkey riding a capybara in Japan, and much more.
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.
Photographer Dietmar Eckell has traveled across four continents to photograph mangled aircraft that share a miraculous history.
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.
The winners of the 27th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest have just been announced.
It is late winter in Antarctica now, and the months of darkness will soon be brightening.