Heartbreak as Syrians Briefly Return Home to IS-Free Palmyra

When Islamic State fighters overran the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra almost a year ago, Maha Abderrazak was among tens of thousands of terrified civilians who fled west, many escaping with just the clothes on their backs and the few belongings they could carry by hand.

Archivist Update: Coney Island

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people visit Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

Prison Mentors

Photos by Gerald Herbert A maximum-security prison in Louisiana once notorious for its violence is experimenting with a novel way to keep criminals out of trouble: Murderers and other “lifers” are now mentors, teaching job skills and morals to nonviolent offenders, preparing them for another shot at freedom.

Forensic Vets Battle Pet Abuse

Photos by Bebeto Matthews The cocker spaniel arrives at the animal hospital with a police officer, whimpering and shaking.

Presidential Pets

Today is National Pet Day. We are celebrating our animal friends with a look back at pets that have lived in the White House.

Zari, New Female Puppet, Joins Afghan Sesame Street

Photos by Rahmat Gul There’s a new face on Sesame Street — a sassy, fun 6-year-old Afghan puppet girl called Zari, with purple skin, an orange nose and multi-colored hair, an infectious giggle and outfits to please Afghanistan’s broad kaleidoscope of ethnicities and cultures.

Iraqi Museum Refuge for Relics of the Past

After the destruction wreaked on archaeological sites by Islamic State group, the collections at the Iraq’s National Museum in Baghdad have become even more important.

In Peru Highlands, Support for Fujimori’s Daughter Runs Deep

Photos by Rodrigo Abd This remote hamlet high in the Peruvian Andes is nearly drained of color, save for the bright orange campaign signs plastered on walls and houses promoting presidential hopeful Keiko Fujimori.

Masters Through The Years

As golf fans around the country look forward to The Masters, AP Images is taking a look back at some of our best photos of The Masters through the years. 

Bangladesh Failing to Spare Millions From Arsenic Poisoning

Photos by A.M. Ahad For more than two decades, Nasima Begum and her family have been drawing water from a well painted red to warn Bangladeshi villagers that it’s tainted by arsenic. They know they’re slowly poisoning themselves.

Program Helps Atlanta Police Officers Buy Homes in the City

Photos by David Goldman A new program helps Atlanta police officers achieve the dream of home ownership while at the same time aiming to increase police visibility and improve engagement between officers and the community.

Baseball’s Opening Day

Baseball season has begun and opening day was celebrated by baseball fans across the country. Our photographers covered ceremonial games in Baltimore, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Anaheim and Atlanta. 

A Sip-and-Step Guide to Hiking the Napa Valley

Photos by Eric Risberg Here’s a wine country secret that can help you raise your glass and your heart rate. Along with the Napa Valley’s famous wine-tasting trails, there are miles of scenic trails of the hiking variety, beckoning visitors who want to exercise more than their palates.

Pictures of the Week

Highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.

Syria Refugees Beg for a Living on Beirut Streets

Photos by Hassan Ammar A Syrian teenager with dark curly hair spends his days hanging around a busy thoroughfare in western Beirut, chasing motorists and following shoppers to ask for money.