Cuba’s Horse Business

Photos by Ramon Espinosa Already renowned for fine rum and fancy cigars, Cuba is carving out a new luxury niche that is attracting Latin American elites to the communist-run island: elite jumping horses.

Iran’s Meth Craze

Photos by Ebrahim Noroozi Iran is breaking bad. Officials say methamphetamine production and abuse of hard drugs are skyrocketing in the country despite potentially lethal criminal penalties for users if they are caught.

Madrid’s Fashion Week

Photos by Daniel Ochoa de Olza Madrid Fashion Week has celebrated its 30th anniversary with presentations from 44 designers and brands by models on catwalks in Spain’s premier fashion showcase.

Pakistan’s Christians in the Shadows

Photos by Muhammed Muheisen  This slum on the outskirts of Pakistan’s capital looks like many others ringing it, with dirt roads and cement-block homes, until a passer-by sees a simple black banner bearing a Bible verse about Jesus Christ’s resurrection.

Peru’s Oldest Clown

Photos by Esteban Felix Ricardo Farfan doesn’t get the jobs he used to. Sometimes his only audience is his wife. But every morning the 91-year-old clown still sips his coffee and studies an old notebook where he keeps hundreds of pages of jokes and comedy moves he has built up over almost nine decades in theContinue reading “Peru’s Oldest Clown”


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Cuba Flower Vendor

Photos by Ramon Espinosa Yaima Gonzalez Matos lost her job in human resources at a state-owned enterprise three years ago. So she joined the ranks of Cuba’s small class of entrepreneurs and became a wholesaler in the island’s new private flower business to support herself and her son, now 11.

Behind the Scenes at the Australian Open

Text by Mark Baker As I complete my 26th Australian Open (one year of my life has now been spent in this arena), I thought I would reflect on how AP covers this major sports event and how our coverage has evolved in the digital age since my first Open in 1989.

India Cart Pullers

Photos by Saurabh Das At the end of their workdays, after they have pulled their wooden carts for hours through the narrow lanes of New Delhi’s spice market, the exhausted men stop at little sidewalk stalls for something to eat, often a few handfuls of rice with some gravy on top.

Mexican Heroin Trade

Photos by Dario Lopez-Mills Red and purple blossoms with fat, opium-filled bulbs blanket the remote creek sides and gorges of the Filo Mayor mountains in the southern state of Guerrero.

Gaza Wounded Girl

Photos by Khalil Hamra Screaming, covered in red burns and welts from shrapnel, 13-month-old Anwar Saad’s fear and pain showed across her face as five pairs of white-gloved hands gently brought her down on an examination table.

The Art of Piñata-Making

Photos by Rebecca Blackwell A Mexican party isn’t complete without a piñata, and Melesio Vicente Flores and Cecilia Albarran Gonzalez have spent the last 25 years making high-end versions of the papier-mache figures to later be stuffed with candies and broken open with a stick or club.

Super Bowl XLIX: UOPX Field Time-Lapse Video

The University of Phoenix field has undergone a significant transformation in the days between Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLIX. In anticipation of tonight’s game, we feature a time-lapse video documenting the field’s metamorphosis.