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Pres. Obama visits Hiroshima

President Barack Obama visited Hiroshima today and paid respect to the 140,000 lives killed by the atomic bomb dropped on the city in 1945. He became the first sitting US president to do so. He called for a world without nuclear weapons but did not apologize for the attack. (22 photos total)

Mount Sinabung erupts

Indonesian rescuers are searching for survivors in ash-covered villages after Mount Sinabung erupted violently this week. At least seven people died and thousands of residents were forced to evacuate their homes. (21 photos total)

In Search of Sanctuary

Once, the church on High Street pulsated with activity: parents and children, dinners and dances. But as the decades passed, the Congregational Church of West Medford began to wither, its very survival in question. That is when desperation gave birth to possibility, and the congregation voted to sell the old church, move into a storefront -- and see if salvation could be found in a place called Sanctuary. -- photography by Dina Rudick/Globe Staff [ Read More ] (37 photos total)

Balance (Defined)

Balance (noun) - The ability to move or to remain in a position without losing control or falling. [ Editor’s Note: “Defined” is an occasional series exploring the definitions of words via photography. ]-- By Lloyd Young (29 photos total)

Shanghai’s nail neighborhood

In a corner of Shanghai, surrounded by a cement wall, lies one of the world’s most valuable fields of debris and garbage. On paper, the Guangfuli neighborhood is a real estate investor’s dream: a plot in the middle of one of the world’s most expensive and fast-rising property markets. But the reality is more like a developer’s nightmare, thanks to hundreds of people living there who have refused to budge from their ramshackle homes for nearly 16 years as the local authority sought to clear the land for new construction.--By Reuters (20 photos total)

Avian adventures

Photographers around the world have been documenting birds during this busy time of year migrating, building, defending and hatching. Our feathered friends are also in the news this month, with International Migratory Bird Day on May 14, and a movie based on a popular bird game, Angry Birds, opening next week.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (34 photos total)

Invictus Games

The Invictus Games, created by Britain’s Prince Harry, are underway in Orlando. The games allow wounded, sick, or injured armed services members from around the world to compete in Paralympic-style games.-- By Lloyd Young (21 photos total)

5,000-1 underdogs hoist English Premier League trophy

Leicester City, champion of England for the first time in its 132-year history, hoisted the Premier League champions trophy this past weekend as the team celebrated its improbable season. (20 photos total)

Raging wildfires in Alberta

A disastrous wildfire has forced more than 80,000 residents to evacuate Fort McMurray, the biggest evacuation on record in Canada. The raging fire has grown to at least 210,000 acres, destroying entire neighborhoods.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (40 photos total)

Globe photos of the month, April 2016

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month, including the Boston Marathon, snowy weather, World Figure Skating Championships at TD Garden, and the end of the Celtics season.-- By Lloyd Young (49 photos total)

Deadly fighting returns to Aleppo

Government airstrikes and insurgent mortar attacks escalated violence and destroyed a partial truce for Syria. A hospital was demolished in which at least 27 died and dozens more were killed in the continued fighting in Aleppo. The hopes for new peace talks could also be threatened.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (18 photos total)

Daily life: April 2016

A look at moments captured by photographers around the world in the month of April.-- By Lloyd Young (24 photos total)

Earth Day 2016

Earth Day was marked today for the 46th time worldwide to remember and appreciate the Earth’s environment as well our roles within it. According to the Earth Day Network, this year’s Earth Day theme is ‘Trees for the Earth.’ (23 photos total)

Queen Elizabeth II turns 90

Britain’s oldest and longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, celebrated her 90th birthday today. She was born Princess Elizabeth on April 21, 1926, and became queen at 25 upon the death of her father, King George VI, in 1952. (27 photos total)

Pulitzer Prize Feature Photography winner: Strider Wolf

Globe staff photographer Jessica Rinaldi won the Pulitzer Prize in feature photography for her compelling depiction of a boy living in poverty in Maine. (16 photos total)

2016 Boston Marathon

More than 30,000 participants registered for the 2016 Boston Marathon, the third largest field in the race history. (33 photos total)

Return to Palmyra

Syrians returned to the destroyed city of Palmyra this week after being forced to flee almost a year ago during intense fighting. With the city now free of Islamic State fighters, the government allowed time for residents to salvage their belongings. The demolished UNESCO-listed ancient ruins are unaccessible to the public as the Russian military teams clear the site of hundreds of mines left by the militants.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (22 photos total)

