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Texas flooding

Major rainfall over the past few days has caused severe flooding and property damage in parts of Texas. Houston received more than 10 inches of rain overnight, which closed highways, shut schools, and suspended public transportation. Authorities have reported 11 people killed from the recent storms that hit both Texas and Oklahoma with others still missing.-- By Lloyd Young (30 photos total)

Oil spill in California

A section of pipeline off Refugio State Beach in California ruptured on Tuesday, spilling about 105,000 gallons of crude oil. Nine miles of the scenic coast are affected and the governor declared a state of emergency. Crews have been cleaning the habitat and helping the wildlife caught in the oil slick all week.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (31 photos total)

Cities in the clouds

Here is a selection of images the Reuters news agency pulled from its files showing cities shrouded in weather that make them appear to be living among the clouds.-- By Lloyd Young (12 photos total)

Turmoil in Burundi

Since Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza announced that he was seeking a third term, protests and violence erupted. The political crisis brought on last week’s attempted coup, and has forced many to flee the country to seek refuge.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (29 photos total)

Living with creatures

Photographers have documented the relationships between humans and animals in countless ways. Some photos depict how animals depend on us and others show how we rely on animals. The ways in which we share this world and interact with other living things is endless and sometimes very unique.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (38 photos total)

Amtrak derailment

Authorities continue to investigate the scene of a fatal train derailment on a route between Washington and New York last night. The death toll stood at seven Wednesday afternoon with more than 200 injured from the accident that occurred in Philadelphia at a notorious curve on the line.-- By Lloyd Young (19 photos total)

Tornadoes rip through US

Strong spring storms producing multiple tornadoes and flooding have hit the United States over the last week. In Texas, a twister struck the town of Van last night damaging 30 percent of the community and killing two, according to authorities.-- By Lloyd Young (19 photos total)

Venice Biennale 2015

The prestigious Venice Biennale kicks off this weekend, exhibiting contemporary artists from 89 countries around the world for the 56th year. The city of Venice will be buzzing with art aficionados and enthusiasts viewing throughout the Arsenal, pavilions and locations throughout the historic city.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (32 photos total)

Berlin battleground- 70 years later

Some 70 years after the Battle for Berlin, instrumental in the end of World War II, Reuters photographer Fabrizio Bensch unearthed pictures by Red Army photographer Georgiy Samsonov that depicted his portrayal of a city laid siege. Bensch bought an exactly equivalent FED camera, a Soviet copy of the German-made Leica II, and chose to use black and white film to capture images of the same locations he discovered in modern-day Berlin.-- By Reuters (13 photos total)

Globe photos of the month, April 2015

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month including celebrating Easter, the Boston Marathon, and opening day at Fenway Park.-- By Lloyd Young (32 photos total)

Unrest in Baltimore

Violence filled the streets of Baltimore on Monday following the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died from injuries suffered while in police custody. The National Guard was activated and a curfew was imposed for the following days. Citizens gathered to clean up the damage and protest after the rioting, as hope for resolution of the crisis continues.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (40 photos total)

Earthquake devastates Nepal

The recovery and rescue effort continued today as the death toll passed 4,000 and reportedly will climb higher from a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit near Kathmandu on April 25. Nepal’s worst earthquake in 80 years destroyed countless buildings and infrastructure as people struggled to meet basic human needs in the quake’s aftermath.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel and Lloyd Young (35 photos total)

Remembering Armenia’s losses

People around the world this week remembered the estimated 1.5 million Armenians killed over a two-year period by the Ottoman Empire 100 years ago. Along with the memorials, protests were held pointing out that the United States and Turkey governments have not yet formally recognized the mass killings as genocide. (26 photos total)

Crisis in the Mediterranean

Hundreds of migrants have perished trying to make the trek through the Mediterranean Sea to Europe this year. Just days ago, over 700 hundred are feared dead in a sunken boat disaster off the coast of Libya. Near the Greek Island of the Rhodes, rescued efforts continued, as boats carrying migrants crashed into rocks. With such a huge loss of life, European leaders are forced to respond to this humanitarian crisis as emergency meetings are planned this week.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (27 photos total)

The 2015 Boston Marathon

The running of the world-class Boston Marathon filled the cold and wet streets of the city for the 119th time today. 2013 men’s winner Lelisa Desisa was victorious again this year, two years after he returned his medal to the city in a sign of solidarity after the tragic bombings.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (27 photos total)

Coachella 2015

Music fans gathered to hear a wide variety of musical styles at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, held over two weekends in Indio, Calif. More than 100 acts were on the bill of the sold-out event.-- By Lloyd Young (27 photos total)

Cherry blossoms 2015

From Japan to Washington, D.C. people gather to relish the beauty of the blooming cherry tree. Highly aniticpated and heavily photographed, the blossoms are celebrated by many.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (28 photos total)

Opening Day at Fenway Park 2015

With sunny skies and mild temperatures the Red Sox kicked off Opening Day at Fenway Park against the Washington Nationals. Coming off a last place finish in the AL East, the Sox are looking for a turnaround year.-- By Lloyd Young (29 photos total)

