The trouble with high speed rail in China; how small satellites are turning space into a DIY playground; and what happens to "child sorcerers" in Congo.
Behind closed doors, the Islamic Republic's famously restrictive laws relax -- and a more permissive world thrives.
Intimate images from Crimea of a referendum deemed illegitimate.
Meet the Putin cronies and Ukrainian collaborators at the top of the Obama administration’s sanctions target list.
Students clash with security forces in Venezuela; armed men stand guard in Crimea; and London's Royal Opera House hosts a 400-person yoga class.
Carnival revelers gather on Brazil's Ipanema Beach; U.S. soldiers patrol a Kandahar airfield; and spring lambs keep warm in Somerset, England.
Feminist activists take the stage in Paris; a Afghan man grieves after the loss of his son; and bunnies take over a Japanese island.
A Syrian rebel readies a rocket for launch; barricades burn in Kiev; and an elephant celebrates her 53rd birthday.
Ukraine's deadly protests have turned the capital into a warzone, and there's no end in sight.
Sometimes, the only news coming off the front lines of Syria's civil war is sent via text message.
A flock of starlings ascends in Israel; riot police try to maintain order in Sarajevo; and naked protesters take to the streets in India.
Images of the seaside spa town cherished by generations of Russians. Will it survive the Olympics?
The 2014 Olympic Winter Games opened with flair, pageantry, and a giant robot bear.
A roaring wave crashes into a Welsh town; volcanic ash blankets a Sumatran village after an eruption; and election season goes into full swing in Afghanistan.
Government supporters rally to mark the third anniversary of the Egyptian uprising; Vikings hit the streets in Scotland; and Afghan siblings have a tea party in Jalalabad.
Soldiers inspect the scene of a car bombing in Beirut; Ethiopian pilgrims celebrate the baptism of Jesus; and pets wait to be blessed in Rome.
Police search an Acapulco prison; Egyptians vote on a new constitution; and subway riders go pantsless in Kiev.
A cloud of volcanic ash mushrooms into the North Sumatran sky; Myanmar marks its 66th Independence Day; and a herd of Siberian tigers catches some shut-eye.
Brazilians toss offerings to the Goddess of the Sea in Rio de Janeiro; released Palestinian prisoners are greeted with waving flags in Jerusalem; and Indian policemen de-stress with laughing yoga.
In case you're not quite ready to go back to work, a look around the world at the best new year's eve celebrations.
From the Vatican to Brazil, from Paris to Bahrain, a global tour of the year the street roared.
The events that shaped 2013 -- and the photos we won't forget.
Indonesian miners make an offering in the crater of a volcano; an Aleppo airstrike leaves carnage in its wake; and dervishes whirl in Istanbul.