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U.S. strikes help break the Islamic State’s siege

Iraqi forces aided by U.S. airstrikes enter the town of Amerli, where residents had been trapped.

New Delhi teen rapist now paints and cooks in lockup

The teen rapist serving three years for the fatal 2012 assault paints in his room at the juvenile correction facility.

Putin talks about ‘statehood’ for eastern Ukraine

The Russian president’s comments threaten to raise the stakes considerably in the Ukrainian crisis.

Islamist militia says it guards U.S. Embassy in Tripoli

Dawn of Libya leaders say Americans are welcome back anytime.

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China refuses open nominations for Hong Kong’s leader

China refuses open nominations for Hong Kong’s leader

As Beijing tightens its grip on the region, pro-democracy activists vow to occupy the business district.

Even in a Mexican prison, a drug lord keeps his mustache

Even in a Mexican prison, a drug lord keeps his mustache

The Mexican drug lord Chapo Guzman may be behind bars, but he might live by his own rules.

Israel takes more land in West Bank for Jewish settlers

The appropriation of almost 1,000 acres would be the largest in years in the occupied territory.

Ukrainian military prepares to defend key city from rebels

Ukrainian military prepares to defend key city from rebels

Military analysts think pro-Russian rebels could try to take Mariupol and establish a land bridge to Crimea.

European leaders step up rhetoric against Russia

European leaders step up rhetoric against Russia

At Brussels meeting, Ukraine’s president urges the Europeans to stiffen sanctions against Moscow.

Werner Franz, survivor of Hindenburg crash, dies at 92

Werner Franz, survivor of Hindenburg crash, dies at 92

Mr. Franz was a cabin boy aboard the German airship, which was destroyed in a fiery New Jersey crash in 1937.

Iran’s president dodges question on detained reporter

Iran’s president dodges question on detained reporter

Rouhani declined to specifically discuss the case during a nationally televised news conference.

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Himalayan death tolls

Since 1950, around 25,000 summit climbs have been attempted on peaks in the Himalayas with more than 900 people dying in the attempt.

2009: A Rwanda homecoming

Former rebels and their families return after 15 years in Congo.

Refuge: Stories from the Syrian exodus

Refugees from Syria’s civil war are remaking the political, economic and religious landscape in the Mideast.

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Israel mourns three teens at public funeral

The students who went missing in the West Bank in June were laid to rest in the city of Modiin.

Putin calls for ‘statehood’ talks as fighting remains

Meanwhile, European leaders delayed new sanctions against Russia over its role in the Ukraine conflict.

Russian soldiers advance into Ukraine

Shellings and protests continue in Ukraine as the military conflict escalates in the east.

Gaza cease-fire holds

Each side claims victory as Gaza residents return to their homes.

Best news photos of the week

Wicked waves, conflict in Ukraine and Gaza, Napa earthquake, Michael Brown’s funeral and more images from this week’s news.

Day in photos

Locusts swarm Madagascar, a “rubble bucket” challenge, Death Valley’s moving rocks mystery solved and more.

Birthplace of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

Nearly half of Sierra Leone’s Ebola cases have been found in the rural Kailahun district.

Day in photos

Boogie-boarders ride California’s high waves, elephant polo, battlefields of Verdun and more.

Playing polo with pachyderms

An annual elephant polo tournament in Thailand raises money for elephant conservation projects.

A celebration of photojournalism Visa pour l’Image-Perpignan

The International Photojournalism Festival in France features haunting images from all over the world. The festival provides thousands of professional photojournalists to meet and discuss their work.

Ukraine, Russian troops continue to battle

Ukraine charged Russia was deepening its foray into Ukrainian territory and sending new troops to the Crimean border.

Fighting ends as Israel, Hamas agree to truce

Hamas and Israel have agreed to an open-ended cease-fire after 50 days of warfare that has killed more than 2,200 people.

Day in photos

Fire on the sun, tomato fight in Spain, Texas mammoth discovery, Gaza cease-fire, oil spill in Mexico and more.

In Spain, a massive food fight

The town’s annual festival has participants flinging tomatoes at each other, leaving the streets, and the people, awash in red.

Animal views

Kissing koi, a giant African snail, a rockhopper penguin, a bighorn sheep rescued in California and more.

Day in photos

Memphis Belle flies over Baltimore, 3-million-year-old Taung skull, women’s gymnastics and more.