Memories of Abraham Lincoln

On April 15 the United States commemorates the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Events will include the re-enactment of his funeral in Springfield, IL, as well as talks and plays at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C., where Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth shot him in 1865. Lincoln, who kept the Union together in the American Civil War and helped secure the end of slavery, has enduring appeal both in the United States and worldwide.-- By Reuters (23 photos total)

Record-breaking drought in California

The drought in California last week hit historic proportions when California Governor Jerry Brown ordered cities and towns to cut water use by 25 percent in an unprecedented mandate. The Sierra Nevada mountains recorded the lowest amount of snow ever, leading to the mandatory water restrictions. Residents will need to change their daily habits which may also alter the look of their landscape.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (29 photos total)

Attack in Kenya

In the deadliest attack in Kenya since 1998, 147 people were killed in a horrifying rampage at Garissa University. On the day after, grieving familes waited for the remains of the victims, as many Kenyans denounced the terror.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (21 photos total)

Globe photos of the month, March 2015

Here’s a look at just some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month including a local group’s trip to Selma, Ala., the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston, and the high school state basketball and hockey championships.-- By Lloyd Young (30 photos total)

Radioactive Fukushima

Many residents of Okuma, a village near the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant, are angry about government plans to dump some 30 million tons of radioactive debris raked up after the March 2011 nuclear disaster in a sprawling waste complex on their doorstep. Few believe Tokyo’s assurances that the site will be cleaned up and shut down after 30 years. In the four years since the disaster, Japan has allocated over $15 billion to lower radiation levels around the plant. Every day, teams of workers blast roads with water, scrub down houses, cut branches and scrape contaminated soil off farmland. That radiated trash now sits in plastic sacks across the region, piling up in abandoned rice paddies, parking lots and even residents’ backyards.-- By Reuters (16 photos total)

Crisis in Yemen

Since the horrific attack on Shi’ite mosques last week, Yemen has been tumbling into chaos. Militants of the Islamic State claimed responsibility, intensifying conflict with the rebel Houthi group that continues to gain control of parts of the country. Saudia Arabia has conducted airstrikes to try to stop the advance, and ground troops could also be sent from other countries. NOTE: Graphic content-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (32 photos total)

Mascots bring the spirit

With the NCAA March Madness Tournament underway, the mascots are out in force to bring good luck to their teams. Here are some of them, and other mascots representing their team or organization.-- By Lloyd Young (27 photos total)

Ceremony fit for a king

Thousands of people lined the streets of Leicester, England, Sunday to view the coffin of King Richard III as it made its way to Leicester Cathedral for three days of public viewing before his remains are reinterred during a service attended by members of the royal family. The skeletal remains of the king were discovered in 2012 under a parking lot some 500 years after he was killed during the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.-- By Lloyd Young (23 photos total)

Spring scenes

Spring has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere. The vernal equinox is anticipated by many looking forward to warmer temperatures and a welcoming rebirth. In some areas of the world, the signs are more apparent. This year, the first day of spring held the distinction of coinciding with a solar eclipse.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (27 photos total)

Colors in the Sky

With a severe solar storm raging, the Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, could be seen from the island of Nantucket this week. The phenomenon, usually visible only much farther north, takes place when gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere collide with charged particles released from the sun.-- By Lloyd Young (12 photos total)

Seeing white: A historic winter

With an impressive 108.6 inches of snow, Boston made history with its snowiest winter on record. Here is a look at how photographers captured the striking ways that this massive amount of snow changed the landscape in the region for months. (30 photos total)

Children of war

The United Nations children’s agency reported this week that 14 million children in Syria and Iraq are in crisis due to war. The number of children needing aid has greatly increased from the previous year and there are fears that living with the severe violence will permanently scar the young generation. Here is a look at recent photos depicting the lives of children during this conflict.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (27 photos total)

Hitting the Slopes

It seems, with the current snowpack in New England, skiers will be able to “Arc ‘em or park ‘em” until May this year. Here’s a look at some of those competing in or enjoying the winter sport since the beginning of the year.-- By Lloyd Young (28 photos total)

Journey to Selma

A contingent from Boston, including students from the University of Massachusetts Boston, made their way to Selma, Ala., on a 25-hour bus ride to retrace the steps of those who marched over the Edmund Pettus Bridge 50 years ago for civil rights with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Globe photographer Jessica Rinaldi accompanied them on their journey to document their experience.-- By Lloyd Young (23 photos total)

Holi Celebrations 2015

Holi is a festival that marks events in Hindu mythology and provides photographers with a colorful visual feast. It celebrates the beginning of spring, and falls on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalguna, which was on March 6 this year. It is a joyous ritual when intense colors, light, emotion, and energy combine in a surreal vision of spirituality.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (25 photos total)

