Mexico Clown Pilgrimage

Photos by Rebecca Blackwell Hundreds of clowns belonging to various clown associations made their annual pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City on Monday, Dec. 14, 2015 to pay their respects to the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico’s patron saint. 

Israel’s Healing Horses

Photos by Oded Balilty At Israel’s main equine hospital, the animals can be wild patients, creating some unique challenges for the veterinarians treating them.

Holiday Cheer in a Brazilian Prision

Photos by Silvia Izquierdo In her sweat-stained Santa suit and soggy cotton-ball beard, Carina Barbosa looked every inch the picture of tropical Christmas cheer — at least until she leaned into the candy cane striped bars of her cell and peered wistfully out.

Year in Photos from the Middle East

As 2015 comes to a close, The Associated Press is looking back at the year’s events as seen by photojournalists in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Greece’s Abandoned Wealth

Photos by Petros Giannakouris Since it almost went broke in 2010, Greece has suffered horrific job losses, soaring long-term unemployment, across-the-board income cuts and over-taxation, despite a constant deterioration in state-provided health, education and welfare services.

Muslims Respond to Trump

U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump has called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” immigrants and visitors alike, because of what he describes as hatred among “large segments of the Muslim population” toward Americans.

Beijing Issues First Smog Red Alert

Schools closed and rush-hour roads were much quieter than normal as Beijing invoked its first-ever red alert for smog Tuesday, closing many factories and imposing restrictions to keep half the city’s vehicles off the roads.

Coal Loses Its Grip

Photos by David Goldman The seams of coal in some of Eddie Asbury’s mines in McDowell County are so thin workers can barely squeeze down them. They enter on carts nearly flat on their backs, the roof of the mine coursing by just a few inches in front of their faces. They don’t stand upContinue reading “Coal Loses Its Grip”