Wild Chernobyl

Thirty years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Reuters photographer Vasily Fedosenko documented booming populations of wolf, elk, and other wildlife in the vast contaminated zone in Belarus and Ukraine.--By Reuters (18 photos total)

Qingming Festival, Tomb Sweeping Day

The Qingming Festival, also know as Tomb Sweeping Day, was held earlier this week marked by people visiting cemeteries to clean tombs, lay flowers, and make offerings to the deceased.-- By Lloyd Young (16 photos total)

2016 World Figure Skating Championships in Boston

Boston hosted the prestigious World Figure Skating Championships for the first time, bringing the top skaters from around the world to TD Garden.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (41 photos total)

Globe photos of the month, March 2016

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month, including the anime convention in Boston, Celtics basketball, a citywide youth spelling bee, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston.-- By Lloyd Young (47 photos total)

InfraRed Sox

With two last place finishes in a row, maybe it’s time to look at the Boston Red Sox in a different light. The Globe’s Stan Grossfeld traveled to spring training at JetBlue Park at Fenway South in Florida to do just that. In his images from an infrared converted camera, players’ uniform numbers and names seemingly disappear, giving a fresh slate to the upcoming season. (23 photos total)

Bombing in Lahore

At least 70 people were killed, including about 30 children, in a suicide bomb attack at a park in Lahore, Pakistan. The Taliban group that claimed responsibility for the Easter attack that injured over 300 said it was targeting Christians. Most of the victims were believed to be Muslim at this very busy public park.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (19 photos total)

President Obama’s visit to Cuba

President Obama made a historic trip to Cuba this week as the first sitting US president to visit the Communist ruled island since Calvin Coolidge did in 1928. “My lifetime has spanned a time of isolation between us,” Obama said. “I have come here to bury the last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas.”-- By Lloyd Young (23 photos total)

Attacks in Brussels

Explosions in the city’s airport and a metro station have killed at least 36 people and injured many others during coordinated attacks today claimed by ISIS. (22 photos total)

Seeing green

Green is the theme this week in honor of St. Patrick’s Day that is celebrated in many cities around the world. Spring is right around the corner, bringing hopeful signs of landscapes tinted with the same hues.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (37 photos total)

2016 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

Dallas Seavey won his fourth Iditarod race today, completing the 1,000-mile trek from Anchorage to Nome Alaska in a record 8 days, 11 hours, 20 minutes, and 16 seconds. This year’s race was marred with tragedy when a snowmobile driver was charged with intentionally running his machine into two sled dog teams, killing one dog and injuring others. The race is a remaking of the freight route to Nome and pays tribute to the role sled dogs played in the settlement of Alaska.-- By Lloyd Young (19 photos total)

Walls (Defined)

wall (noun) 1. any of various permanent upright constructions having a length much greater than the thickness and presenting a continuous surface except where pierced by doors, windows, etc.: used for shelter, protection, or privacy, or to subdivide interior space, to support floors, roofs, or the like, to retain earth, to fence in an area, etc. Editor’s Note: “Defined” is an occasional series exploring the definitions of words via photography.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (42 photos total)

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day was created by the United Nations General Assembly to highlight the struggles and achievements of women globally and to advocate for women’s rights. Photographers documented events observing this day and interesting women around the world.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (26 photos total)

Globe photos of the month, February 2016

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month including politicians on the primary trial, marking Presidents’ Day, surfing in winter, and the Red Sox beginning spring training in Florida.-- By Lloyd Young (34 photos total)

Scott Kelly’s year in space

--By Emily Fortier (26 photos total)

Daily life: February 2016

A look at moments captured by photographers around the world in the month of February. (44 photos total)

Chinese opera in Thailand

In Bangkok’s Chinatown, festooned with red lanterns, opera companies perform mythical stories depicting battles and a search for love and justice, as celebrations that mark the Lunar New Year come to a close. Thailand is home to the largest overseas Chinese community in the world.--By Reuters (21 photos total)

Elections in Uganda

Voting continued for a second day in Uganda amid riots and frustration during the presidential election. Forces briefly detained the main opposition candidate and protesters were beaten and attacked with tear gas and stun grenades. Ugandans waited in line for hours in some places to cast their vote, only to find incomplete ballots or missing election materials. Preliminary results shows longtime incumbent President Yoweri Museveni taking a lead over his main opponent, Kizza Besigye, the leader of the main opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC.)-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (25 photos total)