Globe photos of the month, February 2015

Documenting one family’s home birth experience

Home births aren’t for everyone. But for Ashley Bennett, having her second child at home in Medford was an opportunity to be encouraged and supported at a time when she, and many women, feel at their most vulnerable. The birth plan gave Ashleyand her husband, Mike, an array of delivery options, but, as always when it comes to birth, circumstances were unpredictable. The night Ashley went into labor, their toddler, Marin, came down with a fever. And Ashley’s dreams of a water birth — in a giant portable tub — dried up when the new addition to the family, Isaac Douglas Bennett, arrived before the tub was filled. Besides doula Catherine McKeown-Lindsey and midwives Tara Kenny and Audra Karp, the Bennetts allowed Globe photographer Jessica Rinaldi to witness the family’s private moments. (14 photos total)

Roll out the barrels

Saudi Arabia’s oil exports have risen in February in response to stronger demand from customers. As OPEC’s top producer battles for market share Reuters photographers around the globe have been photographing oil barrels to document how they are utilized once the fuel has been used.-- By Reuters (24 photos total)

Chinese New Year 2015

The Chinese Lunar New Year began Feb. 19 ushering in the Year of the Sheep, according to the Chinese zodiac. The new year also marks the beginning of the Spring Festival in China, which continues until the Lantern Festival on the 15th day.-- By Lloyd Young (35 photos total)

Wintry woes for the MBTA

The MBTA has been struggling to restore service after a massive amount of snow fell on the state, beginning with the blizzard in late January. Beverly Scott, MBTA general manager, said “tremendous progress” had been made in an “absolutely unbelievable recovery” effort. She also said that the commuter rail system is “still having challenges,” operating at a little over 60 percent. Scott said the MBTA woes this winter had sounded several “wakeup calls,” and that the system needs more investment. A look back at our recent public transit woes, due to an unusually harsh winter.-- By Bill Greene (26 photos total)

Carnival and Mardi Gras 2015

Pre-Lenten celebrations around the globe, including Carnival and Mardi Gras, wrapped up earlier this week before the marking of Ash Wednesday. Historians say the tradition dates back to Roman times, when the newly converted Christians retained vestiges of their pagan festival, “Lupercalia,” as a period of celebration before the penance during the 40 days of Lent.-- By Lloyd Young (35 photos total)

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

The Westminster Kennel Club 139th Annual Dog show took place this week, filling Manhattan with thousands of competitors, including 192 different canine breeds. Owners and dogs traveled from around the world to participate in this iconic event.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (30 photos total)

Fire and Ice

In Japan, winter festivals in the past week make for interesting visual juxtapositions. Snow and Ice festivals display large illuminated sculptures for the public to enjoy. In Shingu, the end of winter is celebrated by thousand of men lighting torches on a mountain shrine.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (20 photos total)

Snow keeps piling up in New England

The record-breaking snow amounts just keep piling up since the blizzard that hit the Northeast in late January, causing major commuting issues, damage to property, and sore backs across the region.-- By Lloyd Young (35 photos total)

Portraits of conflict in Ukraine

The heavy fighting in Ukraine has returned this past month, with leaders around the world hoping for a diplomatic solution to the crisis. Photographers have captured the lives of the soldiers on both sides and the civilians living among the destruction and bloodshed.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (32 photos total)

Globe photos of the month, January 2015

Here’s a look at just some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month including the coverage of winter storms, a new governor taking office and the Patriots playoff run to the Super Bowl.-- By Lloyd Young (31 photos total)

Super Bowl victory parade for the New England Patriots

Super Bowl XLIX: Patriots defeat Seahawks

The Patriots defeated the Seahawks, 28-24, in Super Bowl XLIX to claim their fourth NFL championship. Tom Brady was the gamne’s MVP. (38 photos total)

Road to K-pop stardom

Thousands of Korean children dream of becoming household names like rapper Psy, whose 2012 “Gangnam Style” video was a global YouTube hit, often putting up with punishing schedules in the hope of one day making it big in the music industry. A recent survey of pre-teens showed that 21 percent of respondents wanted to be K-pop (Korean pop) stars when they grow up, the most popular career choice.-- By Reuters (15 photos total)

Massive snowstorm hits Northeast

The blizzard of 2015 blasted the region with wind-whipped snow that piled nearly 3-feet high in some places. (51 photos total)

Unrest in Yemen

The future for Yemen is uncertain after the president resigned this week after a Houthi rebel takeover of the country. Thousands demonstrated on Friday as lawmakers wait to convene over the weekend.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (18 photos total)

Declining water levels in the Dead Sea

Originally one of the world’s first health resorts, the Dead Sea in Israel has a far from healthy future as its water levels continue to decline. In fact, it has been estimated that since the 1950s the water levels have dropped about 130 feet. The dangerously low level has been attributed to an imbalance between the amount of incoming and outgoing water. Known also as the Sea of Salt, separating Israel to the west and Jordan to the east, the lake’s surface and shores are 1407 feet below the level making it earth’s lowest elevation on land. The problem of the annual declining rate is due largely to the reduction of inflowing of water from the Jordan River. This has been attributed to the increased current consumption of water within the Jordan River water and irrigation drainage basin. Water resources in the region are scarce and affect Israel, the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan that are located within and bordering the basin. The sea is called ‘dead’ because its high salinity prevents aquatic organisms such as fish and aquatic plants from living in it.-- By European Pressphoto Agency (13 photos total)

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