Winter white

Across the globe, snow blankets the landscape, giving photographers a new perspective on their surroundings.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (43 photos total)

Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday 2016

Pre-Lenten Mardi Gras celebrations wrapped up yesterday before the marking of Ash Wednesday today. 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. (28 photos total)

Primary push in New Hampshire

All across New Hampshire, crowds are gathering to hear and see the Democratic and Republican candidates for president as they make their final stops before the first-in-the-nation primary on Tuesday.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (42 photos total)

Globe photos of the month, January 2016

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month including the first winter storm to hit the region, NHL Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium, welcoming in the New Year, and the Patriots loss in the AFC Championship game in Denver.-- By Lloyd Young (39 photos total)

Zika virus spreading in Latin America

The Zika virus has spread rapidly across Latin America, transforming from a little-known, mild ailment to an international public health concern. The illness is transmitted through the Aedes aegypti mosquito and until recently was believed to only cause mild symptoms. There is now evidence linking Zika to a spike in cases of pregnant women giving birth to babies with microcephaly, a birth defect in which a baby is born with a smaller than normal head, and Guillain-Barre syndrome. The CDC expects the virus to continue to spread and has urged pregnant women to avoid the two dozen countries where the virus is present so far and to take extra precaution to avoid mosquito bites.--By Emily Z. Fortier (30 photos total)

Flint water crisis

A state of emergency has been declared in Flint, Michigan due to the contamination of the city’s water supply. The public health crisis started when the water supply source was switched in 2014 from Lake Huron to the Flint River to save money until a new pipeline was completed. Thousands of residents have been exposed to toxic amounts of lead including about 9,000 children who are the most susceptible to lead poisoning. State officials and the National Guard are distributing bottled water and filters to residents while they wait for a solution.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (28 photos total)

Dakar Rally 2016

The 13-stage Dakar Rally is traveling through Argentina and Bolivia via motorcycle, quad bike, car, or truck over extreme terrain. Competitors and support crews come from around the world to challenge their mechanical, driving, and orienteering skills. The race wraps up this Saturday in Rosario, Argentina after covering the more than 5,700-miles.-- By Lloyd Young (26 photos total)

On death row in San Quentin

A rare look at life on death row at San Quentin State Prison in California. America’s most populous state, which has not carried out an execution in a decade, begins 2016 at a pivotal juncture, as legal developments hasten the march toward resuming executions, while opponents seek to end the death penalty at the ballot box.--By Reuters (22 photos total)

2015 Year in Pictures: Animals

A selection of images of some of the best animal photos of 2015 from photographers all around the world.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (37 photos total)

2015 Year in Pictures: Part II

Photographs from July - December on a range of topics from arouund the world. ( see Part I )-- By Lloyd Young (38 photos total)

2015 Year in Pictures: Part I

Photographs from January - June on a range of topics from around the world.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (34 photos total)

A life unraveling

Heroin and other opioids have devastated Massachusetts families. Over the past year the Globe spent time with Raquel Rodriguez, a heroin addict from East Boston, as she struggled to get clean for her two young daughters. Raquel opened her life to us in hopes that her story might help someone else. (Read more)--By Jessica Rinaldi (30 photos total)

Santas everywhere

They come in all shapes and sizes, donning the iconic red suit and hat that symbolize modern-day Christmas. Some run races, scuba dive, direct traffic, ski, or even rock-climb to show off their holiday cheer.-- By Lloyd Young (34 photos total)

Fostering a community

Nestled in the shadow of Mt. Tom in Easthampton, the Treehouse Community was founded to support families that take in foster children in the hopes of stopping the bounce through the system. Among the townhomes that house families who are fostering children, live senior residents. The result is a multi-generational community where one generation helps another. The seniors are vital to the support system that enables parents to succeed and the children to thrive. Now approaching its tenth year, the numbers reflect a success story and defy statistics on foster children. This series of photographs gives us a glimpse into the lives of some of the residents over the past year.--By Globe Staff photographer Joanne Rathe (16 photos total)

Star Wars mania

The decade wait is over for “Star Wars” fans with the opening of the seventh film “The Force Awakens” this week. Some diehard movie fans camped out for over a week in Hollywood for the chance again to see droids, Imperial Stormtroopers , Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, and Luke Skywalker. “May the Force be with you” all. (Read more.) (49 photos total)

Shadows and silhouettes

When light strips away the details, highlighting the environment and creating intriguing shapes and patterns, photographers create striking images of our world.-- By Leanne Burden Seidel (32 photos total)
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